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Ethiopia Drops Terror Charge Against Swedes

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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An Ethiopian court has dropped terrorism charges against two Swedish journalists, but the two are still accused of supporting a terrorist organization. During court proceedings in Addis Ababa on Thursday, Judge Shemsu Sirgaga said there was insufficient evidence to pursue the more serious terrorism charge. The judge said investigative reporter Martin Schibbye and photojournalist Johan […]

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Aid Group Struggling With Somali Refugee Flow into Ethiopia

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says it is struggling to keep up with the increased number of refugees entering Ethiopia from war and famine-stricken Somalia. The group said Wednesday the number of Somalis entering the Dollo Ado refugee camp in Ethiopia has increased to about 300 per day in recent weeks — a level […]

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Aid Groups Warns of Increased Refugee Flow to Ethiopia from Somali

Posted November 2nd, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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Medical charity group Doctors Without Borders says it is struggling to keep up with the increased number of refugees entering Ethiopia from war and famine stricken Somalia. The group said Wednesday the number of Somalis entering the Dollo Ado refugee camp in Ethiopia has increased to about 300 per day in recent weeks – a […]

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White House: US Drones in Ethiopia

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The White House says the United States has drones in Ethiopia and that the unmanned aircraft are there to conduct reconnaissance missions, not airstrikes. Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Friday that the operation is part of the U.S. government’s partnership with Ethiopia to promote stability in the Horn of Africa and combat terrorism. U.S. […]

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US Drones in Ethiopia Begin Flying Into Somalia

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has confirmed that it is sending drones based in Ethiopia into neighboring Somalia to conduct surveillance missions. U.S. military officials say the unmanned Reaper drones are flying from an airfield in the southern Ethiopian city of Arba Minch into Somalia, where the government is battling the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab. The drones can […]

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Swedish Journalists Plead Not Guilty to Terrorism Charges in Ethiopia

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Two Swedish journalists who are accused of aiding an outlawed rebel group in Ethiopia pleaded not guilty on Thursday to terrorism charges in Ethiopia’s Federal High Court. Ethiopian troops arrested freelance investigative journalist Martin Schibbye and photojournalist Johan Persson in July with members of the Ogaden National Liberation Front, which Ethiopia considers to be a […]

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US Launches Program to Fight Tuberculosis in Ethiopia

Posted October 20th, 2011 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has announced a new initiative to help the government of Ethiopia combat high levels of tuberculosis in the country. A statement by the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa says the U.S. Agency for International Development will contribute $42 million over the next five years to provide diagnosis, treatment, case detection and other […]

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US Donates $56 Million to Fight HIV, AIDS in Ethiopia

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has donated $56 million to help the World Food Program’s efforts to fight HIV and AIDS in Ethiopia. The U.N. agency said Tuesday the donation will allow it to reach an additional 375,000 people over five years, providing a boost in nutrition that increases the success of antiretroviral treatments. That is more […]

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UN: 25,000 Sudanese Flee to Ethiopia

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 10:26 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. refugee agency says 25,000 people have fled from Sudan’s troubled Blue Nile state into western Ethiopia since September 3rd and the number is expected to rise. The United Nations says the influx is expected to rise because of ongoing fighting in Blue Nile, where Sudan’s army is fighting local rebels. In a statement […]

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Ethiopian Police Deny Using Terror Law to Silence Opposition

Posted September 17th, 2011 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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Ethiopian police have rejected charges that recent arrests of several high-profile government critics were politically motivated. Deputy federal police commissioner Demesash Woldemikael said Friday the detentions of journalists and opposition leaders are based on accusation they had contact with groups that are outlawed under the new anti-terrorism law and were planning terrorist attacks. He did […]

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