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'Politics of demonization' breeding division and fear: Amnesty.

Source: Amnesty International Country: Bangladesh, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Honduras, Hungary, India, Iran , Myanmar, Philippines, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, ...

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Ethiopia and Sudan vow to enhance border cooperation.

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle February 22, 2017 - Ethiopia and neighboring Sudan signed multiple agreements to further boost up cooperation on a range of development activities, Ethiopia's foreign affairs minister said Tuesday. The agreements were signed following the completion of the 18th Ethiopia-Sudanese border development ...

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In tribute to Peter Abrahams: a champion of pan Africanism and anti-colonialism.

Peter Abrahams. South African History OnlineSouth African literary icon and Pan-Africanist, Peter Henry Abrahams, died in his adopted home of Jamaica on January 18 2017. He was 97. The author of some 12 novels, Abrahams was also a stalwart in the anti-colonial struggles dating back to the 1940s. Until the end he remained an ...

- The Conversation - UK

UN emergency fund provides $18.5 million to help respond to new drought in Ethiopia.

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia The CERF funds will immediately provide water and health, nutritional and agricultural services. The funds will help pastoralist communities in the Somali region, who are most in need. New York, 21 February 2017 - With the Horn of Africa facing ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Asseco with new contract in Ethiopia.

WSE-listed IT giant Asseco Poland has signed a $1.3 million deal with the Ethiopian Information Network Security Agency.

- Warsaw Business Journal - PL

Ethiopia launches new initiative to employ disaffected youth.

For the last two decades, the Ethiopian government has been trumping the country's economic successes , which earned it the title the "African Tiger." However the youth appear to have been left behind.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Half of 19mn Kenyan voters are from Rift Valley, Eastern and Central.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 21 - Rift Valley, Eastern and Central Kenya regions account for more than half of the total number of registered voters ahead of the August General Election. The three regions added together have listed 10,544,141 voters out of the 19,743,716 registered across the eight regions by February this year. The ...

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

Legislators clash in House over aspirant and MCA killing.

Government asked to take action on the executions in Rift Valley.

- Daily Nation - KE

'Time lost means lives lost,' warns UN aid chief, releasing funds to tackle drought in Ethiopia.

The top United Nations humanitarian official today released $18.5 million from the organization's Central Emergency Response Fund to enable critical aid for more than 785,000 people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and severe water shortages in Ethiopia's Somali region – the worst drought-stricken part of the ...

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Ethiopian delegation visiting India to adopt best practices from education sector.

New Delhi, Feb 21 In an effort to learn from the Indian education system and to gather prevailing best practices, a delegation from ministry of education, Government of Ethiopia is currently visiting India. The focus of their visit is on adapting best practices like mid-day meal programs, teacher training and mother tongue ...

- Yahoo! News - US

UK Trains Ethiopian Security Forces, as MPs Call for Action on Death-Row Dad.

ReprieveThe UK Government is training senior members of Ethiopia's security sector, despite the illegal detention of a British father on the country's death row. The news comes as 53 MPs and peers call on the Foreign Office to secure Andy Tsege's return from unlawful detention.    

- Common Dreams - US

Calls to investigate crimes committed in S. Sudan intensifies

February 20, 2017 - The United Nations Human Rights office has called for an independent body to investigate crimes committed during the more than three-year conflict in South Sudan. A three-member commission made the call during a three-day workshop on transitional justice in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. “An ...

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Severe food shortages hit Africa's refugees hard, warn UNHCR and WFP

Source: World Food Programme, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mauritania, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, World The two agency heads warn that food shortages will have dire consequences on the health and protection of 5 million vulnerable ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Zuma not backing Hayatou - minister

The 2017 Caf presidential election is scheduled for March 16 in Addis Ababa.

- Daily Nation - KE

An orphan refugee's mad scramble into Trump's America

This was Laura Fantone's vision: Her teenage foster daughter flies halfway around the world from a refugee camp in Ethiopia to San Jose, where she finds her new mom waiting with her long-lost friend and a crowd of supporters. They don't share a language and barely know anything about each other, but they hug and

- VICE News - US

Regional lobby, USAid eye cheap Ethiopia maize to ease shortage

East African Grain Council and the USAID trade hub want to link Kenyan buyers to Ethiopian sellers to import the grain into the country.

