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Divisions, radicalization fears vex Ethiopian Muslims

Ethiopia’s traditionally cohesive and tolerant Sunni Muslims on Saturday began the holy fasting month of Ramadan amid growing divisions and fear over what is officially labeled “radicalism and extremism.’’…Read more: (

Ethiopia gives journalist 18-month jail term for subversion

An Ethiopian journalist was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in prison on charges of subversion, his lawyer said, but is expected to be freed within a week as he has been in jail since his arrest in late 2015…Read more:(

Air Force officer kill several soldiers in eastern Ethiopia

An engineer with the Ethiopian Air Force killed at least ten soldiers at an army meeting in Gode town of the Somali region of Ethiopia, according to ESAT’S sources…Read more: (

Ethiopians in Saudi remain in limbo as Kingdom’s deadline for amnesty approaches

Ethiopians who spoke to ESAT from Saudi Arabia say they are not getting the support from their government, when they needed it most, as the deadline for the Kingdom’s amnesty to undocumented immigrants to leave the country expires at the end of June…Read more: (

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Cholera raging in Ethiopia as denier sits at helm of WHO

Cholera epidemic is claiming the lives of hundreds in Ethiopia as a denier of the outbreak of the disease took the post of the director general of the world’s health agency…Read more: (

Ethiopia’s Tedros Becomes First African to Head Who

Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been elected as the new head of the World Health Organization (WHO), becoming the first African to lead the United Nations health agency…Read more: (

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As Ethiopian Seeks to Head WHO, Outbreak at Home Raises Questions

Ethiopia is battling an outbreak of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) that has affected more than 32,000 people. At the same time, Ethiopia’s former minister of health, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is a candidate to lead the World Health Organization…Read more: (

Ethiopia: Authority Completes Six Road Projects

In the past nine months, the Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) completed the construction of six projects with a cost of 5.3 billion Br…Read more: (

Ethiopia: 3.3 million-year-old child skeleton rewrites history of how the human spine evolved

The well preserved remains of a 3.3 million-year-old Australopithecus Afarensis have revealed that the spine of these early hominins was more similar to ours than to that of extant African apes. It counted 12 thoracic vertebrae, like the spine of modern humans, instead of 13…Read more: (

Ethiopia Should Return to Its Source

Ethiopia under TPLF does not resemble a unified country with a national purpose…Read more: (

Victims of landfill landslide say promises not kept

Survivors of the garbage landslide in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa last March say authorities have not kept promises of financial help and provision of housing…Read more: (


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Ethiopian institutions hit by global cyber attacks

A number of Ethiopian institutions were affected by a global cyber attack which hit some 155 countries, Ethiopia Information Network Security Agency (INSA) disclosed on Thursday…Read more:(

European Parliament Demands Investigation Into Ethiopia Killings

Today, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for a United Nations-led independent investigation into the killing of protesters in Ethiopia. Between November 2015 and October 2016, Ethiopian security forces killed hundreds of protesters, and detained tens of thousands…Read more: (

14th round of talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over Renaissance Dam fail

The 14th round of talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the latter’s Renaissance Dam on the River Nile have failed…Read more: (

Ethiopia: Government Fighting to Control Spread of Armyworm

Addis Ababa May 19/2017 An all-out effort is underway to control the fall armyworm that has infested some parts of Ethiopia, according to Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources…Read more: (

Ethiopia reports huge revenue in power supply over last 10 months

Ethiopia says it has earned over $165m in revenue for sale of electric power over the last 10 months. Out of the amount, $49m was from supply to neighbouring Sudan and Djibouti…Read more:(

ONLF, PG7 agree to work in unison against tyranny

Leaders of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and Patriotic Ginbot7 Movement for Unity and Democracy (PG7)  on Wednesday reached a breakthrough agreement to wage the struggle in unison against the TPLF/EPRDF regime and work jointly to facilitate the formation of a broad based common platform for all democratic forces…Read more: (

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Aid agencies hope rain in April eases drought impact

Aid agencies hope the anticipated rain in April would ease the persisted dry condition and have also positive contribution for the improvement of pasture and drinking water in the pastoral areas…Read more:

Ethiopia: Attack by guerilla forces kill 13 regime soldiers

Patriotic Ginbot 7, an armed group opposing the Ethiopian regime, says its forces have carried out a surprise attack against regime forces on Monday in Libokemkem, South Gondar, killing 13 and injuring 4…Read more: (


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Ethiopia: Terrorism verdict for facebook post is a shameful affront to freedom of expression

In response to news that former Ethiopian opposition spokesman Yonatan Tesfaye has been found guilty of “encouragement of terrorism” in connection with his posts on Facebook, Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said:…Read more: (

How long can Ethiopia state of emergency last?

