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UN emergency fund releases $15 million to help Ethiopians affected by inter-communal violence

A United Nations emergency fund on Thursday released $15 million to urgently scale up humanitarian assistance to people affected by escalating inter-communal violence in Ethiopia. Historical tensions between communities in southern Ethiopia escalated during April, leading to loss of life, widespread property damage and large-scale displacements, says the UN in a press release. “Nearly one […]

Ethiopian rebel group declares unilateral temporary ceasefire

Ethiopian rebel group declares unilateral temporary ceasefire

An Eritrea-based Ethiopian rebel group, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), on Thursday announced a unilateral temporary ceasefire, saying it has instructed its forces operating in Ethiopia’s central Oromia regional state to implement the temporary ceasefire. In a press statement, OLF said the unilateral ceasefire was made to accelerate peace talks with the Ethiopian government for […]

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UN welcomes renewed ties between Eritrea, Ethiopia

The UN Security Council on Tuesday welcomed the peace deal between Eritrea and Ethiopia that brought relations out of a deep freeze. The 15-member Security Council said it could review sanctions on Eritrea after the United States, China, Britain, France and Côte d’Ivoire raised concerns. After meeting and embracing in Asmara on Sunday, Ethiopian Prime […]

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‘Wind blowing in the direction of peace’ in Africa, UN Secretary-General

Secretary-General António Guterres (right) addresses a peace and security in Africa session at the Second Annual AU-UN Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Recent developments in Africa indicate that the continent is increasingly moving in the “direction of peace” and enhanced security, the United Nations Secretary-General told journalists in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday. […]

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Ethiopia, Eritrea to restore diplomatic ties as leaders embrace

Eritrea and Ethiopia are set to re-establish diplomatic and trade ties, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaia Afwerki said during a landmark meeting in Eritrean capital Asmara. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s trip to Asmara is aimed at normalizing relations between the two countries. The visit comes after Ethiopia said it would […]

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Djibouti opens $3.5 billion Chinese-built free trade zone

The government of Djibouti on Thursday commissioned a $3.5 billion Chinese-built free trade zone, seeking to capitalize on its strategic position on one of the world’s busiest trade routes. Djibouti, one of Africa’s smallest countries, has become China’s “strategic partner” in recent years. Beijing has built a military base and a port in the Horn […]

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“Ethiopia is a special country with world-class talent,” says humanoid robot Sophia

The famous humanoid robot, Sophia whose software was developed in Ethiopia has described the East African nation as a special country, and its youth as world class talent following her visit to the country earlier this week. Designed by Hong Kong firm Hanson Robotics, Sophia who is programed to speak and understand the official Ethiopian […]

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Ethiopia’s PM welcomes Eritrean delegation over border war

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday welcomed Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and a high-level delegation for historic talks that could ease military tension between the two countries.   Ethiopian elders, religious figures and traditional dancers were all part of the welcoming committee at the Bole international airport.   Diplomatic ties between the two […]

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South Sudan: President Kiir, rebel leader Machar in Ethiopia for talks

South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar arrived in Ethiopia this Wednesday for a meeting with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir. This is the first time the rebel leader returns to Ethiopia since a peace deal broke down in 2016. He had been held under house arrest in South Africa since late 2016 after fleeing South […]

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Ethiopia appoints new central bank governor

Ethiopia has appointed a new central bank governor on Monday amid major economic reforms spearheaded by the country’s new Prime Minister Abiye Ahmed. Yinager Dessie who has been serving as head of the National Planning Commission with the rank of a minister, will take over Teklewold Atnafu, according to Fana Broadcasting Corporation. Abiy Ahmed, 41, […]

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