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  • Eritrea Denies Targeting Ethiopia Dam as Egyptian Ties Deepen


    Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki denied his country’s deepening relations with Egypt signify plans to disrupt neighboring Ethiopia’s construction of Africa’s biggest hydropower dam.

    “The claim by the Ethiopian regime that the relation between Eritrea and Egypt is targeting the millennium dam is unfounded,” the Ministry of Information said on its website, citing a May 21 interview with Isaias in the capital, Asmara.

    Egypt’s government has claimed Ethiopia’s construction of the hydropower dam on the main tributary of the Nile River contravenes colonial-era treaties that grant it the right to the bulk of the river’s water. Ethiopian officials reject the accords as obsolete and unjust. The plant, being built at a cost of $6.4 billion, is scheduled for completion next year and will produce as much as 6,450 megawatts of power.

    Isaias traveled to Cairo in November to meet Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, when the two discussed deepening relations, the Cairo-based Daily News Egypt newspaper reported.

    Ethiopia’s government has said forces receiving support from Egypt and Eritrea are trying to destabilize the country. In October, Communications Minister Getachew Reda said the banned Oromo Liberation Front received financing and training from Egypt. In March, Ethiopian security forces killed 13 members of a rebel group that the government said had crossed into the country from Eritrea.

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  • Eritrean fighter pilots 'defect to Ethiopia'

    Two fighter pilots from Eritrea have defected to Ethiopia, an Eritrean opposition group has told the Associated Press news agency.

    Nasredin Ahmed Ali, spokesman for the Ethiopia-based Red Sea Afar Democratic Organisation is quoted as saying:"The two pilots flew their small-sized fighter jets to Mekelle [northern Ethiopia] on Wednesday morning."

    He also named the pilots and described them as very experienced.

    AP also quotes a resident in Mekelle saying that Ethiopian jets were flying over head in an unusual pattern on Wednesday.

    Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a border war from 1998 to 2000, but there are no diplomatic relations between the two as the peace deal which ended the conflict has not been fully implemented.

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  • National mourning begins in Ethiopia


    Ethiopians are observing three days of national mourning after at least 52 people died during a protest at a religious festival in the Oromia region on Sunday.

    There is a dispute over what caused the deaths.

    A statement on Ethiopia's state broadcaster said the mourning is to "commemorate innocent citizens who lost their lives because of the violence instigated by anti-peace forces".

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn earlier blamed rioters for the "mayhem" which led to a stampede.

    Opposition activists say the panic was caused when security forces fired teargas and bullets into the large crowd which had gathered for a thanksgiving ceremony.

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  • Ethiopia declares state of emergency


    Ethiopia declared a six-month state of emergency on Sunday following months of violent anti-government protests, according to an official statement released on state media.

    "The state of emergency was declared following a thorough discussion by the Council of Ministers on the loss of lives and property damages occurring in the country," Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said.

    The declaration marks a further hardening of the government's position after months of protests in different parts of Ethiopia.

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  • The 10 best Ethiopian restaurants in the Washington area


    When Queen of Sheba debuted in 2005, there were no multistory condominiums with dog parks on the roof and sweeping vistas of the Shaw neighborhood. There was no Chaplin’s next door with $14 bowls of ramen and $20 pours of Japanese whiskey. There was no shortage of parking, either.

    But in the 11 years since Nigisti “Queen” Gebreyesus and her husband, Embzam Misgina, open their Ethio­pian restaurant, Shaw has become a developer’s playground, and all the shiny new commercial objects have put a squeeze on the couple’s business. In fact, before I spoke with Gebreyesus, I noticed Queen of Sheba was for sale. But the Queen told me the online listing was premature. The couple had been contemplating a sale but decided to give themselves more time to reverse their fortunes.

    The sound you hear is the $20 Diner exhaling loudly — at least for Queen of Sheba, which, based on two recent meals, is turning out some of the finest Ethio­pian fare anywhere. We don’t need to lose another standard-bearer on the Ethio­pian dining scene. Earlier this month, the owners of Zenebech Restaurant announced they would be selling their property and closing their injera-based business after an 18-year run on T Street NW, located basically next door to the renovated Howard Theatre.

