Ethiopia’s Nobel-winning leader launches million-copy book
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister is launching a book of his ideology, with one million copies already printed.
Egypt’s president to meet with Ethiopia PM over Nile dispute
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president says he will meet with the Ethiopian prime minister in efforts to restart critical talks over Ethiopia's soon-to-be-finished Blue Nile dam, which Cairo claims...
A look at the Ethiopia-Eritrea war whose end brought a Nobel
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It was a war that killed some 80,000 people and sputtered to life again and again over two decades, pulling in soldiers including a young Ethiopian who fought in a contested...
The Latest: UN council to say well done in person to Ahmed
OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Latest on the Nobel Prizes (all times local):
The president of the U.N. Security Council says its 15 members will be delivering a message in person...
Ethiopia’s reformist PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel peace prize
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to a dynamic young African leader whose sweeping reforms and surprising embrace of a bitter rival have been praised as an...
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Ethiopians celebrate thanksgiving festival in the capital
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa are celebrating a festival widely seen as promoting peace and unity.
Ethiopia says 1,200-plus killed in unrest over past year
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The office of Ethiopia's attorney general says more than 1,200 people have been killed and more than 1.2 million displaced in clashes in the country over the past...
Ethiopia army says alleged Islamic State members arrested
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian army official says members of the Islamic State extremist group have been detained in the East African country.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's prime minister says that if deadly unrest in the country continues with online incitement, internet in the country could be cut off "forever."
Ethiopia plants more than 200 million trees in 1 day
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopians planted more than 200 million trees on Monday, which officials stated will be a world record. The ambitious initiative of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed aims to...
Internet restored in Ethiopia 10 days after assassinations
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has begun restoring internet access Tuesday, 10 days after it was cut following the assassinations of six top government officials.
Ethiopia’s leader warns plotters following coup attempt
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's prime minister has issued a strong warning to anyone who would plot to topple his government, following a coup attempt in the country's northwestern Amhara...
Ethiopia’s leader appointed spy chief as new head of army
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Six days after the assassination of Ethiopia's army chief, the prime minister has appointed the country's spy chief as the late general's successor.
Ethiopian leader sobs at service for slain military chief
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sobbed openly at a service Tuesday for the country's military chief who was assassinated by his bodyguard over the...
Ethiopia says military chief killed, regional coup failed
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's military chief was shot to death by his bodyguard amid a failed coup attempt against a regional government north of the capital, Addis Ababa, the prime...
Sudan protesters want civil disobedience to pressure army
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Pro-democracy protest leaders on Saturday called on Sudanese to take part in acts of civil disobedience in a bid to pressure the military to hand over power after the deadly...
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Ethiopian PM visits Sudan in bid to mediate crisis
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Ethiopia's prime minister urged "courage" as he met separately with Sudan's ruling generals and protest leaders on Friday in a bid to revive negotiations amid a crackdown on...
Ethiopian Airlines crash analysis begins; Trump calls PM
HEJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — Analysis of the flight recorders of the crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane has begun, the airline said Friday, and The New York Times reported that the pilot requested...
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron launched his latest Africa visit with stops in Ethiopia and Djibouti on Tuesday aimed at shoring up military and economic ties in an...
Ethiopian rebel group accuses government of airstrikes
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian rebel group recently welcomed back to the country accuses the reformist government of targeting it with airstrikes. The government denies it.
Ethiopia sentences 66 soldiers who marched on PM’s office
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Local media in Ethiopia say a court has sentenced 66 soldiers to prison after they marched on the prime minister's office earlier this year in what he later described as an attempt to derail dramatic reforms.
The state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate cites Col. Meshesha Areda, a justice official with the defense forces, as saying the sentences range from four to 14 years of "rigorous imprisonment."
Ethiopia OKs former opposition figure as election chief
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An opposition figure who recently returned from exile was named Ethiopia's election chief on Thursday as the country prepares for what the reformist prime minister vows will be "free and fair" elections in 2020.
Birtukan Mideksa, a former judge, is the most senior ex-opposition figure to assume a high government post in Ethiopia in recent history. She is also the latest of several women appointed to high-profile posts in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's new administration.
African leaders applaud Ethiopia prime minister for reforms
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Africa's leaders applauded Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for making substantial reforms in his country as they met to consider improvements to the continent-wide body at a summit that started Saturday.
