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Ethiopians queue to fight for Russia in Ukraine

Ethiopians queue to fight for Russia in Ukraine

DAWIT ENDESHAW THE queues formed early each morning outside the Russian embassy in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. Drawn by rumours on social media, young men and old, many with their military records in hand, arrived with hopes of fighting for Russia in Ukraine. What began as a trickle of volunteers swelled over two weeks to scores, two neighbourhood residents told Reuters. On Tuesday, Reuters reporters saw several hundred men registering with Ethiopian security guards outside the embassy. The guards recorded their names and asked for proof of military There is no evidence that any Ethiopians have been sent to Ukraine,…
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Addis Ababa yet to meet the needs of residents: what has to change

Addis Ababa yet to meet the needs of residents: what has to change

WITH an estimated population of more than 3.7 million people, Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, is home to about a quarter of Ethiopia’s urban population. The city generates well above 29% of Ethiopia’s urban GDP and 20% of national urban employment. Author EZANA WELDEGHEBRAEL, Research Fellow, University of Manchester Over the last two decades, Addis Ababa has witnessed rapid socio-economic changes and a drastic physical transformation. This was propelled by a development-oriented government and the private sector. However, the city faces challenges around housing, transport, infrastructure, services, youth unemployment and displacement. I’m part of the African Cities Research Consortium,…
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Youths block Djibouti, Addis Ababa road, rail link

Youths block Djibouti, Addis Ababa road, rail link

GIULIA PARAVICINI and MAGGIE FICK ETHIOPIA’S Somali region has revealed that a vital road and rail trade artery linking the landlocked capital of Addis Ababa to the sea port of Djibouti was blocked by youths angered by a deadly militia attack on their region. Around 95% of imports into the nation of around 110 million people are transported via that corridor, according to a 2018 study by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Reuters could not independently verify the reported blockage. The Ethiopian prime minister's office and authorities in Djibouti could not immediately be reached for comment. Somali…
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Ethiopian doctor warns of oxygen shortages

Ethiopian doctor warns of oxygen shortages

EMELINE WUILBERCQ ETHIOPIA rolling out its first COVID-19 vaccines among frontline health workers, but the vast country of 110 million people still faces an uphill struggle to beat the pandemic, according to a senior doctor in Addis Ababa. The mass vaccination drive began on Saturday, exactly a year after a Japanese man in the capital became the Horn of Africa nation's first confirmed coronavirus case. Natnael Bekuretsion, the 28-year-old medical director of Eka Kotebe General Hospital, was not among the first group of healthcare employees to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, but he said the arrival of the doses was "light…
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Sudan and Ethiopia pledge to push for deal on Blue Nile dam

Sudan and Ethiopia pledge to push for deal on Blue Nile dam

ETHIOPIA’S prime minister and Sudan's leadership have said they would make every effort to reach a deal on a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile that has caused a bitter dispute between Addis Ababa and Cairo over water supplies. Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan failed to strike an agreement on the operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) before the reservoir behind the dam began being filled in July. But the three countries have returned to talks under African Union mediation. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited Khartoum on Tuesday with a high-level delegation to meet Sudanese officials, who…
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Two killed in blast in Ethiopian capital blamed on hand grenade

Two killed in blast in Ethiopian capital blamed on hand grenade

TWO people died and a third was critically injured in an explosion in Ethiopia's capital on yesterday, Addis Ababa's police said. The police blamed the explosion on a hand grenade that went off in the Lidetta area of the city in the afternoon and said they were investigating. Ethiopia sent its troops to the northern region of Tigray in early November to fight against the Tigray People's Liberation Front, then the regional ruling party, which had attacked army bases in the region. The TPLF withdrew from the regional capital Mekelle before the end of the month, and the Ethiopian government…
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Ethiopia foils attack on UAE embassy

Ethiopia foils attack on UAE embassy

ETHIOPIA has arrested 15 people over a plot to attack the United Arab Emirates' embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's state news agency said yesterday, citing a statement from the intelligence service. The group was working at the direction of foreigners, the Ethiopian Press Agency (EPA) reported. An unspecified amount of arms, explosives and documents were seized during the operation, the agency said. "The group took the mission from a foreign terrorist group and was preparing to inflict significant damage on properties and human lives," it reported. The UAE's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A…
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