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  • Is the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia?


    The monks who live in the small church of Saint Mary of Zion — also known as the “Chapel of the Ark” — in the sacred Ethiopian city of Aksum are forbidden to go beyond the bars surrounding the chapel.

    They cannot abandon the task entrusted to them: to watch over the “Tabot,” as the Tables of the Law are known in Ethiopia, until the day they die.

    Abba Gebre Meskel, who is 56 years old, has been doing it for three decades.

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  • Deaths and detentions in Ethiopia as protests flare


    Six people have been reported killed in the country's Gondar region, and dozens detained during a rally in Addis Ababa.

    At least six people have been reported killed over two days of protests in Ethiopia while dozens were arrested in the capital, Addis Ababa.

    A source told Al Jazeera that four people were killed on Saturday in the northern Gondar region, in addition to two people killed in the area on Friday. Located 700km north of Addis Ababa, Gondar is a region dominated by the ethnic Amharas.  

    Ethiopian authorities would not confirm the death toll.

    The reported deaths come as dozens of ethnic Oromo protesters were arrested in Addis Ababa on Saturday.

    At least 500 Oromo people - protesting against alleged economic inequality and discrimination - gathered amid a heavy police presence on the capital's main Meskel Square.

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  • EU considering working with Sudan and Eritrea to stem migration

    Proposal intended to stop refugees reaching southern Europe, according to draft document seen by the Guardian

    Europe is considering whether to forge ahead with a plan to work with repressive African regimes in an attempt to stem migration flows, according to the draft version of a policy expected to be finalised by European officials on Tuesday.

    To stop refugees reaching southern Europe from Africa, Europe is mulling whether to partner with Sudan, whose president is wanted for war crimes, and Eritrea, whose government is accused of crimes against humanity by the UN.

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  • Ethiopia: 'Several' killed in Oromia festival stampede



    Small protests in Oromia province initially flared in 2014 over a development plan for the capital that would have expanded its boundaries, a move seen as threatening the seizure of farmland.

    The government has blamed rebel groups and dissidents abroad for stirring up the protests and provoking violence.

    The government has denied that violence from the security forces is systemic, though a spokesman has previously  told Al Jazeera that police officers "sometimes take the law into their own hands", pledging an independent investigation.

    The Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front last month rejected a United Nations request to send in observers, saying it alone was responsible for the security of its citizens.

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  • Ground Crack in West Arsi Zone .... (በምዕራብ አርሲ ዞን መሬት ተሰንጥቆ ወደ ወላይታና አርባምንጭ በሚሄዱ ተሽከርካሪዎች ላይ ችግር ፈጥሯል)

    በምዕራብ አርሲ ዞን ዱምቡሬ ቃቻ ወረዳ መሬት ተሰንጥቆ ሸለቆ በመፍጠሩ ወደ ወላይታና አርባምንጭ የሚሄዱ ተሽከርካሪዎች ማለፍ እንዳልቻሉ በብሔራዊ የአደጋ ስጋት ሥራ አመራር ኮሚሽን ገልጿል።

    የኮሚሽኑ የህዝብ ግንኙነት ኃላፊ አቶ ደበበ ዘውዴ እንደተናገሩት፥ የተሰነጠቀው መሬት በግምት 50 ሜትር ጥልቀትና 50 ሜትር ርዝመት አለው።

    የክልሉ መንግስት ችግሩን ለመቅረፍ ተለዋጭ መንገድ ቢያዘጋጅም ከተወሰነ ርቀት በኋላ በሻላ ወረዳ በሲምቦ ቀበሌ አካባቢ በተከሰተው ጎርፍ ምክንያት 500 ሜትር ያህል መሬት በአሸዋ በመሸፈኑ መንገዱ ሙሉ በሙሉ በመዘጋቱ ተሽከርካሪዎች ማለፍ አልቻሉም ብለዋል አቶ ደበበ።

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  • Ethiopian killed in refugee camp clashes


    LILLE, France: An Ethiopian was killed and six other migrants injured when clashes erupted on the outskirts of the migrant camp in France’s northern port city of Calais, authorities said Tuesday.
    A local government spokesman said migrants from Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia clashed with those from Afghanistan on Monday night, stabbing each other and hitting each other with sticks.
    A 37-year-old Ethiopian died after being knifed in the chest, he said.
    Police intervened several times in the clashes.

