At the end of a whistle-stop tour of three African countries, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has issued a thinly-veiled swipe towards China - by far Africa's largest trading partner - as he pitched Washington's ability to boost growth on the continent. They breed corruption, dependency," Pompeo said in a speech on Wednesday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. More:"They run the risk that the prosperity and sovereignty and progress that Africa so needs and desperately wants won't happen." Hailing the free market, Pompeo encouraged African countries to liberalise their economies after "failed socialist experiments of years past" in countries such as Zimbabwe and Tanzania. While Pompeo was visiting Senegal, the first stop on his Africa tour, he announced US firms had signed five new memorandums of understanding for infrastructure projects.
February 19, 2020 15:45 UTC
A candle-lit parade in Mekele, the capital of Tigray region, took place on the eve of celebrations for the founding of the TPLF, Ethiopia's once-dominant party (AFP Photo/MICHAEL TEWELDE)Mekele (Ethiopia) (AFP) - The political party that dominated Ethiopian politics for nearly three decades staged massive anniversary celebrations Wednesday that highlighted rising tensions with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government and neighbouring Eritrea. Last year, the TPLF refused to go along with Abiy's plan to merge the coalition into a single political party, meaning it is now effectively in the opposition. In Tigray, the northernmost of nine regions in a country administratively divided along ethnic lines, the party is firmly in control. Yemane Amha, a 44-year-old former TPLF fighter, told AFP that this year's anniversary came at a "critical time" for the party. Fissehatsion Gebremichael, a civil servant who lives in Mekele, said the TPLF anniversary celebrations were bigger than usual in an apparent form of resistance to what he called the "marginalisation" of Tigrayans.
February 19, 2020 14:26 UTC
NAIROBI - The owner of a bus company says three people have been killed by suspected extremists from Somalia after they were pulled out of a bus in northeastern Kenya. The front and back tires deflated and the bus lost control and went into a ditch. The fighters then pulled out the passengers and killed two non-Muslims, as in previous attacks, as well as one Muslim, Abass said. Its fighters have carried out numerous attacks on Kenyan soil since Kenya deployed troops in 2011 to fight the extremists. Nearly 1,000 non-teaching staff were withdrawn from the counties that border Somalia after three Kenyan teachers were killed in Garissa last month.
February 19, 2020 14:26 UTC
Ethiopia’s telecoms monopoly is finally about to come to an end, with two spectrum licences expected to be allocated this April. There has been much speculation over who will bid for these licences…Ethiopia’s telecoms monopoly is finally about to come to an end, with two spectrum licences expected to be allocated this April. There has been much speculation over who will bid for these licences, with Orange and Safaricom both vocal in expressing their interest. Last year, Safaricom was in talks of a joint bid with Vodacom, but it seems a full consortium could be on the cards for this important bid. “We have not made any decisions yet as the constitution of the consortium has not been finalised,” said acting Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph.
February 19, 2020 13:41 UTC
Boeing has resisted sharing documents sought by lawyers representing families of victims of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX crash on March 10, which killed 157 people five months after a similar Lion Air disaster in which 189 people died. The lawyers, who are asking why the MAX continued flying after the first crash, say the materials are critical for assessing liability by Boeing and punitive damages. Chicago-based Boeing is in the process of settling a separate batch of lawsuits related to the Lion Air crash, but families of the Ethiopian crash are seeking a jury trial. Following 737 MAX testimony from Boeing executives at congressional hearings in Washington, Ethiopian crash victim lawyers want to know whether the planemaker hid materials. A Lion Air investigation faulted Boeing's design of the 737 MAX but said the airline also made mistakes.
February 19, 2020 13:30 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya — The owner of a bus company says three people have been killed by suspected extremists from Somalia after they were pulled out of a bus in northeastern Kenya. The front and back tires deflated and the bus lost control and went into a ditch. The fighters then pulled out the passengers and killed two non-Muslims, as in previous attacks, as well as one Muslim, Abass said. Its fighters have carried out numerous attacks on Kenyan soil since Kenya deployed troops in 2011 to fight the extremists. Nearly 1,000 non-teaching staff were withdrawn from the counties that border Somalia after three Kenyan teachers were killed in Garissa last month.
February 19, 2020 13:07 UTC
A campaign of maximum pressure against Iran would continue, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday. Pompeo also said that the authorities in Washington are ready to talk to Iran "anytime", but that it needed to "fundamentally" change its behaviour. "We are not rushed, the pressure campaign continues. It's not just an economic pressure campaign... it's isolation through diplomacy as well", Pompeo told reporters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa before boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia. The latest statement comes days after Iran President Hassan Rouhani had said that his country will never yield to America's pressure for talks.
