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After years of repression, Ethiopia’s media is free — and fanning the flames of ethnic tension

By Paul Schemm April 21 at 6:00 AM ADDIS ABABA, Ethi­o­pia — From a collection of modest offices in a half-empty high rise, one of Ethiopia’s most prominent journalists publishes his weekly paper with a staff of just four. The country has imprisoned U.S.-educated Eskinder Nega multiple times, most recently for six years. But under Prime Minister […]

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East Africa Food Security Alert, 19 April 2019

REPORT from Famine Early Warning System Network Poor rainfall since late 2018 to increase assistance needs and slow 2016/17 drought recovery Rainfall during the 2019 Gu/long rains season has been well below average across much of the greater Horn of Africa, resulting in a second consecutive below-average season in a region still recovering from the prolonged […]

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Ethiopia crash victims’ relatives mark 40 days of mourning

Associated Press BISHOFTU, ETHIOPIA — Dozens of relatives of the 157 people who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash have gathered to end 40 days of mourning according to Ethiopian Orthodox tradition. Families held victims’ photos or flags representing their 35 nationalities. Many wore black. The March 10 crash occurred shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa […]

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Ethiopian parliament appoints new FM, defense minister

ADDIS ABABA, April 18 (Xinhua) — The Ethiopian House of Peoples’ Representatives (HoPR), the Ethiopian parliament’s lower house, on Thursday approved the appointments of new foreign affairs minister and defense minister. Gedu Andargachew, former president of Ethiopia’s second largest Amhara regional state, was appointed as the new foreign minister, while Lemma Megersa, president of Oromia […]

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Ethiopian Airlines crash: Kenyan families advised on compensation

By PAUL WAFULA The Foreign Affairs ministry has asked families of victims of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash to secure a Grant of Representation from court in order to get compensation. A Grant of Representation is a document that confirms the legal status and ability to deal with the estate of someone who has died. […]

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Addisu Arega Appointed Head of Oromo Democratic Party CC Office

Adiss Ababa  April  18/2019  Addisu Arega is appointed Head of the Office of Central Committee of Oromo Democratic Party (ODP). He replaced Alemu Sime the former Head of the Office. Oromo Broadcasting Network (OBN) reported that Addisu had served as Rural Sector Cluster Head in the Office. In a related development, the House of People’s […]

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PM ABIY AHMED Among The TIME 100 Most Influential People of 2019

ABIY AHMED By Feyisa Lilesa In 2016, the situation in Ethiopia was very bad. People were being killed and many were in jail, and I wanted the world to know what the government was doing. That’s why, during the 2016 marathon at the Rio Olympics, I crossed my wrists at the finish line—to symbolize that the […]

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Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono and Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa win in Boston Marathon debuts

By Jill Martin, CNN (CNN)The 123rd Boston Marathon almost needed a photo finish. In the closest finish in the men’s race since 1988, Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono, making his Boston Marathon debut, held off two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia to barely clip the finish line tape first. Cherono was two seconds ahead, in a time of […]

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Request for Information [RFI]  For sugar corporation pre-privatization process

Ministry of Finance Title: RFISUGARCORP2019 Table of Contents SECTION I – INSTRUCTIONS………………………………………………… 2 INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………… 2 OBJECTIVES……………………………………………………………………. 2 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS…………………………………………………….. 3 OBTAINING A COPY OF THE RFI……………………………………….. 3 PREPARATION OF RESPONSE…………………………………………… 3 ADDENDA………………………………………………………………………. 4 SUBMISSION OF INFORMATION………………………………………. 4 WITHDRAWAL OF SUBMITTAL…………………………………………. 5 INQUIRIES……………………………………………………………………… 5 PUBLIC RECORD……………………………………………………………… 5 SECTION II – SCOPE……………………………………………………………. 5 Request for Information…………………………………………………. […]