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  • What young Eritreans dream of...


    Eritrea provides more asylum-seekers in Europe than any other African country. Although it won independence from Ethiopia 25 years ago, it has never had elections, has no parliament and no free press. This small country, with an estimated population of three-and-a-half million, is being accused of human rights abuses, including indefinite forced conscription. The BBC Africa Editor Mary Harper gained rare access to the country.

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  • Ethiopia: many dead in anti-government protest at religious festival

    Opposition party says stampede kills at least 50 people in chaotic scenes in restive Oromiya region


    Police in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region fired teargas and warning shots to disperse anti-government protesters at a religious festival, triggering a stampede the opposition party said killed at least 50 people.

    The government did not give a precise death toll resulting from chaotic scenes on Sunday during the annual festival, where some people chanted slogans against the government and waved a rebel flag. But it said “lives were lost” and that several were injured.

    Sporadic protests have erupted in Oromiya in the last two years, initially sparked by a land row but increasingly turning more broadly against the government. Since late 2015, scores of protesters have been killed in clashes with police. 

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  • Say Goodbye To Foot-Odor Forever with Baking Soda, Vinegar and Ginger Puree!


    Even the most painstaking clean people can be suffering from foot odor and it is caused when the excessive perspiration is combined with bacteria. There are many simple treatments that are available to solve this problem.

    There are various natural remedies that are worth to try in order to get rid of the foot odor. You only have to follow them for some time and get the best results. Some of them are able to solve the issue within a week.

    The food odor is really annoying, so in that purpose and in order to eliminate it, here are some remedies that you can make from your home


    One of the most beneficial ingredients in getting rid of the smelly feet is the vinegar, as it is creating environment where bacteria can’t survive. You can use apple vinegar for this remedy. Add ½ cup of vinegar and 6 to 8 cups of hot water. Soak your feet in the foot basin for ten to fifteen minutes and after that wash the feet with soap so you can remove the smell from the vinegar.

    *Baking soda

    It reduces bacteria and neutralizes the pH of sweet. Add baking soda in a warm water(1tbs for every quart of water) and soak the feet the foot basin for fifteen to twenty minutes. You can repeat this method every night. You can also use baking soda by sprinkling some baking soda in both your socks and shoes before wearing them.


    It is great and effective solution for smelly feet, and it also removes toxins and inhibits bacterial growth. At first, you should make a puree of the medium sized ginger root and steep it in 1 cup of hot water for ten to fifteen minutes. Use a coffee filter to strain the solution. Use the smooth liquid to massage your feet, every night before you go to sleep. In order to get positive result this method should be repeated for two weeks.



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  • Travel review: Ethiopia - land of lost Ark


    Could a country once ripped apart by famine now be Africa’s most exciting holiday destination? Sarah Marshall visits Ethiopia.

    Clinging like a limpet to the sheer sandstone rock face, I dig my toes into disconcertingly shallow foot holes. Hiking shoes would have been useful, I sigh, but on the final leg of a hike to Ethiopia’s most inaccessible place of worship, barefoot is the only option.

    Tackling a six-metre vertical climb to reach the fifth century Abuna Yemata Guh, one of Tigray’s famous rock-hewn churches hidden in the Gheralta mountain range, really does require a leap of faith.

    Like much of Ethiopia’s ancient past, mystery surrounds the origins of this holy cave, where exquisitely preserved frescoes of wide-eyed archangels emerge from the shadows.

