elias meseret

Ethiopia mourns crash victims as investigators seek answers

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as “an extra safety precaution” following the crash of one of its planes in which 157 people were killed, a spokesman said Monday, as Ethiopia marked a day of mourning and the search for remains began for a … Continue reading Ethiopia mourns crash victims as investigators seek answers

No survivors in Ethiopian Airlines crash en route to Kenya

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A jetliner carrying 157 people crashed shortly after takeoff from the Ethiopian capital Sunday, killing everyone aboard, authorities said. At least 35 nationalities were among the dead. It was not clear what caused the Ethiopian Airlines plane to go down in clear weather. But the accident was strikingly similar to … Continue reading No survivors in Ethiopian Airlines crash en route to Kenya

All killed on Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from the capital Sunday morning killing all 157 thought to be on board, according to statements from the airline and the state broadcaster. There were no immediate details on what caused the crash of the Boeing 737-8 MAX plane, which was new … Continue reading All killed on Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed

British museum agrees to return emperor’s hair to Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Two locks of hair belonging to widely revered Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros will be repatriated after a request from Addis Ababa, the National Army Museum in Britain announced Monday, as more African countries seek to reclaim heritage they say was taken decades, even centuries, ago. An outcry erupted last year in … Continue reading British museum agrees to return emperor’s hair to Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | African leaders unveil statue of Ethiopia’s last emperor

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A statue of Ethiopia’s Emperor Haileselassie has been unveiled at the headquarters of the African Union on Sunday. The statue is the second to be erected inside the continental body’s offices in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, after one of Ghana’s first leader, Kwame Nkrumah, who championed pan-Africanism. Several African leaders … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | African leaders unveil statue of Ethiopia’s last emperor

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopia Jews protest Israeli government’s emigration delays

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia— Hundreds of Ethiopian Jews gathered in the capital, Addis Ababa, to protest the Israeli government’s decision not to allow all of them to emigrate to Israel, leaving their families divided between the two countries. Representatives of the 8,000 Jews in Ethiopia urged the Ethiopian Jews living in Israel to think carefully before … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopia Jews protest Israeli government’s emigration delays

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | African leaders applaud Ethiopia prime minister for reforms

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Africa’s leaders applauded Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for making substantial reforms in his country as they met to consider improvements to the continent-wide body at a summit that started Saturday. “Ethiopia is undergoing a profound renewal. In the past seven months, far-reaching reforms were made in response to various challenges,” … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | African leaders applaud Ethiopia prime minister for reforms

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopia arrests 63 suspected of rights abuses, corruption

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia has arrested 63 intelligence officials, military personnel and businesspeople on allegations of rights violations and corruption, the country’s attorney general announced Monday. The sweeping high-profile arrests carried out in recent days are a result of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s order for a months-long investigation into misdoings under the previous government. … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopia arrests 63 suspected of rights abuses, corruption

Eritrea hopes UN will lift sanctions

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  — Eritrea is hoping that the U.N. Security Council will soon lift sanctions it imposed against the East African nation in 2009 following its thaw in relations with Ethiopia and other neighboring countries in recent months. The Security Council imposed an arms embargo and other tough sanctions against Eritrea for supplying weapons … Continue reading Eritrea hopes UN will lift sanctions

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopia PM says soldiers’ protest attempt to derail reforms

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia— Ethiopia’s reformist prime minister says a meeting with disgruntled soldiers last week was an attempt to derail dramatic reforms and “there were some sides who regretted I was not killed.” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s comments to lawmakers on Thursday indicated that the march on his office by dozens of soldiers was the … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopia PM says soldiers’ protest attempt to derail reforms

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopia’s new Cabinet 50 percent women, including defense

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  — Ethiopia’s new Cabinet is now a record 50 percent female, including the country’s first woman defense minister, after lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved the nominations put forward by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. “Our women ministers will disprove the old adage that women can’t lead,” Abiy said while presenting his choices. … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopia’s new Cabinet 50 percent women, including defense

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Italy’s PM visits Ethiopia and then Eritrea to support peace

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  — Italy’s prime minister on Thursday praised Ethiopia as a “pillar of stability” in the Horn of Africa region as he visited to support the country’s surprising new peace with neighboring Eritrea. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called it the first visit by a Western leader since the restoration of diplomatic ties … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Italy’s PM visits Ethiopia and then Eritrea to support peace

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders officially open their border

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  — Celebrating their dramatic diplomatic thaw, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea on Tuesday officially opened the border where a bloody war and ensuing tensions had divided them for decades, with emotional residents embracing after years of separation. Ethiopia’s reformist new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and longtime Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki visited … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders officially open their border

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders mark new year at their border

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  — Celebrating their dramatic diplomatic thaw, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea on Tuesday marked the Ethiopian new year at a border where a bloody war and ensuing tensions had divided them for decades. Ethiopia’s reformist new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and longtime Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki were visiting the Bure Front … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders mark new year at their border

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopia’s new PM vows to continue reforms ‘at any cost’

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  — Ethiopia’s prime minister in his first press conference since taking power vowed Saturday to continue with dramatic reforms “at any cost” and said the longtime ruling coalition soon will prepare for a “free and fair election” in 2020. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also said the World Bank “soon” plans to provide … Continue reading ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia | Ethiopia’s new PM vows to continue reforms ‘at any cost’