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Doctors find 122 nails in Ethiopian's stomach

Oct 22, 2018 - 6:54 PM

A surgeon extracts from the stomach of a patient who suffers from mental illness 122 4-inch nails, 4 pins, a toothpick and pieces of broken glass

Is Africa starting to choke on China's lending glut?

Oct 18, 2018 - 10:23 PM

China is the single largest bilateral financier of infrastructure in Africa, exceeding the combined total of the African Development Bank (ADB), the EU, International Finance Corporation, the WB and the G8 countries

WELCOME. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping applauding as he attends the Forum On China-Africa Cooperation - Round Table Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 4, 2018. Photo by Lintao Zhang/Pool/AFP

Toll from Ethiopia bloodshed at least 58

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:27 PM

The cited figure is more than double government estimates, and could be as high as 65, according to another source

FLEEING THE VIOLENCE. People who fled the violence in the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa sit at a youth centre used as a temporary shelter, on September 18, 2018. Photo by AFP.

Eritrea president hails unity with Ethiopia on historic visit

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:21 PM

'We are no longer people of two countries. We are one,' says Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki

HISTORIC VISIT. Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki (5th from right) is received by Ethiopia Prime Minister of Abiy Ahmed as he arrives at the Bole International airport in Addis Ababa on July 14, 2018. Photo by Maheder Haileselassie Tadese/AFP

Arrests announced as death toll rises in Ethiopia attack

Jun 24, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The ensuing chaos kills two and injures more than 150 people and marred an event meant to build public support for Abiy's ambitious reform agenda.

PROTEST. Supporters of Ethiopia Prime Minister attend a rally on Meskel Square in Addis Ababa on June 23, 2018. Photo by Yonas Tadesse/AFP

One dead, scores injured in grenade blast at Ethiopia PM's rally

Jun 23, 2018 - 6:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The health minister says 154 people were injured and another had died, without giving further details

RALLY. Ethiopians cheer on stage during a rally called by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, on Meskel Square in Addis Ababa on June 23, 2018. A small blast sparked panic at a public rally for Ethiopia's new Prime Minister attended by tens of thousands of people on June 23, 2018. Photo by Yonas Tadese / AFP

Hundreds dead as floods wreak havoc in East Africa

May 04, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Kenya Red Cross says 112 people have lost their lives countrywide since early March

LONG RAINY SEASON. Scenes like this truck falling off the road are typical in Nairobi now that unusually heavy showers have heralded the beginning of Kenya's long rainy season. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Kuwait to recruit Ethiopians amid Philippines labor crisis

Apr 03, 2018 - 9:38 PM

'We aim to open the door to the recruitment of Ethiopian workers to fill the deficit of domestic servants and reduce prices,' said General Talal Al-Maarifi, head of Kuwait's General Department of Residency Affairs

BAN. Because the Philippine government still refuses to send OFWs to Kuwait, the Gulf state decided to hire Ehtiopians instead. AFP

5 Philippine locations we would hate to see as celebrity prenup backdrops

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:33 PM

Maybe Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia would think twice about doing a glamour shoot in these spots

Ethiopia emergency to last 6 months

Feb 17, 2018 - 11:55 PM

It caps a tumultuous week that saw Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resign, a strike in the country's largest region, and a massive prisoner amnesty

Ethiopia releases journalist, politician, drops blogger charges

Feb 14, 2018 - 11:33 PM

The releases come amid a string of pardons and prisoner releases that began last month, after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the government would release jailed 'politicians' in order 'to improve the national consensus and widen the democratic platform'

Ethiopia's Oromo denounce gov't on stampede anniversary

Oct 01, 2017 - 9:05 PM

At least 50 individuals were killed in a protest that turned violent when police opened fire during last year's Irreecha festival

Landslide at Ethiopia garbage dump kills at least 46

Mar 12, 2017 - 11:15 PM

UPDATED Part of the largest pile of trash at the Koshe landfill collapses leveling dozens of scavengers homes

Excavators move earth as rescuers work at the site of a landslide at the main landfill of Addis Ababa on the outskirts of the city on March 12, 2017. Zacharias Abubeker/AFP

Ethiopia declares state of emergency

Oct 09, 2016 - 11:00 PM

The country is facing its biggest anti government unrest in a decade with an estimated 500 protesters killed over the past 10 months

