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British funding for Ethiopian “Spice Girls” under review

ESAT News (December 20, 2016) The UK government’s funding for an “Ethiopian girl band” has been placed “under review”, the international development secretary has announced. Priti Patel promised MPs she would work to ensure taxpayer “value for money”, after reports the group Yegna was getting £5.2m ($6.5), the BBC reported on Monday. She added that there were “many other ways” ...

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    Ethiopia: Four feared dead in Gondar prison standoff

      ESAT News (December 19, 2016) Three police officers and a prisoner have reportedly been killed in a shootout between the federal police and prison police in a dispute to take custody of Colonel Demeke Zewdu, the leader of the movement in the Amhara region. The Amhara region has been hit by anti-government protests since this summer after an uprising ...

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      Official says over 23 thousand arrested under state of emergency

      ESAT News (December 19, 2016) Over 23 thousand people have been detained since the declaration of the state of emergency in October following a yearlong anti-government protest in Ethiopia that saw the death of over 700 people in the hands of security forces. Head of the command post in charge of the state of emergency, minister of defense Siraj Fegesa ...

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        Ethiopia: Over $6 million fund to girls band draws outcry

        ESAT News (December 19, 2016) The allocation of £5.2m ($6.5m) UK foreign aid to support projects of an Ethiopian girl band and acting group has sparked outcry. Yegna, a five-member pop group dubbed “Ethiopia’s Spice Girls”, received the funds to develop its “branded media platform”, in spite of previous criticism. Yegna, which means “Ours” in Amharic, was founded in 2013. ...

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          Egypt wary of Saudi official visit to Ethiopian dam

            ESAT News (December 19, 2016) A former Egyptian official said a visit last week by an advisor to the royal court of Saudi Arabia, Ahmed al-Khatib, to the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam was “a dangerous move and said it constitutes an act of public intrigue.” Former Irrigation Minister Mohamed Nasreddin Allam described Khatib’s visit by the Saudi official as harmful. ...

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            Kenya probing death of citizen in Ethiopia  

            ESAT News (December 16, 2016) The government of Kenya has launched investigations into the death of a Kenyan whose brought from Ethiopia on Thursday. Zakayo Muriuki, an engineer, was arrested in Ethiopia on January 10, 2015 when he went to install a VSAT satellite in Jigija. He was accused of committing telecommunication fraud in the foreign country, according to a ...

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              Ethiopia: Whereabouts of  prominent journalist known, family says

                ESAT News (December 16, 2016)    The family of Temesgen Desalegn, a prominent journalist serving three year sentence, said they have finally found their son at the Zeway Federal Prison after ten days of searching. For the last ten days, federal prison officers have been telling the family that Temesgen was not under the custody of the prisons. His ...

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                AU expresses concern about upcoming summit in restive Ethiopia

                ESAT News (December 16, 2016) The African Union has expressed concern about Ethiopia’s current State of Emergency against the upcoming Heads of State Summit in the capital Addis Ababa in January 2017. The concerns were raised by the Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma who met with the newly appointed Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs at the AU Headquarters on Tuesday, ...

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                  Ethiopia: Lawyer for Dr. Merara Gudina arrested

                    ESAT News (December 16, 2016) Security forces detained a lawyer for Dr. Merara Gudina, chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress, who is held in solitary confinement. Taba Chufa, a lawyer for several political prisoners, was jailed in Ambo, the Chair of OFC’s International Support Coordinator, Negeso Ada told ESAT on Friday. Ada said Chufa represents at least 300 political ...

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                    Car bomb explosion at busy restaurant in Mogadishu kills six

                    ESAT News (December 15, 2016) A bomb hidden inside a teashop in Somalia’s capital exploded Thursday, killing four soldiers and two civilians. Associated Press quoted a Somali military official as saying the attack followed a suicide car bomb that detonated in Mogadishu earlier in the day, killing the driver. Military official Ahmed Ali said the soldiers were gathered at the ...

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