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President Kenyatta commissions Sh42bn Isiolo-Moyale road.

MOYALE, Kenya, Jul 26 - President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday commissioned the Sh42 billion Isiolo-Moyale road which connects Kenya to Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa. The Isiolo-Moyale highway is a key plank of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Corridor Project. The road project was implemented in three ...

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE | Shops close in Ethiopian capital over tax dispute.

Shops have closed their doors in Addis Ababa's largest market in protest at a recent hike in business taxes, bringing anger over the policy to the nation's capital.

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Ethiopia urges illegal workers in Saudi Arabia to come home.

The Ethiopian government says only 15% of its citizens returned before today's amnesty deadline.

- BBC - UK

S. Sudanese youth calls for AU peace-mediation process.

July 24, 2017 - A group of South Sudanese youth on Monday rejected the Intergovernmental Authority on Development involvement in the revitalization of South Sudan's 2015 peace deal and called for a process that is mediated by the African Union . The group, in a statement, said four countries that directly border South Sudan ...

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Water pictured around Renaissance Dam alarms Egyptians.

As negotiations to complete the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam studies remain stalled, satellite images show water pooling around the dam, raising Egyptian suspicions of unauthorized storage.

- Al-Monitor - EG

UN threat of sanctions likely to intensify South Sudanese fighting and refugee flight into Ethiopia.

EVENT The United States' deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Michele Sison, on 20 July warned the UN Security Council that the latest initiative - termed the "revitalization forum" - by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development to end the ongoing South Sudanese civil war

- Jane’s - US

Once a Killer Drug, Qat Is Now a Dropout Drug, If You Believe The New York Times.

The paper warns that the stimulant shrub, used for millennia in Ethiopia, is creating "a huge problem" among "underemployed youth."

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UN sees 70% shortfall in aid for S. Sudan refugees.

In May, the United Nations said it needed $1.4 billion this year alone to help people who have sought refuge in Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic

- Daily Monitor - UG

Audit queries RVR's Sh400m rail payment.

Auditor-General Edward Ouko has questioned Kenya Railways' decision to pay Rift Valley Railways Sh416.9 million.

- BusinessDailyAfrica - KE

In Ethiopia, model drought defenses are put to the test.

Battered by drought and civil wars, more than 20 million people from Yemen to Tanzania are at risk of starvation in what aid workers call the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. But over the past two decades, nations that once produced searing images of famine's toll have moved to thwart it by strengthening ...

- Yahoo! News - US

In Ethiopia, model drought defenses are put to the test.

The country's booming capital, Addis Ababa, sits in stark contrast to rural areas struggling against two severe droughts in three years. But innovative aid has helped farming communities manage the crisis. Part 1 of our series on famine resilience.

- Christian Science Monitor - US

Experts begin research on how to counter effects of fluoride

An intensive research on ways to counter the health effects of flouride on human health is underway here. Scientific researchers from Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya and the European Union are involved.

- TheCitizen - TZ

Tourist 'trampled and gored' in front of his wife by elephant in Ethiopian reserve

The attack reportedly took place at the Chebera-Churchura Nature Park.

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Ethiopia, Djibouti agree to enhance security cooperation

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle July 21, 2017 - Ethiopia and Djibouti on Friday vow to further bolster cooperation security and defence areas between the two countries. The state-owned Ethiopia Broadcast Corporation reported that the joint defence committee of the two nations commenced in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopia and Djibouti ...

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114 Somali Prisoners Released From Ethiopia Arrive in Mogadishu

More than 100 Somalis, recently released from Ethiopian detention facilities and handed over to the Somali government, arrived in Mogadishu on Saturday, government officials told VOA Somali. The 114 prisoners smiled and some of them kneeled as they got off the plane and kissed the soil. Parents and relatives waiting for ...

- Voice of America - US

For Ethiopia’s Underemployed Youth, Life Can Center on a Leaf

About half of Ethiopia’s youth are thought to chew khat, a psychotropic leaf. Officials consider such widespread use of the drug, blamed on a lack of work, 'a huge problem' for the country’s future.

- New York Times - US

Enough calls to investigate attacks on civilians in SPLM-N areas

July 21, 2017 - The U.S. based advocacy group Enough Project has called on the SPLM-N divided factions to probe attacks on civilians in the rebel held areas in the Blue Nile State and hold accountable the perpetrators. Following a leadership crisis within the Sudan People's Liberation Movement- North that erupted earlier ...

