The Ethiopian government is due to meet with leadership of an exiled opposition party for further political talks, chief of staff of the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed confirmed on Tuesday. ODF said at the time that a team from its end had met a high-level delegation from government and that it was due to dispatch a delegation to Addis Ababa for further talks. The ODF was established in 2013 having broken away from the country’s oldest opposition political party, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) – the latter remains a banned group under the law. But in mid-February, a state of emergency was imposed a day after then Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned. He was sworn into office on April 2 but has yet to comment publicly on the state of emergency.

May 23, 2018 04:07 UTC

Korea, which managed to become the world’s high-tech industries hub in a few decades, recommends strategies that enables Africa to fast-track its industrialization vision. 2 – Inclusive and people driven industrialization : it needs to be inclusive as inequality undermines the sustainability of the industries. 3 –Smart infrastructures: that Korea is currently implementing projects like, the 1st smart drone port in Rwanda and smart farm tech in Tanzania. Recalling how Ethiopian soldiers who arrived in 1951 in the port of Busan [formerly Pusan] during the war with the North Korea, which took place between 1951-1953. Our African allies including Ethiopia and South Africa helped the Korean development and get out of the ashes during the Korean War” he said.

May 23, 2018 03:33 UTC

Delegates from the parties spent five days in intense negotiations in the Ethiopian capital, but had been unable to reach a consensus, which prompted the IGAD proposal. Justine Badi, the archbishop of the Anglican Church of South Sudan, emerged from talks Tuesday to say the message to the delegates is simple. "South Sudan Council of Churches urges the parties to cooperate with one another in the spirit of compromise and with IGAD for the sake of the millions of suffering South Sudanese," Badi told South Sudan in Focus. Clement Janda, a representative of South Sudanese refugees from Uganda, said the warring parties refuse to put the people first. Some of them, I can even describe them [as] nominal, they are not really active on [the] ground," Pen told South Sudan in Focus.

May 22, 2018 23:03 UTC

Ethiopian-born Canadian Bashir Makhtal described how he was arrested and imprisoned after being detained more than a decade ago when fleeing to Kenya from Somalia when Ethiopian troops had invaded in late 2006.

May 22, 2018 21:11 UTC

By Arlene JonesColumnistI watched the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this past weekend. That action sent a message to the world that she was being accepted by the family as a new member of the royal household. Once in England, the young prince was introduced to Queen Victoria who took an interest in him and his subsequent education. He attended a number of British schools, including an officer training school at the Royal Military College. I hadn't known anything about the Ethiopian prince until I began to look into the history of the chapel where Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding took place.

May 22, 2018 18:33 UTC

ADDIS ABABA, May 22 (Xinhua) -- A negotiating team of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF), an exiled Ethiopian opposition group, is set to arrive in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa Wednesday for further talks with the government, the Ethiopian government said Tuesday. The party is expected to undergo processes to register as a political party in Ethiopia if its discussions with the government reach positive conclusions, according to GCAO. GCAO in its latest statement further revealed the Ethiopian government's ambition to negotiate with political parties that want to operate peacefully in the country's political landscape. It has also commended the ODF for accepting the government's invitation for peace talks and its decision to operate peacefully. The ODF was established in 2013 having broken away from the outlawed rebel group the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF).

May 22, 2018 17:15 UTC

OTTAWA – A Canadian who says he was unfairly imprisoned in Ethiopia in abysmal conditions for more than a decade wants an independent review of Ottawa’s actions in his case. Makhtal, 49, was suddenly freed last month, a development Waldman attributes to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s intervention in the case. As a result, Makhtal was worried in early 2007 when two Ethiopian security agents came to question him alongside Kenyan officials. “I had not been back in Ethiopia since I left when I was seven, and did not trust the Ethiopian officials at all.”Makhtal alerted Canadian officials in Kenya. “What’s notable about Bashir’s case is that Prime Minister Trudeau took a different attitude and intervened directly, and it was after that intervention that Bashir was released,” he said.

May 22, 2018 17:03 UTC

(OPride) — A five-person delegation of the Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) party is due to arrive in Ethiopia on Wednesday for “substantive talks” with the government. Founded in exile in 2013 by veteran Oromo leaders, ODF is returning to the country to pursue peaceful struggle. Fitsum Arega, the Chief of Staff for Prime Minister Abiy, confirmed on Twitter that the ODF delegation will arrive in Ethiopia on Wednesday for “political consultation” with the government. As part of this effort the leadership of Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) is due to arrive in Addis tomorrow. Breaking: The opposition Oromo Democratic Front (ODF) has reached an agreement with the #Ethiopia government to return to the country and pursue peaceful struggle.