- BusinessDailyAfrica - KE

Roaming telescope project introduces Kenyan kids to secrets of the night sky

Thousands of schoolchildren in Kenya are getting a rare opportunity to look at the stars. The Traveling Telescope visits some of the East African country's most remote areas, showing students the night sky and describing the science of astronomy with telescopes and virtual reality goggles. One by one, the children in this ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Library Information Foundation for Ethiopia: A country that reads is a country that leads

Yeewket Admas is Amharic meaning knowledge horizons. With knowledge, we can expand our horizons and improve our world. Library Information Foundation for Ethiopia is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide good quality books to Ethiopians to help them develop a culture of reading and self-improvement. We have ...

- San Francisco Bay View - US

Kenya, Ethiopia in talks over threats to Lake Turkana

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 18 - Talks are ongoing between the Government of Kenya and Ethiopia over the construction of Gibe 1, 2, & dams which according to human rights defenders, risk drying Lake Turkana. Environment Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu says the government had an agreement with the Ethiopian Government, which only ...

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

IOM to build hundreds of new shelters for S. Sudanese refugees Ethiopia

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle February 17, 2017 - The International Organization for Migration on Friday disclosed that it is building hundreds of transitional shelters for tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia. IOM said it will construct some 900 transitional shelters in the newly built Nguenyyiel camp in Gambella ...

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UN seeking $1.9 billion to address drought crisis in Horn of Africa

Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda In several ways the situation is worse than in 2010-11 because this is the third consecutive year of drought and multiple years of diminished food production have exhausted people's capacity to cope with another shock. ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Blue Nile Acquisition Completed, Company To Go Private

A group of private investors completed the acquisition of Blue Nile Friday and will officially delisted from NASDAQ in a few days

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Ethiopia denies forcing through Gibe Dams project

Addis has always consulted Nairobi on the project, says Ambassador Dina Mufti.

- Daily Nation - KE

How should the US react to human rights abuses in Ethiopia?

Washington D.C., Feb 16, 2017 / 10:44 am .- One member of Congress is hoping for a “serious policy review” by the Trump administration of the United States' relationship with Ethiopia, citing human rights abuses by the government there. “To truly stop violence abroad, Ethiopia must stop violence at ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

Sudan, UN discuss ways to deliver humanitarian aid to Two Areas

February 15, 2017 - Sudan's presidential aide Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Marta Ruedas on Wednesday have discussed ways to enhance cooperation to deliver humanitarian assistance to the Two Areas. South Kordofan and neighbouring Blue Nile states, also known as the “Two ...

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48 Ethiopians arrested in Nairobi suburb

Suspects found holed up in a tiny room are being held in Ruiru police cells.

- Daily Nation - KE

Somalia's new leader faces delicate balancing act

Farmajo will have to navigate Somalia's tense relationship with its powerful neighbour Ethiopia.

- Daily Nation - KE

African Union: Defense attachés receive ICRC briefing on South Sudan

Article | The ICRC has briefed several defense attachés connected to embassies and organizations in Addis Ababa about its mission and activities in South Sudan.


AccorHotels signs 3 new hotels in Ethiopia

AccorHotels has entered into 3 partnerships with Ethiopian investors for the construction and management of 3 hotels in Addis Ababa.

- eTurboNews - US

Sudan, UN discuss ways to deliver humanitarian aid to Two Areas

February 15, 2017 - Sudan's presidential aide Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Marta Ruedas on Wednesday have discussed ways to enhance cooperation to deliver humanitarian assistance to the Two Areas. South Kordofan and neighboring Blue Nile states, also known as the “Two ...

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Ethiopian Olympic protest runner Feyisa Lilesa reunited with family

Exiled Ethiopian Olympic protest runner sees his family for the first time in at least six months.

- BBC - UK

Ethiopia-Sudan border development conference kicks off on Thursday

February 14, 2017 - The 18th session of the conference on development of the joint Sudanese-Ethiopian borders will be held on Thursday in Mekelle, capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region, said governor of Gadaref State. The two-day conference, which is held alternately between Sudan and Ethiopian regions, will discuss issues ...

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Nine countries join UN-supported network to halve maternal, newborn deaths in clinics

A health network is being created, with support of United Nations agencies, in nine countries – Bangladesh, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – whose Governments have pledged to halve maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities by 2022.

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Ethiopia: Dams, Plantations a Threat to Kenyans

– Dropping water levels in Kenya's Lake Turkana following the development of dams and plantations in Ethiopia's lower Omo Valley threaten the livelihoods of half a million indigenous people in Ethiopia and Kenya, Human Rights Watch said today. Based on publicly available data from the United States Department of ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Ethiopia: Helping the drought-affected, displaced and the vulnerable in detention

Article | In 2016, the ICRC continued to help the people of Ethiopia respond to the effects of the El Nino-induced drought.


