ADDIS ABABA – The Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) on Wednesday afternoon announced the death of former Ethiopian foreign minister, Seyoum Mesfin during a battle in the country’s northern Tigray regional state. Brigadier General Tesfaye Ayalew, Head of the ENDF Deployment Department, said Seyoum Mesfin was killed alongside Asmelash Woldeselassie, former Ethiopia parliament Chief Whip and Abay Tsehaye, former Ethiopia Minister of Federal Affairs during a battle earlier on Wednesday. Ayalew said five other civilian officials and army officers were captured in the military operation, reported state media outlet Ethiopia News Agency. Ethiopia’s federal government has been undertaking military operations in the country’s northernmost Tigray regional state since November 4 against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which used to rule over the region, following the TPLF’s apparent attack on the Northern Command of the ENDF. Three of the former four EPRDF coalition members had last year joined other regional parties in establishing the Prosperity Party, while the TPLF refused to join.
January 13, 2021 17:48 UTC
The body of Agitu Gudeta on Tuesday arrived back in Ethiopia from Italy, where she was killed on December 30, 2020 on her farm. The Ethiopian flag-draped casket carrying her body was received at the Bole International Airport by Addis Ababa city officials and Agitu’s family. Agitu, 42, was killed in late December on her farm in northern Italy where she raised goats for her cheese business. On reaching Italy, Agitu began rearing goats on previously abandoned land and making cheese from their milk. The U.N. refugee agency said it was “pained” by Agitu’s death, and that her entrepreneurial spirit “demonstrated how refugees can contribute to the societies that host them.”
January 13, 2021 17:26 UTC
German Health Minister Jens Spahn told German lawmakers Wednesday the nation is in one of the hardest phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, with infection rates high and a strained health care system, but an effective vaccine being delivered. The health minister said following the rest of Europe "is in the national interest of Germany and our citizens." German Health Minister Jens Spahn speaks at the lower house of parliament Bundestag on the start of the coronavirus vaccinations, in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 13, 2021. Spahn assured lawmakers that Germany has enough vaccine for all of its citizens to be vaccinated this year. The government has been criticized by opposition parties for its relatively slow vaccination program, with 750,000 shots given in a nation of 83 million.
January 13, 2021 17:03 UTC
Accounts emerged that several houses of worship - including the al-Nejashi mosque and the nearby Amanuel Orthodox church - had been shelled around that time. On 27 November, an Ethiopian army commander told Ethiopian state broadcaster FBC that his troops had secured control of the area, but made no mention of damage to religious sites. Renowned historyConfirmation of the damage inflicted to the al-Nejashi mosque provoked widespread shock and outrage among Ethiopians, Muslims and Christians alike. “There was a concentrated effort by the preservation authority to cover up the mosque’s destruction for weeks,” he explained. While many appear unconvinced by the government’s pledges to swiftly repair the mosque, for Tigray Muslims such Siraj, the damage is already done.
January 13, 2021 16:07 UTC
The iconic, prehistoric dire wolf, which prowled through Los Angeles and elsewhere in the Americas over 11 millennia ago, was a distinct species from the slightly smaller gray wolf, an international team of scientists reports today in the journal Nature. Significantly, they found no evidence for the flow of genes between dire wolves and either North American gray wolves or coyotes. “We have found the dire wolf is not closely related to the gray wolf. The dire wolf was a ‘lone wolf’ when it came to breedingInterbreeding is quite common among wolf lineages when their geographical ranges overlap. “This result is consistent with the hypothesis that dire wolves originated in the Americas.”Another hypothesis about the dire wolf — one untested in the current study — concerns its extinction.
January 13, 2021 16:07 UTC
Watchdog: More than 80 dead in new massacre in EthiopiaNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said Wednesday it has received information that over 80 civilians were killed early Tuesday in the latest massacre in the western Benishangul-Gumuz region. “These harrowing killings have to stop,” senior adviser Aaron Maasho said. Ethnic violence poses a major challenge to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as he tries to promote national unity in a country with more than 80 ethnic groups. More than 100 people were killed in a massacre in the Metekel zone last month, a day after Abiy visited the region and spoke about the need to end such massacres. The attacks are separate from the deadly conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, where Ethiopian forces and allied regional forces began fighting Tigray regional forces in early November.
January 13, 2021 15:56 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2021-01-13 23:48:02|Editor: huaxiaVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian National Defense Force on Wednesday afternoon announced the death of former Ethiopian foreign minister, Seyoum Mesfin during a battle in the country's northern Tigray regional state.
