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Eritrea-Ethiopia border tensions persists due to US meddling – President Afwerki

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki has accused the United States of being the architects of the borderline tension between them and neighbouring Ethiopia. In a letter addressed to selected heads of states, Afwerki urged his peers to force the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to address what he called “injustices perpetrated …

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Ethiopia: Internet access restored after shutdown for exams

Ethiopian authorities have restored internet access across the country a little over a week after imposed a blackout. According to the authorities, the blockage was to preserve the integrity of nationwide examinations that were slated between May 31 and June 8. The Grade 10 and 12 exams are for university …

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Ethiopia shut down the country’s internet to beat exam cheats

Ethiopia shut down the internet on Tuesday (May 30) ahead of a scheduled national examination that was due to take place in the country on Wednesday. Social media users noted that the internet service was interrupted from around 7 pm on Tuesday—reportedly to prevent exam leaks. About 1.2 million students …

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Ethiopia secures about 40,000 exit visas for its undocumented citizens in Saudi

The Ethiopian government has secured exit visas for about 40,000 undocumented citizens living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has subsequently dispatched a team to Saudi to help in the safe return of the nationals who are taking advantage of an Amnesty program between the …

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Ethiopia: Two Charged for 2016 festival violence that led to state of emergency

An Ethiopian High Court has formally charged two individuals with inciting violence during an annual festival in October 2016. The events after that led to the declaration of a state of emergency in the country. According to the charge sheet, the first defendant, Tufa Melka stoked violence after snatching a …

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Ethiopian politician jailed for 6.5 years for ‘encouraging terrorism’ via Facebook

A federal high court in Ethiopia has sentenced politician Yonatan Tesfaye to six years and six months in prison for planning, preparing and encouraging terrorism via his Facebook page in 2015. The former spokesperson for the Blue party was found guilty of the charges earlier this month after his arrest …

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