An Ethiopian maid who was forcibly thrown from the seventh floor of a building in Kuwait has returned to the country four months after the incident that sparked outrage in the Gulf country and abroad. I wasn’t trying to commit suicide, I was trying to escape from the woman who tried to kill me. Her employer had explained that the maid was trying to commit suicide, a claim the injured victim rejected in an interview. “I wasn’t trying to commit suicide, I was trying to escape from the woman who tried to kill me,” she said in a video shared by Ethiopian media in April. Despite two amnesty extensions granted by the Gulf State, the Ethiopian government said it did not get the desired response by way of returnees.
August 21, 2017 22:30 UTC
GNA Reporter Accra, Aug. 21, GNA - Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline in Africa, has marked commencement of a thrice weekly service to Bahrain at a reception ceremony held at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. A statement from the Airline said heralding the inaugural flight, Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, said; “Bahrain is an important destination in theGNA ReporterAccra, Aug. 21, GNA - Ethiopian Airlines Group, the largest airline in Africa, has marked commencement of a thrice weekly service to Bahrain at a reception ceremony held at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. “With more than 100 passenger and cargo destinations worldwide, our network is designed in such a way that connect Africa with the major trading partners in Asia, Middle East, South and North America and Europe,” he added. He said the fact that the flight was full from its commencement flight designates the success and significance of their service to Bahrain. Ethiopian currently flies to major cities in the Middle East; Beirut, Dammam, Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait, Dubai, Madinah, Muscat, Riyadh, and Sharjah.
August 21, 2017 19:30 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-22 01:16:25|Editor: Mu XuequanVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Lesotho's King Letsie III on Monday arrived in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on a visit to boost ties of the two African countries. King Letsie III, during his four-day visit to Ethiopia, is expected to meet senior Ethiopian government officials, including President of Ethiopia Mulatu Teshome and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, according to the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry. The king is also expected to visit various infrastructure projects in the East African country, particularly the Bole Lemi industrial park on the outskirts of Addis Ababa and the Ethiopian Airline's Aviation Academy, it was indicated. Activities implemented by the Ethiopian government to improve country's food security are also said to be the areas the king will witness during his visit. Kelil has highlighted the relations of the two countries given Ethiopia's status as one of the fastest growing economies in Africa and Lesotho's position as a top exporter of natural resources.
August 21, 2017 18:00 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-21 22:39:43|Editor: Mu XuequanVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- African scholars, who have gathered in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa as part of the fifth-year commemorative event to tribute Ethiopia's late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, commended Zenawi's contribution to Ethiopia's overall development. African scholars and senior Ethiopian government officials, attending a panel discussion organized as part of a nation-wide memorial in remembrance of the late Zenawi on Monday, have expressed Zenawi's contribution in transforming Ethiopia's socio-economic power. Various studies pertaining Zenawi's works and his legacy to Ethiopia's development were presented during the discussion held on the premises of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA). Ethiopia's current national development path, the agricultural-led industrialization strategy, which is considered as Zenawi's major legacy was praised by scholars for bringing sustainable development to Ethiopia. Zenawi is among the pioneer figures that shaped Ethiopia's current ruling political party, the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF).
August 21, 2017 14:48 UTC
Japanese Foreign Minister to Visit EthiopiaAugust 21, 2017 - Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is scheduled to visit Ethiopia and meet on with officials of the African Union, whose headquarters are located in the Ethiopia. The Japanese foreign minister will arrive in Ethiopia on Sunday, August 20, 2017. A head of his visit to Ethiopia, Kono is also expected to attend a two-day ministerial meeting of a Tokyo-led African development conference in the capital of Mozambique, reports Manchi. The next year, Ethiopia reached out to her potential Asian ally when Ethiopian Foreign Minister Heruy Welde Sellase visited Japan in 1931, dramatizing the possible benefits—economic and military—of cooperation between the Ethiopia and Japan. The Ethiopian foreign minister was received very warmly both by government officials and by the people of Japan.
August 21, 2017 10:07 UTC
Ethiopian Afar State Relocates 15,000 PastoralistsAugust 21, 2017 - As part of Villegazation program Ethiopia’s northeastern state, Afar region, will relocate 15,000 pastoralists, reports the Ethiopian news agency. The relocation is scheduled to be conducted in the current Ethiopian fiscal year. According to Usman Mohammed, Office Head at the Afar regional Basin Development and Villagization office, the resettlement will be based on availability of water and the needs of the community. According to Usman over 60 million Birr has been allocated for the construction of basic services in the resettlement areas. More than 17,000 pastoralists have relocated in the last Ethiopian fiscal year in the region, through the villagization program.
August 21, 2017 09:56 UTC
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, has resumed flights to Bahrain, ending a six-year hiatus. The inaugural flight, which landed at the Bahrain International Airport on Friday (August 18), was celebrated at a ceremony held at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Heralding the inaugural flight, Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, said: “Bahrain is an important destination in the Middle East joining the ever emerging Ethiopian destinations to the Gulf. The fact that the flight is full from its commencement flight designates the success and significance of our service to Bahrain. “Ethiopian currently flies to major cities in the Middle East; Beirut, Dammam, Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait, Dubai, Madinah, Muscat, Riyadh, and Sharjah.
