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Ethiopia inks $1 bln World Bank deal to support reforms

The new reformist Prime Minister of Ethiopia Ahmed Abiy has secured a $1 billion deal from the World Bank to continue the ongoing reforms in the Horn of Africa nation. The deal with the global financial institution had been reached because “of the reforms taking place in the country,” Abiy told the press in Addis […]

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White House: Uhuru Kenyatta to visit USA

United States President Donald Trump will meet his Kenyan counterpart later this month, specifically on August 27, The White House announced in an official statement. According to the statement, the meeting between Uhuru Kenyatta and Donald Trump will reaffirm the long-standing relationship between the United States and Kenya as a cornerstone of peace and stability […]

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Exiled Bishop Merkorios returns to Ethiopia after a 27- year exile

The Fourth Patriarch of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church, Abune Merkorios, has returned to Addis Ababa after 27 years in exile. The Holy Synod of Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (EOTC) lived in the United States throughout his exile, occasionally visiting congregations there. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, met him in the US last week and persuaded […]

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Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders awarded UAE’s highest medal for their peace deal

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki have been awarded the Order of Zayed, the United Arab Emirates’ highest medal, in recognition of their efforts to establish peace between the two African nations. The medals were handed to the two African leaders by the Crown Prince of the UAE, Sheikh Mohamed Bin […]

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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 […]

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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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