    Worshippers of all ages still make the difficult journey to celebrate mass, carrying babies, baskets of injera and even dead bodies on their backs.

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  • Ethiopia’s addiction to Kana TV


    Broadcast exclusively in the lingua franca of Ethiopia, Kana TV marks a breakthrough in a country where until recently the main alternatives to the drab state-owned terrestrial channels were foreign satellite broadcasters. This new free-to-air, private satellite TV channel, bringing international standard programming to Ethiopia’s estimated 4m TV households has seized a 40–50% prime time market share.

    Kana translates as something between taste and flavour – the “proverbial special sauce,” according to cofounder Elias Schulze. “It’s a crazy operation,” Schulze says. “At the beginning it took up to 50 man hours to dub one hour and we had to produce 200 man hours of content every day.”

    So far Kana has dubbed 1,200 hours of content since launching in April 2016, and has recently rented a 1,000-metre-square warehouse for original productions (previously, filming had to be done in places such as the front room of Schulze’s home).

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  • Several dead in Ethiopia stampede


    Several people have been killed in a stampede in Ethiopia's Oromia region after police fired tear gas and warning shots to disperse a protest.

    It happened during a religious festival in Bishoftu, 40km (25 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa.

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  • World's most dedicated Christians? Thousands climb steep cliffs to reach hidden churches

    THOUSANDS of dedicated Christians clamber up sheer cliffs to pray in hidden rock-hewn ancient Orthodox churches in Ethiopia.

    The sandstone cliffs of Gheralta in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia, which are 2580m tall, are the home to 35 hidden churches, some of which date back to the fourth century. 

    The climbs to reach the churches carved out of solid rock are arduous and involve near-vertical cliff faces at times and steep 300-metre ledges, particularly to reach the Abuna Yemata Church.

    Although tourists occasionally use harnesses and ropes to help with the strenuous climb, the locals do not. 

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  • Kenya talks to Ethipoia over Oromo River dam

     Nairobi (HAN) May 28.2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News. Most scientists say the Ethiopia dams will starve Lake Turkana of water and eventually kill it. Negotiators to find lasting solution. Kenya has restarted negotiations with the Ethiopean government to find a long lasting solution over the Gibe III Dams, which threaten Lake Turkana’s existence.

    Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said the negotiators are discussing scientific findings and will soon reach a solution.

    Most scientists have opposed the dams Ethiopia is building on River Omo, saying they will starve Lake Turkana of water and slowly kill it.

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  • The Weeknd owns the night at Billboard Music Awards


    Last night belonged to The Weeknd as he cleaned up at the annual Billboard Music Awards.

    The Canadian singer took home eight trophies including the prize for top RnB album for Beauty Behind The Madness.

    One Direction, Rihanna and Justin Bieber were also named winners.

    While Madonna and Stevie Wonder teamed up for a powerful duet in honour of Prince. 

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    With summer on its way, we are all looking for some quick ways to get rid of that accumulated body fat since last summer holidays. Well, the good news is that there is such a quick solution to this problem.For everyone who thought it would be impossible to replace loose dresses and shirts with a swimsuit, I offer you a drink which takes only minutes to make.


    To make this drink you will need the following ingredients: 

    • 8 ½ cups of filtered water
    • 1 teaspoon of grated ginger (or a tablespoon of organic ginger root powder)
    • 1 medium-size cucumber, thinly sliced
    • 1 medium-size lemon, thinly sliced
    • 12 mint leaves


    Mix all the ingredients in a large pitcher and let all the flavors blend overnight. Remove the lemon slices, ginger and mint leaves from the pitcher before pouring the drink in a glass. I recommend you just “slurp” the entire amount in the pitcher by the end of the day! If you do not drink it all during the day, you can refrigerate it for up to 2 days.You can drink this liquid every day in the course of 4 weeks, as it is safe and very hydrating.After all, this is enough time to burn the excess fat. 

    How does it work and why is it so effective? 

