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Engineer Semegnew Bekele Devoted His Life to Ethiopia’s Ambitious Dam

The Wall Street Journal is one of the world’s premier newspapers. The fact that the WSJ  published an obituary for Engineer Semegnew Bekele is evidence of his global reputation for expertise, commitment and passion. We reprint the obituary  here. Project manager of what is expected to be Africa’s biggest dam found shot dead in his […]

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Ethiopian Nile dam manager found shot dead in his car

By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The project manager of a $4 billion Ethiopian dam was found shot dead in his car on Thursday, police said. Investigators inspect the scene, where Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam Project Manager Simegnew Bekele was found dead in his car in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July, 26, 2018 REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri […]

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Ethiopia or Eritrea? Border community fears split

From The Associated Press Peace process means Irob community could be rent in two with some ending up in Eritrea and others remaining in Ethiopia. Men from the Irob ethnic group walk in Alitena, a town in Ethiopia on the border with Eritrea [Maheder Haileselassie Tadese/AFP] “This place is definitely Ethiopian,” said farmer Haise Woldu, […]

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Sidama expect referendum on statehood within a year after zone backs autonomy demand

From The Ethiopia Oserver July 20, 2018 | by William Davison |  Sidama campaigners expect a referendum within a year on becoming a region after the Zone Administration in Hawassa voted for statehood. The constitutional demand follows deadly ethnic violence in southern Ethiopia and elsewhere in the country during the recent national political transition. The July 18 decision […]

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Isayas Afewerki to Visit Ethiopia

Eritrea’s President Isayas Afewerqi is due to visit Addis Abeba on Saturday, in a return gesture to Ethiopia’s delegation tour to Eritrea last week. On his visit in Addis Ababa, Isayas Afwerki will speak to invited guests at the Millennium Hall. Isayas has not visited Ethiopia since the war 1998 Last week Ethiopian high-level delegation led […]

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Ethiopia and Eritrea declare ‘state of war’ over

From al Jazeera Leaders of Horn of Africa nations sign joint peace agreement, officially ending decades of diplomatic and armed strife. The five-pillar agreement states that the war between the two countries has ended [Yemane Gebremeskel/Twitter] Ethiopia and Eritrea have declared their “state of war” over after landmark talks between the neighbouring countries’ leaders, as part of […]

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South Sudan Cease-fire Violated Within Hours

From The New York Times ImageSupporters of President Salva Kiir of South Sudan in Juba, this month. Mr. Kiir and rival Riek Machar, Mr. Kiir’s former deputy, agreed on the “permanent” cease-fire earlier this week after their first face-to-face talks in nearly two years.CreditAkuot Chol/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Associated Press South Sudan government troops […]

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South Sudan rivals sign peace deal, effective after 72 hours?

SOUTH SUDAN South Sudanese rival leaders signed a peace agreement in Khartoum on Wednesday under which a ceasefire would take hold after 72 hours, Sudan’s foreign minister said, although a rebel spokesman rejected other points. The minister, Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed, said the agreement also included the opening of crossings for humanitarian aid, the freeing of […]

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The Dividends of Peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea

True peace is not just the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. U.S. civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King   By the Strathink Editorial Team The recent gestures by Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isayas Afewerki to resolve the impasse between the two countries following the […]

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How Ethiopia’s peace offer caught Eritrea’s regime by surprise

From al Jazeera Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki cannot afford to ignore Ethiopia’s peace offer. by Abraham T Zere 11 Jun 2018 Isaias Afwerki has been Eritrea’s president since 1993 [Reuters/James Akena] On June 5, Ethiopia announced it would fully accept and implement the 2000 Algiers Peace Accord that ended its border war with Eritrea. It also said it would accept […]

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