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ISRAEL SENDS FIREFIGHTERS TO ASSIST IN ETHIOPIAN MOUNTAIN BLAZE

The mountains are one of the country’s main tourist attractions and have faced blazes on and off over the last two weeks. Its national park is home to several rare animal species BY ILANIT CHERNICK  APRIL 14, 2019 Israel has sent firefighters to help extinguish the large fires raging in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains, the Foreign Ministry […]

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U.S. To Help Ethiopia Improve Agriculture In Five Years

The governments of the United States and Ethiopia agree to launch a new five-year Feed the Future strategy to invest in food security, build resilience, and accelerate economic growth opportunities in Ethiopia. On Friday the two sides signed a declaration of partnership to improve Ethiopia’s agriculture performance and attain food security. The new multi-sector Feed […]

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Wildfire Breaks Out Again in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park

(7D News) — A second wildfire has broken out in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park, destroying additional forest resources. A wildfire which broke out on Thursday March 28th was started by individuals, according to an official from the Ethiopian Wild Lives Conservation Authority. It destroyed 342 hectares of forest in the park. The fire was […]

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Ethiopia in the last 12 months: change and challenges

by Solomon Hailemariam What is happening in Ethiopia is mesmerizing for all Ethiopians and now for Eritreans as well. History is in the making and unfolding. So many of us are absorbed by what is going on in Ethiopia. Some of my friends tell me that they have been having sleepless night since the advent […]

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Minnesota man’s family sues Boeing over deadly plane crash

The suit was filed Monday in federal court in Chicago, where Boeing is based, on behalf of the family of Mucaad Hussein Abdalla, of St. Cloud, Minnesota. Author: Associated Press CHICAGO — The family of a Minnesota man who died when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed last month has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Boeing. […]

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Boeing stock declines amid plans to cut 737 Max production

BY MEGAN CERULLO Boeing shares declined almost 5 percent following its Friday announcement that it will sharply scale back production of its 737 Max aircraft, a major blow for the aviation giant following the March 10 crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. One analyst cut his outlook for the stock, saying the problems with the aircraft […]

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The next year will test if Abiy Ahmed will be Ethiopia’s best hope for stability

For Mohammed Ademo, July 1, 2018, will be a day forever etched in memory. After 16 years in exile in the United States, the journalist and writer returned home to Ethiopia just months after a charismatic new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, ascended to power. Landing in Addis Ababa was, he says, a “jarring” and “dizzying” experience. […]

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A suggestion for Alessandra Mussolini: Show some empathy for Ethiopia

By Letters to the Editor April 5 Reading the April 2 Style article “Jim Carrey sketch draws fire from Mussolini’s granddaughter,” about the Twitter exchange between actor Jim Carrey and Alessandra Mussolini, the granddaughter of Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, was as bizarre as it was heartbreaking. While pointing out American injustices, Ms. Mussolini did not acknowledge […]

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Ethiopia Indicates Boeing Investigation Could Go Beyond a Year

Ethiopian authorities have indicated that they can release a more thorough report on the crash of the Ethiopian Boeing 737 Max jet crash if the investigation goes beyond the year-long target. The crash, which killed 157 people, is thought to have been triggered by the plane’s automatic anti-stall system. “It depends on the complexity of the […]

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For victims’ loved ones, latest Boeing 737 MAX tragedy leaves anguish, anger, and lots of questions

By Paul Roberts Seattle Times business reporter It was sometime after midnight when Nadia Milleron heard the news about the Ethiopian Airlines flight that had gone down just after takeoff from Addis Ababa. Milleron’s thoughts went immediately to her 24-year-old daughter, Samya Stumo, who had been scheduled to fly from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, Kenya, […]

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Boeing’s 737 Max design contains fingerprints of hundreds of suppliers

By Douglas MacMillan and Aaron Gregg April 5 The software at issue in two deadly crashes of Boeing 737 Max jetliners runs on two identical computer processors tucked inside a small metal box the size of a toaster. Boeing designed that software, known as the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). But the lines of code underpinning this […]

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Ethiopian Airlines crash: Boeing reduces 737 production

