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An African at the helm of WHO, a Première

After a tough election campaign and three rounds of voting, the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) elected Tuesday Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as Director-General. He thus becomes the first African to hold the position. “Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on […]

AU Commission backs African candidate for WHO top position

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the continent’s richest man, Aliko Dangote on Monday took to Twitter to endorse Ethiopia’s former health and foreign affairs minister, who is a front-runner to become Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Africa, Europe and South Asia are vying for the top […]

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Chinese firm to build 120-MW wind farm in Ethiopia

China’s Dongfang Electric Corporation will build a 120-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Ethiopia’s Somali regional state, Chinese state-run news agency reported on Thursday. According to PR and Communication Director of the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Bizuneh Tolcha, the project will be launched by the coming July. “The wind farm project is expected to […]

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UN rights chief lauds Ethiopia as a partner in human rights

The United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Wednesday praised Ethiopian government for its efforts to promote and protect human rights in the Horn of African nation. “Ethiopia is one of our partners in the Commission’s efforts to promote and protect human rights for all,” UN Rights chief Zeid […]

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Malawi raises legal marriage age to 18

Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika has officially banned child marriage this week after a two-year parliamentary process and subsequent approval in February. The constitutional amendment signed by the president raises the legal marriage age to 18.  The offense is now punishable by five years’ imprisonment and a fine of about $143. However, rights campaigners say it […]

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US fast-food Pizza Hut eyes Ethiopia

U.S. fast-food giant Yum Brands Inc. on Tuesday unveiled plans to expand its Pizza Hut restaurants in Ethiopia, becoming the first international restaurant chain to enter the Horn of Africa nation. The restaurants are scheduled to begin serving in the capital, Addis Ababa, by November according to Bloomberg. “We will start off with three outlets […]

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AfDB questions Africa’s annual $35bn food importation

African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina on Thursday lamented the negative effects that huge food imports had on the African continent. Speaking at the Center for Global Development event held in Washington DC, the former Nigerian Agriculture Minister indicated that the continent must break the food import chain and aim for self-sufficiency in food production […]

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World Bank trims Sub-Saharan Africa growth projection

The World Bank cut its growth projection for sub-Saharan Africa this year after a tumultuous period in 2016. According to the bank, Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to grow at a moderate rate of 2.6 percent in 2017. Growth this year will be “better than the 1.3 percent in 2016, the lowest in two decades, but […]

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Ethiopia: Armed group kills 28 people, abducts 43 children near South Sudan

Fresh cross-border raid by suspected south Sudan gunmen on Monday and Tuesday left 28 people dead and 43 children abducted in Ethiopia. The attackers came from South Sudan last weekend and killed civilians, including women and children at Gambella’s Gog and Jor areas in Ethiopia territory, a regional government spokesman told Reuters. “The Ethiopian military […]

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Ethiopia: Rubbish dump landslide killed dozens in capital city

About 30 people were killed and 28 others injured in a landslide accident near the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa this weekend. The accident occurred at the Koshe Garbage Landfill on Saturday night after a landslide swept through a giant rubbish dump. According to the mayor, some 37 people had been rescued from the rubble and […]

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