ESAT English News

Ethiopia request delays on Nile summit

ESAT News (May 15, 2017) The Nile Council of Presidents summit, which the Ugandan president has called for, was postponed to mid-June rather than 25 May in the Ugandan capital Kampala, after an Ethiopian request, Daily News Egypt reported quoting local media. Ethiopia said that it needs time to study the Egyptian proposal about the Entebbe Agreement. The proposal is ...

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Ethiopia: Turkish NGO to take over Gulen schools

ESAT News (May 12, 2017) A Turkish state-supported NGO is gearing up to take over schools in Ethiopia linked to the Fethullah Gulen Movement blamed for last year’s   coup in Turkey, Anadolu news agency quoted NGO officials as saying. “We have started the establishment of the Maarif Foundation in Ethiopia following the Ethiopia’s decision to shut down schools” in six ...

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Somalia signs security pact with backers at London talks

ESAT News (May 12, 2017) Somalia has signed a security pact with the international community aimed at building a national force to fight al-Shabab militants, according to a BBC report. World powers agreed plans in London to support and train Somalia’s army and police to take over duties currently performed by the African Union, the report said. But the country’s ...

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Aid agencies warn east Africa on the brink of famine

ESAT News (May 12, 2017) Aid agencies have warned that years of drought and conflict have left eastern Africa on the brink of famine, with 16 million people facing the threat of starvation, according to RTE, Ireland’s National Public Service Broadcaster. World leaders gathering at a special conference in London would hear that Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are on the ...

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Ethiopia: Imprisoned journalists and politician write letter to PM

  ESAT News (May 11, 2017) Journalist Elias Gebru and Daniel Shibeshi, former leading member of the opposition Andinet party wrote a letter to Ethiopian prime minister pleading for their release from prison. Elias and Daniel were thrown to jail five months ago following cooked up accusations that they have colluded with opposition political parties, namely Patriotic Ginbot 7 and ...

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UK urged to press Ethiopia to free political prisoner

  ESAT News (May 11, 2017) Reprieve, an international human rights organization, urged  the UK government to demand the release of Andy Tsege, an Ethiopian born British father of three, kidnapped at the Yemeni airport in 2014 by Ethiopian regime security. The call by Reprieve came at a time when the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn is in London ...

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Ethiopia: Regime disrupts transmission of independent media  

  ESAT News (May 11, 2017 The Ethiopian regime, a leading muzzler of the press, has once again disrupted the transmission of Ethiopian Satellite Television and Radio (ESAT), the management said in a statement on Thursday. The regime has jammed and coerced satellite service providers to drop ESAT for over twenty five times in the last seven years existence of ...

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High level U.S. military delegation visits Ethiopia

  ESAT News (May 10, 2017) A high level U.S. military delegation was in Ethiopia in the first two weeks of April to assess the military cooperation between the two countries and define new policies and strategies, a reliable source told ESAT. The source, who wish to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the matter, said the team has ...

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Prominent Ethiopian activist and writer passes away

  ESAT News (May 10, 2017) Fekade Shewakena, activist, prolific writer and commentator has passed away on Tuesday in Maryland at the age of 61. Fekade was respected by activists and politicians with opposing political allegiance, and his thought provoking commentaries and articles were conciliatory and aimed at bringing harmony to the otherwise polarized Ethiopian politics. He has been an ...

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London hosts int’l conference on Somalia

ESAT News (May 10, 2017) An  international conference on Somalia kicked off in London to improve security and  prevent the return of open conflict across Somalia, and for enabling a broader political and economic development, according to organizers. “The Conference will also deliver increased commitment from the international community on political reform and governance, to help build a more inclusive, ...

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