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  • Ethiopia PM attends graduation of Sudanese military personnel

    Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn who is on an official visit in neighbouring Sudan attended the graduation of Sudanese military personnel who completed military science training on Wednesday. The premier accompanied by his Sudanese counterpart, President Omer al-Bashir on Wednesday witnessed the inaugural ceremony of military and air force. On the occasion, Sudanese Defense Minister, General Mohammed Ahmed affirmed the army’s commitment to guarding regional and international peace. Here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia communication minister, Negeri Lencho told the state-run Ethiopia News Agency that the invitation for the delegation to attend the graduation ceremony shows the height of friendship that exists between the two countries. He said that it also displays the level of commitment among the two countries to cooperate in every aspect. Meanwhile, the Ethiopian premier said his country is keen to learn from the best practices of Sudan in the development and effective use of livestock resource. He made the remarks the high-level delegation the premier leads paid a visit a veterinary medicine manufacturing company and a dairy farm. Sudanese Health Minister Bahar Iddriss Abu-Garda said visit will be a major starting point for the export of Sudanese veterinary and human medicines to African countries and would enable the Sudan to support African countries in the field of medicines and other health fields. The visit will have a positive impact on the efforts of Ethiopia to benefit from its livestock resource. Despite having the largest livestock resource in Africa, Ethiopia has not properly utilized its resources. As one of its economic objectives, the government of Ethiopia is pursuing a policy of maximizing revenues through meat and live animal exports. In addition to learning from best practices, Ethiopia is interested to attract Sudanese companies to invest in the sector. Read more

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  • Deadly Van Attack in Barcelona Leaves 13 Dead, 100 Injured

    (BARCELONA, Spain) — A van veered onto a promenade and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona on Thursday, swerving back and forth as it mowed down pedestrians and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone. Thirteen people were killed and 100 were injured, 15 of them seriously, in what authorities called a terrorist attack. Two people have been arrested but the van driver, who fled on foot, remains at large. Early Friday morning, police killed five suspects engaged in an attack that injured six people in a seaside resort town. Police suspect the attacks are related. The late afternoon attack in the city's Las Ramblas district left victims sprawled in the historic street, spattered with blood or writhing in pain from broken limbs. Others were ushered inside shops by officers with their guns drawn or fled in panic, screaming and carrying young children in their arms. "It was clearly a terror attack, intended to kill as many people as possible," Josep Lluis Trapero, a senior police official for Spain's Catalonia region told reporters late Thursday. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, saying in a statement on its Aamaq news agency that the attack was carried out by "soldiers of the Islamic State" in response to the extremist group's calls for followers to target countries participating in the coalition trying to drive it from Syria and Iraq. Early Friday, Catalan police said they shot and killed five suspects in response to a terrorist attack in the seaside resort town of Cambrils, south of Barcelona. They said the suspects carried bomb belts, which were detonated by a police bomb squad. Read more

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  • BREAKING: Ethiopian athletic team Robbed in Britain

    BREAKING: Ethiopian athletic team Robbed in Britain.

    Ethiopian women athletics team who is participating the world athletics Championship in Britain has been robbed in their hotels, Fana Broadcasting Corporation reported.

     

    Robbers took all the properties of five world icons that includes Tirunesh Dibaba, Genzebe Dibaba, Mare Dibaba and Aselefech Merga.

    The whole world media said nothing about the theft until this moment.
    Many Ethiopian melted in the social media questioning the safety of these world class athletes.

