Artifacts including a Bible and an imperial shield seized by British forces during the 1868 Battle of Maqdala are returning to Ethiopia. According to the British Museum, accounts written at the time describe soldiers and released hostages looting Maqdala’s fortress and church. (Upon his ascension to the throne in 1855, Tewodros had established Maqdala, a village in northern Ethiopia, as his kingdom’s seat of power.) Instead, they point to the benefits of loans and other forms of collaboration.”Around 900 Benin Bronzes remain in the collections of the British Museum. Both the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum hold a significant number of Maqdala artifacts; these institutions have, historically, resisted calls for looted objects’ return.
September 10, 2021 16:46 UTC
BLANTYRE, MALAWI - Malawi's high court has found a businessman guilty of attempting to bribe Constitutional Court judges who were ruling on the disputed 2019 presidential election. Thomson Mpinganjira, who owns a commercial bank in Malawi, was arrested in January 2020 by the Anti-Corruption Bureau, or ACB, after the High Court's chief justice, Andrew Nyirenda, reported he had attempted to bribe the judges. Mpinganjira was accused of offering judges an unspecified amount of money so that a court case over the disputed 2019 presidential election would end in favor of then-president Peter Mutharika. But High Court Judge Dorothy DeGabriele, in her judgment Friday, said the court proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Mpinganjira wanted to bribe the five judges. "He wanted to defeat the course of justice in one of the most high-profile cases in this country, ever."
September 10, 2021 16:15 UTC
The Ethiopian government has confirmed that it is preparing to start generating electricity from the Renaissance Dam within the next few months, Ethiopian News Agency reported. Bekele pointed out that these preparations come amid various challenges facing Ethiopia regarding the negotiations around the dam. Negotiations over the dam between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan have stalled for years, with the three parties ultimately failing to reach any agreements. Egypt and Sudan fear possible blows to water facilities, agricultural land, and overall availability of Nile water. The two countries presented the GERD issue at a UN Security Council hearing in July in hopes of bringing more international players into the negotiation process.
September 10, 2021 14:26 UTC
US climate envoy Kerry will travel to India on SundayThe United States special presidential envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to India from September 12-14 "to discuss efforts to raise global climate ambition and speed India's clean energy transition," the State Department said on Friday. Stay here for real-time updates on news across the US that you can't miss:Read Less
September 10, 2021 14:03 UTC
Residents claim that at least 59 people were killed by troops from the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia. Residents rushing to flee to safer areas of the Amharic region said they sometimes placed multiple bodies in a single tomb. Witnesses a few weeks ago after the federal government urged all competent citizens to “one-time” stop the Tigray army in one of the most deadly battles of the Tigray conflict in Ethiopia for 10 months. The Tigray army says it is pressing the Ethiopian government to lift the blockade of Tigray. Today, as hundreds of thousands flee from Tigray fighters for fear of retaliation, a major humanitarian crisis is spreading that has already affected millions in Tigray.
September 10, 2021 12:22 UTC
The African Union said on Friday it was suspending Guinea after a coup in the West African country that saw its president Alpha Conde arrested. The pan-African body said on Twitter that it "decides to suspend the Republic of Guinea from all AU activities and decision-making bodies". The move came after Guinean special forces seized power on Sunday and arrested Conde, who had come under increasing fire for perceived authoritarianism. The AU had on Sunday condemned the military takeover and called for the release of Conde, who became the country's first democratically elected president in 2010. Its move came a day after the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) also suspended Guinea and said it was sending a mission to the country to evaluate the situation there.
September 10, 2021 12:11 UTC
At scene of Ethiopia's new killings, some fight, some fleeCHENNA TEKLEHAYMANOT, Ethiopia (AP) — The smell of death lingered for days after the killings. In a nearby churchyard, many more were already buried — at least 59 people killed by forces from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, residents alleged. In their rush to flee to safer areas of the Amhara region, residents said at times they placed multiple bodies in single graves. Now a massive humanitarian crisis that already affects millions inside Tigray is spreading as hundreds of thousands of people flee the Tigray fighters, fearing their retaliatory attacks. Now in the Amhara region, as in Tigray, some outraged civilians have joined the fight.
