OLF Criticizes Federal Troop Deployment in Western OromiaDecember 16, 2018 (Ezega.com) - The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) said to be unhappy because the central government deployed federal tropps without informing the front. According to the Ethiopian Reporter, the OLF fully expected to be consulted when such matters take place, so there is no conflict between its forces and the federal government forces. It is unclear how and why the OLF has managed to stay armed and then complain against federal government troop movements. Shortly thereafter, Ethiopian federal government officials criticized the statement and warned the OLF that this will not stand and they will force it to disarm if necessary. Included in the forum were all the main Oromia-based organizations, including the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC).
December 17, 2018 00:45 UTC
New alliances in the future of the Horn of Africa 0 by Rodrigo Vaz December 16, 2018After years of conflict and a tense stalemate between the two countries, Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace deal in July. His recent appointment of a gender balanced cabinet, with the Defence Minister being a woman, has also attracted major headlines. Losing countriesLooking further to the region, the main consequences of this deal will have to do with the balance of power in the Horn. Ethiopia was, at least until recently, the biggest backer of Somaliland, having installed a Consulate in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland. Future perspectives after the sudden changesIn any case, all eyes are on the Horn these days.
December 16, 2018 22:52 UTC
Tashoma was familiar with spoken word performance art. Her first performance was in Beersheba at a spoken word event that combined her songs and texts. Now her works are in Hebrew, and the performance for Hullageb includes several pieces with Amharic, an Ethiopian language in which Tashoma isn’t completely fluent. She’s also discovered that most of her audiences are not Ethiopian, and if there are Ethiopians in the crowd, they’re usually younger. “I’m Israeli from an Ethiopian background, and it’s all from my point of view, the balance of both worlds.
December 16, 2018 17:10 UTC
The government said the soldiers were asking for a pay rise but Mr Abiy later insisted they had wanted to kill him. The 66 were among 200 soldiers in fatigues and red berets who marched to the prime minister's office in the capital, Addis Ababa. Since coming to power in April, Mr Abiy has made some dramatic changes - including freeing thousands of political prisoners, unbanning some outlawed groups and making peace with long-time foe Eritrea. In September, Ethiopian prosecutors charged five suspects with terrorism over an attempt to kill Mr Abiy in a grenade attack at a rally in June. Abiy's rapid pace of reformImage copyright AFP Image caption People celebrated as the land border between Ethiopia and Eritrea was reopened
December 16, 2018 11:48 UTC
Kolkata, Dec 16 (PTI) Birhanu Legese and Dibaba Kuma made an Ethiopian double in the men’s and women’s elite sections while Avinash Sable and Suriya Loganathan reigned supreme among the Indians at the Tata Steel Kolkata 25 kilometre run Sunday. It was a sudden burst and I could not cope up,” the 28-year-old Suriya from Pudukottai, who finished overall seventh, said. Two-time Olympian Sudha Singh finished eighth overall and second among Indians, behind Suriya with a timing of 1:29:11. Both Sable and Suriya were the winners among the Indians in the last edition as well. The elite international winners went home richer by USD 7,500 each, while the elite Indian winners pocket a prize purse of Rs 2,75,000 each.
December 16, 2018 11:15 UTC
The women's race was won by Ethiopian Kuma with a time of 1:27:34, followed by her country mate 1:27:38 and Failuna Matanga of clocking 1:27:45. The women's race was pretty evenly poised till the last lap with the Indian elites toe to toe with their international competitors. The Elite International athletes go home richer by USD 7,500 each, while the elite Indian winners pocket a purse of Rs 2,75,000 each. ResultsMen: Overall: 1 Birhanu Legese (ETH; 1:15:48); 2 (ETH; 1:15:49); 3 (KEN; 1:15:52). Women: Overall: 1 Kuma (ETH; 1:27:34); 2 (ETH; 1:27:38); 3 Failuna Matanga (TAN; 1:27:45).AIndian: 1 Suriya Loganathan (1:28:29); 2 (1:29:11); 3 Parul Chaudhary (1:30:18).
December 16, 2018 10:41 UTC
A leading group of more than 10 runners paced the race in the early stages. Ndungu, a two-time Lake Biwa marathon winner with a PB of 2:07:04, settled for third place in 2:12:15. Pre-race favourite Seboka lived up to expectations in the women’s race. The 34-year-old Ethiopian kept extending her lead and claimed the convincing win with an advantage of nearly five minutes. With two kilometres remaining, two-time Delhi Half Marathon winner Legese put in a surge which splintered the leading group.
