Clashes between Sudan’s army and Ethiopian militias near the border with Ethiopia over the past three days have left at least two people dead, a spokesman for the Sudanese army said on Thursday. In a televised statement, Brigadier General Amer Mohamed Al Hassan said that Ethiopian militias backed by the Ethiopian army had begun attacking areas in Gadaref state in eastern Sudan on 26 May. “Backed by the Ethiopian army, the militias have attacked many areas along the border between Ethiopia and Sudan and have confiscated Sudanese resources,” Hassan said. “Between 26 May and 28 May, Ethiopian militias backed by the army have attacked the area of Al Birka in Sudan, but the Sudanese army has repulsed them," said Hassan. Sudan and Ethiopia have been engaged in ongoing talks over the demarcation of the borders between the two countries.
May 29, 2020 08:03 UTC
The Government of Ethiopia has recommenced repatriation of its citizens stranded in the Middle East countries. Using social media, Ethiopians in the Middle East have been urging their government to rescue them indicating that the outbreak of COVID-19 has made their lives which was in bad condition even worse. Coordinator of the National ministerial committee against COVID-19 and Minister of Peace Muferiat Kamil told the state broadcaster ETV that Ethiopia has started repatriating its citizens from Lebanon today May 28, 2020. She indicated that the operation of bringing Ethiopians from the Middle East countries and reuniting them with their families involved the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Red Cross, among others. The repatriation of Ethiopians from the Middle East who are facing hardships was began before the outbreak of coronavirus.
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May 29, 2020 07:41 UTC
Ethiopia Issues Directive Requiring People to Wear Face MasksBy Staff ReporterMay 28, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- The government of Ethiopia has issued a directive requiring people to wear face coverings anywhere outside homes to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Wearing face masks was not mandatory everywhere in Ethiopia, but strict rules had been enforced to cover mouth and nose in public, market, and transportation places where at least four people stand together. So far, Ethiopia has reported 731 cases of COVID-19, with 6 deaths out of total test count of 91,616. In order to limit movement of people, the Attorney General also announced new tariffs on cross-country bus transport services. The directive said anyone who is found walking or staying anywhere without wearing a face covering will be punished by law.
May 29, 2020 06:22 UTC
YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon – In Ethiopia and Eritrea, the Church has been suffering. “Both Ethiopia and Eritrea are suffering from poverty and economic instability,” said Edward F. Clancy, the director of outreach for ACN. “In Ethiopia, although Christians are a majority there has been a spate of violence against Christians and Christian institutions over the last two years. In Eritrea, the totalitarian government has gone after Christian institutions and lately those of the Roman Catholic Church to lessen the impact that the Church has on Eritrean society. Our work with the Catholic Church in Ethiopia has been primarily in the area of construction, formation of clergy, religious and laity incl.
May 29, 2020 06:00 UTC
Ethiopia’s Nobel peace prize-winning prime minister Abiy Ahmed has been urged to investigate allegations that state security forces have committed a raft of serious human rights abuses including torture and unlawful killings since he came to power in 2018. Fighting in western and southern parts of Oromia has involved targeted killings of local officials and community leaders and what the UN has described as “serious human rights violations”. Security forces are estimated to have detained more than 10,000 men and women suspected of supporting or working for the OLA, among other abuses documented by the organisation. Many were detained for several months without being charged, in violation of both national and international human rights laws, under conditions which at times amounted to torture, the report found. Amnesty said it had sought responses to its findings from nine government offices including the defence ministry and the attorney-general’s office but had only received a response from Amhara’s regional security bureau, which denied that state security forces had been involved in any atrocities.
May 29, 2020 05:15 UTC
The country has harnessed community healthcare to great effect to fight the pandemic, says the Financial Times' David Pilling. THE WORST AVOIDEDFor whatever reasons, Ethiopia has, thus far, avoided the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. A staff member checks boxes of personal protective equipment aimed at helping the World Health Organization fight the coronavirus, at Ethiopia Airlines' cargo facility at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. An Ethiopian health worker sprays disinfectant as part of measures to prevent the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Mar 29, 2020. Download our app or subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak: https://cna.asia/telegram
May 28, 2020 22:07 UTC
CAIRO: Ethiopia has opened the floodgates to further controversy over a giant dam scheme by rejecting Egypt’s historic claims to the waters of the Nile. Ahead of the anticipated resumption of stalled talks over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) project, two Ethiopian ministers poured water over the Egyptian stance on river rights. The ministry added that two members of the delegation from each country attended the meetings which had been set up to pave the way for fresh GERD negotiations. Egypt has stressed during its negotiations with Ethiopia the need to maintain its historic rights to the Nile waters. Ethiopia said that 73 percent of the GERD project had been completed.
