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G20 Compact: Germany pledges €243 billion for Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week met 11 African heads of state, international organizations and corporate leaders to promote a program launched last year to encourage private investment in Africa. The G20 Compact with Africa was open to all African countries but so far only 11 have joined: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, […]

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Security Council Renews mandate of UN mission in Sahara

The UN Security Council approved the renewal of the UN Mission in the Sahara MINURSO for another six months ahead of the Geneva round table. The resolution 2440, adopted by a vote of 12 in favor to none against, with 3 abstentions (Bolivia, Ethiopia, Russian Federation), welcomed the decision by the UNSG personal envoy for […]

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Ethiopia gets $1.2 bln loans, grants from World Bank

The World Bank has approved $1.2 billion in grants and loans to Ethiopia, the Washington-based lender said in a statement. According to the bank, the $600 million grant and $600 million loan will finance reforms in the financial sector and improve investment climate. The financial boost will also help promote public-private partnerships to improve efficiency […]

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Kenya Airways starts direct flights to US

Kenya Airways’ inaugural flight to the United States has landed at the John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday, completing a historic flight that will shave up to seven hours off the tortuous journey that usually involves long layovers in Europe or the Middle East. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and some government officials were at […]

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Ethiopia: France to back Prime Minister Abiy’s reforms

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met President Emmanuel Macron of France on Monday in Paris on his first official visit to Europe since taking office in April. President Macron praised the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s raft of reforms that have turned the region’s politics on its head. He vowed to back the reformist Prime Minister in […]

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Ethiopia welcomes first woman president

The Ethiopian Parliament on Thursday elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country’s first female president. The move follows the resignation of Ethiopia’s outgoing President Mulatu Teshome on Wednesday. Teshome, who has been the East African country’s head of state since October 2013, on Wednesday submitted his letter of resignation. According to State news agency ENA and […]

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U.S. to slap sanctions on Ethiopia’s ex-spy boss

US Congressman Mike Coffman is pushing for sanctions to be slapped on Ethiopia’s former intelligence chief, Getachew Assefa. Getachew was the country’s head of intelligence services for many years under the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) regime but was removed after reformist Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, took control of political power in April. Getachew and […]

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Addis Ababa violence: Ethiopia frees over 1,100 detainees

The Ethiopian government on Thursday announced the release of  1,174 youth arrested over violent protests in and around the capital Addis Ababa last month. The unrest escalated on the day of a rally marking the return to Ethiopia of leaders of the exiled Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), which had waged a four-decade insurgency for self-determination […]

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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 […]

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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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