A decade of development in Ethiopia, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, is at risk if the country continues to ban political opposition and muzzle the media, the UN has warned…Read more: (

Ethiopia: Fuel tucks ambushed in Gondar

Two fuel trucks heading to Gondar from Sudan came under attack on Tuesday in Chilga, north Gondar. The two trucks were completely burnt and the drivers injured, according to ESAT’s sources… Read more: (

Andargachew Tsige’s partner to stand against Theresa May

Yemi Hailemariam, partner of Andy Tsege, Ethiopian born Briton held in Ethiopian jail, said she will stand against U.K’s Prime Minister, Theresa May in the general election in her seat to raise awareness of his plight, according to a report by i news…Read more: (

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FEATURE-Trafficked into slavery: The dark side of Addis Ababa’s growth

– It was the promise of education in Addis Ababa tha..t led 11- year-old Embet to take the fateful decision to leave home…Read more: (

[Ethiopia] GE and Addis Ababa Institute of Technology in deal to enable renewable power generation skills developmen

General Electric Renewable Energy and Addis Ababa Institute of Technology have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) to frame an ongoing collaboration aimed at enabling capacity development programs focused on Renewable Energy…Read more: (

Uneasy peace and simmering conflict: the Ethiopian town where three flags fly

Fresh tension in a disputed area has reopened old wounds between the Oromia and Somali states, as ethnic federalism fails to contain violence…Read more: (

Ethiopia aims at transforming speciality coffee market

Ethiopia, the world’s fifth largest coffee producer and home of arabica, has overhauled the way it markets the commodity in a bid to increase export earnings and clamp down on a thriving domestic black market…Read more: (

WHO chief hopeful accused of covering up cholera epidemics

A British medical doctor said in an exclusive interview with ESAT that Dr. Tedros Adhanom, who is running for the top post of WHO, has covered up cholera epidemics, and hence he should be disqualified from the candidacy of WHO director-general position…Read more: (

Ethiopia:  Tedros Adhanom unsuitable to lead WHO, torture victim says

Reeyot Alemu, an Ethiopian journalist who endured solitary confinement, physical and mental abuse in jail, has written a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) opposing the candidacy of Dr. Tedros Adhanom, a person who was at the helm of a tyrannical regime in Ethiopia…Read more:(


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Ethiopia’s huge honey production potential in search of modern techniques

The beehives of Ethiopia, Africa’s top honey producer, make about a quarter of the continent’s honey, but travellers who come to sample the liquid gold often find there isn’t enough to go around…Read more: (

Everybody is Hailing Billboard-Topping Musician Teddy Afro, Except Ethiopian State Media

Ethiopian pop singer Tewodros Kassahun, better known as Teddy Afro, was all set to be the subject of a highly-promoted interview with Ethiopian state broadcaster EBC, before authorities suddenly pulled the plug…Read more: (

Ethiopian request postpones Nile Council of Presidents summit

The Nile Council of Presidents summit, which the Ugandan president has called for, was postponed to mid-June rather than 25 May in the Ugandan capital Kampala, after an Ethiopian request, local media reported…Read more: (

Ethiopia: Who for WHO? A Top Leader of a Terrorist Organization, That’s Who!

In this commentary, I make the case against Tedros Adhanom, a top leader of the Tigrean People’s Liberation Front, a terrorist organization, who is a finalist for the director-general position at the World Health Organization…Read more: (

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Anguish and unrest in Amhara over Ethiopian state of emergency

In the Ethiopian city of Gondar the chewing of the mildly narcotic plant khat stimulates animated conversation about recent events during the country’s ongoing state of emergency…Read more: (

Battling to save the Ethiopian wolf, Africa’s rarest carnivore

Most members of the Canidae family, such as wolves, dogs and foxes, are versatile and opportunistic animals, thriving in many habitats and some even living in urban and suburban settings. In contrast, Ethiopian wolves are highly specialised to life in the Ethiopian highlands. Also called the “Roof of Africa”, it encompasses 80% of Africa’s land above 3,000 metres…Read more: (

Ethiopia: Turkish NGO to take over FETO schools

A Turkish state-supported NGO is gearing up to take over schools in Ethiopia linked to the group blamed for last year’s defeated coup in Turkey, said NGO officials…Read more: (

UK hosts Ethiopia PM, as British dad remains on death row

Ministers are hosting the first ever visit to London by the Ethiopian Prime Minister this week, while a British father remains illegally detained on the country’s death row…Read more: (

Ethiopia: Regime disrupts transmission of independent media 

The Ethiopian regime, a leading muzzler of the press, has once again disrupted the transmission of Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio (ESAT), the management said in a statement on Thursday…Read more: (

Ethiopia: Imprisoned journalists and politician write letter to PM

Journalist Elias Gebru and Daniel Shibeshi, former leading member of the opposition Andinet party wrote a letter to Ethiopian prime minister pleading for their release from prison…Read more: (

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Ethiopia’s Information Network Security Agency (INSA) has launched its Ethiosat satellite

TV platform with nine national channels, thanks to a multi-year agreement with Eutelsat…Read more: (

Sufficient, Affordable Electricity Vital For Africa’s Sustainable Development, Says Ethiopian PM

Sufficient electric power supplies at affordable prices are key to ensuring the sustainable development of Africa, says Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn…Read more: (

Rwanda, Ethiopia agree on the Nile despite Egypt worry

A deal between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed in December 2015 whereby the three countries agreed to end tensions over River Nile water faces an unclear future due to ongoing tensions between Egypt and Sudan…Read more: (

