Print ArticleIn this Sunday, June 10, 2018 photo, provided by Egypt's state news agency, MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, shakes hands with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, in Cairo, Egypt. (MENA via AP)CAIRO (AP) Egypt's President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi has defended his government's latest austerity measures aimed at rebuilding the country's ailing economy, amid a wave of arrests since his re-election. El-Sissi said late Tuesday in televised comments that the government spends a total subsidy bill of 330 billion Egyptian pounds, $18.6 billion, annually. The tough austerity measures have hit poor and middle-class Egyptians especially hard. Egypt has intensified its crackdown on dissent since el-Sissi's re-election in the March vote in which he faced no serious challengers.
June 13, 2018 09:11 UTC
It was about how people are engaged in money laundering and setup legal businesses using stolen cash and their relatives. Neither the dram will not stop the people who still are engaged in corruption and money laundering, nor does it help the Ethiopian people recover their stolen money back. In my view the agency doesn’t need a whistle-blower to track and find the corrupt people and those engaged in money laundering. I think such investigations will not only help the country and the people of Ethiopia to recover their stolen money, but also teaches a lot than the drama. When you do your job we will see how many people you took to court and how much of our stolen money you captured.
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June 13, 2018 08:16 UTC
London Stansted Airport saw passenger traffic rise in May, as new transatlantic routes contributed to 9.2 per cent year-on-year growth. May saw the first full month of operation from Stansted to New York, Toronto and Boston on Primera Air’s new A321neo aircraft, as well as Wow Air’s new link to Reykjavik. The airport announced two new major long-haul routes in May, with Addis Ababa (Ethiopian Airlines) and Mumbai (Jet Airways) being another two additions to Manchester’s significant long-haul portfolio, by far the biggest in the UK outside of London. East Midlands Airport grew 2.6 per cent year on year to handle 517,000 passengers in May as new summer links to Seville and Egypt proved popular. Ken O’Toole, chief executive, London Stansted Airport, said: “London Stansted continues to go from strength to strength, and our busiest ever May and the exciting arrival of one of the world’s truly global airlines in Emirates, is further evidence of our ambition to attract more airlines and play a key role in delivering the expected growth in the London market over the next decade.”
June 13, 2018 07:30 UTC
Every year, Muslims donate millions of dollars to Islam-based charities, including those in the United States, during the holy month of Ramadan (this year, from May 15 to June 15). It’s a way of getting close to almighty God,” said Belkacem Nahi, regional manager for Islamic Relief USA in Alexandria, Virginia, the largest nonprofit Muslim charity in the United States. And with 3.3 million Muslims in the United States, 1 percent of the total population, the major Islamic charity groups work to get a portion of the zakat. Islamic Relief USA and other Muslim charity groups have zakat calculators on their websites. Shaykh Abdool Rahman Khan, an official with the grassroots Islamic Circle of North America, said he believes the majority of Muslims in the United States are giving zakat.
June 13, 2018 07:30 UTC
Companies Ethiopian Airlines begins twice-a-day Mombasa flightsEthiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali. FILE PHOTO | NMGEthiopian Airlines will fly to Mombasa twice daily beginning next month, further raising the stakes for national carrier Kenya Airways #ticker:KQ. The agreement between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali means that the Ethiopian carrier will fly frequently on the busy Addis Ababa-Mombasa route. Only two regional airlines — Ethiopian Airlines and Rwand Air — currently operate scheduled flights to Mombasa from Addis Ababa and Kigali respectively. Ethiopian Airlines currently takes 80 per cent of its local market with the remaining 20 per cent shared out to all other airlines operating in the market.
June 12, 2018 18:56 UTC
Freedom House, which has been rating Ethiopia as not a free nation in its previous reports, urged the new leadership of the country led by Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed to pursue greater political, economic and social reforms. The United States based independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world made the call over the weekend, in response to the vote by Ethiopia’s parliament to lift the state of emergency that had been imposed in February. “Lifting the state of emergency is a commendable measure and another indication that the new government, led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, intends to continue with its reform agenda,” said Jon Temin, director of Africa programs at Freedom House. “The government should now expand and protect the right for political parties and individuals to speak and act freely, ahead of the local and national elections scheduled to take place in 2019 and 2020 respectively.”Ethiopia is an authoritarian state ruled by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, according to the 2018 Freedom House country report. In its press statement released on Friday, Freedom House recommends that the government’s next steps have to include:
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June 12, 2018 08:37 UTC
During a press conference following their meeting in Cairo, the two leaders agreed to work towards establishing a tripartite infrastructure fund to provide suggestions for joint infrastructure and development projects in Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan. Ahmed’s first visit to Cairo came after weeks of tensions in the negotiations between Egypt and Ethiopia over the GERD and the Draft Inception Report. We will continue our sincere efforts to overcome our mutual challenges, which are about reaching a final compromise over the GERD to secure Egypt’s water needs,” which he said is at the top of his priorities. During the press conference, Al-Sisi asked Ahmed to swear not to harm Egypt’s share of water. Ahmed did so, repeating the phrase after Al-Sisi in Arabic.
