Boeing orders 'robust' probe after potentially damaging debris found in 737 Max fuel tanksThe recent setback is the latest problem for the company, which has been dogged by safety concerns regarding its troubled 737 Max airplanes.
February 19, 2020 21:11 UTC
TPLF Chair Announces Intentions to Declare Independence if Campaign Against Tigray PersistsBy Staff ReporterFebruary 19, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The Chairman of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) Debretsion Geberemichael has expressed intentions of the Tigray regional state to become an independent nation if hate speeches against its people persist. Debretsion said this to Members of the Federal Parliament of the Tigray region who were attending the 45th anniversary of the TPLF. Debretsion also spoke about the historical relationship between the Tigray region and neighboring Eritrea and recalled that the people of the two were buried together while fighting the Derg regime. The TPLF Chair blamed some political forces for conspiring war between the peoples of Eritrea and Tigray even though he did not mention the political forces by name. The deputy president recalled the cultural, language and common history between the peoples of Tigray and Eritrea, who he said will by no means enter into a conflict.
February 19, 2020 21:11 UTC
What might pharmacy students at Addis Ababa University learn from an MIT supply chain course? Research Scientist Alex Rothkopf of the MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab recently taught a blended course to the Addis Ababa University (AAU) School of Pharmacy in Ethiopia. Despite most learners having no formal training in supply chain management, they “knew the problems they see in the field. Beza Negash is an assistant lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at Addis Ababa University and is also a master’s student in supply chain management at AAU. If pharmacy students in Ethiopia can apply supply chain learning to their work, then courses like this one — in such a versatile format — can have far-reaching effects across a range of fields all around the world.
February 19, 2020 19:18 UTC
February 19 - 2020 AMHARA, ETHIOPIAThe governor of El Gedaref, Maj Gen Nasreldin Abdelgayum, visited the bordering Ethiopian region Amhara with his Security Committee to meet his Ethiopian counterpart. They agreed to patrol the border together. In recent months Ethiopian gunmen (called shifta in the region) crossed the border to steal livestock or kidnap people for ransom. The joint border patrols must prevent shifta border crossing, drugs trade, arms trade, infiltration, and smuggling. It must also secure border traffic and stimulate trade between the two countries.
February 19, 2020 19:07 UTC
Ethiopia’s Finance Minister Ahmed Shide has paid an unannounced visit to the capital of Somaliland Hargeysa. The visit came after Somaliland shot down report plans for a joint visit to the breakaway region by President Mohamed Farmajo and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Recently, Farmajo met the Somaliland President Muse Bihi in Addis Ababa, following efforts by Abiy to bring the two together. After the meeting, there had been speculation that Abiy and Farmajo will come to Hargeisa together to hold talks with Somaliland leaders. Although the Somali federal government had not confirm the attempt to visit Hargeisa, it is believed that one of the reasons the Ethiopian finance minister is in Hargeysa is to try and convince Somaliland to accept such a visit.
February 19, 2020 18:56 UTC
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday closed a three-nation Africa tour with a thinly-veiled swipe at China as he talked up Washington's ability to stimulate growth and entrepreneurship on the continent. They breed corruption, dependency," Pompeo said in a speech to diplomats and business leaders at the United Nation's Economic Commission for Africa in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. "They run the risk that the prosperity and sovereignty and progress that Africa so needs and desperately wants won't happen." Also read: Pompeo says US must confront China's Communist PartyPompeo left later for Riyadh. "He wants more to happen between the United States and nations all across Africa."
February 19, 2020 18:11 UTC
RIYADH: Developing the cinema sector in Saudi Arabia will enhance the quality of life of individuals and families, the opening day of the Cinema Build KSA 2020 forum in Riyadh heard on Wednesday. The Quality of Life Vision Realization Program aims to improve individuals’ lifestyles by developing an ecosystem to support and create new options that boost participation in cultural, environment and sports activities. “That’s our target now.”Another panelist, John Sullivan, director at Light Cinemas, UK, said: “It is an exciting time for Saudi Arabia. “Since the inauguration of the cinema sector ... nine licenses were issued to operate cinemas and 14 cinemas were opened in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Khobar and Jizan. He added: “The launch of the cinema sector is a remarkable success story in our program.
February 19, 2020 16:30 UTC
IDF releases report showing over 6,000 complaints by soldiers in 2019, majority of which were found to be justified. Another parallel indicates that a doctor stated in the soldier's medical file the comment 'lol? In another case, a soldier complained about another soldier serving with him in the department, who photographed him against his will when he ate on the department desk. The IDF's response to the 2019 report:"The IDF thanks the commissioner of soldiers' complaints and his representatives for the report and the work throughout the year. The IDF sees importance in the report which raises issues that require examination and treatment of the daily lives of IDF soldiers.
