Jan 4, 2016

U.S. shuts down drone base in Ethiopia

The U.S. government has shut down its drone operation base in southern Ethiopia, an embassy official announced. A decision has been reached that the base in Arba Minch, 450 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, is no longer necessary, embassy spokesman David Kennedy said. “U.S. ...

Ethiopia launches space program, the first in East Africa

Aug 26, 2015

Ethiopia launches space program, the first in East Africa

High above the crowded streets of Addis Ababa, among fields where farmers lead oxen dragging wooden plows, sits Ethiopia’s space program. Perched atop the 3,200-meter-tall (10,500-foot) Mount Entoto, two metal domes house telescopes, each a meter in diameter. Operational for only a few months, ...

Rights groups troubled by Obama's Kenya, Ethiopia visit

Jul 24, 2015

Rights groups troubled by Obama's Kenya, Ethiopia visit

President Barack Obama’s trip to Kenya and Ethiopia is drawing fresh criticism that the two countries are heavy-handed on human rights and basic democratic freedoms. Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya, his ancestral homeland, when he arrives Friday to ...

Nations condemn new Islamic State massacre of Christians

Apr 20, 2015

Nations condemn new Islamic State massacre of Christians

The United States on Sunday condemned the “brutal mass murder” of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya after a video released by Islamic State militants purportedly showed their execution. The 29-minute video appears to show militants holding two groups of captives, described in text captions ...

Mar 18, 2015

Ethiopian Airlines pilot found guilty of hijacking plane

An Ethiopian Airlines pilot who last year diverted a plane to Geneva so he could seek asylum, was on Monday convicted in absentia of hijacking the aircraft by a court in Addis Ababa, local radio reported. The pilot, 32-year-old Ethiopian Hailemedehin Abera Tagegn, was ...

Jawbone fossil in Ethiopia sheds light on human origins

Mar 5, 2015

Jawbone fossil in Ethiopia sheds light on human origins

A piece of jawbone with teeth attached, uncovered in Ethiopia, is the earliest known fossil of the genus Homo, to which humans belong, researchers said Wednesday. The discovery suggests that humankind’s ancestors were living in what is now the Ledi-Geraru research area of Afar ...

Bullet train black gold awaits Ethiopian roasters

Feb 3, 2015

Bullet train black gold awaits Ethiopian roasters

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On a typically sunny January day in southwestern Ethiopia, smallholder coffee farmers gather beneath red, blue and orange canvases, propped up by wooden stakes, to watch and participate in a coffee-tasting competition with demanding Japanese standards. Naomi Nakahira, a coffee adviser with Ueshima Coffee ...

Dec 2, 2014

Ethiopia tests thousands for HIV in record attempt

More than 3,300 people were tested for HIV Sunday in the Ethiopian region of Gambella, a massive turnout that exceeded expectations among AIDS campaigners who had hoped to test 2,000 people, according to local officials. Rahel Gettu, an official with the U.N. Aids agency ...