September 10, 2021 12:09 UTC
In a nearby churchyard, many more were already buried — at least 59 people killed by forces from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, residents alleged. In their rush to flee to safer areas of the Amhara region, residents said at times they placed multiple bodies in single graves. The Tigray forces say they are pressuring Ethiopia’s government to lift a blockade on Tigray that has left millions of people without telecommunications, electricity, banking services and almost all humanitarian aid. Now a massive humanitarian crisis that already affects millions inside Tigray is spreading as hundreds of thousands of people flee the Tigray fighters, fearing their retaliatory attacks. Now in the Amhara region, as in Tigray, some outraged civilians have joined the fight.
September 10, 2021 12:00 UTC
By utilizing its natural gas, coal and iron ore deposits, Ethiopia is set to start production of fertilizer and coal next year, as well as iron ore processing within three years, says Eng. “Within three to six years, the Government of Ethiopia has made a serious decision to stop importing fertilizer, coal, water treatment mineral (corium), and fuel…We will not continue importing these products,” he said. Reports show that currently Ethiopia spends about half a billion dollar every year to import fertilizer from abroad. His Ministry is currently approaching potential local and international companies to set up iron ore processing and steel manufacturing in five different locations in Ethiopia where iron ore deposit is found. Reports show that Ethiopia currently imports worth one billion dollars iron and steel.
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September 10, 2021 11:26 UTC
With war raging in the country’s north and ethnic Tigrayans like himself fearing arbitrary arrest, Tesfaye plans to keep his head down during the holiday. “Those who challenge Ethiopia are those who don’t know Ethiopia,” he said Friday in his New Year message, adding that the country “has never been defeated”. “We believe Ethiopia, a great and diverse nation, can overcome its current divisions and resolve the ongoing conflict, beginning with a negotiated ceasefire,” Biden said in a statement. “The Ethiopian people are worried and anxious, and we are fasting and praying. In his New Year message, TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael warned supporters of “a difficult journey” ahead, but said victory was “inevitable”.
September 10, 2021 09:33 UTC
Addis Ababa — The necessary preparations are underway to enable the two turbines of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) generate electricity in the first months of the coming Ethiopian New year, according to Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Dr. Sileshi Bekele. The Minister told ENA that Ethiopia has encountered various challenges in the negotiation process of GERD. However, he stated that as the construction process of the dam has intensified amidst of these challenges, the nation is now working to commence generation of electricity in the first months of Ethiopian New Year by using the two turbines of the dam. Noting that Ethiopia has the full right to use its natural gifts, he said using natural resources for development is vital in order to defeat the poverty in the country. In this regard, GERD is a key instrument to tackle the development challenges in Ethiopia, the Minister added.
September 10, 2021 06:56 UTC
© The Art NewspaperA collection of Maqdala objects, seized by British troops in 1868, was handed over to the Ethiopian ambassador in London on Wednesday. He described Maqdala as “a wound”: “Lives were lost, families separated, traumas inflicted, culture was looted.” Maqdala objects are therefore “memorials”, which allow us to “mourn”. © The Art NewspaperThe second group of returned items comes from an unnamed Brussels collector and dealer. The ambassador told The Art Newspaper that all the restituted items would be returned to Ethiopia in the next few weeks. The Maqdala objects will go to the ministry of culture, probably for the collection of the National Museum in Addis Ababa.
September 10, 2021 05:48 UTC
Ethiopia said Thursday that rebels from war-hit Tigray had been routed from the neighbouring region of Afar. "TPLF's claims of having withdrawn from the Afar region -- and I put it quote-unquote -- that is not true. The rebels had advanced into Afar and Amhara regions in early July and vowed to march onto the capital, after rejecting a ceasefire offer by Addis Ababa. Fighting started after TPLF forces attacked a federal army base in Tigray, killing soldiers. Massacre probeOn Wednesday, officials and medics in Amhara region accused the TPLF of massacring 125 civilians in the Amhara village of Chenna.