June 11, 2018 16:07 UTC
Far from being an olive branch that might ease tensions between the two nations, locals said ceding Badme to Eritrea, which Abiy said Addis would finally do in accordance with a 2000 peace deal, is an act of betrayal. We do not want peace by giving away this land after all the sacrifice," said Teklit Girmay, a local government official. Eritrea's government has not responded publicly to Addis Ababa’s offer nearly a week ago. There are no signs yet in Badme of withdrawal of the Ethiopian forces stationed there. When Reuters visited Badme on Friday, military trucks mounted with soldiers circulated through the town throughout the day.
June 11, 2018 15:00 UTC
Algeria shock Ethiopia to book final place in Women’s AFCON 2018 Photo courtesy CAF. CAF: June 11, 2018 - Algerian completed a double over Ethiopia in the last round qualifier to cruise to the final tournament. In the 18th minute Naima Bouhani gave Algeria the lead. Algeria extended their lead at the brink of half time when veteran defender Fatima Sekouane headed home leaving the on rushing Ereqelo stranded. In the 18th minute Naima Bouhani gave Algeria the lead.
June 11, 2018 14:15 UTC
“I swear to God, we will never harm you”: Ethiopia, Egypt pledge goodwill over Nile damEthiopia and Egypt vowed yesterday to resolve their differences over Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile that Egypt fears will threaten its water supplies. Ahmed, speaking in his native Amharic language, said Ethiopia was committed to ensuring Egypt’s share of Nile water. At the news conference, Sisi asked Ahmed to swear to God before the Egyptian people that he will not hurt Egypt’s share of the Nile. “I swear to God, we will never harm you,” Ahmed repeated the words in Arabic after Sisi, who thanked him for releasing jailed Ethiopians. Egypt fears too much of the Nile’s waters could be retained each year, affecting its agriculture, while Ethiopia views the dam as crucial to its national development.
June 11, 2018 14:03 UTC
Egyptian authorities released 32 Ethiopian prisoners on Monday during the visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to Cairo, Egyptian and Ethiopian news websites reported. The released prisoners reportedly left the country on Monday on the prime minister’s plane as he departed to Addis Ababa. In a press conference with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in Cairo on Sunday, Abiy said that the president had pardonned the 32 prisoners. He also added that they were originally arrested and sentenced for attempts at “illegal border crossing.”On Sunday, Ahmed held talks with President El-Sisi about issues around the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, as well as bilateral cooperation and issues of mutual interest. Short link:
June 11, 2018 13:30 UTC
Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified Four Star Global Airline, ispleased to announce that has it started services to Chicago as of June 10, 2018. Two days back, we celebrated the100th aircraft milestone of Ethiopian Airlines and today we are inaugurating flights to Chicago. I congratulate MrTewolde GebreMariam and the entire Ethiopian Airlines team on the successes. Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with eight business centers: Ethiopian Regional Services; Ethiopian International Services; Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services; Ethiopian MRO Services; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering; Ethiopian Ground Services and Ethiopian Airports Services. Source: Ethiopian Airlines
June 11, 2018 12:56 UTC
The Irob, who number around 30,000 and cluster around Dawhan town on the rugged escarpment, fear for their future. Mebrahatu was in a crowd said to be in the thousands that demonstrated in Dawhan last Thursday against the decision. We are not against the peace deal. The Irob people feel that their will has always been ignored by the TPLF and this border decision is another betrayal,” says Yodit Fitigu, an Addis Ababa-based development consultant and member of the Irob. “A peace deal is what is needed, but what will happen to the Irob people who have inhabited the disputed border for centuries?
June 11, 2018 12:56 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt has released 32 Ethiopian prisoners during a visit by the country's prime minister in which he sought to assure Cairo that a massive upstream Nile dam would not cut into its share of the river, officials said Monday. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pardoned the prisoners, according to Egyptian officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters. Fitsum Arega, chief of staff to the Ethiopian prime minister, tweeted that the freed prisoners will arrive in Addis Ababa later on Monday. The prisoner release was announced Sunday by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at a press conference with el-Sissi. Ahmed said the soon-to-be-completed Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will not reduce Egypt's share of the Nile, which provides virtually all the Arab country's freshwater.
June 11, 2018 12:11 UTC
Houthi militia ideology permits the killing of Yemenis, minister saysRIYADH: The Yemeni minister of endowments has criticized the ideology adopted by Houthi militias in Yemen, which permits the killing of Yemenis and the destruction of the country. Minister Ahmad Attiyah told “Al-Menbar Al-Yamaniyah” magazine that Houthi ideology has used religious edicts that view the killing of Yemenis and the destruction of the country as permissible. “Today they allow the destruction of all Yemeni cities using such fatwas,” Attiyah said, which deem the spilling of Yemeni blood as permissible. He said that Iran-backed Houthi militias and their leader Abdel Malek Al-Houthi had allowed armed fighting against the state and the invasion of Yemeni cities, besieging the presidency and targeting Yemenis with airstrikes. He said that the war in Yemen was merely political as it was aimed at controlling Yemen, but the Houthi militias had been trying to give it a religious cover.
June 11, 2018 09:22 UTC