Jawar Mohammed, an influential Oromo activist charged with terrorism by the Ethiopian prosecutor has mocked the charges of treason and terrorism. He described the ruling Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in a tweet that said, ‘‘TPLF has finally put on its honor roll by charging me at its kangaroo court. TPLF has finally put on its honor roll by charging me at its kangaroo court. It says the state’s suppression of independent media continued adversely affect people of Oromo whose population is around 40 million. He however sounded a warning to the government in a later tweet that the people of Oromo will soon rise against the ‘‘mercenary paramilitary force.’‘
US Government Delegation Visits EthiopiaFebruary 23, 2017 - U.S. delegation led by Senator James Inhofe visited Ethiopia on Wednesday. Noting that Ethiopia and the U.S. have been enjoyed longstanding relation the Premier urged the need to further boost the ties. In this regard, he urged the U.S. to enhance trade and investment cooperation with Ethiopia in general and the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) in particular. Head of the delegation Senator James Inhofe told reporters after the discussion that the U.S will continue to cooperate with Ethiopia. The U.S. will continue its support to Ethiopia especially, to the efforts of stabilizing the horn of Africa in general and Somalia and south Sudan in particular, he added.
South Sudan President Arrives in Addis AbabaFebruary 23, 2017 - South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit arrived in Addis Ababa for a three-day official visit in the country, according to ENA. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has welcomed the Soth Sudanese President upon his arrival at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. During his stay, President Kiir is expected to discuss with President Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on bilateral and issues of mutual interest. The current visit by President Kiir's is expected to further boost the bilateral ties between the two countries. Salva Kiir has been President of South Sudan since its independence in 2011.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Major General Tesfay Gidey Hailemichael of Ethiopia as Force Commander for the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). The Secretary-General is grateful to Major General Mussa for his dedication and effective leadership of UNISFA as Head of the military component. Major General Hailemichael has had a long and distinguished career with the Ethiopian Armed Forces spanning over thirty-three years. Prior to this, he was Deputy Army Corps Commander (2009-2011), Division Commander (2003-2007), Brigade Commander (1997-1998), among other appointments within the Ethiopian Armed Forces. Major General Hailemichael holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Siddarth HIV Research Institute, Ethiopia.
Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo, attends his inauguration ceremony in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. He defeated his closest contestants, the outgoing president Hassan Shaikh Mahmoud, who was in office since 2012, and Shaikh Sharif Shaikh Ahmad, who held the office from 2009 to 2012, from a list of 24 candidates. The struggle seen by many Somalis as a war of liberation was spearheaded by the newly-formed Al Shabab Al Mujahideen, which was commanded by militant members of the Islamic Courts. With the support of AMISOM forces, however, Shaikh Sharif managed to drive Al Shabab from the capital and some neighbouring areas. The chiefs of these mini states gave greater allegiance to Ethiopian and Kenyan leaders than the Somali president.
Dr Merera Gudina, leading opposition figure in Ethiopia and Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has finally been charged with terrorism by Ethiopian prosecutors. The privately run Addis Standard news portal reported that the opposition chief was charged along with two others. Jawar Mohammed a popular Oromo activist and Executive Director of the Oromia Media network and Berhanu Nega, were also charged with terrorism. Breaking- #Ethiopia/n prosecutors have formally charged prominent opposition leader Dr. #MereraGudina & two others with him with terrorism — Addis Standard (@addisstandard) February 23, 2017Gudina, during his last appearance in court vehemently denied any terrorism allegations and said that he had spent his life teaching against the ideals of violence and terrorism. Some European countries have lifted their travel advice for Ethiopia with the ‘return to peace.’SUGGESTED READING Ethiopia: A year after protests started – Timeline of events 
The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has stated that his country was looking to work with the new United States government particularly in the area of trade and investment. He was speaking during a visit by a US delegation led by Republican Senator, Jim Inhofe, to Addis Ababa on Wednesday, the state-owned Ethiopia News Agency reports. AGOA is a United States Trade Act, enacted seventeen years ago as Public Law 106 of the 200th Congress. The head of the delegation described Ethiopia as an ally of the US in the area of security in the Horn of Africa region. Addis Ababa enjoyed cordial relations with the immediate-past Obama administration and Senator Inhofe assures that relations will be further strengthened under Trump.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn said Ethiopia and Djibouti would expand joint infrastructural development activities that ensure mutual benefits. The Premier made the remark on Monday while holding talks with Djibouti's Minister of Economy and Finance Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh. The two sides exchanged views on the joint protection of the Ethio-Djibouti railway line and the planned oil pipeline. Djibouti Economy Minister also handed over the message of President Ismail Omar Guelleh to Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn. In the message to the prime minister, President Guelleh expressed his desire to make official state visit to Ethiopia in the upcoming month, Neighboring Countries and IGAD Affairs Directorate-General with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Girma Temesgen told EBC.