December 16, 2018 09:56 UTC
Fitsum Tekele, an Ethiopian farmer, harvests their staple Eragrostis tef, also known as teff grain in his field northeast of the Mekelle, Tigray region, Ethiopia December 10, 2018. Now many leading Tigrayans are being detained or sidelined as reformist prime minister, Abiy Ahmed attempts to draw a line under past abuses. One adviser to Abiy told Reuters that the prime minister has sacked 160 army generals for actions he said amount to "state terrorism". In Mekelle, capital of the Tigray region, and in nearby villages, a siege mentality is taking hold among people who say they feel under attack. The frustration could pose a threat to the 42-year-old prime minister as he urges people to back "reforms, not revolution".
December 16, 2018 06:56 UTC
Ethiopia jails soldiers who protested for better payADDIS ABABA: An Ethiopian court has jailed 66 soldiers over a rare protest in the capital in October demanding better pay, state media reported on Saturday. The Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) reported that the soldiers would be jailed from five to 14 years each. In October, hundreds of elite soldiers staged a protest in Addis Ababa over "inadequate" salary and benefits, briefly blocking a road around the national palace and marching on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed´s office. Mobile and WiFi internet connections were cut for several hours as confusion and panic gripped the capital. The Ethiopian army, one of the strongest and largest in Africa, is known for strict discipline, and protests by soldiers are practically unheard of.
December 16, 2018 00:11 UTC
The U.S. military said it conducted an airstrike Saturday in Somalia, killing at least eight al-Shabab militants. No civilians were involved in the airstrike near Gandarhse, a coastal area south of Mogadishu, according to the U.S. Africa Command. The military said the strike was conducted in close coordination with the Somalia government to degrade al-Shabab's freedom of movement. So far this year, the U.S. military has conducted at least 40 airstrikes against al-Shabab in various parts of Somalia. The Somalia government accuses Robow of bringing Islamic militants and weapons back to Baidoa, the capital of South West State.
December 15, 2018 22:41 UTC
Former President of Ethiopia Girma Woldegiorgis Passes AwayDecember 15, 2018 - Former President of Ethiopia, Girma Woldegiorgis passed away yesterday, Ethiopian News Agency reports. Girma Woldegiorgis served as President of Ethiopia from 2001 to 2013 under the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). Girma Woldegiorgis led a long public career spanning multiple governments in Ethiopia, from Hailesilassie to EPRDF-led governments. Girma Woldegiorgis started his career after graduating from Genet Military School in Holeta in 1944. Girma Woldegiorgis was born in 1924, and is survived by five children.
December 15, 2018 21:45 UTC
He was among a slew of Eritrean sporting stars present at Asmara International Airport to welcome the visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. That’s because many of them made their names as members of the Ethiopian national team. Eritreans formed the backbone of the Ethiopian national team squad during its finest hour, some fifty six years ago now. Negash Teklit shirtless during the 1987 CECAFA Cup (Image: EBS)Negash Teklit would go on to coach the Eritrean national team and until recently coached the Eritrean U-20 side. Eritrean sporting news outlet Eritrean Football have reported that a long awaited “peace match” between Ethiopia and Eritrea will likely be held sometime next year.
December 15, 2018 21:11 UTC
At least 21 people have been killed in two days of intense fighting between ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia amid escalating violence that has sent hundreds fleeing across the border to neighbouring Kenya. The violence broke out on Thursday and Friday near the town of Moyale, on the border with Kenya, in a region claimed by both the Oromo, the largest ethnic group in the country, and the Somali ethnic group. The fighting also wounded 61 others, the state-affiliated Fana radio reported, citing the Oromia regional state communication office. Patrick Mumali, Moyale sub-county deputy commissioner, confirmed late on Friday that hundreds of Ethiopians crossed the border to Kenya. In the Oromiya region, the largest in the country, there are at least four separate conflicts along ethnic lines in addition to a border dispute that risks erupting into new violence, aid groups say.
December 15, 2018 15:11 UTC
Former Ethiopian president Girma Woldegiorgis died on Saturday, two weeks short of his 95th birthday, state media reported. Girma was president of Ethiopia for twelve years between 2001 to 2013, a largely ceremonial role. His death was reported by the Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) and other state media. Girma was fluent speaker in Ethiopia's working language Amharic, his native language Afan Oromo as well as English and French. * Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTERFOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook.
December 15, 2018 14:03 UTC
Heavy fighting between ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia has killed at least 21 people and wounded 61, its state news agency said on Saturday, amid escalating violence that has sent hundreds fleeing across the border to neighbouring Kenya. Patrick Mumali, Moyale sub-county deputy commissioner, confirmed late on Friday that hundreds of Ethiopians have crossed the border to Kenya. May postponed the Brexit deal Meaningful Vote, on 11 December due to risk of rejection from Members of Parliament. The two small-sized 'Berdiansk' and 'Nikopol' armored artillery boats had come under enemy fire and are now dead in the water. The two small-sized 'Berdiansk' and 'Nikopol' armored artillery boats had come under enemy fire and are now dead in the water.
December 15, 2018 12:45 UTC