February 19, 2020 15:56 UTC
At the end of a whistle-stop tour of three African countries, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has issued a thinly-veiled swipe towards China - by far Africa's largest trading partner - as he pitched Washington's ability to boost growth on the continent. They breed corruption, dependency," Pompeo said in a speech on Wednesday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. More:"They run the risk that the prosperity and sovereignty and progress that Africa so needs and desperately wants won't happen." Hailing the free market, Pompeo encouraged African countries to liberalise their economies after "failed socialist experiments of years past" in countries such as Zimbabwe and Tanzania. While Pompeo was visiting Senegal, the first stop on his Africa tour, he announced US firms had signed five new memorandums of understanding for infrastructure projects.
February 19, 2020 15:45 UTC
A candle-lit parade in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, took place on the eve of celebrations for the founding of the TPLF, Ethiopia's once-dominant party (AFP Photo/MICHAEL TEWELDE)Mekele (Ethiopia) (AFP) - The political party that dominated Ethiopian politics for nearly three decades staged massive anniversary celebrations Wednesday that highlighted rising tensions with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government and neighbouring Eritrea. Last year, the TPLF refused to go along with Abiy's plan to merge the coalition into a single political party, meaning it is now effectively in the opposition. In Tigray, the northernmost of nine regions in a country administratively divided along ethnic lines, the party is firmly in control. Yemane Amha, a 44-year-old former TPLF fighter, told AFP that this year's anniversary came at a "critical time" for the party. Fissehatsion Gebremichael, a civil servant who lives in Mekele, said the TPLF anniversary celebrations were bigger than usual in an apparent form of resistance to what he called the "marginalisation" of Tigrayans.
February 19, 2020 14:26 UTC
NAIROBI - The owner of a bus company says three people have been killed by suspected extremists from Somalia after they were pulled out of a bus in northeastern Kenya. The front and back tires deflated and the bus lost control and went into a ditch. The fighters then pulled out the passengers and killed two non-Muslims, as in previous attacks, as well as one Muslim, Abass said. Its fighters have carried out numerous attacks on Kenyan soil since Kenya deployed troops in 2011 to fight the extremists. Nearly 1,000 non-teaching staff were withdrawn from the counties that border Somalia after three Kenyan teachers were killed in Garissa last month.
February 19, 2020 14:26 UTC
Ethiopia’s telecoms monopoly is finally about to come to an end, with two spectrum licences expected to be allocated this April. There has been much speculation over who will bid for these licences…Ethiopia’s telecoms monopoly is finally about to come to an end, with two spectrum licences expected to be allocated this April. There has been much speculation over who will bid for these licences, with Orange and Safaricom both vocal in expressing their interest. Last year, Safaricom was in talks of a joint bid with Vodacom, but it seems a full consortium could be on the cards for this important bid. “We have not made any decisions yet as the constitution of the consortium has not been finalised,” said acting Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph.
February 19, 2020 13:41 UTC
Boeing has resisted sharing documents sought by lawyers representing families of victims of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash on March 10, which killed 157 people five months after a similar Lion Air disaster in which 189 people died. The lawyers, who are asking why the MAX continued flying after the first crash, say the materials are critical for assessing liability by Boeing and punitive damages. Chicago-based Boeing is in the process of settling a separate batch of lawsuits related to the Lion Air crash, but families of the Ethiopian crash are seeking a jury trial. Following 737 MAX testimony from Boeing executives at congressional hearings in Washington, Ethiopian crash victim lawyers want to know whether the planemaker hid materials. A Lion Air investigation faulted Boeing's design of the 737 MAX but said the airline also made mistakes.
February 19, 2020 13:30 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya — The owner of a bus company says three people have been killed by suspected extremists from Somalia after they were pulled out of a bus in northeastern Kenya. The front and back tires deflated and the bus lost control and went into a ditch. The fighters then pulled out the passengers and killed two non-Muslims, as in previous attacks, as well as one Muslim, Abass said. Its fighters have carried out numerous attacks on Kenyan soil since Kenya deployed troops in 2011 to fight the extremists. Nearly 1,000 non-teaching staff were withdrawn from the counties that border Somalia after three Kenyan teachers were killed in Garissa last month.
February 19, 2020 13:07 UTC
A campaign of maximum pressure against Iran would continue, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday. Pompeo also said that the authorities in Washington are ready to talk to Iran "anytime", but that it needed to "fundamentally" change its behaviour. "We are not rushed, the pressure campaign continues. It's not just an economic pressure campaign... it's isolation through diplomacy as well", Pompeo told reporters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa before boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia. The latest statement comes days after Iran President Hassan Rouhani had said that his country will never yield to America's pressure for talks.
February 19, 2020 13:07 UTC