September 10, 2021 05:45 UTC
As the conflict has spread into the Afar region, Ethiopian Federal Government has claimed that Tigrayan forces were defeated in the war-hit region. Following the defeat, Tigray has withdrawn forces from the region, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Dina Mufti said at a presser. Denying the claims, Tigray informed that it has "merely redeployed" troops from the Afar region to the more offensive Amara region. According to Al Jazeera, Mufti asserted that the TPLF forces "were defeated and left." "Thousands (of the Ethiopian forces) are being mopped down by our forces," Reda asserted.
September 10, 2021 03:38 UTC
The latest update from the Ministry of Health shows that 27 coronavirus related deaths have been reported across Ethiopia. Ethiopia Coronavirus update, September 9, 2021Number of tested people over the past twenty-four hours: 7,758Newly confirmed cases: 1,352Total confirmed cases: 320,453Active cases: 28,447Patients in the Intensive Care Unit: 756New cases of recovery: 763Total registered recovery: 287,147New deaths: 27Total reported death so far: 4,857The total number of people tested so far: 3,309,560Vaccinated : 2,726,015*Two Coronavirus patients were Japanese nationals and have returned to their country in March 2020For Ethiopia Coronavirus data in the past ten days, check out the information belowEthiopia Coronavirus update, September 8, 2021Number of tested people over the past twenty-four hours: 8,353Newly confirmed cases: 1,529Total confirmed cases: 319,101Active cases: 286,384Patients in the Intensive Care Unit: 726New cases of recovery: 883Total registered recovery: 286,384New deaths: 26Total reported death so far: 4,830The total number of people tested so far: 3,301,802Vaccinated : 2,654,956*Two Coronavirus patients were Japanese nationals and have returned to their country in March 2020Ethiopia Coronavirus update, September 7, 2021Number of tested people over the past twenty-four hours: 8,839Newly confirmed cases: 1,398Total confirmed cases: 317,572Active cases: 27,265Patients in the Intensive Care Unit: 744New cases of recovery: 606Total registered recovery: 285,501New deaths: 19Total reported death so far: 4,804The total number of people tested so far: 3,293,449Vaccinated : 2,582,951*Two Coronavirus patients were Japanese nationals and have returned to their country in March 2020Ethiopia Coronavirus update, September 6, 2021Number of tested people over the past twenty-four hours: 6,679Newly confirmed cases: 1,190Total confirmed cases: 316,174Active cases: 26,492Patients in the Intensive Care Unit: 727New cases of recovery: 904Total registered recovery: 284,895New deaths: 22Total reported death so far: 4,785The total number of people tested so far: 3,284,610Vaccinated : 2,575,687*Two Coronavirus patients were Japanese nationals and have returned to their country in March 2020Ethiopia Coronavirus update, September 5, 2021Number of tested people over the past twenty-four hours: 7,659Newly confirmed cases: 1,516Total confirmed cases: 314,984Active cases: 26,228Patients in the Intensive Care Unit: 727New cases of recovery: 840Total registered recovery: 314,984New deaths: 14Total reported death so far: 4,734The total number of people tested so far: 3,277,931Vaccinated : 2,523,079*Two Coronavirus patients were Japanese nationals and have returned to their country in March 2020Ethiopia Coronavirus update, September 4, 2021Number of tested people over the past twenty-four hours: 7,997Newly confirmed cases: 1,120Total confirmed cases: 313,468Active cases: 25,566Patients in the Intensive Care Unit: 732New cases of recovery: 2,730Total registered recovery: 283,151New deaths: 18Total reported death so far: 4,749The total number of people tested so far: 3,270,272Vaccinated : 2,517,808*Two Coronavirus patients were Japanese nationals and have returned to their country in March 2020Ethiopia Coronavirus update, September 3, 2021Number of tested people over the past twenty-four hours: 6,954Newly confirmed cases: 1,354Total confirmed cases: 312,348Active cases: 27,194Patients in the Intensive Care Unit: 696New cases of recovery: 973Total registered recovery: 280,421New deaths: 20Total reported death so far: 4,731The total number of people tested so far: 3,262,275Vaccinated : 2,510,989*Two Coronavirus
September 10, 2021 03:33 UTC