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Tripartite Nile Dam Talks Postponed Due to Resignation of Ethiopian PM

Sudan announced that the tripartite meeting on the Ethiopia’s mega Nile dam were postponed following the political developments ensuing the resignation of the Ethiopian Prime Minister. “In response to a request by the Ethiopian side, a tripartite meeting on the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which was scheduled to be hosted by Khartoum at technical and […]

Ethiopia’s PM Hailemariam Desalegn resigns

Hailemariam Desalegn, on Thursday, resigned as Ethiopia’s Prime Minister and chairman of the ruling coalition, State run media Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) reported. Desalegn submitted his resignation letter to the House of People’s Representatives, FBC said. The ruling coalition accepted the resignation but tasked Desalegn to continue in the role until a successor is named. […]

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AU Commission rejects Chinese spy claims

The African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday said the African Union does not have any secret dossiers and nothing to spy on. Moussa Faki Mahamat made his comment two weeks after a report in French newspaper Le Monde indicated that China had bugged the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia. An investigation conducted […]

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China spying on African Union since 2012

China has been spying on the African Union headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for the past Five years, results of an investigation conducted by French media Le Monde Afrique revealed last Friday. The $200 million AU headquarters construction was funded fully by China as a gift to the AU, part of Beijing’s efforts […]

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Nile Dam Saga: Ethiopia rejects World Bank mediation

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Sunday rejected a call by Egypt for World Bank arbitration over the hydroelectric dam construction on the Nile. Egypt wants the World Bank to serve as a neutral party in the country’s lengthy but fruitless negotiations with Ethiopia and Sudan over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam. […]

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UK, Germany pile pressure on Ethiopia in Human Rights matters

Germany and the United Kingdom have renewed pressure on the Ethiopian government urging it to fulfil its promises on political reforms and opening up the democratic space in the Horn of African nation. In a statement released on Wednesday, both embassies stressed the need to open up the political space and allow people to participate […]

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Ethiopia reviews family law, bans adoption by foreigners

The Ethiopian parliament on Tuesday approved legislation banning international child adoptions in the horn of Africa nation. The country is a popular destination for families seeking to adopt. The bill, based on the new National Child Protection Policy, encourages orphans’ adoption in their own country. Lawmakers say orphans and other vulnerable children should be cared […]

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Towards a single air transport market in Africa

The African Union is planning to launch an African single air transport market with 40 plus countries expected to be signatories. So far, 23 African countries out of 54 have subscribed to the single African air transport market. In his New-Year address, the President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mohamed, indicated that the […]

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Ethiopia to close notorious torture chamber Maekelawi

The Ethiopian government will pardon political prisoners and close the notorious Maekelawi prison in a bid to widen the democratic space for all, Prime Minister Haile mariam Desalegn said on Wednesday. The move comes days after consultations within the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition which includes parties representing the Oromo and other […]

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UN Mission welcomes agreement to revive South Sudan’s peace pact

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) welcomed the signing of an agreement on cessation of hostilities and improving humanitarian access in the country and urged all parties to work collectively to ensure durable peace. “The Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access is an important first step in the […]

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