February 19, 2020 13:07 UTC
The Trump administration is seeking to counter significant Chinese influence on the continent with its new Prosper Africa trade and investment strategy and a newly established development financier, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation. Abiy announced on Tuesday after meeting Pompeo that the United States would provide financial assistance to Ethiopia as it pursues reforms, but neither government announced details. In his speech on Wednesday, Pompeo named American companies, such as Chevron, Coca-Cola and Bechtel, as longstanding investors in the region. He wants more to happen between the United States and nations all across Africa," Pompeo told business leaders. While Pompeo was visiting Senegal, the first stop on his Africa tour, he announced U.S. firms had signed five new memorandums of understanding for infrastructure projects.
February 19, 2020 12:48 UTC
A high-level delegation led by Ethiopian Finance minister has today arrived in Hargeisa town of northern Somalia. Ahmed Shide, the Ethiopian finance minister has reached the town a day after Somaliland welcomed president Farmajo's apology to people in northern Somalia over alleged atrocities committed by the government led by late Siyad Barre. According to sources privy to Ahmed's trip, the minister and his delegation will discuss with Somaliland leader, Muse Abdi Bihi over the Ethiopian prime minister's proposed plan to visit Hargeisa with President Farmajo. The move barely comes a week after Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and Somaliland leader met in Addis Ababa town for the first time since Farmajo came to power in 2017. The agenda of the closed-door meeting between the leaders which brokered by Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed has not yet been public.
February 19, 2020 12:33 UTC
RIYADH: The US Secretary of State landed in Riyadh on Wednesday for talks with Saudi Arabia’s leaders focused on countering Iran. Pompeo's three-day visit to Saudi Arabia comes after an increase in regional tensions following the drone strike last month in Baghdad that killed Soleimani. Speaking in Riyadh, Pompeo said that the US will not tolerate Iran’s attacks on American troops in Iraqi bases. Last week, Saudi Arabia and the US celebrated the 75th anniversary of the USS Quincy meeting between President Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdulaziz. After Riyadh, Pompeo will fly to Oman to meet the new sultan, Haitham bin Tariq, on Friday.
February 19, 2020 12:27 UTC
Prime Minister of Ethiopia Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, who is also the leader of the re-branded ruling coalition, Prosperity, met with leaders of the new ruling coalition in Tigray Region. Dr. Abiy met with the leaders on Tuesday at his office in Addis Ababa where the leaders of Prosperity Party in Tigray region raised several issues, according to the state broadcaster – ETV. After loosing its dominance in the former ruling coalition in Ethiopia ((Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Front – EPRDF) and within the federal government, the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) has refused to join the newly born Prosperity Party of Ethiopia, led by Dr. Abiy Ahmed. In their statement the leaders of Prosperity in Tigray Region, which was sent to ETV, they stated that some groups who tried to hijack the struggle and sacrifices of Tigray people will not represent the interest of all people of Tigray. They also criticized those who try to undermine the sacrifices and struggle made by the people of Ethiopia for today;s Ethiopia.
February 19, 2020 12:00 UTC
CLOSE In January, a group of medical professionals spent a week on a medical mission in Ethiopia. Members of the medical mission to Ethiopia pose together outside Mekelle University. Ethiopian doctors benefitThe Ethiopian ENT resident doctors emphasized what a difference a dedicated, attentive medical professional can make in their country. Cheula was thankful for the instruction from the mission’s doctors, especially in regard to lip and cleft palates and nasal surgeries. “I was committed to doing whatever was needed.”An Ethiopia road and stores are pictured from the medical mission.
February 19, 2020 10:52 UTC
In 2018, President Donald Trump claimed that South Africa was seizing farms and that many farmers were being killed. In fact, farmers have been killed for more than 20 years in what is widely seen as part of the country's high crime rate, and experts say white farmers have not been the target.
February 19, 2020 08:03 UTC
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February 19, 2020 06:56 UTC
Rarely is it designated as a favorite vegetable, as it’s passed by in preference for more notable produce like super-sweet carrots, juicy tomatoes, or spring asparagus. Although, let’s face it, cabbage isn’t typically super memorable or exciting. Even I, the showcaser and romanticizer of all veg, haven’t featured “regular” cabbage until now. I wrote about Napa cabbage because it’s more niche, and Brussels because they’re adorable tiny babies, but cabbage cabbage isn’t quite as riveting. So while cabbage still isn’t extravagant or in danger of edging out some other veg as my favorite, it is one of my favorites to have on hand.
February 19, 2020 06:11 UTC