Boeing is temporarily cutting production of its best-selling 737 airliner in the continuing fall-out from crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia. Production will drop from 52 planes a month to 42 from mid-April, Boeing has said in a statement. The decision is a response to a halt in deliveries of the 737 Max – the model […]

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Vision Ethiopia Eighth Conference,in Collaboration withthe Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Vision Ethiopia Eighth Conference, in Collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education Bahir Dar, June 12-14, 2019 Colloquium on the interface between culture, heritage, conflict resolution, democratic governance & national unity Second and Final Call for Papers Following the successful conclusion of Vision Ethiopia’s Seventh Conference […]

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Some 37,000 IDPs in Basketo Special woreda seek immediate assistance, UN

Addis Abeba, April 03/2019 – The conflict that erupted around the boundaries of Melekoza and Basketo Special woreda of Gamo Gofa zone has left more than 37,000 people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, the UNOCHA said. “Ethnic Basketos who have been displaced from 11 kebeles of Melekoza woreda are now sheltered in six collective centers […]

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U.S. and Ethiopian Investigators Clash Over Crash Probe

Sources say Ethiopian officials have been slow to share information with the U.S. during the investigation. By Claire Hansen, Staff Writer April 1, 2019, U.S. AND ETHIOPIAN officials are clashing over how to handle the investigation into the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airline that crashed after takeoff from Addis Ababa on March 10, killing all […]

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Schumer: Boeing reps should be removed from regulatory committee while company is under investigation

By Clayton Guse Sen. Chuck Schumer continued his push to crack down on conflicts of interest at the Federal Aviation Administration Sunday. The Senate minority leader sent a letter to acting FAA administrator Daniel Elwell demanding that more strict action be taken against Boeing after dozens of the company’s jets were grounded across the country. […]

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Ethiopian Airlines crash families plead for site to reopen so they can find remains

By Robyn Kriel, Idris Mukhtar and Stephanie Busari, CNN Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (CNN)Moshe Biton and Ilan Matsliah had never set eyes on one another before March 10. But in just two weeks, the men have formed a strong bond after being thrust together in the worst possible circumstances. The doomed Ethiopian Airline flight ET302 that […]

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The Latest: Senators Grill Elwell on Safety, Industry Ties

Senators question acting FAA chief Daniel Elwell about whether safety features on Boeing aircraft should be sold a la carte. WASHINGTON (AP) — THE Latest on Congressional hearings looking into the Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of Boeing (all times local): Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., challenged FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell on whether the FAA should ban […]

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Boeing CEO says company is ‘humbled and learning’ from deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg released a statement in support of Ethiopian Airlines following the Flight 302 crash that killed 157 people in March. Ethiopian Airlines said Monday it would maintain ties with the U.S. plane maker. Emma Newburger | @emma_newburger Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the aircraft maker was “humbled and learning” from an Ethiopian Airlines crash […]

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Everything You Wanted to Know About EDTF But Were Afraid to Ask

PART 1 Over the past several weeks, as I and some of my colleagues on the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund (EDTF) Advisory Council (AC) visited various cities organizing EDTF chapters, we have been asked questions which require further clarification. The questions run the gamut. Some are concerned EDTF donations could go into the government treasury […]

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Ethiopian Airlines chief questions Max training requirements

The chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines says the warning and training requirements set for the Max planes ‘might not have been enough’ By ELIAS MESERET Associated Press ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia The warning and training requirements set for the now-grounded 737 Max 8 aircraft may not have been adequate, in light of the Ethiopian plane crash that killed […]

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U.S. Lawmaker Seeks Boeing Whistleblowers, Some MAX 737 Orders in Jeopardy

BY DAVID SHEPARDSON AND Cindy Silviana Thomson Reuters. WASHINGTON/JAKARTA (Reuters) – A U.S. lawmaker on Friday urged current or former Boeing Co and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees to come forward with any information about the certification program for the 737 MAX, which has suffered two fatal crashes in five months. Boeing and the FAA are […]

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Ethiopian Airlines Had a Max 8 Simulator, but Pilot on Doomed Flight Didn’t Receive Training On It

