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Ethiopia: A woman appointed as Defense minister in cabinet reshuffle

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has made history after the parliament approved Tuesday his new 20-member cabinet half composed by women who have been offered key posts including the defense portfolio. The new cabinet received confidence vote from the parliament in what has become the first balanced cabinet in the history of the country known […]

Ethiopia’s President announces visa-on-arrival regime for Africans

Ethiopia will roll out a visa-on-arrival regime for all Africans entering the country, President Mulatu Teshome said on Monday. The president, who was speaking at the opening of the new session of the country’s parliament in Addis Ababa, said there would be no need for Africans to necessarily apply for visas before flying into the […]

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Horn of Africa nations urge UN to lift Eritrea sanctions

Ethiopia and Somalia last weekend reiterated calls to the United Nations General Assembly for the lifting of sanctions on neighboring Eritrea. In July, the United Nations chief said he believed the need for UN sanctions against Eritrea will no longer exist following its peace deal with Ethiopia. The Security Council imposed sanctions in 2009 on […]

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Financial independence reform to top A.U. meeting in November

The African Union will hold an extraordinary summit next November in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to focus mainly on the reform of the organization, AU Commission President Moussa Faki Mahamat. The extraordinary summit held last March was dedicated to the African Continental Free Trade Area. Among the major axes of this reform is the financial independence […]

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Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia, Eritrea celebrate discovery of Christ’s Cross

Thousands of Ethiopians and Eritreans had flocked to Meskel Square in Addis Ababa on Wednesday to commemorate the Meskel festival, also known as the Finding of the True Cross on which Jesus was crucified. Ethiopians from across the country — and visitors from around the world — carried yellow daises, wooden crosses and wax candles […]

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Inter-ethnic violence: Deadly clashes hit Ethiopia

A weekend of ethnic violence on the outskirts of Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa left several dead and hundreds displaced, police and officials said. According to local media, a well-organized and ruthless gang prey on residents with knives, stones or iron bars in Ashewa Meda, Burayu, Anfo, Keta and Asko areas of Oromia region. The attacks […]

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‘Wind of hope’ blowing through Horn of Africa, says UN chief

There is a powerful wind of hope blowing across the Horn of Africa region, said UN chief António Guterres on Sunday, in Saudi Arabia, where he attended the signing of a peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, ending decades of simmering conflict. Saudi Arabia facilitated the agreement, and in a message on Twitter, the Foreign […]

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Horn of Africa: UN welcomes Djibouti agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed Thursday’s meeting in Djibouti with the foreign ministers of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia with the Djiboutian head of diplomacy. The meeting, held on September 6 in Djibouti, resulted in the signing of a cooperation agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. Through his spokesman, the UN chief stressed that “the […]

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Grand Renaissance Dam: fresh talks kick-off in Egypt

A new round of talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over a disputed dam over the Nile River has been held in Cairo this week, after talks on the issue have been deadlocked for months, Reuters reported. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri met his Sudanese counterpart Dardari Mohammed Ahmed to address fears expressed by Egypt. […]

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Ethiopia: Gov’t, rebel groups agree to restructure armed operations

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has created a new office to oversee and implement an agreement with former rebel groups, local media reported on Tuesday. Earlier this month, the Horn of Africa nation has signed an agreement to end hostilities with the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which it had previously declared a terrorist movement. The […]

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