May 22, 2018 14:37 UTC

Magid Magid has been causing a stir since being elected as Lord Mayor of Sheffield at the age of 28, he’s the youngest person to hold the office, the city’s first Green mayor, and the city’s first Somali mayor. He told Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn how he forced himself to watch her programme, and learned to love it. The mayor moved to the Yorkshire city aged five, after six months in an Ethiopian refugee camp. He discussed the UK’s immigration policy and treatment of refugees with Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. More from the Daily and Sunday Politics: Watch full programmes from the last 30 days via BBC iPlayer; ‘like’ us on Facebook page or ‘follow’ us on Twitter

May 22, 2018 14:03 UTC

Two weeks later, Kenyan officials told Makhtal he was being deported to Ethiopia. "I tried to resist when the Kenyans forced me to board the plane," he told Tremonti. Makhtal had been interrogated by Ethiopian security officials while in Nairobi, Neve said, and had flagged this to Canadian officials. "I did not believe it," Makhtal told Tremonti. Makhtal is grateful for the Canadian officials, human rights workers, and journalists who fought for his freedom.

May 22, 2018 13:52 UTC

The government of Somalia, together with the United Nations on Sunday launched an appeal for $80 million to provide relief to people affected by recent flooding in the country’s central and southern regions. Thousands of Somalis were displaced after the areas received the heaviest rainfall experienced in Somalia in more than three decades. With the existing $1.5 billion 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan for Somalia only 24 per cent funded, humanitarian partners are unable to support a robust flood response. The heavy rains and flash floods come only months after a devastating drought left over six million people in need of humanitarian assistance last year. According to the Flood Response Plan, more devastation is likely to take place, if the heavy rains which started in March continue.

May 22, 2018 13:41 UTC

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May 22, 2018 11:03 UTC

Moroccan runners shone in the men’s 10km road race held as part of the NAS Sports Tournament in Nad Al Sheba. The men’s open 10km race witnessed Portuguese professional triathlete Felipe de Azavedo wedge himself between the African duo of Esmail Ssenyange and Paul Muturi. The women’s professional 10km race was won by Ethiopia’s Berhan Gebremichael with a time of 38:46 minutes, leaving the familiar UAE-based Latifa Essarok in second in a time of 39:45 minutes, while Moroccan Ameenah Mhih came in third in 41:40 minutes. So I pushed myself and started running my own race to get under the 30-minute mark,” men’s professional 10km champion Al Ghouz told Gulf News. In the women’s professional 10km race, it was a lonely affair with Gebremichael breaking free of the chasing pack just after the 2km mark.

May 22, 2018 10:52 UTC

Egypt has officially responded to a diplomatic protest by Sudan over the broadcast of a TV series that the latter complained portrayed Egyptian terrorists living in its territory. Sudan’s foreign minister had on Saturday issued a statement saying the TV series titled ‘Abu Omar al-Masry’ insinuated that Egyptian militants can find refuge in Sudan. It is insulting to Egyptians living in Sudan and we call upon Egypt to stop attempts at disturbing the interests of the two countries. Frosty Egypt – Sudan relationsIn the mid 1990s, Osama bin Laden and other extremists, including many from Egypt, were based in Sudan. About ‘Abu Omar al-Masry’Local media portal, Egypt Today reports that ‘Abu Omar al-Masry’ is one of six soap operas that are tackling terrorism and extremism issues, in special TV series for the Ramadan period.

May 22, 2018 10:30 UTC

The United States and South Korea signed a partnership agreement to expand the Power Africa program the former has been implementing I the power hungry continent. The two sides inked the deal in Busan, Korea, this morning represented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Andrew Green and South Korea’s Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Strategy and Finance Dong Yeon Kim. The Administrator noted that America is happy to see Korea today standing on its own and helping others passing through the 1950s war which is known as a result of the Cold War. Launched in 2013 Power Africa program of the United States government involves several agencies as well as the private sector. “This will be a game changer in the overall effort to electrify Africa,” said Administrator Mark Andrew Green.

May 22, 2018 10:07 UTC