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Ethiopia Convicts Journalists, Politicians on Terror Charges

Posted January 19th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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An Ethiopian court has convicted five people, including three journalists, of terrorism-related charges, a verdict that drew immediate criticism from rights groups. The court Thursday convicted the journalists, an opposition politician and a fifth person on charges that include conspiracy to commit terrorist acts and participating in a terrorist organization. Sentencing is set for January […]

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Gunmen Kill Five Europeans in Northern Ethiopia

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Five foreign tourists have been killed, and two kidnapped, in an attack in northern Ethiopia. Ethiopian officials say the attack occurred Tuesday in the Afar region. They say two Germans, two Hungarians, and one Austrian were killed in an ambush — while a Belgian and a national from another country were wounded. Officials also said […]

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Eritrea Denies Charges It Backed Afar Attack

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Eritrea has called claims it was behind a deadly attack on foreigners in northern Ethiopia “an absolute lie.” Eritrea’s ambassador to the African Union, Girma Asmerom, made the statement Wednesday. He was replying to charges by an Ethiopian government spokesman that the attack was carried out by rebels armed and trained by the Eritrean government. […]

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Eritrea Denies Charges It Backed Afar Attack

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Eritrea has called claims it was behind a deadly attack on foreigners in northern Ethiopia “an absolute lie.” Eritrea’s ambassador to the African Union, Girma Asmerom, made the statement Wednesday. He was replying to charges by an Ethiopian government spokesman that the attack was made by rebels armed and trained by the Eritrean government. Ethiopia […]

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Eritrea Denies Charges It Backed Afar Attack

Posted January 18th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Eritrea has called claims it was behind a deadly attack on foreigners in northern Ethiopia “an absolute lie.” Eritrea’s ambassador to the African Union, Girma Asmerom, made the statement Wednesday. He was replying to charges by an Ethiopian government spokesman that the attack was made by rebels armed and trained by the Eritrean government. Ethiopia […]

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Five Foreign Tourists Killed in Ethiopia

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 9:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Gunmen have attacked a group of foreign tourists in Ethiopia, killing at least five people and wounding two more. Ethiopian state television says at least one tourist survived the attack unharmed. It took place Monday in the northeastern Afar region, near the border with Eritrea. The broadcast cited the defense ministry as the source of […]

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Rights Group Criticizes Ethiopian Resettlement Program

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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An international human rights group has criticized Ethiopia for a resettlement program, saying the government is forcing people to relocate and not providing adequate support. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report released Tuesday that Ethiopia is requiring 70,000 indigenous people from the western Gambella region to move to new villages without enough […]

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Ethiopian, Somali Forces Seize Rebel-Held Town

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Ethiopian troops and Somali government forces have seized control of a key rebel-held town in Somalia after battling al-Qaida-linked militants. Somali officials say the fighting began early Saturday after Ethiopian and Somali forces attacked positions held by al-Shabab fighters on the outskirts of Beledweyne, about 30 kilometers from the Ethiopian border. A resident of Beledweyne […]

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Military Says al -Shabab Militants Forced Out of Somali Border Town

Posted December 31st, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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Witnesses in Somalia say Ethiopian troops and other fighters have forced al-Shabab militants to flee a western border town in Somalia. Residents of the Somali border town of Beledweyne say the al-Qaida linked militants fled the town Saturday before the troops arrived. Some residents say they heard gunfire on the outskirts of town, but there […]

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Ethiopia Sentences Swedish Journalists to 11 Years in Prison

Posted December 27th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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An Ethiopian court has sentenced two Swedish journalists to 11 years each in prison for supporting terrorism in Ethiopia and entering the country illegally. The court in Addis Ababa handed down the sentence Tuesday, nearly a week after convicting investigative reporter Martin Schibbye and photojournalist Johan Persson. Each had faced up to 18 years in […]

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