Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera broke a 22-year-old indoor world record in the 1,500 meters on Saturday, clocking 3 minutes, 31.04 seconds at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix. "I'm delighted with the outcome and to have the world record is a special feeling." El Guerrouj still holds the outdoor world record of 3:26.00, set in 1998. Britain's Laura Muir also pleased the home crowd by beating the national women's indoor record in the mile, which had stood since 1988. It was the third fastest indoor mile of all time by a woman.
February 17, 2019 06:00 UTC
Ana Gomes reportedly hailed the ongoing change in EthiopiaborkenaFebruary 16,2019Ana Gomes, “Socialist Member of the European Parliament,” is visiting Ethiopia. She received a warm reception up on arrival at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa. Berhanu Nega, Chairman of Ginbot 7 ,one of Ethiopia’s biggest opposition party, showed up at Bole International Airport to receive her. Since then, Ana Gomes had been adding voice in the struggle for democracy and press freedom in Ethiopia. For that reason she is, it is noticeable, popular among a considerable number of politicized Ethiopians that she is even given an Ethiopian name – Hanna Gobeze.
February 17, 2019 02:37 UTC
Ethiopia, Djibouti reach deal on natural gas pipelineADDIS ABABA: Landlocked Ethiopia on Saturday said it had concluded a deal with Djibouti to build a 765-km (475-mile) pipeline to transport its natural gas to ports in the neighbouring Horn of Africa nation. Ethiopia’s mining ministry said the pipeline will be built by Chinese firm Poly-GCL and transport gas from fields in the eastern Ethiopian Somali region to Djibouti to be exported from there. There was no mention of cost, nor of when the project will come on stream. All but 65 km of the pipeline will be located in Ethiopia, whose government has previously announced plans to generate $1 billion annually from extraction of natural gas and crude oil deposits.
February 17, 2019 00:11 UTC
As the former US official in charge of relief to Palestinian refugees, I was dismayed by the president’s decision, which was first announced in August. Like all humanitarian aid organizations, UNRWA is imperfect. This linkage flies in the face of decades of responsible US policy on humanitarian aid to civilians around the world. By terminating its support for UNRWA, the administration is pursuing its political objectives at the expense of the wellbeing and the lives of Palestinian civilians. But in the meantime, the Trump administration must cease measures that make humanitarian relief hostage to its political objectives and it must resume support for UNRWA.
February 16, 2019 22:52 UTC
The TPLF wielded almost unlimited power for more than two decades until reforms within the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front last year. In 2017, an escalation in ethnic clashes in the Oromia and the Somali regions led to a spike in IDPs. “The impact of inter-communal tensions and ethnic violence presents a serious challenge for the new leadership – in Tigray and elsewhere. Huey said he had been a student at Jimma University in western Ethiopia, until growing ethnic tensions sparked fights on campus and led to Tigrayans being targeted. But Amhara Association of America’s Tewodrose said the feeling of “hate” that Ethiopians have toward the TPLF “doesn’t extend to Tigrayans”.
February 16, 2019 22:18 UTC
Top military commanders of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Saturday that they had agreed to launch new, targeted military operations against al-Shabab militants in Somalia. According to AMISOM, the new activities will be implemented in three phases in an effort to flush the terrorists from their hideouts in the region. Speaking at the end of a five-day meeting of military commanders in Mogadishu, Simon Mulongo, the deputy special representative of the chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, explained the approach. "The activities will consist of comprehensive operations in support of the Somalia Transition Plan and will include stability operations targeting al-Shabab hideouts and enhancing protection of population centers," said Mulongo. AMISOM has more than 22,000 soldiers and police from six African countries deployed in Somalia to protect the government there and to fight the militants.
February 16, 2019 21:22 UTC
Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera has outduelled compatriot Yomif Kejelcha to break the world indoor 1500m record in Birmingham. Tefera, 19, clocked three minutes, 31.04 seconds at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting on Saturday to take down Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj's 1997 record of 3:31.18. Kejelcha, the 21-year-old two-time world indoor 3000m champion, had come within 0.01 of the world indoor mile record last week in New York. He had announced before Saturday's race he would be going for the 1500m record. The world record is 4:13.31 by Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba in 2016.
February 16, 2019 17:26 UTC
Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-17 00:39:38|Editor: yanVideo Player CloseADDIS ABABA, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese firm Poly-GCL Petroleum Group Holdings Limited (Poly-GCL) is to construct the 767-km Ethiopia-Djibouti natural gas pipeline, the Ethiopia Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) announced on Saturday. In a press statement, MoMP said Ethiopian and Djiboutian government officials have agreed that Poly-GCL will start the natural gas pipeline project construction this year. Both countries hope to earn much needed foreign currency once the natural gas pipeline project is constructed and commissioned. The Ethiopian government had back in April announced plans to generate 1 billion U.S. dollars annually from extraction of natural gas and crude oil deposits. Around 700 kilometers of the natural gas pipeline will be located in Ethiopia, while the rest of the natural gas pipeline will be located in Djibouti.