August 21, 2017 06:56 UTC
Ethiopian Airlines Group has commenced thrice weekly service to Bahrain. This moment was marked with a reception ceremony held at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on August 17, 2017. Heralding the inaugural flight, Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO, Ethiopian Airlines, said, “Bahrain is an important destination in the Middle East joining the ever emerging Ethiopian destinations to the Gulf. The fact that the flight is full from its commencement flight designates the success and significance of our service to Bahrain." Ethiopian currently flies to major cities in the Middle East; Beirut, Dammam, Doha, Jeddah, Kuwait, Dubai, Madinah, Muscat, Riyadh, and Sharjah.
August 21, 2017 04:52 UTC
Ethiopian communities across borders are working together to help an American family bring their three deceased children home. The siblings’ parents, Meseret Shiferaw and Soloman Adugna, survived the crash and remain in stable condition at the Foothills hospital. But they’re a long way from home and it could cost up to $30,000 to transport the parents and deceased children back to Spokane, Washington. Adugna’s cousin, who lives in the U.S., set-up a fundraising campaign to help cover the costs and members of Calgary’s Ethiopian community are joining forces with them to raise the necessary funds. When Sultan heard about the crash on the news, he and other members of the Ethiopian community immediately offered their help to Shiferaw and Adugna.
August 20, 2017 21:00 UTC
A Washington state church and an online campaign by members of the Ethiopian community are raising funds to help a Spokane-area family return home with the remains of their children following an August 16 crash at a highway intersection east of Calgary. On the afternoon of August 16, the family’s SUV was involved in a collision with a semi-tractor trailer at the intersection of Highway 36 and Highway 570 south of the town of Hanna, Alberta. A funeral service for Blen, Christian and Emenet Adugna will be held Friday, August 25 at the church. The parents, Solomon Adugna and Meseret Shiferaw, are expected to return to the United States in the coming days. A GoFundMe account has been created to help the Habesha, originally from northern Ethiopia, parents with the cost they will encounter, estimated at $30,000, when returning stateside with their deceased children.
August 20, 2017 19:19 UTC
Aid Workers Facing Challenges Delivering Aid in South Sudan - UNAugust 20, 2017 - Aid workers in the war torn African nation South Sudan are increasingly facing difficulties while delivering help, reports the UN. Following these complaints, the South Sudanese government stated that it would strengthen safety for aid workers and humanitarian supplies by enhancing security and cooperation with aid organizations. According to the UN, South Sudan has become a hostile environment for aid workers. It said most of the victims are South Sudanese nationals, with more missing or in detention, and aid workers have routinely been subject to harassment and intimidation. "We continue to witness increasing, deliberate and unprovoked attacks against civilians and aid workers in South Sudan.
August 20, 2017 19:07 UTC
Ethiopia, Qatar to Bolster Trade TiesAugust 20, 2017 - As part of its effort to strengthen ties with Ethiopia, Qatar Chamber held a meeting with an Ethiopian government delegation yesterday. The meeting with the Ethiopian delegation was focused on investment opportunities in the agricultural, mining, construction, and real estate sectors. The Ethiopian delegation included officials of the Oromia Region, in addition to federal government officials and Ethiopian ambassador Mesganu Arga Moach. Qatar Chamber vice-chairman Mohamed bin Towar al-Kuwari said Ethiopia “is a promising destination” for Qatari investments. He added that the chamber is ready to encourage the private sector to invest in Ethiopia, and highlighted that Qatar has investments in the Ethiopian real estate sector.
August 20, 2017 18:56 UTC
Ethiopia to Host International Conference on Maternal and Child HealthAugust 20, 2017 - Ethiopia will host international conference on maternal and child health, an initiative jointly started by Ethiopia and India, on August 24 and 25. The Ethiopian government "strongly believes that the efforts and resources invested to mitigate the major critical hurdles need to be strengthened," Ethiopian Health Minister Yifru Berhan said on Friday. "We must celebrate the success Ethiopia registered, we also need a new vision, new targets and new borders," said Berhan, stressing that "it is an honour for the government of Ethiopia" to host the conference to discuss key critical challenges to maternal and child health. The conference will be a good opportunity for Ethiopia to inform the world about its achievements in reducing maternal and infant mortality, said the Ethiopian minister. The infant mortality rate in Ethiopia had decreased significantly from 97 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2000 to 48 in 2016.
August 20, 2017 18:56 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-21 01:42:56|Editor: Mu XuequanVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Police arrested 17 Ethiopians, including some former soldiers, over suspected involvement in a series of deadly bomb blasts in Bahir Dar, the capital city of Amhara state in northern Ethiopia, authorities said on Sunday. Some of the arrested individuals were former Ethiopian defense force members with deep knowhow on how to commit grenade attacks, Dagnew said. In August 2016, protestors from the Amhara ethnic group took to the streets in Bahir Dar to vent their anger at perceived political and economic disfranchisement. Amhara is Ethiopia's second largest ethnic group, accounting for 28 percent of the country's population of 100 million. There has since been a series of bomb attacks that authorities blamed on "terrorists," in addition to several episodes of labor strikes that hit business hard in the normally busy streets of Bahir Dar.
August 20, 2017 17:37 UTC
She trekked to the Somali zone of Ethiopia, crossed the border into Somalia and paid to board a boat bound for Yemen. Armed smugglers forced Taha to jump off the boat into the choppy water while its engine continued to run. We were holding hands with the two women whom we [later] buried," Taha told VOA's Afaan Oromoo service by phone last week. Smugglers intentionally pushed peopleIn separate incidents on August 8 and 9, smugglers forced about 300 people from their boats as they approached the coast of Shabwa, Yemen on the Arabian Sea. This fact is "shocking," Headon told VOA, because "the average age of these Somali and Ethiopian migrants was approximately 16.
August 20, 2017 09:00 UTC