January 13, 2021 15:45 UTC
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January 13, 2021 15:05 UTC
This is because, according to the Julian calendar Christians in Ethiopia follow, Christmas day celebration is on January 7, every year, as against the largely celebrated December 25, by most people around the world. Christmas day celebration is a day Christians mark the birth of their spiritual leader, Jesus Christ. While Christmas celebration on the Gregorian calendar begins with a special service night on December 24 (Christmas Eve) before the D-day, Coptic Christians precede their Christmas day celebration with a 43-day fast. On Christmas day, most Coptic Christians would rather mark their celebrations in Lalibela in the northern part of the country while others have their celebrations in church. Why Ethiopia celebrates Christmas in January and not December Photo Credit: Anadolu AgencySource: Getty ImagesPAY ATTENTION: Install our latest app for Android, read best news on Nigeria’s #1 news appIn other news, Legit.ng earlier reported 7 interesting Christmas traditions from around the world.
January 13, 2021 14:26 UTC
China has recorded its highest daily increase of new coronavirus infections since last July after a recent cluster of cases in northern Hebei province. FILE - A worker performs a quality check in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech, developing an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, during a government-organized media tour in Beijing, China, Sept. 24, 2020. Indonesia has one of the region's worst COVID-19 outbreaks, having recorded 858,043 total infections, including 24,951 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Japan has recorded a total of 302,740 total infections, including over 4,000 deaths. The U.S. also leads in the overall number of COVID-19 infections with 22.8 million out of the world’s 91.5 million total cases, including 1.9 million deaths.
January 13, 2021 13:41 UTC
The Ethiopian diaspora has sent $1.4 billion to the country in five months alone, Selamawit Dawit, Director-General of the Ethiopian Diaspora Agency announced. “We have done a lot of works in terms of promoting legal means and mobilizing legal means for the Diaspora to use it and to have the best possible performance on remittances,” she said. Ms. Selamawit said the remittance amount is in sync with the Agency's expectation of $4 billion to be sent back home during the 2020/21 fiscal year. While highlighting the sizable amount of remittance sent despite the coronavirus pandemic, she added the need to put in more effort for the target to be achieved. In the previous year, the Ethiopian diaspora has sent $3.7 billion in remittances.
January 13, 2021 13:30 UTC
Article contentKHARTOUM — An Ethiopian military aircraft crossed the Sudanese-Ethiopian border in a “dangerous and unjustified escalation,” Sudan’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The incident “could have dangerous consequences, and cause more tension in the border area,” it added. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. Try refreshing your browser, or Sudan says Ethiopian military aircraft crossed its border Back to videoA decades-old dispute over al-Fashqa, land within Sudan’s international boundaries that has long been settled by Ethiopian farmers, erupted into weeks of clashes between forces from both sides late last year. (Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Mahmoud Mourad; Editing by Jon Boyle)
January 13, 2021 12:07 UTC
DUBAI: The Ethiopian Ambassador to Sudan said Wednesday that the border issue must be resolved “amicably and urgently,” Al Arabiya TV reported. The Ethiopian ambassador in Khartoum claimed Sudan had captured nine Ethiopian camps since November. The ambassador said that Ethiopia rejected the 1902 border agreement, which was concluded without Addis Ababa’s authorization. However, Sudan refused Ethiopia’s statement, claiming it was untrue and stated that Khartoum had evidence of Ethiopia’s participation in the 1902 border agreement. The border between Ethiopia and Sudan extends for 753 km from the tripoint with Eritrea in the north to the tripoint with South Sudan.
January 13, 2021 10:52 UTC
It is a huge responsibility for Indonesia to enable all countries to have equal access to the vaccine through multilateral networks. We will attempt to shoulder the huge responsibility as aptly as possible. Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi was appointed as co-chair of the COVAX AMC Engagement Group, initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Vaccine Alliance (GAVI).Marsudi, along with Ethiopian Health Minister Lia Tadesse and Canadian Minister of International Development Karina Gould, will lead the COVID-19 vaccine procurement and distribution program for 92 COVAX AMC member countries.The Indonesian foreign minister was appointed to the post after securing a 41-percent majority of the total votes that she described as a manifestation of trust of the world, especially developing countries, such as Indonesia. "It is a huge responsibility for Indonesia to enable all countries to have equal access to the vaccine through multilateral networks. "In addition, I will contact the two other co-chairs to start our communication," she added.EDITED BY INE
January 13, 2021 09:22 UTC
VANCOUVER, BC, Jan. 13, 2021 /CNW/ - East Africa Metals Inc. (TSXV: EAM) (FSE: EA1) ("East Africa" or the "Company") is pleased to provide an update on the status of development programs on the Company's Ethiopia projects. About East Africa MetalsThe Company's principal assets include both the 70% owned Harvest polymetallic VMS exploration Project and the 100% owned Magambazi Mine in the Tanga region of Tanzania. The estimate of mineral resources may be materially affected by environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, sociopolitical, marketing, or other relevant issues. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information contained herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. SOURCE East Africa Metals Inc.For further information: Nick Watters, Business Development, Telephone +1 (604) 488-0822, Email [email protected], Website www.eastafricametals.com
January 13, 2021 08:03 UTC