High level U.S. military delegation visits Ethiopia

A high level U.S. military delegation was in Ethiopia in the first two weeks of April to assess the military cooperation between the two countries and define new policies and strategies, a reliable source told ESAT…Read more: (

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Amhara people pine for the Ethiopia of old

Despite appearances of restored calm, Ethiopia’s state of emergency has further antagonised many Amhara, who remain unconvinced by the government’s efforts at reform…Read more: (

Falling Between the Sun-Scorched Gaps: Drought Highlights Ethiopia’s IDP Dilemma

Displaced pastoralists gather around newly arrived drums of brown water as a water truck speeds off to make further deliveries to settlements that have sprung up along the main road running out of Gode, one of the major urban centers in Ethiopia’s Somali region…Read more: (

2017 World Hydropower Congress opens in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, officially opened the congress telling delegates development was unthinkable in the absence of adequate and affordable energy…Read more: (

EU rejects Ethiopian red pepper for unsafe levels of toxins

Hot pepper powder worth ten million USD has been returned to Ethiopia from European markets when it was found to have unsafe levels of Aflatoxins and Ochratoxins during testing at entrance laboratories in European countries, according to a report by the Capital newspaper published in Addis Ababa…Read more (

Ethiopians to rally against Tedros Adhanom’s bid to become WHO chief

Ethiopians residing in various countries in Europe will hold a protest rally at the U.N. headquarters in Geneva against the candidacy of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for the top post of the World Health Organization, according to the organizers…Read more: (

Ethiopia-Djibouti electric railway begins regular test run

The Ethiopia Railways Company will begin regular test runs on the route connecting the country to its neighbour Djibouti. A total of 30 locomotives – fifteen each for passengers and freight will be used for the test…Read more: (

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Ethiopia: Border clash leaves 15 injured

A border clash between the Afar and Amhara last week in Hadar, 15 kms from Bati, left at least 15 people injured from both sides, according to ESAT’s sources…Read more: (

KEFI Minerals, Ethiopian Government create company to own Tulu Kapi gold mine

KEFI Minerals and the Government of Ethiopia have formalized the structure for the company that will develop the Tulu Kapi gold mine in the country…Read more: (

Feyisa Lilesa: Oromo people are still suffering in Ethiopia and the world must do more to help them

Ethiopian Olympic silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa is calling on the international community to do more to stop the alleged persecution of Oromo people…Read more: (

Ethiopia: US Embassy Unhappy With Ethiopian Airlines Staff, Spouses Over Medical Bill

The US Embassy in Addis Abeba is not happy with employees or spouses of the Ethiopian Airlines who travel to the United States, give birth while on visitors’ visa and return home with outstanding hospital bills…Read

Singer Teddy Afro’s New Album Holds Fast to His Vision of a Diverse, Yet United Ethiopia

Ethiopian singer Tewodros Kassahun’s most anticipated and highly promoted studio album was released to great fanfare at the beginning of May, 2017…Read more: (

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Sudan and Ethiopia on alert for Egyptian military strike

Sudanese and Ethiopian forces operating on the border between the two countries are in place to prepare for any offensive that Egypt might launch against Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam on the River Nile, intelligence and security sources in Khartoum have revealed to MEMO…Read more: (

US doesn’t need Ethiopia in its war on terror in the Horn of Africa

Earlier this month, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited the Middle East and Africa to “reaffirm key U.S. military alliances” and engage with strategic partners.” Mattis only visited the tiny nation of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa where the U.S. maintains its largest military base. Ethiopia was conspicuously absent from the “strategic partner” lineup…Read more: (

UN migration agency transports hundreds of South Sudanese refugees from border into Ethiopia

5 May 2017 – The United Nations migration agency has begun transferring South Sudanese refugees from Ethiopia’s Pagak border entry point in Gambella to the Gore-Shembola refugee camp in Benishangul Gumuz Regional States – approximately 835 kilometres away…Read more: (

Ethiopia: Court to rule on Dr. Merera’s objection in June

A court in Addis Ababa has been adjourned till june 2, 2017 to pass verdict on Dr. Merera Gudina’s objection to charges of terrorism brought by regime prosecutors…Read more: (

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Ethiopia: Clan fight left 23 dead in Afar

Twenty-three Afaris and two soldiers were killed in a two-day long deadly fight between two clans in Afar…Read more: (

Ethiopia: Red Cross delivering hay to prevent cattle deaths

The hay is being delivered to 1,820 pastoral families displaced by intercommunal clashes in Mieso district, in Hararge in eastern Ethiopia. The 43,000 bales will help those families sustain their cattle during a difficult dry period…Read more: (

In Ethiopia, UN rights chief urges authorities for greater freedoms; space for critical voices

Speaking to the press during his mission to Ethiopia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today highlighted the need for greater and freer civic space, with “broader latitude for the contributions of critical or dissenting views” to decision-making in the country…Read more:(

Ethiopia: Regime rejects repeated calls for independent investigation into killings

U.N. Human Rights Chief said on Thursday that Ethiopian authorities have rejected persistent calls for an independent investigation into the killing of protesters in two years of deadly violence…Read more: (