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Abiy Ahmed faces first test as Ethiopians vote

– – Ethiopians are voting in regional and parliamentary elections as ethnic tensions deepen and hunger worsens. It is the first test of the popular vote for the Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, and his Prosperity Party since he took power in 2018. The polls which were supposed to have been held last August were delayed due coronavirus pandemic. Nearly a fifth of the constituencies aren’t taking part in the election because of insecurity and irregularities. They include the whole of the northern Tigray region where civil war has prompted a humanitarian crisis.…

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COVID-19 PCR Test Requirements to Travel to Ethiopia

– – Ethiopia’s borders remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. Foreign citizens are able to apply for an Ethiopian visa and travel to the country provided they meet all the entry requirements now in place. Visitors from overseas need to take extra steps when preparing for their trip to Ethiopia. The government has introduced a PCR test requirement for most travelers. This article contains important information about the COVID-19 test to enter Ethiopia including: When to have the PCR test for Ethiopia Which type of COVID-19 test is accepted Where to get tested for coronavirus Exemptions…

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Ethiopia: Over 100 former peacekeepers seek refuge in Sudan

– – More than 100 former peacekeepers from Ethiopia have sought international protection to apply for asylum in Sudan. The Ethiopian peacekeepers originally from the conflict hit Tigray region have refused to return to Ethiopia out of fear of persecution. They had been part of the recently closed UN mission in Darfur. The UN says instead of returning home when their mission ended in the Darfur region, around 120 Ethiopian peacekeepers applied for asylum in Sudan. This development is likely to be linked to the ethnic tensions that have deepened in Ethiopia…

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The SUN Business Network Launches in Ethiopia to Scale Up Private Sector Engagement in Nutrition

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia, 27 April, 2021│ The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, GAIN will today launch the Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network, SBN, to support small and medium-sized entrepreneurs involved in Ethiopia’s food sector increase the availability and affordability of safe, nutritious food. The SBN is one of four global networks within the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement which supports 61 Countries, including Ethiopia, to develop a multi-stakeholder approach to scale up and invest in nutrition. “There are so many business opportunities for the private sector to engage in the…

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Ethiopia: Army kills former foreign minister in Tigray battle

– – The Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) on Wednesday afternoon announced the death of former Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin during a battle in the country’s Tigray region. He served as foreign minister from 1991 to 2010. Seyoum was killed alongside Asmelash Woldeselassie, former Ethiopian parliament chief whip and Abay Tsehaye, Ethiopia’s former minister of federal affairs, during a battle earlier on Wednesday, said Tesfaye Ayalew, head of the defense force’s Deployment Department. Seyoum, Asmelash and Abay had served as central committee members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF),…

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Ghanaian arrested over murder of Ethiopian refugee in Italy

– – An Ethiopian refugee has been reportedly raped and murdered in Italy. Agitu Gudeta was killed on her farm in the northern region of Trentino. The deceased has been hailed as a symbol of integration in Italy after fleeing Ethiopia. In 2010, Agitu fled Adis Ababa after her participation in protests against “land-grabbing” angered local authorities. She has since made Italy her home, making goat’s cheese and beauty products on an abandoned land in Trentino. – – The Italian news agency reported that a Ghanaian employee has been arrested in…

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Ethiopia: Bomb explosion kills three in Addis Ababa

Three people have been killed and five others wounded after an abandoned bomb exploded in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, police say. The blast happened in the city’s Lideta neighbourhood on Sunday. The people who died were homeless and living on the streets, senior police officer commander Alemayehu Ayalke told state broadcaster EBC. There is no indication that this explosion is linked to the crisis in the northern Tigray region. Fighting between federal and regional troops from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) began there on 4 November and has forced…

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Ethiopia admits firing at UN team ‘on way to refugee camp’

Mr Abiy ordered the military to oust it from power after it attacked a federal military base in Tigray. It followed sharp political differences over reforms that Mr Abiy had introduced since taking office in 2018. More than 40,000 people have fled across the border to Sudan and many others may have been forced from their homes. Sourced from Africa Feeds

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Ethiopia: Tigray releases over 4,000 soldiers

– – The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has announced the release of over 4,000 soldiers who had been held captive. TPLF officials said they had been part of the army’s northern command but were detained when Tigrayan troops attacked a federal military base. The development comes after the TPLF officials disputed a declaration by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister that the military had won the conflict. They have vowed to fight on despite the claim. Before the war started, the military deployed troops in the north of Ethiopia who…

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Ethiopia ends military operation in Tigray after capture of capital

– – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said that federal forces have ended military operations in the Tigray region after the capture of the capital, Mekele. He said “Our focus now will be on rebuilding the region and providing humanitarian assistance while Federal Police apprehend the TPLF clique.” Federal forces have been battling rebels in Mekele for weeks leading to a deepening conflict in the Tigray region. The conflict has forced thousands to flee the region for safety, sparking a humanitarian crisis. Abiy Ahmed’s claims on Saturday of the…

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