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Ethiopia: Oromo leader denies terrorism links, remanded till January 28

1024x576_353607Dr Merera Gudina, a leading opposition figure and Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), has denied charges of terrorist links the Ethiopian government accuses him of.

His lawyers said he (Gudina) vehemently denied any terrorism allegations whiles addressing the trial judge and said that he had spent his life teaching against the ideals of violence and terrorism. Continue reading “Ethiopia: Oromo leader denies terrorism links, remanded till January 28”

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Iraqi soldiers vastly outnumbered the IS militants in Ramadi, but still withdrew

Iraqi government forces have formally launched an operation to drive Islamic State (IS) out of Anbar province.

The announcement was made by a spokesman for the Popular Mobilisation (al-Hashd al-Shaabi), a volunteer force comprising dozens of Shia militias.

 

Coca-Cola under fire for dropping Teddy Afro’s World Cup Anthem

 A large number of Diaspora community is urging East African nations to stop drinking Coca-Cola, in protest for Coca-Cola’s outrageous action to drop Teddy Afro’s World Cup Anthem.  Continue reading “Coca-Cola under fire for dropping Teddy Afro’s World Cup Anthem”

Yemeni People Traffickers Prey on Ethiopia Migrants Seeking Work

Photographer: Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images Ethiopian immigrants wait near Obok, north of Djibouti’s capital, for smugglers’ boats

By William Davison

Sintayehu Beyene left Ethiopia planning to earn money to begin a carpentry business — he ended up captive in Yemen where Kalashnikov-wielding traffickers stole what little he owned.

Grabbed from a boatload of migrant workers as it landed on a Yemeni shore, he says the armed gang whisked him inland to a desert camp. Beaten and detained for nine days with about 30 other people, he was forced to hand over the 1,400 Ethiopian birr ($72) he was carrying before being released. He crossed to neighboring Saudi Arabia, where wages are sometimes more than double the rates paid in Ethiopia, only to be deported a month later when authorities cracked down on illegal migrants.


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South Sudan ceasefire talks begin

The warring parties of South Sudan have opened peace talks with negotiators in Ethiopia, but rival leaders have yet to meet face to face.

Almost three weeks of violence has forced about 200 000 South Sudanese people to flee their homes. (AFP)

South Sudan’s warring parties started negotiations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday to strike a ceasefire deal and end nearly three weeks of conflict, according to Ethiopia’s foreign ministry, although face-to-face talks are yet to begin. Continue reading “South Sudan ceasefire talks begin”

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