May 28, 2020 19:18 UTC
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A Sudanese military officer was killed and several soldiers wounded on Thursday in an attack by Ethiopian militias on the Sudanese side of the border with Ethiopia, the official SUNA news agency said. In the eastern city of al-Qadarif, "Ethiopian militia penetrated through (the border) and attacked agricultural projects and clashed with military forces in Barkat Noreen camp," SUNA added. Sudan's military spokesman said several soldiers were killed and wounded, blaming militias "supported by Ethiopia," according to SUNA. (Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
May 28, 2020 18:56 UTC
I strongly suggest that COVID-19, the adverse financial and economic consequences ahead compel African nations to think big and act big now. The Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Bank and the IMF seem to be impervious to change in fundamental ways. The IMF and the World Bank, and especially the former, can and must act as a central bank and save the day. Return Africa’s tens of Billions of dollars in illicit outflowWestern countries served as hiding places for illicit capital from SSA countries. I do not know the exact amount of expenditure African countries would need to deal with the pandemic.
May 28, 2020 17:37 UTC
Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC)points out what it calls inconsistent practices with State of Emergency declaration and regulations. Daniel Bekele, Ethiopian Human Rights Commission Commissioner. EHRC’s analysis assesses the declaration based on international human rights standards and the FDRE constitution. However, EHRC has identified several provisions that violate either international human rights standards or the FDRE constitution. Another aspect of the declaration identified by the commission to be inconsistent with international human rights principles is the overly broad expropriation powers it gives to the government.
May 28, 2020 16:41 UTC
This story will be update as more reports come in:In Minneapolis– Target Lake Street: Looting, graffiti, property damage, fire damage. – Cub Foods Lake Street: Looting, property damage, fire damage. – Banadir Pharmacy West Lake Street: Property damage and looting– Sephora Uptown: Property damage. In St. Paul– Target Midway: Property damage, looting. – Midway Tobacco Outlet Plus: Property damage– NAPA Auto Parts University Avenue: Property damage, fire.
May 28, 2020 14:46 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-28 22:23:29|Editor: huaxiaVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, May 28 (Xinhua) -- The cooperation between Ethiopia and China to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the African continent is bearing positive results, an Ethiopian official said on Thursday. Gebremariam said the assistance from the Chinese government and Chinese private enterprises extends to helping the airlines transport COVID-19 medical supplies from their Chinese source to the African continent. We're delivering much needed medical supplies to African countries from China,". "We're currently transporting COVID-19 medical supplies from Chinese destinations such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Chongqing to their final destinations in the African continent," Gebremariam told Xinhua. Speaking to Xinhua, Ahmed Shide, Ethiopia Minister of Finance, said the anti-COVID-19 cooperation is helping to save lives and livelihoods across the African continent.
May 28, 2020 14:26 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-28 20:57:19|Editor: huaxiaVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Ethiopia's confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 831 after 100 more cases were confirmed, the Ethiopian Ministry of Health said in a statement on Thursday. This is so far the highest daily increase in the Horn of Africa country. The statement further said all but two of the 100 new COVID-19 cases are Ethiopian nationals, 53 males and 47 females, with their age ranging from three to 70 years old. The ministry also said that 191 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have so far recovered from the virus. Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous nation with about 107 million people, confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 13.
May 28, 2020 12:56 UTC
Safaricom PLC is planning to extend its reach into Ethiopia, Kenya’s northern neighbour. This is one opportunity that Safaricom has been waiting on and one that might grant access to a licence in an economy with more than 100-million people. The Ethiopian Telecommunication Authority (ECA) issued a statement last week announcing that the country would now be open to selling a 40% stake in the state-owned company. In response to this announcement, Safaricom and, its parent company, Vodacom both expressed their interest in buying a stake in Ethio Telecom. This launch will mean the end of the Ethiopian State’s monopoly that has now lasted for nearly a century.
May 28, 2020 11:26 UTC
It is mostly produced by smallholder farmers though there are some commercial farms that produce sesame seeds in Ethiopia. About 44 percent of sesame seed production comes from Amhara region of Ethiopia. The world production of sesame seed reached 3.3 million tons in 2004, with world exports totaling 802,063 tons worth $650 million. Recent reports show that Israel has become the top export destination for Ethiopian sesame seed, followed by China and United Arab Emirates. A 2015 study by Abadi Berhane Girmay from Axum University stated that Sesame production in most areas is carried out under traditional production systems which results in low production and productivity of the crop.
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May 28, 2020 10:39 UTC