European Union a 'TERRORIST GROUP'? Ethiopian leader arrested for meeting Brussels bosses

GETTY•IG Ethiopian opposition leader Merera GudinaMerera Gudina, who leads the Oromo People's Congress, was detained after returning to Addis Ababa from Brussels where he criticised the government in Addis Ababa for imposing a state of emergency. Ethiopian security officials said Mr Gudina had violated guidelines "by making contact with terrorist groups" during his visit to Brussels. They said: "Given this violation, Merera Gudina is in custody and an investigation is currently taking place." GETTY Villagers in Ethiopia's troubled Oromiya regionMore than 500 people died in violent protests against the government until the six-month state of emergency was declared in October. Demonstrations were initially triggered by anger over a development scheme that opponents said would force farmers off their land.

December 01, 2016 14:34 UTC

Ethiopia Security Detain Prominent Opposition Party Leader Dr. Merera Gudina

Security forces implementing Ethiopia's six-month State of Emergency have last night detained prominent opposition party leader Dr. Merera Gudina, Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), upon his arrival at Bole International Airport. This morning family members were prohibited access to Dr. Merera at the Ma'ekelawi prison located at the heart of the Piassa. Dr. Merera was touring Europe for more than three weeks during which he delivered a speech to members of the European Union Parliament. Pro-government activists were hostilely calling for the arrest of Dr. Merera after pictures of him sitting next to Dr. Berhanu and athlete Feyissa have circulated on Ethiopian social media sites. "The story of all prominent Oromo opposition party leaders are the same: they all end up jailed," said the lecturer who wishes to remain anonymous.

December 01, 2016 14:03 UTC

Ethiopia's Merera Gudina detained after trip to Europe

Image copyright AFP Image caption Merera Gudina's arrest has been criticised by a member of the European parliamentA prominent opposition leader in Ethiopia has been detained after he returned from Europe. Merera Gudina had violated Ethiopia's state of emergency by having contact with "terrorist" and "anti-peace" groups, state-linked media reported. Mr Merera criticised the state of emergency in an address to the European parliament on 9 November. European parliament member Ana Maria Gomes, who invited Mr Merera, told the BBC she was "extremely shocked" about the arrests. The meeting at the European parliament was also attended by Ethiopia's Olympic medallist Feyisa Lilesa.

December 01, 2016 13:00 UTC

Ethiopia: Oromo opposition leader arrested

A prominent Ethiopian opposition leader from the country's restive Oromo region has been arrested after he came back from a meeting with members of the European Parliament in Brussels. Merera Gudina, who is the chairman of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, was arrested in his house in the capital Addis Ababa, according to media reports. READ MORE: Ethiopia - Oromo protests continue amid harsh crackdown"Police arrested him in his house the same day in the evening. Ethiopia's state-aligned FBC radio said the Oromo leader was arrested for "trespassing the state of emergency rulings of the country". Before his arrest, Merera had appeared at the EU parliament to testify on the political crisis and human rights violations in Ethiopia.

December 01, 2016 12:25 UTC

Ethiopia's leading opposition leader Merera Gudina arrested after EU visit

Ethiopia has arrested leading opposition leader Merera Gudina after he returned from a trip to Europe. Gurdina was arrested upon his arrival at the airport in the capital Addis Ababa, according to the English private magazine Addis Standard. Gudina had travelled to Brussels where he alleged, during a hearing at the European Parliament, that Ethiopian security forces had committed human rights violations during recent unrest in the country. It is believed Gudina called for the parliament in Addis Ababa to be dissolved and for the establishment of a transitional government, the opposition website Ethiopian Satellite Television ESAT reported. Lilesa failed to return to Ethiopia after he staged a protest against alleged human rights abuses committed by his government earlier this year.

December 01, 2016 10:19 UTC



Not just a day trip: Lynn Doran’s photographs from Ethiopia’s Omo Valley

Not just a day trip: Lynn Doran’s photographs from Ethiopia’s Omo ValleyA Little Light on a Dark ContinentLynn Doran’s “Omo” takes us deep into Ethiopiaby Bondo WyszpolskiThree years ago, Lynn Doran journeyed to the remote Omo Valley, situated within the Great Rift Valley of Southwest Ethiopia, and photographed six indigenous peoples. A true sense of adventureOne could say that Lynn Doran has had the travel bug for over 60 years. “But then I saw some photos of the people in the Omo Valley. They began in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, visited a 14th century Christian town and an old walled city that was entirely Muslim, before entering the Omo Valley, which is largely pagan. “There’s something about the Omo Valley,” she says.

December 01, 2016 09:11 UTC

Ethiopia arrests top Oromo opposition politician after Europe Parliament speech

Demonstrators flash the Oromo protest gesture during a festival on Oct. 2 where dozens died in a stampede. Top Oromo politician Merera Gudina was arrested on Nov. 30. (Tiksa Negeri/Reuters)A top opposition politician from Ethiopia’s restive Oromo ethnic group was arrested after he spoke out against the country’s state of emergency in front of the European Parliament, the government announced Thursday. “We don’t know his whereabouts,” Beyene Petros, head of the Medrek coalition of opposition parties that includes Gudina’s Oromo Federalist Congress, told The Washington Post. Local and international rights organizations, however, have condemned the string of arrests accompanying the state of emergency, including that of journalists and politicians.