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 2, 2016 shows residents of Bishoftu crossing their wrists above their heads as a symbol for the Oromo anti-government protesting movement during the Oromo new year holiday Irreechaa in Bishoftu. Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on October 9, 2016 following months of violent anti-government protests, according to an official statement. "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.  / AFP PHOTO / Zacharias ABUBEKER

10 countries host half world's refugees – Amnesty

Oct 04, 2016 - 3:02 PM

Countries immediately neighboring crisis zones – led by Jordan Turkey and Pakistan – bear the brunt of the global refugee problem

ESCAPE. In this file photo, Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Ethiopia mourns 52 killed in festival stampede

Oct 03, 2016 - 5:13 PM

The people were killed a stampede at a religious festival after police clashed with anti government protesters

A man checks the pulse of the victim of a stampede during the Oromo new year holiday Irreechaa in Bishoftu on October 2, 2016. Zacharias Abubeker/AFP

Dozens feared dead in stampede at Ethiopia religious festival

Oct 02, 2016 - 9:20 PM

3rd UPDATE The stampede happens during an anti government protest at a religious festival

TRAGEDY. People throw stones after a deadly stampede during the Oromo new year holiday Irreecha in Bishoftu, Ethiopia on October 2, 2016. Photo by Zacharias Abubeker/AFP

Paralympics: Reprimand for new protest by Ethiopian runner

Sep 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The International Paralympic Committee sternly rebukes Tamiru Demisse 22 for making a political statement at the Games

PROTEST. Ethiopia's Tamiru Demisse (C) reacts after the final of men's 1500 m (T13) of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro on September 11, 2016. YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP

Human relative 'Lucy' died in fall from tree: study suggests

Aug 29, 2016 - 11:36 PM

Her injuries suggest she stretched out her arms at the moment of impact in an attempt to break her fall says study co author John Kappelman of the University of Texas at Austin

WHAT HAPPENED TO LUCY? This handout photo released by the Nature on August 29, 2016 shows University of Texas Austin professor John Kappelman with 3D printouts of the skeleton of Lucy. Photo by Marsha Miller/NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP/AFP

Ethiopia pledges safe return for protest runner

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms as he finished the marathon in protest against the Ethiopian government s crackdown on political dissent

Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia reacts while crossing the finish line to take the second place in the men's Marathon race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 August 2016. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

PH, other vulnerable countries to pursue 1.5-degree climate goal

Aug 17, 2016 - 1:55 PM

For countries like the Philippines the difference of a 0 5 degree warming can mean life or death

Dozens killed in new wave of Ethiopia protests

Aug 09, 2016 - 9:42 AM

Protests sweep the vast state of Oromia and even reaches the capital Addis Ababa a rare event in a nation with a government considered among the most repressive in Africa

Italy, Netherlands offer to share UN council seat

Jun 29, 2016 - 12:52 AM

3rd UPDATE The two European countries reach a compromise after getting 95 votes each Meanwhile Kazakhstan defeats Thailand to win the seat reserved for Asia

THE UNITED NATIONS. United Nations Headquarters' General Assembly Building (L) and Secretariat Building (R) in New York City, New York, USA, September 24, 2015. File photo by Matt Campbell/EPA

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Tiny Djibouti thinks big with China-backed infrastructure splurge

Apr 06, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Economists warn Djibouti is becoming too dependent on China but its foreign minister says countries can only develop if they have infrastructure

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 27, 2016 shows containers and a general view of the port of Djibouti. Djibouti has been in the lucrative position of offering landlocked Ethiopia its only access to the sea since Ethiopia went to war with Eritrea next door in 1998. During the two-year conflict, Addis Ababa relied on Djibouti's main port to import weapons. Since then Ethiopia's economy has grown exponentially, and with it the tide of imports flowing through Djibouti to the country of 97 million people, which accounts for 86 percent of all goods transiting through Djiboutian ports. / AFP / Simon MAINA

Rights group accuses Ethiopian troops of executing protesters

Mar 14, 2016 - 10:54 PM

An Ethiopian rights group oaccuses government forces of more than 100 extra judicial killings as well as torture while putting down protests that began last year in the Oromia region

PROTEST. Protestors set up a symbolic coffin with victim’s names in Wolenkomi, some 60km West of Addis Ababa, after police shot dead at least four people during a demonstration on December 15, 2015. Photo by Justine Boulo / AFP

