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Uganda starts pulling out troops from Somalia

Uganda has begun the withdrawal of its troops serving in the African Union mission (Amisom) in Somalia. The withdrawal of 281 army personnel comes as part of a UN plan that will see African Union (AU) soldiers’ numbers reduced by 1,000 by the end of this year, military officials in Kampala said. Uganda provides the […]

Turkey sends 450 locally made MPT-76 assault rifles to Somalia

The Turkish government has sent 450 of its first locally designed MPT-76 assault rifles to Somalia to fight al Shabaab, weeks after the militant group killed over 300 people in Mogadishu, one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years. According to Turkish news agency Anadolu, the government of President […]

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US alarmed by recent protest deaths in Ethiopia

The United States on Thursday condemned the latest round of violent clashes in Ethiopia’s Oromo region where about 10 people have been killed whiles 20 others have been wounded. According to the US Embassy in the capital city Addis Ababa, the latest violence in the Oromo region highlights importance of peaceful expression & conflict resolution […]

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US Envoy to United Nations visits Africa

The United States President Donald Trump’s special envoy has kicked off an official visit to Africa, starting from Ethiopia on Monday. America’s United Nations envoy Nikki Haley is expected to hold meetings with members of the Ethiopian government and officials of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa. According to a statement from the US […]

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Ethiopia devalues Birr to cope with foreign currency crunch

The National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) on Tuesday announced a devaluation of the country’s currency, the birr by 15% in a bid to cope with the serious foreign currency crunch it has faced. According to the reserve bank, along with the devaluation, interest rates on deposits have been increased by 2% to stand at 7%. […]

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Ethiopia: two jailed-Eritrean journalists freed after 11 years

Two Eritrean journalists jailed for over a decade in Ethiopia have been released, according to family members. Tesfaldet Kidane and Saleh Gama, who were arrested in 2006 at the Kenya-Somalia border during Ethiopian invasion of Somalia, were released last weekend. Family members of Kidane speaking to the Washington-based Voice of America radio, said Saleh – […]

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Senegal: National revenue records a surplus of 560 billion CFA

Senegal’s economy has recorded a revenue surplus of over 560 billion CFA, data from the West African nation’s office of economic planning, policies and finance revealed. The economy may grow 6.8 percent this year, the most in sub-Saharan Africa after Ethiopia and Ivory Coast, according to the International Monetary Fund. Senegal is one of the […]

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Ethiopia: parliament lifts state of emergency

Ethiopia’s parliament on Friday voted to lift the state of emergency imposed last October to help check anti-government protests, BBC reports. Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on October 9 last year to curb violent unrest leading to damage of properties including those of local and international businesses. Members of parliament in the Horn of […]

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Ethiopia eyes $30 billion dollars from textile by 2030

The Ethiopian government plans to use 80% of the total area of land suitable for cotton growing as the country projects to generate $30 billion in foreign exchange earnings from the textile and garment sector by 2030, Bogale Feleke, Ethiopian Deputy Minister of Industry said. “We intend to increase our area of cotton production. At […]

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The Ethiopia-Djibouti railway line to start commercial operations in October

Chinese-built electric rail line built in Ethiopia will start commercial operations in October this year, it was officially announced. The 756-km stretch linking Addis Ababa and the Red Sea state of Djibouti aims at creating new manufacturing industries, improving transport and opening up landlocked Ethiopia further. “We hope the rail project will facilitate expansion of […]

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