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Ethiopia: Authorities seize $1.5M, 7 kg gold at border with Somalia

ESAT News (February 6, 2019) The Ministry of Revenue said it has seized $1,527,014, € 8,280 and £ 31,900 as well as 7 kg of gold at the Ethiopian eastern border with Somalia. Significant amount of currencies from eight other countries have also been seized. The Minister of Revenue, Adanech Abebe told local journalists that four suspects were arrested with ...

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    Ethiopia wins legal battle for Teff patent

    By Engidu Woldie ESAT News (February 6, 2019) A Dutch company has lost a legal battle against Ethiopia for the patent of Teff flour, the ingredient for Injera, an Ethiopian staple. The Dutch company, Health and Performance Food International, had registered patents for Teff products in Italy, England, Germany and Austria, breaching agreements with Ethiopia. Last year, Ethiopia took the ...

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      83 Ethiopian Jews arrive in Israel amid protest against police brutality

      ESAT News (February 5, 2019) Eighty-three descendants of Ethiopian jews, also known as felashamura, have arrived in Israel yesterday as part of the government’s plan to take 1000 of the 8000 remaining in Ethiopia. An Israeli cabinet decided in October last year to bring in 1000 descendants of the Ethiopian jews out of the 8000 who are waiting to make ...

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        African Union to unveil Haile Selassie statue as 32nd summit kicks off in Addis Ababa

        by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (February 5, 2019) The African Union will unveil the commemorative statue of Emperor Haile Selassie at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union on 10 February 2019 in Addis Ababa. The Emperor’s statue will be the second to be erected at the AU headquarter. In 2012, the statue of Ghanaian Pan-Africanist ...

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          Somali regional govt lifts curfew in Jigjiga

          ESAT News (February 4, 2019) A four day curfew has been lifted in Jigjiga, the capital of the Somali regional state in eastern Ethiopia. The curfew was imposed last Thursday banning public gatherings in the regional capital. The curfew also came on the day a high court in Addis Ababa brought formal charges against the former president of the Somali ...

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            Ethiopia to go ahead with census despite concern over its timing

            by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (February 4, 2019) The Ethiopian Statistics Agency said it will go ahead with the population and housing census as scheduled on April 7, 2019 despite concern that displacement and deadly conflicts in some areas of the country would make the job difficult. Public relations head with the Agency, Safi Gemede told ESAT that the displaced ...

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              Local forces kill at least ten in Tepi as communal violence continues

              ESAT News (February 1, 2019) Reports reaching ESAT say at least 10 people were killed by local special forces in Tepi, southern Ethiopia as ethnic tensions turned deadly in the last few days. Two people were seriously injured. The national army has been dispatched to Tepi to stop clashes between the Sheka and residents of Tepi, who are mix of ...

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                Ethiopia: Premier says govt doing its part in building democracy, expects opposition to do same

                by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (February 1, 2019) Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said today that his government is doing its part in building democracy and will continue to do so. “In building democracy, the government has a big role to play. And it is doing its share in this regard,” the premier said responding to questions at the Ethiopian parliament ...

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                  Ethiopia: Five killed in Tepi in communal clashes

                  ESAT News (January 31, 2019) Clashes between residents of Tepi and the Sheka ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia resulted the loss of five lives. Residents of Tepi town, who said they have been attacked by the Sheka, blocked roads with burning tyres and rocks, triggering further clashes with security forces. Residents who spoke to ESAT from Tepi called on federal ...

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                    Ethiopia: Curfew imposed in Jigjiga as high court charges Abdi Illey et al.

                    by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (January 31, 2019) The Federal high court in Addis Ababa brought formal charges against the former president of the Somali regional state and 46 other regional officials accusing them of planning and financing deadly violence in the region. The charge brought against the former president, Abdi Mohamoud Omar, a.k.a. Abdi Alley and the 46 former ...

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