ESAT English News

Ethiopia: Hard currency crunch harming economy as IMF chief schedules visits

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (December 7, 2017) Shortage of foreign currency, dwindling export trade and foreign investment are having a crippling effect on the country’s economy at a time when IMF’s director is expected to pay a working visit to Ethiopia. According to a well-placed source, the foreign currency reserve in the coffers is only about 700 million dollars ...

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Malawi arrests 66 Ethiopians exiles

ESAT News (December 7, 2017) Malawi’s Department of Immigration said it has apprehended 66 Ethiopians for entering the country illegally, according to a report by the Nyasa Times. But most Ethiopians flee their country because of widespread political persecution. The report said the Ethiopian immigrants were nabbed on Tuesday after a tip by some residents who spotted suspicious people in ...

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EU to expel Ethiopians: leaked document says

ESAT News (December 7, 2017) A leaked document obtained by the Addis Standard says the European Union and the Ethiopian regime are close to signing an agreement to return Ethiopians in Europe who have not been granted refugee status. The document says the Ethiopians will be returned voluntarily or otherwise. Meanwhile, the African Union says it now plans to repatriate ...

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Sudan withdraws troops from Ethiopian territory

ESAT News (December 6, 2017) Sudanese forces that entered 40 kms into Ethiopian border on Sunday have reportedly withdrawn Tuesday evening. ESAT’s sources say the Sudanese troops left after they had burnt crops. There was no reports of clashes with the Ethiopian army that was deployed to the border area. Sources say the Sudanese forces withdrew after Ethiopian officials held ...

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Ethiopia: Regime targets dissidents, media abroad using commercial spyware

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (December 6, 2017) A new report revealed that the Ethiopian regime continues to spy on dissidents and media outlets abroad using a commercial spyware. According to a report by the Citizen Lab, targets include a US-based Ethiopian diaspora media outlet, the Oromia Media Network (OMN), a PhD student, and a lawyer. Citizen lab says one ...

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Thirteen killed in Bodi attack in Southern Ethiopia

ESAT News (December 5, 2017) Thirteen people were killed after the Bodis in Southern Ethiopia went on a killing spree to revenge the death of one of their own in a car accident. According to information reaching ESAT, the Bodis in South Omo have killed 13 truck drivers passing through the Jinka-Hanna-Mursi road. Twenty-four others have sustained injuries in the ...

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Ethiopia: Boycott by university students continues

ESAT News (December 5, 2017) Students of Jimma, Haromaya and Wollega Universities continue boycotting classes saying authorities did not heed to their demands. One of the demands by the students was a call for an end to the torture, killings and other human rights violations in Borena and in areas along the border between the Somali and Oromo communities. The ...

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Ethiopia: German tourist killed in Afar

ESAT News (December 5, 2017) A tourist killed on Sunday in Afar, Northern Ethiopia, is a German national, Germany’s foreign ministry confirmed today. The German national, whose name is withheld, was among a group of tourists visiting Erta Ale volcanic site when they came under attack by unidentified gunmen. An Ethiopian tourist guide has sustained gunshot wounds, according to sources. ...

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Sudanese forces enter 40 kms into Ethiopia border

ESAT News (December 4, 2017) Sudanese forces have entered 40 kms into Ethiopian territory and and took control of villages, according to ESAT sources in the area. The soldiers said they had orders from their government to enter and control territories. Disputed territories along the border between the two countries have been a source of past skirmishes between Sudanese soldiers ...

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Ethiopia: Four killed in protest in Woldiya

ESAT News (December 4, 2017) At least four people were killed on Sunday when a spat between soccer fans turned a violent protest against the TPLF regime. Several sources told ESAT on Sunday that Agazi forces of the regime opened fire at Woldia City FC fans who had come out to protest hate speech and racial slur hurled at them ...

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