    All of the ingredients listed above have various health benefits and cleansing effects, but when combined, they make a healthy bomb that both purifies the body and helps remove the overload of fat.

    Now, let us have a look at the ingredients one at a time.


    They are low in calories, act as a diuretic, are high in dietary fiber and help keep the body alkaline. They are perfect food for weight loss.  


    As a study done at the Institute for Human Nutrition at Columbia University showed, when participants drank a hot beverage with ginger, they felt fuller and had less chance of overeating.  


    Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps suppress food cravings. Lemon also helps the body eliminate waste products by cleansing and detoxifying it. When lemon juice has been fully metabolized and its minerals have been dissociated in the bloodstream, its effect is alkalizing. This means that lemon raises the pH level of body tissue (pH value above 7 is alkaline).  


    You may not have thought of mint as an appetite suppressant, but it does control appetite. Not only will it give the water a refreshing flavor, but it will curb food cravings too. 


    You already know all the health benefits from drinking enough water. Water supports life, it hydrates the body, lubricates the joints and muscles during exercise, and if drank regularly, it reduces food cravings as well.

    So, there you have it: A drink that is cheap, easy to make and supports quick fat loss. You can start drinking it for a few days and see the immediate results.The only thing you can lose is the excess fat.


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  • Unprecedented Ethiopia protests far from over: analysts


    Regional protests that began last year in Ethiopia have spread across the country, and despite successive crackdowns analysts say dissatisfaction with the authoritarian government is driving ever greater unrest.

    Demonstrations began popping up in November 2015 in the Oromia region, which surrounds the capital, due to a government plan to expand the boundaries of Addis Ababa.

    The region's Oromo people feared their farmland would be seized, and though the authorities soon dropped the urban enlargement project and brutally suppressed the protests, they badly misjudged the anger it triggered.

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  • Ethiopia’s star singer Teddy Afro makes plea for openness



    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Teddy Afro, Ethiopia’s superstar singer, is topping the Billboard world albums chart with “Ethiopia,” which less than two weeks after its release has sold nearly 600,000 copies, a feat no other artist here has achieved.

    Known for the political statements he makes in his music, an infectious mix of reggae and Ethiopian pop, the 40-year-old Tewodros Kassahun told The Associated Press that raising political issues should not be a sin.

    Open debate “should be encouraged,” he said. “No one can be outside the influence of politics and political decisions.”

    Ethiopia is an unlikely place for an outspoken singer to thrive. The government is accused of being heavy-handed on opposing voices.

    During a visit this month, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein expressed concern about the state of emergency imposed in October after months of deadly anti-government protests demanding wider freedoms. Opposition and human rights groups blame security forces for hundreds of deaths, but the government says they largely used “proportionate” measures.

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  • Zelalem embracing U.S. pressure ahead of All-Star game


    When Arsenal takes on the MLS All-Stars on Thursday, U.S. national team fans will get a glimpse of potential future star Gedion Zelalem.

    The 19-year-old U.S. youth international spent last season on loan at Rangers, where he made 28 league and cup appearances, helping the club gain promotion to the Scottish Premier League.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has already tipped the teenager for great things, even if the player's body needs a bit of maturing first.

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  • Africa A year after Obama’s visit, Ethiopia is in turmoil


     August 9 at 12:08 PM

     The shoes lay scattered on the sidewalk as the detained protesters walked barefoot through the rain escorted by grim-faced police officers who casually beat them with batons to keep them moving.

    In nearby Meskel Square here in the heart of the Ethio­pian capital, police kicked around the remnants of protest signs. Just 10 minutes earlier, 500 people had gathered at the site — shouting slogans against the government before being beaten, rounded up and carted off by police.

    In Ethiopia’s countryside, however, it was a bloodier story. Rights groups and opposition figures estimate that dozens were killed in a weekend of protests that shook this key U.S. ally in the Horn of Africa.

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  • Are Ethiopian protests a game changer?



