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Amnesty International condemns Ethiopia for mass arrest of Oromo people

Leading rights group Amnesty International says that at least 75 supporters of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) have been arrested in Ethiopia, as a crackdown on dissenting political views intensifies ahead of general elections.“The return of mass arrests of...

Ethiopia platform collapse during Epiphany celebration kills 10, 250 injured

Regional officials in Ethiopia on Tuesday confirmed 10 deaths and 250 people injured after a wooden platform collapsed during a religious event the day before.Thousands of people attended the colorful Epiphany celebration known as Timkat in the northern city...

Ethiopia’s electoral board sets date for national elections

Ethiopia’s electoral board announced on Wednesday that it expects to hold national elections on Aug. 16, 2020, the first vote under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who took office in 2018 and has directed political and economic reforms.Birtukan Mideksa, the...

Ethiopia blazing the trail, launches first satellite into space

Ethiopia launched its first satellite into space on Friday, as more sub-Saharan African nations strive to develop space programs to advance their development goals and encourage scientific innovation.Before dawn on Friday, senior officials and citizens gathered at the Entoto...

Parliament confirms Sahle-Work Zewde as Ethiopia first female president

Ethiopia on Thursday appointed a woman to the largely ceremonial position of president for the first time, further increasing female representation in the government of Africa's second most populous nation.In a unanimous vote, Ethiopian lawmakers picked career diplomat Sahle-Work...

Drunk police officer kills two colleagues in Ethiopia

A drunk police officer shot dead two colleagues in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Thursday, state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation reported. The policeman who fired on his colleagues was also shot dead, Federal Police Commissioner Zeynu Jemal was quoted by...

44 killed in Ethiopia’s restive western region

Fighting between rival ethnic groups in western Ethiopia has left at least 44 people dead, state affiliated media reported Tuesday.The clashes occurred on the border between the central Oromia and western Benishangul-Gumuz regions.Violence began when officials from Benishangul-Gumuz were...

Ethiopia revokes Land leased for Saudi billionaire, others

Ethiopian officials have revoked land leases in Addis Ababa that were held by dozens of investors, including Ethiopian-born Saudi billionaire Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi.A total of 412.6 hectares of land have been returned to the Addis Ababa Land Bank and...

Ethiopians rally in Addis against ethnic-based attacks

Several thousand Ethiopians demonstrated in the streets of the capital on Monday morning to protest ethnic-based attacks in the outskirts of the city in which more than 20 people died over the weekend.Commissioner of the federal police Zeynu Jemal...

Ethiopia arrest deposed president of the Somali region

The former president of Ethiopia’s Somali region was arrested Monday, the state broadcaster ETV reported.The dismissal and arrest of Abdi Mohammed Omar, a well-known politician from the country’s eastern area, came after unrest in the Somali region’s capital, Jigjiga,...
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ICC hands fmr Ugandan child soldier 25 years for war crime

The International Criminal Court sentenced Ugandan former child soldier Dominic Ongwen,  who turned into a brutal rebel commander to 25...
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