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Ethiopia – Djibouti electric rail starts operations in November

The Ethio-Djibouti Chinese-built electric rail line will start commercial operations early next month the Ethiopia Railways Corporation (ERC) has confirmed. In July this year, ERC announced that commencement of commercial operations was slated for October after test runs began in May. The new date of November 8 is thus a month’s extension on the …

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Ethiopia speaker of parliament quits over govt handling of recent clashes

Ethiopia’s speaker of parliament has resigned with barely two days to the reopening of the new session on Monday, October 9. The news of Abadula Gemeda’s resignation was broken by the Addis Standard news portal who said the move was in protest for the Federal government’s handling of recent security …

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Ethiopia says 669 killed in months of violent protests

Months of violence that sparked Ethiopia’s current state of emergency left at least 669 people dead, the government-affiliated Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said on Tuesday. The protests that began in November 2015 and spread throughout the country demanding wider political freedoms posed a challenge to one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies …

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Ethiopia rejects UN investigation over protest deaths

Ethiopia’s prime minister has for the first time rejected calls by the UN and EU for independent investigations into the deaths of hundreds of people during months of anti-government protests. Hailemariam Desalegn has said that Ethiopia is able to carry out the investigations itself. Protesters from the Amhara and Oromia …

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Ethiopia jails 10 ‘rebels’ who planned attack on flagship dam project

An Ethiopia Federal High Court has sentenced members of a rebel group, the Benishangul Gumuz People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM), for their role in a hand grenade attack that killed nine people in an attempt to disrupt work on the Grand Ethiopian Rennaissance Dam (GERD). The 10 members of the group …

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Ethiopia: Men in tribe drink cows milk and blood in competition to gain the most weight

Every year, the competition takes place in the deep south of Ethiopia There are a lot of competitions underway around the world – but none quite like the one in Ethiopia. There, in a remote valley, tribesmen are competiting to see who can put on the most weight over the …

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