Immediate and expansive' action needed as millions face starvation in the Horn of Africa

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia The IFRC is appealing for US$13 million as more than 11 million people are facing severe hunger in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia because of prolonged and worsening drought conditions.Prolonged and worsening drought ...

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Ethiopia vow to work closely with new Somalia president

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle February 10, 2017 - Ethiopia Thursday convoyed a congratulatory message to the newly elected president of Somalia and vowed to extend support to the new administration in the east African nation. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed 'Farmajo' was elected a President of the Federal Republic of Somalia in the ...

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Refugee numbers from South Sudan top 1.5 million and still no solution in sight

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda More than 1.5 million people have been forced to leave South Sudan and seek safety since conflict erupted in 2013. An additional 2.1 million people are displaced inside ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Tackling drought with emergency aid is not the answer

Source: IRIN Country: Ethiopia, World Integrated interventions that work together to build household and community capacity to learn, cope, adapt, and transform in the face of shocks and stresses are needed.SAN FRANCISCO, 7 February 2017 For those forced to live through them, droughts are less an unusual event than a way of ...

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Sudan's NCP displeased with SPLM-N refusal of US humanitarian proposal

February 9, 2017 - Sudan's ruling National Congress Party Thursday expressed its discontent with what it described as ''tactical moves" of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement- North over the U.S. humanitarian proposal. The SPLM-N last November declined an American proposal to transport humanitarian medical assistance ...

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Fire at Blue Nile TV studios causes large financial damage

February 8, 2017 - Sudan's Blue Nile television station building caught fire on Wednesday morning destroying a major studio as well as the newsroom and forcing the channel to stop broadcasting. In press statements, director of the Blue Nile TV, Hassan Fadl al-Maula, said the fire broke out at 10:00 am. Wednesday due to an ...

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Sudan, S. Sudan border commission to meet in April

February 8, 2017 - The Joint Border Commission between Sudan and South Sudan will meet in Addis Ababa in April to settle the differences between the two sides, said JBC Co-chair JBC Co-chair Abdallah al-Sadiq told the semi-official Sudan Media Center Wednesday that 80% of the 2,400 kilometers borders between the two ...

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Militias of Bashir's Regime and the Proxy War

Sudan Democracy First Group Militias of Bashir's Regime and the Proxy War War in the Blue Nile: Militias in the hunt of refugees and displaced population Introduction Throughout its rule, the National Congress Party established an infamous reputation of relying heavily on militias outside of the Sudan Armed Forces , in ...

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Success in Addis Ababa: AU Commission finally elects a chairperson

- Brookings - US

Insecurity in Yemen threatens incoming refugees and migrants

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen The UNHCR today launched a major campaign to highlight dangers to thousands of people – most from Ethiopia and Somalia – who continue to head to Yemen despite the raging conflict.UNHCR launches campaign to highlight dangers to thousands of ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Insecurity in Yemen threatens incoming refugees and migrants

UNHCR launches campaign to highlight dangers to thousands of people ? most from Ethiopia and Somalia ? who continue head to Yemen despite the raging conflict.

- UN - INT

How much worse are African droughts because of man-made climate change?

Three years of dry weather have left millions hungry in Ethiopia and southern Africa. How much blame falls on human-driven global warming?

- UN - INT

Figures of the week: Refugee flows from and within Africa

As the 28th African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government opened in Ethiopia on Monday, January 30, leaders responded to a recent executive order issued by U.S. President Donald Trump, which is directed at citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries—including three in Africa: Libya, Somalia, and Sudan. ...

- Brookings - US

Can Foreign Governments Launch Malware Attacks on Americans Without Consequences?

Can foreign governments spy on Americans in America with impunity? That was the question in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Thursday, when EFF, human rights lawyer Scott Gilmore, and the law firms of Jones Day and Robins Kaplan went to court in Kidane v. Ethiopia. Jones Day partner ...

- EFF - US

As new drought hits Ethiopia, UN urges support for Government's 'remarkable' efforts

Commending the Ethiopian Government and humanitarian partners on the response to last year's El Niño drought that left 10.2 million people needing food assistance, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and UN aid chief Stephen O'Brien today said the international community must show “total ...

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