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  • Nigerian soldiers killed in battle with Boko Haram

    Nine Nigerian soldiers and a civilian have been killed during an operation to free 10 people abducted by militant Islam group Boko Haram, the army says. The abducted group of geologists and surveyors were rescued during the battle, it added. They were in a convoy that was ambushed as it was returning to north-eastern Maiduguri city on Tuesday. At least 20,00 people have been killed and thousands more abducted since Boko Haram launched its insurgency in 2009. In the most notorious abduction case, it seized 276 girls from a boarding school in the north-eastern town of Chibok in 2014. It has since freed more than 100 of the girls, in exchange for the release of its fighters detained by Nigeria's security forces. The latest abductions have renewed fears about the threat posed by Boko Haram, and has caused widespread shock, reports the BBC's Naziru Mikailu from the capital, Abuja. The abducted geologists and surveyors worked at the University of Maiduguri, and were highly respected in academic and social circles, he added. Read more

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  • Ethiopian government arrested 34 people for alleged corruption

    The Government on Tuesday arrested 34 senior government officials, businesspersons and brokers for alleged corruption amounting to more than 1.15 billion birr. Below is the list of the individuals who are currently under custody. Addis Ababa City Roads Authority 1. Engineer Fekade Haile 2. Engineer Washihun 3. Engineer Ahmedin 4. Minash Levi, Tidhar Construction Damages of more than 198.8 million birr Ethiopian Roads Authority 5. Abdo Mohammed 6. Bekele Nigussie 7. Gelana Bori 8. Yeneneh Assefa 9. Bekele Balcha 10. Gebreanania Tsadik Damages of more than 646.9 million birr Metehara Sugar Factory 11. Endalkachew Girma 12. Senait Worku 13. Ayenew Asfaw 14. Belete Zelelew Damages of more than 13 million birr Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation 15. Musa Mohammed 16. Mesfin Workneh 17. Wassihun Abate 18. Seyoum Gobena 19. Tamrat Amare 20. Aklog Demissie 21. Getachew Negera 22. Worku Abinet (PhD) 23. Tamiru Debalke 24. Yonas Merawi Damages of more than 51.2 million birr Tendaho Sugar Factory 25. Abebe Tesfaye 26. Bililign Tassew Damages of more than 31.3 million birr 27. Abebe Tesfaye 28. Yemane Girmay (GYB Construction) 29. Daniel Abebe Damages of more than 20 million birr 30. Feleke Tadesse 31. Ephrem Tadesse Damages of more than 10 million birr Omo Kuraz V Sugar Factory 32. Mesfin Melkamu 33. Solomon Kebede 34. Leo (China GG Ishi General Manager) 35. Tsegaye Gebreigziabher Berhane Damages of more than 184.4 million Birr 36. Salem Kebede Damages of more than 184.4 million birr   Source: Ethiopian Reporter

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  • UK and Ethiopia join efforts to fight human trafficking

    The British Embassy in Addis marked world Anti-Human Trafficking Day by agreeing to provide training next month to Ethiopian Immigration Officials. The British Embassy has been working closely with Ethiopian Airlines in tackling cases on human trafficking and has been providing training to the airline on a regular basis at Bole International Airport. The aim of the training is to make Ethiopia a secure and difficult place for traffickers as well as to tackle the irregular flow of migration to the UK. The UK is also planning to provide regular capacity building training to increase immigration and airline officials’ skill sets to fight human trafficking. The officers will be trained in ways of identifying people who try to travel with forged visas and travel documents. We are also working with the Ethiopian government to enforce strict rules to combat human trafficking which will include interception and prosecution of traffickers in Ethiopia. With these efforts, Ethiopian Immigration and Ethiopian Airlines Officials were able to stop illegal passengers and facilitators travelling thru Bole International Airport. In the last one yeah British Embassy together with Ethiopian Airlines have intercepted over 160 cases of illegal migration. British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Susanna Moorehead said:“I’m pleased to see that our joint efforts are making good progress in the fight against human trafficking. The UK wants to see a secure Ethiopian airport where it is impossible for human traffickers to operate.”

