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Ethiopia: Court reduces Yonatan Tesfaye’s prison sentences

ESAT News (November 27, 2017) The Supreme Court of Ethiopia reduced jail sentences for Yonatan Tesfaye, activist and former public relations head for the Blue Party, who was sentenced to six and half years for a Facebook post. But lawyers commenting on the court’s decision say Yonatan shouldn’t be put in jail in the first place. Yonatan was put behind ...

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Ethiopia: TPLF demotes chairman, suspends Meles Zenawi widow

by Engidu Woldie ESAT News (November 27, 2017) The marathon congress of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Ethiopia’s ruling clique, has removed Abay Woldu as chairman of the Front, according a statement issued by the Front. The statement said Abay Woldu is will continue as a member of the central committee. The congress of the TPLF executive and central ...

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Ethiopia: Search for deserters in Southern Ethiopia continues

ESAT News (November 24, 2017) As search for soldiers who are said have deserted from the army in Southern Ethiopia continued, new reports indicate that one soldier was killed in a shootout between a commander and soldiers who were dispatched to search for the deserters. Thirty-eight soldiers with the 10th division of the army in southern Ethiopia disappeared Monday along ...

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Ethiopia: TPLF forces kill ethnic Somalis, Oromo in south

ESAT News (November 24, 2017) TPLF special forces that were deployed to Borbor, near Moyale, in the country’s southern border, have reportedly launched deadly attacks against locals killing at least 27 people. The TPLF forces have been accused of pitting ethnic Somalis against Oromos who share common resources in Southern Ethiopia. The forces have reportedly used a dispute over land ...

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Trade Secretary fails British father on death row in Ethiopia

ESAT News (November 23, 2017) The International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, has admitted he did not raise the case of a British father on death row in Ethiopia at an official meeting with the Ethiopian Prime Minister earlier this month, according to Reprieve, an international human rights organization that is following the case. Asked directly about the case of Andargachew ...

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Ethiopia issues yet another tender to buy 70,000 tons wheat

ESAT News (November 23, 20-17) The Ethiopian regime has issued an international tender to buy about 70,000 tons of milling wheat, European traders said. The tender deadline is Dec. 5, according to UkrAgroConsult, a Ukrainian agricultural consulting company. The report said the country also made a major purchase of 400,000 tonnes of wheat in early November. Finance for the 70,000 ...

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Ethiopia: Search for soldiers vanished in Southern Ethiopia continues

ESAT News (November 21, 2017) A search for a group of soldiers whose numbers is estimated to be at least 30 has continued in Southern Ethiopia along the country’s border with Kenya, according to ESAT’s sources. The group of soldiers lost communication with their base and disappeared on Monday. A search operation by two teams have not bear fruit thus ...

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Ethiopia: Federal police commander killed in Bahir Dar

ESAT News (November 22, 2017) A federal police commander for the north west region of Ethiopia was killed Tuesday night in Bahir Dar. Commander Desalegn Lijalem was stabbed and killed by unknown assailants at his residence at about 11 pm yesterday, according to a source. Residents hold the commander responsible for the loss of lives in the anti-government protest in ...

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No one can touch Egypt’s share of water: Al Sisi

 ESAT News (November 22, 2017) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has warned Ethiopia over a mega hydroelectric dam it is building, which Egypt fears cut into the amount of water it is getting from the Nile. The Abay, as it is called in Ethiopia, or the Blue Nile, once it left the country’s boundary, has long become a river that ...

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Ethiopia: Soldiers disappear along border with Kenya

ESAT News (November 20, 2017) Initial reports reaching ESAT say unknown number of soldiers with the 10th division of the Ethiopian regime’s army disappeared Monday along the country’s border with Kenya. A search is underway after the soldiers lost radio communication with their base in Southern Ethiopia, according to ESAT sources. A search in Borena and Yabello towns along the ...

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