    Political protests which have swept through Ethiopia are a major threat to the country's secretive government, writes former BBC Ethiopia correspondent Elizabeth Blunt.

    For the past five years Ethiopia has been hit by waves of protest, not only by formal opposition groups but also Muslims unhappy at the imposition of government-approved leaders, farmers displaced to make way for commercial agriculture, Amhara communities opposed at their inclusion in Tigre rather than the Amhara region and, above all, by groups in various parts of the vast Oromia region.

    In the most recent unrest in Oromia, at least 55 people died when security forces intervened over the weekend during the annual Ireecha celebrations - a traditional Oromo seasonal festival.

    The Oromo protests have continued long after plans to expand the capital Addis Ababa's boundaries to take in more of the region were abandoned earlier this year. And in the last few months groups which were previously separate have made common cause.  

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  • Anguish and unrest in Amhara over Ethiopian state of emergency


    In the Ethiopian city of Gondar the chewing of the mildly narcotic plant khat stimulates animated conversation about recent events during the country’s ongoing state of emergency.

    “If you kill your own people how are you a soldier – you are a terrorist,” says 32-year-old Tesfaye, plucking at a bunch of green leaves. He recently left the military after seven years of service around the border with Somalia. “I became a soldier to protect my people.”

    Demonstrations last August in the country’s Amhara region, and particularly the cities of Bahir Dar (the region’s capital) and Gondar (the former historical seat of Ethiopian rule) signalled the spreading of protests to Ethiopia’s second most populated region.

    For much of the previous year, protesters in the Oromia region, to the south of Amhara, had been engaged in anti-government demonstrations to highlight perceived discrimination against the Oromo people.

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  • Fatal Ethiopia Stampede Seen Reviving Unrest in U.S. Partner



    The Ethiopian government’s deadly mishandling of a protest at a cultural event by the Oromo people threatens to reignite demonstrations across the country’s largest region and worsen political risk in one of the U.S.’s key African allies.


    The Association for Human Rights in Ethiopia estimates as many as 100 people were crushed to death or drowned on Sunday as they fled from regional police firing tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds to disperse a crowd in Bishoftu city, 28 miles (45 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Addis Ababa.


    Oromo protesters had crossed their arms -- a symbol of resistance by Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group that’s been demonstrating for almost a year -- as they chanted anti-government slogans and threatened to take over a stage where traditional leaders were due to speak. Government spokesman Getachew Reda put the death toll at 55 and said some of the protesters were responsible for the stampede.

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  • Ethiopian singers cancel New Year concerts


    Many Ethiopian singers have cancelled their concerts to welcome in Ethiopia’s New Year, which falls this year on 11 September.

    Ethiopians will be ushering in 2009 on Sunday as their calendar is more than seven years out of sync with the one used in much of the rest of the world.

    But some singers are planning to put a dampener on the celebrations that take place on New Year’s Eve.

    They say it would not be good to celebrate when people are mourning those who have died in recent protests.

    At least 17 singers have backed out of gigs to be held in various venues in the capital, Addis Ababa, and other cities.

    Oromo singer Abush Zeleke was among those who announced their decision on their official Facebook page.

    And on Twitter have reacted to the news:

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  • Trekking Ethiopia's Simien Mountains

    Ethiopia is a land of legends and mystery – the Queen of Sheba and the Ark of the Covenant to name but two. The landscape is also mesmerising. In the far north are the Simien Mountains – a mystical world of primeval forests, misty peaks, bizarre plants and exotic creatures. Trekking these stunning highlands is like stepping into an otherworldly paradise.


    Dramatic landscapes

    Violent volcanic eruptions 40 million years ago created the Simien Mountains massif, which rises to over 4500m in northern Ethiopia. Over millennia, erosive forces have sculpted its jagged pinnacles, deep ravines and volcanic plugs. Treks of between five and ten days along high-altitude escarpments, across alpine meadows and through the fertile lowlands are the best way to fully appreciate the amazing diversity of the Simiens, much of what today is protected as part ofSimien Mountains National Park.

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