"Ethiopia is undergoing a profound renewal. In the past seven months, far-reaching reforms were made in response to various challenges," said Abiy, 42.
UN lifts sanctions on Eritrea, keeps arms embargo on Somalia
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to lift sanctions against Eritrea following its thaw in relations with Ethiopia and other neighboring countries — but it kept an arms embargo on Somalia and a ban on trade in charcoal, a key source of funds for al-Shabab militants.
Ethiopia jails ex-head of military company over corruption
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has detained the former head of a large military-run industrial conglomerate, a day after the country's attorney general disclosed that several hundred million dollars was embezzled from the firm.
The state broadcaster ETV reported that Maj. Gen. Kinfe Dagnew, former head of the Metal and Engineering Corporation, was arrested near the Sudanese border where he was trying to flee.
Ethiopia arrests 63 suspected of rights abuses, corruption
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has arrested 63 intelligence officials, military personnel and businesspeople on allegations of rights violations and corruption, the country's attorney general announced Monday.
The sweeping high-profile arrests carried out in recent days are a result of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's order for a months-long investigation into misdoings under the previous government.
Ethiopian MPs approve first female supreme court president
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian lawmakers have approved the country's first female Supreme Court president.
The move Thursday came just a week after lawmakers elected Ethiopia's first female president.
Meaza Ashenafi, a prominent law practitioner in Ethiopia, assumed the top job at the Supreme Court after she was unanimously approved by lawmakers for the post following her appointment by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
French president backs Ethiopia leader’s sweeping reforms
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed support for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's ambitious reforms and diplomatic peace efforts.
The 42-year-old African leader was on a working visit Monday to France in his first trip to Europe since taking office in April.
In a joint declaration, France welcomed "the rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea." Both countries pledged to "continue their efforts in order to promote peace and prosperity in the region."
Ethiopia elects 1st female president; ‘sets the standard’
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian lawmakers unanimously elected the country's first female president on Thursday, days after approving one of the world's few "gender-balanced" Cabinets as the country's dramatic reforms continue.
As seasoned diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde assumed the largely ceremonial post, many celebrated Africa's only current female head of state. The continent's first female president, Liberia's Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, left office this year.
Rights groups warn Ethiopia against return to repression
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Rights groups are calling on Ethiopia's reformist new leader to stop using repressive tactics once favored by the previous leadership, in their most outspoken criticism since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April.
Human Rights Watch on Saturday highlighted the recent detention of hundreds of youth in the capital, Addis Ababa, after they rallied to condemn killings of ethnic minorities on the city's outskirts.
Rwanda names 50 percent female Cabinet, following Ethiopia
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Two days after Ethiopia announced one of the world's few "gender-balanced" Cabinets with 50 percent women, Rwanda has done the same.
The East African nation late Thursday announced that women now make up half of the slimmed-down, 26-seat Cabinet.
Ethiopia PM says soldiers’ protest attempt to derail reforms
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's reformist prime minister says a meeting with disgruntled soldiers last week was an attempt to derail dramatic reforms and "there were some sides who regretted I was not killed."
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's comments to lawmakers on Thursday indicated that the march on his office by dozens of soldiers was the latest attempt to challenge his rule. Abiy already has faced an assassination attempt since taking office in April.
Ethiopia’s new Cabinet 50 percent women, including defense
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's new Cabinet is now a record 50 percent female, including the country's first woman defense minister, after lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved the nominations put forward by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
"Our women ministers will disprove the old adage that women can't lead," Abiy said while presenting his choices. "This decision is the first in the history of Ethiopia and probably in Africa."
Italy’s PM visits Ethiopia and then Eritrea to support peace
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Italy's prime minister on Thursday praised Ethiopia as a "pillar of stability" in the Horn of Africa region as he visited to support the country's surprising new peace with neighboring Eritrea.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte called it the first visit by a Western leader since the restoration of diplomatic ties in July ended years of deadly border tensions. On Friday he will visit Eritrea for talks with its longtime leader.
Ethiopian soldiers protesting over pay meet with PM
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian soldiers protesting over pay met with the prime minister on Wednesday after their appearance in the capital caused security concerns, with internet services cut off for hours.
