Jun 2, 2016

Bekele slams Ethiopian selectors

Kenenisa Bekele took a swipe at the Ethiopian Athletics Federation on Wednesday after he was left off the marathon team for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, calling his exclusion “unjust” and claiming the selection criteria is “biased.” In an interview with The Associated ...

Ethiopians sweep Boston Marathon

Apr 19, 2016

Ethiopians sweep Boston Marathon

The Ethiopians ran past the Kenyans on their way to the Boston Marathon finish line Monday and nearly swept them off the victory podium. Lemi Berhanu Hayle won the 120th edition of the men’s race, and Atsede Baysa overcame a 37-second deficit on the ...

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 ...