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Harar - the Ethiopian city known as 'Africa's Mecca'

Our correspondent visits the ancient city of Harar as it celebrates its 1,010th anniversary.

- BBC - UK

Ethiopia: The hyenas of Harar

Emmanuel Igunza reports from the ancient city of Harar in Ethiopia, where it appears man and hyena have evolved a mutually beneficial - if unlikely arrangement.

- BBC - UK

Eritreans pursue two-wheeled dreams in exile

Ethiopia is one of Africa's main hosts of refugees.

- Daily Nation - KE

EU commend Ethiopia's initiative to make political reforms

By Tesfa-Alem Tekle July 20, 2017 - The European Union on Thursday commended the ruling party, Ethiopia peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front for opening space for dialogue with opposition parties. Currently, 21 political parties, including the ruling coalition EPRDF are engaged in consultations and debate to bring about ...

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Troika and EU condemn South Sudan army attacks on rebel stronghold

July 20, 2017 - Members of the Troika and the European Union have condemned the continuing violence in South Sudan, especially the current offensive by government forces against the country's armed opposition forces near Pagak town. Pagak, located on South Sudan's border with Ethiopia, has been a military stronghold for ...

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Eritreans pursue two-wheeled dreams in exile

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jul 21 - After representing Eritrea in cycling tournaments across Africa, Daniel Teklay took a journey of a different sort last year when he escaped across his country's militarised border to a new life as a refugee. A year later Teklay is back on his bike, only now he competes in Eritrea's

- CapitalFM Kenya - KE

A Water Weed Is Damaging Ethiopia's Largest Lake and Putting Livelihoods at Risk

The lake has become a symbol of the dire state of Ethiopia's natural resources at a time when Ethiopia's fast-growing population needs more of everything.

- Global Voices - US

Food security likely to deteriorate further in Somali Region

Source: Famine Early Warning System Network Country: Ethiopia Severe drought over the past year has resulted in very large livestock losses in the region, food insecurity is worsening to extreme levels following interruptions in humanitarian assistance. Severe food insecurity in Somali Region likely to deteriorate further ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Kenya U-20 side quietly fly out to face Botswana

The aggregate winner of this tie will face Ethiopia in the first round in September.

- Daily Nation - KE

Ethiopia's Music of Resistance Stays Strong, Despite Repression

Amid wide-scale protests and a violent government crackdown, Afan Oromo musicians have begun to rise as a visible — and audible — driving inspiration for the opposition movement.

- Global Voices - US

Search for MH370 reveals serendipitous data on oceanography

Mountains larger than Everest and a rift valley with subsea volcanoes among valuable landmarks found.

- Malaysiakini - MY

MH370 search data unveils ancient geological movements

The Indian Ocean search ended in January after covering a lonely stretch of open water where under-sea mountains larger than Mount Everest rise and a rift valley dotted with subsea volcanoes runs hundreds of kilometres long.

- Times Of India - IN

IGAD FMs to meet in Juba over peace agreement implementation

July 18, 2017 - Foreign Ministers of the east African regional bloc will meet in Juba on Sunday to discuss the report of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission on the implementation of South Sudan's peace agreement, said Sudan's Foreign Ministry. South Sudan's peace agreement signed in Addis Ababa in August 2015 ...

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Climate change threatens an ancient way of life in Ethiopia

Back-to-back droughts raise questions about the future of shepherds' livelihoods.

- Washington Post - US

South Sudan rebels deny government forces besieged base

July 17, 2017 - South Sudan rebels loyal to former First Vice-President, Riek Machar dismissed as untrue reports that their headquarters were surrounded by pro-government forces, saying their forces are 25km away from Pagak, a town on South Sudan's border with Ethiopia. “The genocidal regime forces led by notorious ...

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Hyenas spark admiration, not fear, in Ethiopia's Harar city

HARAR, Ethiopia - Hyenas roam the streets of the ancient walled city of Harar in eastern Ethiopia every night, seeking scraps of meat to drag to the nearby caves.

- Reuters - US

Kefi signs on-site funding agreement for Tulu Kapi

Aim-listed Kefi Minerals has signed the terms for $135-million in funding with Oryx Management to finance and operate all the on-site infrastructure at its Tulu Kapi gold project, in Ethiopia. This latest mandate letter and heads of terms with the infrastructure specialist followed Kefi's signing of terms with the ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA

Over 30,000 South Sudanese arrive in rebel stronghold town: SPLM-IO

July 14, 2017 - More than 30,000 displaced civilians have arrived in the rebel stronghold of Pagak, near the border town with Ethiopia amid accusation by the rebels that the government forces continue attacks on their position in the Upper Nile region. “Over 30,000 internally displaced persons have arrived in Pagak in ...

