Ethiopia lauds economic significance of Chinese-built Ethiopia-Djibouti railway


Ethiopia on Wednesday commended the first two months of transportation operation of the Chinese-built electrified railway. The Ethiopia-Djibouti railway that connects landlocked Ethiopia to its neighboring Red Sea nation of Djibouti has transported over 2,000 containers of commodities from the port to central Ethiopia during its first two months of operations, the Ethiopia-Djibouti Standard Gauge …

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Top contenders for Ethiopian Premiership


Hailemariam Dessalegn was on the pedestal chairing the Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) Executive Committee meeting that went for the whole week starting March 11, 2018, for the last time. It was a must for Hailemariam to chair the Executive Committee meeting of the coalition as the statute of the EPRDF states that such …

Kenya Boosts Border Security After Ethiopian Rebels Claim Attack


Kenya tightened security at its northern border with Ethiopia after the rebel Oromo Liberation Front said it attacked a military convoy in the neighboring country. The deployment comes amid increased tension in the market town of Moyale that straddles the two countries’ boundary after Ethiopian forces “mistakenly” killed nine civilians and injured 12 others on …

Who will be Ethiopia’s next prime minister? – BBC


Ethiopia's ruling coalition is due to meet soon to choose its next leader. That person will automatically become the prime minister. They will be taking on the role at a time of bitter internal wrangles and violent protests. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced on 15 February that he would resign as both the chairperson of …

Stephen Hawking, modern cosmology’s brightest star, dies aged 76


Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions, has died aged 76. His family released a statement in the early hours of Wednesday morning confirming his death at his home in Cambridge. Hawking’s children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a …

The Medieval Castle You’d Never Expect to Find in Ethiopia


The history of one of Ethiopia’s most fascinating buildings. As the story goes, Fasil Ghebbi started with a precocious buffalo. As far back as the 13th century, Ethiopian royalty was nomadic. They traveled around the country, living in temporary structures alongside their subjects. But Emperor Fasilidas wasn’t satisfied with wandering; he wanted a permanent capital …

Eritrea: Rights Abuses Continue Unabated | HRW


Repeated Human Rights Council resolutions have condemned “in the strongest terms” the “systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations” by the Eritrean government.  The Council has condemned violations including arbitrary detention, torture, sexual violence, religious oppression, denials of the rights of free expression and peaceful assembly. The Council has also expressed grave concern over the …

Ethiopia command post says 9 civilians killed by mistake


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopian security forces mistakenly killed nine civilians in Moyale, located on the country’s southern border with Kenya, according to a command post established to oversee Ethiopia’s state of emergency. Five members of Ethiopia’s National Defense Forces involved in the killings have been disarmed and are under investigation, the command post stated. …

ETHIOPIAN ARMY TARGETS CIVILIANS IN MOYALE KILLING NINE, WOUNDING ABOVE A DOZEN. MARTIAL LAW COMMAND POST CALLS IT A MISTAKE, RESIDENTS DISPUTE


Addis Abeba March 11/2018 – At least nine civilians were shot to death on Saturday March 10 by members of the Ethiopian army in Moyale town, 790 km south of Addis Abeba, on the border between Ethiopia and Kenya. More than fifteen were also wounded, four of them critically. Members of the army responsible for …

CHINA FLOODS AFRICA WITH NEEDED DOLLARS, STOKING US CONCERN


DJIBOUTI (AP) — The new electrified rail line snakes through the African desert, charting a course from a port along the Djibouti coast to Addis Ababa, the capital of land-locked Ethiopia. The Chinese built the railway, and part of the port, and the new military base next door. On the other end of the line, …