Dubai: A maid has been accused of stealing Dh1.4 million in cash and three diamond wristwatches worth Dh700,000 from her female sponsor while the latter was away on holiday. The Emirati woman sponsor was said to have received a message on her WhatsApp from the 26-year-old Ethiopian maid informing her that her safe had disappeared from her residence in October. The sponsor called up her brother and asked him to go and check whether the safe had been missing or not from her residence in Mirdif. When the brother reached the flat, he discovered that the maid and safe had disappeared and so he reported the same to the police. He also called up the police and told them what had happened,” the sponsor told the prosecutors.
Qatar Company Seeks Land for Hospitality Project in Addis AbabaFebruary 22, 2017 - Ezdan Holding Group, a giant company from Qatar, is looking at a plot of land around the African Union (AU) for its real estate venture project, according to Capital. Sources at Addis Ababa City Administration told Capital that for the past year they have been looking in the city to find land for the company. Ezdan Holding has requested about 15 hectares of land from the city administration for its massive investment plan. “The city administration will facilitate a plot of land that it can provided for a single investor,” sources said. “We have prepared land that we can provide for their investment,” sources added.
New President of Somalia InauguratedFebruary 22, 2017 - Prime Minister Hailemariam attended the inauguration of Somalia’s newly-elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed or 'Farmajo' as he is known, according to FBC. Djibouti President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta were among the representatives from 124 countries who attended Farmajo's inauguration held today in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Speaking at the inauguration, Prime Minister Hailemariam pledged to stand by Somalia. President of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh on his part praised Somalia's outgoing president Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud for the work he did in building federal institutions, and called for peace to be restored in Somalia. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has been in office since 2013, said "I assure you of Kenya support, my admin will stay steadfast in search for sustainable peace in Somalia."
South Sudan President Visiting Ethiopia this WeekFebruary 22, 2017 - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit is expected to arrive in Addis Ababa on Thursday for a three-day official visit, according to ENA. The President is visiting Ethiopia upon the invitation from Prime Minister Hailemariam Deasalegn. Upon his visit to Juba last October, Prime Minister Hailemariam and President Kiir had concluded various cooperation agreements. The two sides had agreed to partner in trade and investment, peace and security as well as infrastructure, among others. President Kiir's visit is expected to further boost the bilateral ties between the two countries.
The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) is finishing up a restoration project on the tomb of King Najashi, the former leader of modern day Ethiopia's Kingdom of Aksum. TIKA coordinator in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Fazıl Akın Erdoğan, told reporters that the restoration project on a mosque and tomb located 800 kilometers from the capital would wrap up this year. Imam Mohammad Ibrahim of the Najashi Mosque explained that, before the renovation works, the mosque was not in a good condition, but that everything had changed with the restoration effort. The imam also stated that he always prayed for Turkey and Turkish people saying, "Turkey is not only helping us, it is helping all Muslims." King Najashi, also known as Armah, was the ruler of the Kingdom of Aksum from 614-631.
Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) has reportedly rejected an offer from the state-owned Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) to take over management of struggling Arik Air (W3, Lagos) reports Business Day Online. AMCON recently took over Arik Air following mounting financial and operational issues, but has no interest in managing the airline in the long term. Founder of Arik Air, Joseph Arumeni-Ikhide, was strongly opposed to the Nigerian airline being taken over by Ethiopian, saying that he would launch a legal challenge if it did so. "Arik Air needs about NGN1.6 billion (USD5 million) to buy fuel for international routes. We need to emphasise one fact – that the only way we can recover our debts is for Arik Airline to continue to fly."
The Following are news highlights in Ethiopia’s major media outlets on Wednesday. –Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has laid cornerstone for the construction of Baeker Integrated Agro-Industrial Park in Tigray regional state. (Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation/EBC)–Ninety-one percent of the construction of the Genale Dawa III hydro-electric power project which is expected to generate 254 MW power has been completed, the Ethiopian Ministry of water, Irrigation and Electricity announced. “I was recently in Ethiopia’s Somali region, where I saw the devastating impact this drought is having on people’s lives, livestock and livelihoods,” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien. (Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation/EBC)–Preparations have been finalized for the 7th edition of Ethiopia’s cities forum to be held April 30-May 6, 2017 in Gondar, Amhara regional state, said the Ethiopian Ministry of Urban Development and Construction.