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U.N. Security Council calls for peaceful resolution of Eritrea, Djibouti border spat

ESAT News (June 20, 2017) The U.N. Security Council called on Eritrea and Djibouti to resolve their border dispute in line with international laws. The Security Council also backs the decision by the African Union to send a fact finding mission to the two countries. The Council called “on the parties to resolve their border dispute peacefully in a manner ...

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Ethiopia: Armyworm infestation alarming

ESAT News (June 20, 2017) The United Nations warns that armyworm infestation is currently wreaking havoc on season crops across six regions in Ethiopia and is spreading at an alarming rate. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Monday that the armyworm was first reported in Yeki woreda of Sheka zone, Southern region of Ethiopia in ...

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Armed group attacks regime’s command post killing one

ESAT News (June 19, 2017) An armed group says its forces have attacked a temporary army command post in Ebnat, north Gondar killing the commander. Patriotic Ginbot 7, an armed group fighting the Ethiopian regime, said in a statement it sent to ESAT that several other people might have been dead in the attack that was carried out in the ...

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Eritrea, Djibouti border tensions high following Qatari forces pullout

ESAT News (June 19, 2017) A pullout by Qatari forces last week from a disputed border area between Eritrea and Djibouti is feared to resuscitate a border conflict between the two countries, according to reports. About 450 strong Qatari forces were deployed along the border in 2010 to man a buffer zone between the two countries. But that changed last ...

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Ethiopia: Global warming threatens coffee growing regions

ESAT News (June 19, 2017) Rising temperatures is threatening to make half of the coffee growing regions in Ethiopia unsuitable for coffee with some areas already destroyed by the global warming phenomenon. A research published online today by the journal Nature Plants warns unless efforts are made to move coffee production to higher places where it is suitable to grow, ...

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Ethiopian regime accused of using food aid as a political tool

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 16, 2017) The Ethiopian regime is using famine to punish the people in the Somali region of Ethiopia whom it sees as its opponents, an activist said on Friday. Jamal Kalif, chair of the Ethiopian Somali Activists Network and a former member of the Ethiopian Parliament told ESAT that the regime is making statements ...

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UN Rights Council should address human rights issues in Ethiopia: watchdog says

ESAT News (June 16, 2017) The Human Rights Watch says the UN Human Rights Council should address the serious human rights situations in Ethiopia. The Watchdog renews its appeal to the 35th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council being held in Geneva. “In Ethiopia, a state of emergency has been in place since October, following a year of protests ...

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Serkalem Fasil receives Eskinder Nega’s press freedom award

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (June 16, 2017) Ethiopia Journalist Serkalem Fasil received the International Press Institute (IPI) 2017 world press freedom hero award on behalf of Eskinder Nega, imprisoned Ethiopian journalist and blogger. Journalist Serkalem Fasil, who is also the wife of Eskinder Nega, received the award on behalf of her husband at a ceremony in Alexandria on Thursday ...

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At least dozen Ethiopians feared dead in London’s tower fire

ESAT News (June 15, 2017) Tirufat, her husband and their only child were fast asleep when the Grenfell tower caught fire a little past midnight on Wednesday. There was no fire alarm. They woke up to the ringing of the husband’s cell phone. The voice on the other side alert them of the fire blazing in the building. Their friend ...

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U.K. updates travel advisory to Ethiopia

ESAT News (June 15, 2017) The U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) updates its advice to citizens against travel in certain parts of Ethiopia. The office advise citizens against travelling to within 10 km of the border with Eritrea, areas off the principal roads/towns within 10 km of the borders with Sudan and Kenya. It also advises citizens against travelling ...

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