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Ethiopia Sentences Swedish Journalists to 11 Years in Prison

Posted December 27th, 2011 at 3:55 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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Ethiopia Convicts Swedish Journalists of Aiding Terrorism

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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A court in Ethiopia has convicted two Swedish journalists of supporting terrorism and entering the country illegally. A judge at the court in Addis Ababa said Wednesday it is unlikely the journalists were trying to gather news when they entered Ethiopia with the rebel Ogaden National Liberation Front. Ethiopia has designated the ONLF as a […]

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Sweden Demands Release of Journalists Convicted in Ethiopia

Posted December 21st, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Sweden is demanding the release of two Swedish journalists convicted Wednesday of supporting terrorism in Ethiopia. An Ethiopian judge says it is unlikely the journalists were trying to gather news when they entered Ethiopia with the rebel Ogaden National Liberation Front, which the African nation has designated as a terrorist group. Ethiopian troops arrested investigative […]

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Amnesty: Ethiopia Using Terror Laws to Arrest Government Critics

Posted December 16th, 2011 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says Ethiopian authorities have been using anti-terror laws as a pretext to arrest and silence politicians and journalists who criticize government policies. In a report released Friday, the human rights group said at least 114 opposition politicians and six journalists have been arrested since March. Amnesty said, in many cases, calls for peaceful […]

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Ethiopia May Join Battle Against Somalia’s Al-Shabab

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 2:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Ethiopia says it may contribute troops to an alliance fighting al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia. Ethiopian officials said they would consider sending the troops following a request made by a six-nation regional block known as IGAD . The head of the bloc, Mahboub Maalim, said Ethiopia had agreed to help. IGAD leaders met in the Ethiopian […]

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Somalia Confirms Ethiopian Troop Presence

Posted November 20th, 2011 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Somalia’s defense minister has confirmed Ethiopian troops are in Somalia to fight against Islamist al-Shabab militants. Hussein Arab Issa told VOA Sunday the government welcomes anyone who will help fight against the al-Qaida-linked group. He said the Ethiopians will share intelligence and work alongside Somali government forces. Residents in central Somalia told journalists they saw […]

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Reports: Ethiopian Troops Enter Somalia

Posted November 19th, 2011 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Residents say a large number of Ethiopian troops have crossed into neighboring Somalia, just weeks after Kenyan forces entered the country to pursue al-Shabab militants. News reports quote Somali elders as saying the Ethiopian troops moved into Somalia Saturday in armored vehicles. The Ethiopian government would not confirm the reports, but the Reuters news agency […]

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Ethioipia May Join Battle Against Somalia’s Al-Shabab

Posted November 18th, 2011 at 12:50 pm (UTC-5)
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African Union officials say Ethiopia may join an alliance battling al-Shabab militants in Somalia, a move that could create a new front against the al-Qaida-linked group. Ethiopian officials say no final decision has been made on joining a coordinated military campaign aimed at finally stamping out al-Shabab. But foreign ministry spokesman Dina Mufti says Ethiopia […]

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UN: Record Numbers of Somalis, Ethiopians Flee to Yemen

Posted November 18th, 2011 at 9:25 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says a record number of refugees have fled Ethiopia and Somalia for Yemen, despite the instability there. The U.N. refugee agency reports that nearly 85,000 refugees from the Horn of Africa countries have boarded smuggler boats and made the risky trek across the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea this year. That […]

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Ethiopia Beats Somalia, Advances In World Cup Qualifiers

Posted November 16th, 2011 at 3:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Ethiopia’s football team has defeated Somalia 5-0 in Addis Ababa, becoming the 12th and final team to reach the second round of Africa qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The teams had played a scoreless draw in Djibouti on Saturday, but in Wednesday’s match Omod Okwury scored in the fifth minute to give […]

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