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No African citizens granted visas for African trade summit in California

No African citizens granted visas for African trade summit in California

An annual African trade summit in California had no African attendees this year after at least 60 people were denied visas, according to event leaders. The African Global Economic and Development Summit, a three-day conference at the University of Southern California (USC), typically brings delegations from across Africa to meet with business leaders in the […]

Ethiopia, Djibouti Talks Bode Well for Horn Region

Ethiopia, Djibouti Talks Bode Well for Horn Region

This week, prime minister Hailemariam Dessalegn had presented a six month performance assessment report of his government to the House of Peoples Representatives. Foreign relation and diplomacy were among the overarching themes. The kernel of the tasks in the diplomatic sphere were fighting out poverty and sparing the country the attendant ills of this carcinogenic […]

Ethiopia Looks to Power East Africa

Ethiopia Looks to Power East Africa

In order to meet the rising demand of electricity, Ethiopia has continued cultivating its immense potential of renewable energy sources such as hydro power, wind, solar energy and geothermal energy. The nation is the source of several river basins that are helpful to develop electric power- clean power generation. For instance, the Nile, the longest […]

Incidents that sealed ex-president of CAF Issa Hayatou’s fate

Incidents that sealed ex-president of CAF Issa Hayatou’s fate

The days of muzzling opposition within the Confederation of African Football (Caf) might be over. This is the story that dominated the continental football body; employing cronies, doing things behind the FA presidents and ruling by an iron fist. Today, Africa looks back at Issa Hayatou’s 29-year-old reign with a huge sigh of relief after […]

Face to Face With the Eritrean Exodus Into Ethiopia

Face to Face With the Eritrean Exodus Into Ethiopia

Under the early morning sun in the most northern region of Ethiopia a motley group of Eritrean men, women and children arrive dusty and tired at the end of a journey – and at the start of another. After crossing the border under cover of darkness (leaving Eritrea without authorisation is a crime punishable by […]

South Sudan bandits allegedly crossed into Ethiopia’s Gambella region and killed 28 people before fleeing with 43 children

South Sudan bandits allegedly crossed into Ethiopia’s Gambella region and killed 28 people before fleeing with 43 children

More than 1,000 gunmen from South Sudan have killed 28 people and kidnapped 43 children in neighbouring Ethiopia, according to a government official. Chol Chany, a regional government spokesman, said on Wednesday the raids occurred on Sunday and Monday in Gambella region’s Gog and Jor areas, which border South Sudan’s Boma region. “Murle bandits carried […]

Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa A New Flower That Keeps Blossoming

Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa A New Flower That Keeps Blossoming

Legend has it, Empress Taitu Betul, the famous wife of Emperor Menelik II, after a relaxing bath at Filwoha hot springs, stepped outside to find a beautiful novel flower completely unfamiliar to her eyes. She did not know what to call it, so she decided to name the entire surrounding area after it – simply […]

Ethiopia: The Battle Won, but the Journey Continues

Ethiopia: The Battle Won, but the Journey Continues

There is a rich collective history of Ethiopia and one stands out particularly. It was the 19th century African history of defeating white colonizers supremacy. This was not an ordinary battle or civil strife. Men and women of all walks of life had participated. There were no technical and modern means of communication, big drums […]

Food Inflation Hits Nine-Month High As Vegetable Prices Soar

Food Inflation Hits Nine-Month High As Vegetable Prices Soar

This happened in a month where fasting season began and salary adjustment for civil servants were made. Food inflation soared to its highest level in nine months in February, reaching 7.8pc similar to last February. One of the major factors behind the inflation was the rise in the prices of vegetables. This comes during the […]

Khat in the Horn of Africa – A Scourge or Blessing?

Khat in the Horn of Africa – A Scourge or Blessing?

Throughout a Sunday afternoon in the Ethiopian capital, Yemeni émigré men in their fifties and sixties arrive at a traditional Yemeni-styled mafraj room clutching bundles of green, leafy stalks: khat. As the hours pass they animatedly discuss economics, politics, history, life and more while chewing the leaves. The gathering is a picture of civility. But […]

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