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Ethiopian Musicians Charged With Terrorism for 'Inciting' Song Lyrics

In the face of government repression, Afan Oromo musicians have risen as a visible -- and audible -- source of inspiration for the opposition movement.

- Global Voices - US

Enhancing India-Africa development cooperation

Post-colonial India and Africa were drawn to­gether to address similar development chal­lenges facing them. Their bilateral engage­ments were strengthened when the structured mechanism of the India-Africa Forum Summit was devised. The first summit was held in 2008 in NewDelhi, followed by the second in 2011 at Addis ...

- Brookings - US

UN in South Sudan concerned about civilians fleeing clashes in Upper Nile

Thousands of South Sudanese civilians are fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia as Government troops advance on a rebel stronghold in the Upper Nile region, a senior United Nations official today said, expressing grave concern about what is already the world's fastest growing refugee crisis.

- UN - INT

UN in South Sudan concerned about civilians fleeing Government, rebel fighting in Upper Nile

Thousands of South Sudanese civilians are fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia as Government troops advance on a rebel stronghold in the Upper Nile region, a senior United Nations official today said, expressing grave concern about what is already the world's fastest growing refugee crisis.

- UN - INT

Family planning saves lives and promotes resilience in humanitarian contexts

Source: CARE, International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, Women's Refugee Commission Country: Afghanistan, Australia, Burundi, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Germany, Honduras, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

SPLMN-Hilu appeals for return of humanitarian agencies to Sudan's Blue Nile

July 11, 2017 - The Sudan People's Liberation Movement -North under the leader of Abdel Aziz al-Hilu has called on humanitarian groups to return to Blue Nile state, assuring it will facilitate such action. The troubled state witnessed recently tense fighting between the two factions of the SPLM-N, as Malik Agar who leads ...

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Kenya: Rift Valley Violence Threatens Voting

– Ongoing violence in the Rift Valley is causing insecurity and forced displacement that could potentially keep thousands of people from voting in the August 2017 national elections, Human Rights Watch said today. Launch Map Expand Share Kenyan authorities should urgently investigate violence in Baringo and Laikipia ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Ethiopia: ICRC, police commissioners held discussions on training provided to Ethiopian police

Article | The ICRC and senior Ethiopian police officials held a one-day discussion to discuss international human rights and humanitarian standards related to policing.


Ethiopia: ICRC, senior police staff discuss humanitarian principles

Article | The ICRC and senior Ethiopian police officials held a one-day discussion to discuss international human rights and humanitarian standards related to policing.


Africa in the news: AU summit focuses on youth, South Africa debates Reserve Bank, and Zambian president announces state of emergency

Twenty-ninth biannual African Union summit is held in Addis Ababa On Monday, the 29th biannual African Union summit opened in Ethiopia under the theme Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth.' During the summit, Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed called for the AU and the United Nations to ...

- Brookings - US

Drought-hit Horn of Africa to receive further €60 million in EU aid

Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Country: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, Yemen The additional funding brings the total amount donated to the region, including Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda, to almost ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

China and the East Africa railways: Beyond full industry chain export

May 30, 2017 marked the launch of the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway in Kenya. The Chinese government and official media have hailed the completion of the project as another success of the East Africa regional railway network, following the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway, which launched operation on October 5, 2016. ...

- Brookings - US

Drought and hunger in Ethiopia: Oxfam is there

Drought in Ethiopia: Oxfam is there Drought and hunger in Ethiopia: Oxfam is there4 July 2017A severe drought has left 7.8 million people in need of humanitarian aid in Ethiopia. These numbers are likely to rise in the coming weeks. Oxfam is supplying clean water to communities in the Somali region, which is proving to be a ...

- Oxfam International - UK

Africa in the news: Audit reveals depth of Mozambique's debt, Nigeria launches tax amnesty program, and Ethiopian Airlines grows its fleet

Mozambique audit reveals $500 million of $2 billion in loans are missing Kroll, an independent auditing firm hired to investigate Mozambique's state loans, presented a report on Saturday, June 24, detailing the extent and nature of the country's debt. It found that more than a quarter of the $2 billion in secret ...

- Brookings - US