Ethiopia

Red Cross: Over 11 million face hunger in drought-hit East Africa

 A worsening drought hitting Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya has left more than 11 million people facing severe hunger, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said Friday.

Ethiopia to release thousands detained under state of emergency law

Ethiopia is planning to release 11,352 inmates arrested under the country's state of emergency law, Defence Minister Siraj Fegessa said Wednesday.

African Union to readmit Morocco and elect new leader at summit

African heads of state gathered in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Monday for a two-day summit expected to readmit Morocco into the organization after a 33-year absence and to elect a new chairperson to succeed South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Bomb kills one, injures 19 at Ethiopian hotel

A bomb thrown into a hotel in Ethiopia's restive northern Amhara region has killed a government employee and injured 19 other people, a spokesman for the regional authorities said Wednesday.

Ethiopia releases 10,000 prisoners in restive Oromia region

Ethiopia has released 10,000 people from prisons in its restive Oromia region, the state broadcaster EBC reported Wednesday.

Ethiopia jails 20 Muslims on terrorism-related charges

An Ethiopian court on Tuesday sentenced 20 alleged Islamists to up to five and a half years in prison on terrorism-related charges, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported.

Ethiopia starts releasing 9,800 political detainees

Ethiopia has started releasing 9,800 detainees who were held under the country's state of emergency over the past two months, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

Ethiopia to free nearly 10,000 people held under state of emergency

Ethiopia on Saturday announced plans to release 9,800 detainees from a total of about 12,500 who were held under the country's 10-week state of emergency.

Ethiopian government blocks internet access, report finds

The Ethiopian government has "systematically and illegally blocked access to social media and news websites," including messaging app WhatsApp and 16 news outlets, according to a report released Wednesday by Amnesty International.

Falconry, yoga added to world intangible cultural heritage list

Falconry and yoga are among a number of pursuits that have been added to a list of the world's intangible cultural heritage, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said Thursday.

UNESCO adds Belgian beer and rumba to heritage list

Belgian beer culture, Cuba’s rumba and China’s ancient calendar of 24 solar terms have been added to the official world cultural heritage list, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said Tuesday.

African Union seeks 4,000 more troops to fight al-Shabaab in Somalia

The African Union mission in Somalia wants to increase its troop strength by 4,000 to 26,000, an Ethiopian state-affiliated radio station reported Monday.

Ethiopia reshuffles cabinet after weeks of anti-government protests

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday in a move to appease the public after weeks of widespread anti-government protests.

About 1,500 arrested in two weeks of Ethiopia's state of emergency

Ethiopia has arrested more than 1,500 people under a state of emergency declared nearly two weeks ago to stop anti-government riots, national broadcaster EBC reported.

Ethiopia blames riots on Egypt, "foreign forces"

Ethiopia on Monday accused "foreign forces" of fomenting protests in its restive Oromia region and slammed Egypt for allegedly backing an outlawed group there, following the declaration of a state of emergency at the weekend.

Ethiopia declares state of emergency over riots in Oromia region

Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency as violent anti-government protests are spreading in its Oromia region, the state-owned Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation said Sunday.

Merkel pushes for better investment in Africa to slow migration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for better conditions for private investment in African countries in order to combat the economic causes of migration.

Ethiopian protesters damage 11 factories, 60 cars in six days

Widespread rioting has erupted in Ethiopia's restive Oromia region, where anti-government protesters attacked factories and cars, a spokesman for the Oromia regional government said Friday.

At least 52 die in panic during anti-government protest in Ethiopia

At least 52 people died in Ethiopia Sunday when a panic broke out after clashes with police during a religious festival, local officials said.

Saudi Arabia executes Ethiopian maid for killing child

Saudi authorities on Monday executed an Ethiopian housemaid convicted of killing the child of her employer more than three years ago, the Interior Ministry said.

Protests in Ethiopia leave nearly 100 dead, Amnesty says

Protests against the Ethiopian government have left dozens of people dead, activists and witnesses said Monday following a wave of unrest around the country.

African countries pledge to cooperate with Israel against terrorism

Six African countries pledged to cooperate with Israel against international terrorism, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a new era Monday in relations with Africa as he kicked off a four-day African tour in Uganda.

Netanyahu arrives in Uganda on anniversary of Israeli hostage rescue

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived for what he described as a historic visit to Uganda on Monday, kicking off a four-country tour of Africa on the 40th anniversary of Israel's Entebbe hostage rescue operation.

Ethiopia to throw away 69 million defective condoms

Ethiopia will discard 69 million imported condoms that turned out to be defective, officials said Friday.

Weeks of flooding leave 100 people dead in Ethiopia, official says

Flooding caused by heavy rains has killed about 100 people in Ethiopia since mid-April, a government spokesman said Thursday.

UNICEF: A million children need treatment for malnutrition in Africa

Almost 1 million children are in need of medical treatment for severe acute malnutrition in drought-hit parts of eastern and southern Africa, the UN children's fund (UNICEF) said Wednesday.

Agencies seek billions of dollars in food aid for African countries

Aid organizations and officials have launched appeals for billions of dollars in funding to bring food aid to millions of people in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and South Sudan.

Two-month Ethiopian crackdown has left 140 dead, rights group says

The protesters fear that the municipal expansion will displace ethnic Oromo farmers from their land, the rights group said, describing the crackdown as possibly the biggest crisis to hit Ethiopia since election violence in 2005.