200 million girls and women living with FGM – UNICEF

Feb 05, 2016 - 10:35 AM

Of the 200 million female genital mutilation victims 44 million are girls age 14 and younger

UN: Millions of Ethiopians facing worst drought for decades

Jan 31, 2016 - 7:12 PM

Forecasts indicate that the number of people needing food aid in Ethiopia could double within months

How mobile phones are making childbirth safer in Ethiopia

Nov 11, 2015 - 12:13 PM

At the touch of a button an app gives crucial guidelines to birth attendants in Ethiopia

SAFE BIRTH APP. A picture taken on November 9, 2015 in Nairobi shows a mobile phone application offering a simplified guide to child-birth in Ethiopia, displayed on top of an Ethiopian flag and map. Tony Karumba/AFP

South Sudan's Kiir signs peace deal despite doubts

Aug 27, 2015 - 7:43 AM

The signing ceremony is held in the capital Juba under the threat of UN sanctions if Kiir fails to put his name to the accord

In this file photo, the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir (L) looks on during a peace meeting held with regional leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 10, 2014. Daniel Getachew/EPA

No South Sudan peace but president dodges sanctions for now

Aug 18, 2015 - 12:39 PM

UPDATED South Sudan s government refuse to sign a peace deal with rebels despite the threat of international sanctions but will return to finalize an agreement within 15 days

MEETING FOR PEACE. Rebel chief Riek Machar (L) and South Sudan's President (C) attend peace deal talks in Addis Ababa on August 17, 2015. Stringer/AFP

Obama warns African leaders who refuse to step down

Jul 29, 2015 - 11:08 AM

Obama says the rest of the world also needs to change its approach to Africa by boosting fair trade and not just providing aid handouts

TALKING TO AFRICA. US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on July 28, 2015. Saul Loeb/AFP

Obama challenges Ethiopia on democracy but praises Shebab fight

Jul 28, 2015 - 9:44 AM

Rights groups have complained that Obama s visit to Addis Ababa could add credibility to a government they accuse of suppressing democratic rights

CHALLENGE TO ETHIOPIA. US President Barack Obama speaks during a joint news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (not pictured) at the National Palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 27, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Obama in Ethiopia, focus on South Sudan peace bid

Jul 27, 2015 - 12:13 PM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama heads to Ethiopia the first American president to visit Africa s second most populous nation and a key but much maligned ally in the fight against terrorism

OBAMA IN KENYA. US President Barack Obama smiles during the official opening of the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, July 25, 2015. Daniel Irungu/EPA

Obama in Kenya for security, human rights talks

Jul 25, 2015 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Excitement has been building in Kenya for weeks with the visit seen as a major boost for the east African nation s position as a regional hub

FIRST VISIT. US President Barack Obama waves after landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Photo by Daniel Irungu/EPA

Suffocating security ahead of Obama's Kenya visit

Jul 23, 2015 - 12:49 PM

US and Kenyan officials are fixated on making sure Al Qaeda s Somali led affiliate the Shebab cannot violently disrupt the US presidential visit this week

WAITING FOR OBAMA. A handout photograph provided by the Kenyan Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism (MEAACT) on July 22, 2015 shows an artist holding a depiction of US President Barack Obama during the Pre-Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) Expo being held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, July 22, 2015, ahead of US President Barack Obama's much-anticipated visit to the east African nation this weekend. Stuart Price/MEACCT/Handout/EPA

African Union deploys military and rights observers to Burundi

Jul 22, 2015 - 10:02 PM

The AU teams are aimed to prevent an escalation of violence in Burundi and to facilitate the completion of efforts to resolve the serious crisis in the country

Ethiopian Airlines launches direct PH-Ethiopia flights

Jul 10, 2015 - 1:52 PM

Manila will be our strategic point of access to the Southeast Asian neighboring countries by availing excellent connectivity options says Ethiopian Airlines Chief Executive Officer Tewolde GebreMariam

MAIDEN FLIGHT. This serves as a transit point for passengers from other African countries and the Middle East. In the photo are Ethiopian Airlines and Tourism department executives having a ceremonial toast. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Obama to visit Ethiopia, African Union in July

Jun 20, 2015 - 7:28 AM

US President Barack Obama s trip to Addis Ababa will come directly after an already announced trip to Kenya his first as president to his father s homeland