December 01, 2016 08:55 UTC

Ethiopia backs Kenya in race for AU Chairperson position

Ethiopia has disclosed that it will back the candidature of Kenya’s foreign affairs chief in the race to elect the new chairperson of the African Union (AU). Kenya’s topmost diplomat Ambassador Dr. Amina C. Mohamed is one of five candidates hoping to be elected to replace outgoing chair, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Called on my Ethiopian colleague Dr Workneh Gebeyehu today in Addis Ababa; discussed bilateral and regional issues. The five candidates for the AUC Chairperson position include:Botswana’s foreign minister Pelonomi Venson-MoitoiChad’s foreign minister Moussa Faki MahamatEquatorial Guinea’s foreign minister Agapito Mba MokuyKenya’s foreign minister Amina Mohamed andSenegal’s Bathily Abdoulaye who is the special UN envoy for Central Africa. The South African Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been the AU chairperson since 2012 and did not apply for a second term during the earlier nomination process.

December 01, 2016 05:04 UTC

Human Ancestor 'Lucy' Adept at Tree Climbing as Well as Walking

Scientists using sophisticated scanning technology on the fossil bones of the ancient human ancestor from Ethiopia dubbed "Lucy" have determined that she was adept at climbing trees as well as walking, an ability that in her case may have proven fatal. The 1974 discovery of Lucy created a scientific sensation and shed light on early stages of human evolution. Kappelman has hypothesized that Lucy, about 3-1/2 feet tall (1.07 meters), foraged on the ground and sought nightly refuge in trees. Her injuries indicated she fell from a height of more than 40 feet (12 meters), that earlier study found. "It may seem unique from our perspective that early hominins [members of the human evolutionary lineage] like Lucy combined walking on the ground on two legs with a significant amount of tree climbing, but Lucy didn't know she was unique," he said.

December 01, 2016 00:24 UTC

Joint Norwegian-Ethiopian Conference Held on Health and Higher Education

Joint Norwegian-Ethiopian Conference Held on Health and Higher EducationNovember 30, 2016 - Conference on Health and Higher Education held at the Desalegn Hotel. The main objective of the conference was to promote Ethiopian-Norwegian collaborations within health and higher education as well as creating a space for relevant actors to meet and share experiences. The conference was hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa, in collaboration with Oslo University Hospital. Many important institutions were present at the conference such as Oslo University Hospital, Haukeland University Hospital, Black Lion Hospital and Addis Ababa University, to mention just a few. Furthermore, the Norwegian Government has made global health one of its major priorities and is currently supporting numerous global health initiatives.

November 30, 2016 23:16 UTC

Thousands of Ethiopian-Israelis celebrate Sigd Day in Jerusalem

Share on Facebook Share on TwitterFor over 2,500 years, on Sigd Day Ethiopian Jews prayed on mountain tops in the Horn of Africa to one day live in Jerusalem, a city they believed was paved with gold and filled with God’s light and powerful presence. On Wednesday, thousands of proud Ethiopian-Israelis from across the country gathered on a picturesque promenade in the capital’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, where multiple generations of men, women and children celebrated their triumphant achievement. “And now we pray to stay in Israel, and to be together with all the other people here. “Everything was about Jerusalem and the Holy Land, and when I heard that we are coming to Israel I was very excited and happy. “The State of Israel and Israeli society won by having you here.”Think others should know about this?

November 30, 2016 16:32 UTC

Albright Stonebridge Group Announces Senior Additions and New Office in the UAE

These experts provide strategic counsel to ASG clients with interests in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. “These new additions bring great judgment and insights to our team,” said Madeleine Albright, Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group. New ASG Senior Advisors include:Addis Alemayehou joins ASG’s Africa practice. Ambassador Richard Morningstar advises ASG’s clients with interests in Europe and Eurasia and on energy matters. Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG) is the premier global business strategy and commercial diplomacy firm.

November 30, 2016 14:51 UTC

Joint Norwegian-Ethiopian Conference on Health and Higher Education

Conference on Health and Higher Education held at the Desalegn Hotel. The main objective of the conference was to promote Ethiopian-Norwegian collaborations within health and higher education as well as creating a space for relevant actors to meet and share experiences. The conference was hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa, in collaboration with Oslo University Hospital. Many important institutions were present at the conference such as Oslo University Hospital, Haukeland University Hospital, Black Lion Hospital and Addis Ababa University, to mention just a few. Furthermore, the Norwegian Government has made global health one of its major priorities and is currently supporting numerous global health initiatives.

November 30, 2016 14:44 UTC

Ethiopia: 15 Ginbot 7 members killed in foiled 'Eritrea-backed' terror attack

Ethiopian security forces claim to have killed dozens of "Eritrean mercenaries" as they foiled a planned terror attack allegedly backed by neighbouring Eritrea. The Ethiopian Ministry of Defense said members of the Ginbot 7 opposition movement – which Ethiopia classified as a terrorist organisation – tried to deploy dozens of its armed fighters into Ethiopia. It is believed a total of 113 alleged terrorists managed to infiltrate from Eritrea via the Tigray region, in northern Ethiopia. However, Ethiopian forces killed 15 of them, while 73 were captured, officials told the Sudan Tribune. Ethiopia and Eritrea relationsThis is not the first time Ethiopia has accused its neighbour of trying to destabilise the country.

November 30, 2016 14:26 UTC

Ethiopian to resume services to Conakry

Nov 30, 2016: Addis Ababa based airline Ethiopian Airlines, has finalised preparations to resume services to Conakry on February 1, 2017. Conakry is the capital of The Republic of Guinea and a port city on the Atlantic Ocean serving as the country’s economic, financial and cultural center. Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, said, “We are proud to add Conakry among our West African destinations and further deepen our African route network. Conakry will be our 54th African and 96th international destination.”With this flight, Ethiopian joins partner ASKY Airlines at Conakry. Passengers traveling either Ethiopian Airlines or ASKY Airlines will be able to earn free trips by accumulating miles on Ethiopian’s frequent flyer program, ShebaMiles.

November 30, 2016 12:20 UTC



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