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  • Amazon founder overtakes Bill Gates to become world's richest man

    New York: A rally in e-retail behemoth Amazons share price on Thursday propelled founder Jeff Bezos to the top of a list of the world's richest individuals, media reported. Bezos, who is also Chairman and Chief Executive of the Seattle-based company, was worth almost $91 billion after Amazon's share price rose more than 1 per cent in morning trading in New York, the Independent reported. That puts his fortunate ahead of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates's. The latter has a net worth of around $90.7 billion and has been at the top of Bloomberg's rich list since 2013. Amazon's share price has endured a meteoric rise in recent years, surpassing the $1,000 apiece mark, partially helped by its Prime shopping club, media streaming services and the launch of products like the Alexa home assistant. Back in April, the company reported that net sales rose 23 per cent to $35.7 billion for the first quarter of 2017. Read more

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  • USAID launches new activity in partnership with the Agricultural Growth Program

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 27, 2017 – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Feed the Future Ethiopia Value Chain Activity to strengthen the agricultural sector as part of the Agricultural Growth Program. The purpose of the Feed the Future initiative is to eliminate malnutrition and extreme poverty. USAID currently operates and supports research activities, nutrition, education, and value chain activities directed to improve resilience, health and prosperity as part of the initiative. This $60 million dollar value chain activity is designed to improve the nutrition and commercial viability of smallholders by improving the performance of the entire value chains to which they contribute. Over the course of the next five years, USAID’s activity will work with stakeholders to improve the production, processing and marketing of maize, chickpea, coffee, livestock, dairy, and poultry. The activity will operate in Amhara; Oromia; Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples; and Tigray that are included within the Agricultural Growth Program areas. The activity will be implemented by Fintrac, Inc., which has previous experience in Ethiopia. Previously it implemented the Agribusiness and Trade Expansion activity and then the Capacity to Improve Agriculture and Food Security activity.

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  • Pakistan PM Sharif resigns after court disqualifies him from office

    July 28 (UPI) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned Friday after the country's Supreme Court disqualified him from office over corruption issues. The ruling came after a 15-month investigation into his family's wealth after Sharif's children were linked to offshore banking companies in the 2015 release of confidential data known as the Panama Papers scandal. Although Sharif has consistently denied any wrongdoing in the case, a panel of five judges reached a unanimous verdict in the Islamabad court -- and Sharif resigned Friday. The court ordered trials in lower accountability court against several people on corruption charges, including Sharif, daughter Maryam, son-in-law Muhammad Safdar, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and others. It also ordered the National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan's anti-corruption agency, to compile and send evidence to the courts so that hearings can quickly begin. Leaks of the Panama Papers revealed that three of Sharif's adult children owned offshore companies and assets not listed on his family's government-ordered financial disclosure statement. The companies allegedly moved funds to acquire foreign assets, including London real estate. Sharif's reputation was tarnished by implications that the offshore companies were used to conceal or launder illegally-obtained wealth, or to avoid taxes. The panel ruled that Sharif was dishonest in filing the disclosures, and therefore unfit for office. Read more

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  • Koshe Survivors Still Struggle

      Though it has been five months since the deadly garbage hill slide occurred in Koshe Open Garbage Dumpsite in Addis Ababa, survivors of the incident are still complaining about unfulfilled promises and harsh living conditions, The Reporter has learnt. Survivors told The Reporter this week that they have faced harassment from officials for sharing their current conditions to the media. “Previously, you came to us to hear about our problem,” a survivor, who requested anonymity, told The Reporter. “The fact that you came brought more problems and harassment from officials from the wereda.” “The officials came with a story published in your newspaper and harassed us for disclosing information to media,” the survivor said. “Because of the story, they stopped food rationing for almost two weeks,” the anonymous survivor claimed. A week ago The Reporter paid a visit to a temporary shelter, which also served as youth sport center. Even though the survivors were promised that they would get a house, close 90 individuals including women, children and the elderly are still living in the youth center. The people that were met by The Reporter expressed their fear and concern for sharing their conditions to the media. On the other hand, there were others who said that they are fed up with the conditions and that they do not fear of openly talk about what is happening. The Reporter observed that the people, who were originally arranged to live in two separate rooms, are now residing in a very congested fashion. In that regard, in one of the rooms, which is made of corrugated sheets, close to 60 people have been living since the tragedy. This room is shanty at best with the wind and rain creating unfavorable conditions to children who are exposed to the kiremt cold.
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