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Ethiopian Police Deny Using Terror Law to Silence Opposition

Posted September 17th, 2011 at 3:06 am (UTC-5)
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Ethiopian police have rejected charges that recent arrests of government critics are politically motivated. Deputy federal police commissioner Demesash Woldemikael said Friday the detention of journalists and opposition leaders is based on evidence linking them to an outlawed party. He says a new anti-terror law is not being used to silence political dissent. An Ethiopian […]

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15 Ethiopians Missing From All Africa Games

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Mozambique are searching for 15 Ethiopians who have disappeared from their country’s delegation to the 10th All Africa Games. A top official with the Games, Penalva Cesar, says the head of Ethiopia’s delegation confirms the 15 have gone missing from the games in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo. It is not clear how many of […]

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Ethiopia Charges Swedish Journalists With Terrorism

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Ethiopia has charged two Swedish journalists with terrorism following their arrest in July. Ethiopian officials say Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye were taken before a judge in Addis Ababa this week and charged under a newly-enacted anti-terrorism law. The two were captured by Ethiopian troops in the volatile Ogaden region where rebels are fighting government […]

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Aid Workers Deploy in Ethiopia to Help Fleeing Sudanese

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 11:26 am (UTC-5)
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The International Organization for Migration says it is moving to help thousands of Sudanese who have crossed into Ethiopia to escape fighting in southeastern Sudan. The IOM said Tuesday most of the estimated 20,000 Sudanese refugees are stranded on the Ethiopian side of the border with little food, water or shelter. The humanitarian group says […]

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Ethiopia Detains 29, Including Opposition Members

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 11:10 am (UTC-5)
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The Ethiopian government says it has detained 29 people, including several opposition members, across the country on terrorism-related charges. Government spokesman Shimeles Kemal said Monday that the suspects were involved in terrorist activities. He says they are also linked to the rebel Oromo Liberation Front. Among those detained are two prominent opposition politicians arrested last […]

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Amnesty International Says Delegation Expelled From Ethiopia

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says a group of its delegates was expelled from Ethiopia this week after meeting with two opposition leaders who have since been arrested. The human rights group said Wednesday that a delegation of foreign members was told by Ethiopian officials August 27 to leave the country, after it held separate meetings with the […]

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Amnesty Int’l Says Delegation Expelled From Ethiopia

Posted August 31st, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Rights group Amnesty International says a group of its delegates was expelled from Ethiopia this week after meeting with two opposition leaders who have since been arrested. Amnesty said Wednesday that a delegation of foreign members was told by Ethiopian officials on August 27 to leave the country, after it held separate meetings with the […]

UN Appoints Commander for Abyei Peacekeeping Force

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has appointed a commander for the new U.N. peacekeeping force in Sudan’s contested Abyei region. The U.N. said Wednesday that Mr. Ban has named Lieutenant General Tadesse Werede Tesfay of Ethiopia as head of mission and commander of the force. It said Tesfay will be responsible for discharging the mandate […]

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Britain Pledges $61 Million in Food Aid to Ethiopia

Posted July 4th, 2011 at 2:05 am (UTC-5)
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Britain has pledged $61 million in emergency food aid to Ethiopia as the Horn of Africa experiences its worst drought in decades. British International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell announced the aid to the World Food Program Sunday, saying the money could feed 1.3 million people for three months. He said Britain is acting quickly to […]

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WFP Recovers 2 Missing Aid Workers in Ethiopia

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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The U.N. World Food Program has confirmed the safe recovery of two aid workers who disappeared in Ethiopia on May 13. The WFP said Thursday that the two Ethiopian staffers have been transferred to the capital, Addis Ababa. They were to be reunited with family members after receiving medical care and counseling in the capital. […]

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