February 16, 2019 17:03 UTC
Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera upstaged compatriot Yomif Kejelcha to break the long-standing world indoor 1500m record at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Birmingham, UK on Saturday. Kejelcha, who last week came within 0.01 of the world indoor mile record, had announced his intentions to break the 1500m mark ahead of his race in Birmingham. According to a report by the IAAF website, the pacemakers hit their required target times, taking Kejelcha through 800m in 1:52.70 and 2:49.28 at 1200m. READ ALSO: Fabrice Zango: Lesson for Nigeria athleticsBut Tefera, the world indoor champion at the distance, was tucked right behind Kejelcha and looked ominously comfortable with the pace. Tefera charged towards the line and stopped the clock at 3:31.04, taking 0.14 off the previous record set by Hicham El Guerrouj in 1997.
February 16, 2019 16:52 UTC
By AFPMore by this AuthorBIRMINGHAMEthiopia's Samuel Tefera set a new 1500 metres indoor world record in Birmingham on Saturday as he broke a mark that had stood for more than 20 years. Tefera upstaged compatriot Yomif Kejelcha to stop the clock in a time of 3min 31.04sec, shaving 0.14sec off the previous record set by Moroccan middle-distance great Hicham El Guerrouj in 1997. Kejelcha, who came within 0.01sec of the world indoor mile record last week, had announced his intention to break the 1500m mark ahead of Saturday's World Indoor Tour meeting in Birmingham. And with pacemakers taking the field through 800m in 1:52.70 and 2:49.28 at the 1200m mark, Kejelcha was on course for a record. But Tefera, the world indoor champion at the distance, was tucked in on his shoulder and, as the bell sounded for the final lap, he kicked past his countryman and charged towards the line.
February 16, 2019 16:18 UTC
Ethiopia's Samuel Tefera poses next to teh time indicator, as he celebrates getting the mens 1500 metre World Indoor Record during the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, England, Saturday Feb. 16, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera broke a 22-year-old indoor world record in the 1,500 meters on Saturday, clocking 3 minutes, 31.04 seconds at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix. El Guerrouj still holds the outdoor world record of 3:26.00, set in 1998. Britain’s Laura Muir also pleased the home crowd by beating the national women’s indoor record in the mile, which had stood since 1988. It was the third fastest indoor mile of all time by a woman.
February 16, 2019 16:18 UTC
From the sectionMedia playback is not supported on this device Samuel Tefera of Ethiopia wins the men's 1500m with a record breaking time of 3.31.04Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera broke Hicham El Guerrouj's 22-year-old 1500m indoor world record with a stunning performance in Birmingham. Many eyes were on Yomif Kejelcha, who just missed the mile world record last week but Tefera, 19, overtook his compatriot with 200m to go and finished in three minutes 31.04 seconds. He beat El Guerrouj's previous mark of 3:31.18, set in Stuttgart in 1997. Josh Kerr was the best-placed Briton with a fourth-placed finish in a personal best of 3:35.72. Tefera has a good record on the track in Birmingham having won the world indoor title last year.
February 16, 2019 16:15 UTC
The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Ambassador Mahboub Maalim, expresses support for the African Union’s (AU’s) call for the cancellation of Somalia’s debt. As rightfully stated in the Decisions document, the Executive Secretary views “debt cancellation as a means towards enhancing peace, security, development and durable solutions for displaced Somalis”. The member States of IGAD are: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, the Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. Ambassador Maalim reiterated IGAD support to Somalia’s journey to peace and lasting development, and recalled that “Somali people deserve a peaceful and prosperous Somalia”. He concluded that a normalized Somalia “will be a major player towards regional integration in the sub-region”, according to the statement.
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February 16, 2019 13:18 UTC
Authorities in Ethhiopia’s Oromia state say up to 1,000 fighters with the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebel group have given up arms and entered rehabilitation camps. Popular among the largest ethnic group, the Oromo, the OLF fell out with the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) in 1992 and soon began launching armed attacks. Parts of Oromia regional state, which had been suffering from unrest, are returning to normalcy, with OLF fighters giving up their arms and re-integrating back to their local communities. ALSOREADOLF“The insecurity in parts of Oromia where OLF fighters used to operate had led to the suspension of basic government services including education, but now with OLF fighters abandoning armed struggle, the government can focus now on development works,” he added. But after numerous disputes with the leadership it quit and demanded the creation of the independent state of Oromia.
February 16, 2019 13:07 UTC
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday appointed Major General Mehari Zewde of Ethiopia as force commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).He succeeds Major General Gebre Adhana of Ethiopia who will complete his assignment on 23 April 2019, according to a statement issued by the UN. Mehari has a distinguished military career with the Ethiopian Armed Forces spanning more than 37 years, most recently as head of the Human Resources Department of the Ethiopian National Defence Force, responsible for all aspects of management of human resources for ground forces and general defence troops. He is also a council member of the Ethiopian Ministry of National Defense since 2007. He served as deputy commander of the Ethiopian Air Force (2001-2007), West Air Base Commander in the Ethiopian Air Force (1998-2001) and Division Commander (1989-1997), among other appointments within the Ethiopian Armed Forces. Major General Mehari holds a Master of Science Degree from Greenwich University in the United Kingdom.
February 16, 2019 11:03 UTC