"They raised issues related to their living conditions, low pay and a dismal benefits package and demanded to meet the prime minister," commissioner of the Federal Police Commission, Zeynu Jemal, told The Associated Press.
Ethiopia’s ruling coalition elects prime minister as chair
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ethiopia's ruling coalition has chosen the country's prime minister to lead the party until its next congress, a vote of confidence in the new leader's sweeping political and economic reforms.
The results of the secret ballot for chairman were announced Friday by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's chief of staff.
Ethiopia faces reforms’ next steps as ruling coalition meets
MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — Declaring "a true measure of leadership is not indispensability," Ethiopia's prime minister on Wednesday urged the next steps in the country's sweeping reforms as the ruling coalition that has led for decades opened its first congress since he took power in April.
A true leader produces qualified successors and makes "herself/himself redundant," Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told the gathering, according to Twitter posts by his chief of staff, Fitsum Arega.
Ethiopia charges 5 with terrorism over assassination attempt
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's attorney general on Friday filed terrorism charges against five people accused of trying to "kill the prime minister" at a huge rally in the capital in June, barely two months after the reformist leader took office.
The charges say the five acted on the premise that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is not popular among Oromos, Ethiopia's largest ethnic group, and wanted to pave the way for the once-banned Oromo Liberation Front.
Ethiopia’s stunning reforms now challenged by deadly unrest
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's stunning political reforms are now threatened by long-standing ethnic tensions that have roared back to life since a young prime minister took power just five months ago and promised greater freedoms.
Leaders of Ethiopia, Eritrea sign accord in Saudi Arabia
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Leaders from Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace agreement on Sunday during a summit in Saudi Arabia, yet another sign of warming ties between two nations that have face decades of war and unease.
Terms of the agreement signed by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki weren't immediately clear. Ethiopia's Foreign Ministry described it as a "seven-point agreement" while Eritrea offered no details.
Deadly ethnic-based attacks erupt near Ethiopia’s capital
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Government officials and residents said overnight ethnic-based attacks in the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, have killed several people and caused hundreds to flee their homes.
"Several lives were lost and properties damaged due to this attack," head of the Oromia Police Commission, Alemayehu Ejigu, told the state broadcaster ETV on Sunday. He said 70 suspects have been arrested.
Hundreds of thousands in Ethiopia welcome once-banned group
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians gathered on Saturday to welcome returning leaders of the once-banned Oromo Liberation Front amid sweeping reforms to bring opposition groups back into politics.
UN chief to witness new Ethiopia-Eritrea agreement in Jeddah
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will witness the signing of a peace agreement between the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea in Saudi Arabia's western city of Jeddah.
U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Friday the U.N. chief will travel to Jeddah on Sunday at the invitation of Saudi King Salman.
Ethiopian, Eritrean leaders officially open their border
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Taking the next step in their dramatic diplomatic thaw, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea on Tuesday officially opened the border where a bloody war divided them for decades, with emotional residents embracing after years of separation. Ethiopia later announced that troops on both sides would withdraw.
The Latest: Ethiopia, Eritrea to withdraw border troops
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Latest on Ethiopia and Eritrea's diplomatic thaw (all times local):
Ethiopia's leader says troops on both sides will withdraw from the border with Eritrea, shortly after the countries officially opened the border following two decades of tensions.
Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia leaders to meet in Asmara
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somalia leaders are set to meet in Eritrea's capital Asmara, furthering the diplomatic thaw in the strategic Horn of Africa region.
By bringing together the leaders of former arch-foes in a summit Wednesday, Eritrea is building newly friendly relations with neighbors Ethiopia and Somalia.
Ethiopia arrests former president of the Somali region
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The former president of Ethiopia's Somali region was arrested Monday, the state broadcaster ETV reported.
The dismissal and arrest of Abdi Mohammed Omar, a well-known politician from the country's eastern area, came after unrest in the Somali region's capital, Jigjiga, and other towns in recent weeks in which ethnic Somalis, suspected to be connected to Abdi, attacked people from other ethnic backgrounds.
Ethiopia’s new PM vows to continue reforms ‘at any cost’
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's prime minister in his first press conference since taking power vowed Saturday to continue with dramatic reforms "at any cost" and said the longtime ruling coalition soon will prepare for a "free and fair election" in 2020.