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Ethiopia: Grenade explosion hit cotton factory in Gondar

  ESAT News (January 19, 2017) A series of grenade explosions have been reported in and around Metema, a border town in northern Ethiopia. A grenade explosion on Wednesday ripped off a cotton processing plant in Metema, Gondar in a locality known as Genda Wuha. Sources told ESAT that the plant, which is reportedly gutted down by the ensuing fire, ...

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Egyptian activists challenge Sisi’s Ethiopia dam agreement

ESAT News (January 19, 2017) A group of Egyptian lawyers and political activists are preparing a lawsuit to challenge President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s preliminary agreement on Ethiopia’s Nile dam project. According to a report by the Albawaba news, the agreement which asserted Ethiopia’s right to build the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has caused grave concern in Egypt over the ...

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Official says South Sudan is not afraid of Ethiopia  

ESAT News (January 19, 2017) South Sudanese officials have stepped up rhetoric against Ethiopia in what analyst see as a moment that is developing in the relations between the two countries with a government official at the ministry of information in Juba telling a reporter that his government was not afraid of Ethiopia, according to a report by Nyamilepedia. Ethiopia ...

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Several feared dead in clashes in south Ethiopia

ESAT News (January 18, 2017) Special forces of the Somali regional state have reportedly carried out attacks against the Guji and Borena people in the Oromo region killing at least five. A source told ESAT that the locals retaliated killing several members of the special forces. The forces have also kidnapped unknown number of people and have raided cattle and ...

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Ethiopia: Prosecutors request closed trial in Qilinto inmates trial

  ESAT News (January 18, 2018) The general prosecutor requested a court in Addis Ababa that the proceedings of the 38 inmates of the Qilinto prison who were accused of starting fire in October that killed 23 prisoners be held in a closed court. The prosecutor told the court that witnesses called for the trial have been harassed and intimidated ...

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Senior U.S. diplomat  travels to Ethiopia and  South Sudan

ESAT News (January 18, 2017) Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield will be in Ethiopia on Thursday as part her two nation visit in East Africa. She will be in South Sudan on January 18 and Ethiopia on January 19, according to a release by the U.S. Department of State. “The primary purpose of the Assistant Secretary’s ...

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Tensions high ahead of Epiphany celebrations in Northern Ethiopia

  ESAT News (January 17, 2017) Tensions remain high in the Ethiopian northerly cities of Gondar and Bahir Dar ahead of the Epiphany celebrations on Wednesday. Reports indicate the regime has deployed a large number of troops in the cities where anti-government sentiment remains strong after killings and mass incarcerations. Sources told ESAT that residents of Gondar and Bahir Dar ...

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Ethiopian peacekeeper exposes fraud at UNSOM

  ESAT News (January 17, 2017) A sergeant who deserted the Ethiopian army exposes corruption by TPLF army generals at UN Mission to Somalia. He alleges that the generals siphon off salaries of the Ethiopian mission in Somalia under UNSOM. In an exclusive interview with ESAT sergeant Hailemichael Bewketu Gashaye said he was sent to Somalia in 2015 as part ...

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Ethiopia: Gov’t seeks 948 mln USD for emergency food

ESAT News (January 17, 2017) The Ethiopian regime and its humanitarian partners on Tuesday announced they seek US$948 million to help 5.6 million people with emergency food and non-food assistance, mainly in the southern and eastern parts of the country. Relief web said failed rains in southern and eastern parts of the country caused by the negative Indian Ocean Dipole ...

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Ethiopia: FAO says new drought risks in Ethiopia put recovery at risk

ESAT News (January 17, 2017) The UN Food and Agriculture Organization said on Tuesday that new drought across swathes of southern Ethiopia may jeopardize the East African nation’s restoration of food security after the worst agricultural seasons in decades unless urgent efforts are made to shore up vulnerable households in rural areas.   FAO said in a release while humanitarian ...

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