By Selam Gebrekidan New York Times ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopian Airlines surpassed many carriers by becoming one of the first to install a simulator to teach pilots how to fly the new Boeing 737 Max 8, but the captain of the doomed Flight 302 never trained on the simulator, according to people close to the […]

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The Latest: Ethiopian airline defends pilots’ training

Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya – The Latest on the Ethiopian plane crash (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Ethiopian Airlines says its pilots went through all the extra training required by Boeing and the U.S. aviation regulator to fly the 737 Max 8 jet that crashed this month, killing all 157 passengers. CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said Thursday […]

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Exclusive: Lion Air Pilots Scoured Handbook in Minutes Before Crash – Sources

BY CINDY SILVIANA, Jamie Freed and Tim Hepher JAKARTA/SINGAPORE/PARIS (Reuters) – The pilots of a doomed Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX scrambled through a handbook to understand why the jet was lurching downwards in the final minutes before it hit the water killing all 189 people on board, three people with knowledge of the cockpit voice […]

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Experts say there were similarities in the Ethiopian Airlines and the Lion Air crashes. What were they?

By Ralph Ellis, CNN Experts say there were similarities in the Ethiopian Airlines and the Lion Air crashes. What were they? By Ralph Ellis, CNN (CNN)When the Federal Aviation Administration announced it was grounding all Boeing 737 Max planes, the agency said it had identified similarities between last week’s Ethiopian Airlines crash and the Lion Air crash […]

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New details emerge about the plane involved in Ethiopian, Lion Air crashes

Abc/ By KARMA ALLEN Experts across the globe are working to determine what caused the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash and whether there was a connection between that and an earlier crash of the same plane model. New reporting claims that engineers involved in evaluations of the plane — a Boeing 737 Max 8 — knew […]

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Ethiopia Says Crashed Jet’s Black Boxes Show Similarities to Lion Air Disaster

BY MAGGIE FICK AND David Shepardson ADDIS ABABA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane that killed 157 people had “clear similarities” with October’s Lion Air crash, Ethiopia said on Sunday, shown by initial analysis of the black boxes recovered from the wreckage of the March 10 disaster. The crash has generated one of […]

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Infighting hampers analysis of Ethiopian Airlines flight recorders, source says

Infighting among entities involved in the Ethiopian Airlines air disaster probe has hampered analysis of the plane’s damaged black boxes by France’s BEA air accident investigation agency, Fox News has learned. Arguments broke out Thursday as the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder arrived at the BEA near Paris for analysis, according to a source who spoke to […]

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Ethiopian Airlines CEO tells CNN: Pilot had ‘flight control problems’

By Taylor Nicole Rogers, CNN Business New York (CNN Business)The pilot of the downed Ethiopian Airlines flight had “flight control problems” shortly before the fatal crash, according to the company’s chief executive. A recorded conversation with air traffic control detailed the final moments of the flight, CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told CNN’s Richard Quest on Tuesday. “He […]

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Boeing 737 Max 8 planes grounded across the World after Ethiopian crash

By Meg Wagner, Brian Ries, Veronica Rocha and Ben Westcott, CNN This map shows all the 737 Max flights currently over US airspace Flightradar24 Approximately 30 Boeing 737 Max airplanes were traveling in US airspace at the moment President Trump announced that they would, upon reaching their destinations, be grounded. The above map, tweeted by Flightradar24, […]

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Ethiopian Airlines: ‘No survivors’ on crashed Boeing 737

An Ethiopian Airlines jet has crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all on board, the airline says. It said 149 passengers and eight crew members were believed to be on flight ET302 from the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi in Kenya. The airline added that there were 33 different nationalities on board. The crash […]

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Ethiopian Airlines celebrates International Women’s Day with flight staffed entirely by women

BY ARIS FOLLEY Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s largest airline, celebrated International Women’s Day on Friday with a flight operated entirely by women. The airline announced on Twitter that its recent flight from Addis Ababa to Oslo, Norway, was made with an all-women crew. The airline said on Facebook earlier this week that the flight was operated by […]

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