VISITING ETHIOPIA. US President Barack Obama, the first American chief executive with an African parent, is set to visit Ethiopia in July. File photo by Saul Loeb/Pool/AFP

Rights groups decry Ethiopia press clampdown ahead of elections

May 23, 2015 - 4:24 PM

Ethiopia ranks as the fourth most censored country in the world says the US based Committee to Protect Journalists

400 Europe-bound migrants held in Libya dawn raid

May 17, 2015 - 10:37 PM

With a coastline of 1 770 kilometers Libya is a stepping stone for Africans seeking a better life in Europe

Ethiopia in mourning after ISIS kills Christians

Apr 21, 2015 - 7:28 AM

The murders have horrified Ethiopians and sparked global condemnation including from Pope Francis who expressed great distress and sadness over the shocking violence

HORROR BY THE SEA. An image grab taken on April 19, 2015 from a video reportedly released by the Islamic State (ISIS) group through Al-Furqan Media, one of the Jihadist platforms used by the militant organization on the web, purportedly shows men described as Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya kneeling on the ground in front of masked militants before their beheading on a beach at an undisclosed location in Libya. Al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP

ISIS shows purported executions in Libya of Ethiopia Christians

Apr 19, 2015 - 11:09 PM

The 29 minute video purports to show militants holding two groups of captives described in a text on the screen as followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church

HORROR BY THE SEA. An image grab taken on April 19, 2015 from a video reportedly released by the Islamic State (ISIS) group through Al-Furqan Media, one of the Jihadist platforms used by the militant organization on the web, purportedly shows men described as Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya kneeling on the ground in front of masked militants before their beheading on a beach at an undisclosed location in Libya. Al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP

Jawbone fossil in Ethiopia sheds light on human origins

Mar 05, 2015 - 11:24 AM

A piece of jawbone with teeth attached uncovered in Ethiopia is the earliest known fossil of the genus Homo to which humans belong

A caravan moves across the Lee Adoyta region in the Ledi-Geraru project area near the early Homo site. Image courtesy Erin DiMaggio, Penn State

South Sudan rivals agree new ceasefire deal

Feb 02, 2015 - 8:48 AM

Negotiator: Complete cessation of hostilities in South Sudan is expected as of this morning Monday February 2

A combination of file pictures made on February 1, 2014 shows South Sudan President Salva Kiir (L) on June 2, 2014 in Juba and leader of South Sudan's largest rebel group and former vice-president Riek Machar (R) on May 9, 2014 in Addis Ababa. Samir Bol/Zacharias Abubeker/AFP ABUBEKER

WHO says Ebola epidemic on the decline

Jan 30, 2015 - 12:06 AM

UN s Ebola coordinator David Nabarro still cautions that the epidemic is not totally contained

A photograph made available 27 July 2014 shows Liberian health workers in protective gear on the way to bury a woman who died of the Ebola virus from the isolation unit in Foya, Lofa County, Liberia, 02 July 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

African Union urges action against Boko Haram attacks

Jan 21, 2015 - 10:06 PM

Boko Haram is a threat not only to Nigeria and the region but also to the continent as a whole African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma says

File photo of African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Pope names 20 cardinals, emphasizing shift

Jan 04, 2015 - 10:53 PM

UPDATED Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals a majority of them from Africa Asia and Latin America increasingly key areas as the Roman Catholic Church s support shifts from its traditional European stronghold

Pope Francis attends the Divine Liturgy at the St George church, the principal Greek Orthodox cathedral, on November 30, 2014 in Istanbul as part of a three day visit in Turkey. Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Dozens of migrants drown in shipwreck off Yemen – gov't

Dec 08, 2014 - 2:55 PM

UPDATED The boat capsized in bad weather off the port city of Al Makha near the Strait of Bab el Mandeb the Yemeni Interior Ministry says

Ceasefire plea for Sudan's Darfur as talks open

Nov 24, 2014 - 4:03 PM

African Union chief mediator Thabo Mbeki called for a cessation of hostilities between the government and two rebel factions

African Union chief mediator Thabo Mbeki speaks to the press after holding talks with the Sudanese government aimed at securing a peaceful resolution to the country's conflicts on November 5, 2013, in Khartoum. Ebrahim Hamid/AFP