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.
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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.
Ethiopian runner who protested at Olympics invited home
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian marathon runner who went into exile after protesting against oppression in his country while winning a silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been asked to return home.
Ethiopian special police force kills 41, official says
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian official says a notorious special police force in the country's Somali region killed 41 people and wounded 20 others as ethnic violence poses a challenge to the reformist new prime minister.
Local spokesman Miski Mohammed says the Liyu Police attacked Sunday in East Hararghe while people fled fearing further attacks. Regional spokesman Negeri Lencho has said those targeted were ethnic Oromos.
Ethiopian troops clash with Somali regional police force
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian troops have clashed with a local police force in the restive Somali region, with the defense ministry saying it will "take the necessary measures" to restore order.
Witnesses say the fighting on Saturday in the regional capital of Jigjiga led to the burning of two churches and the destruction of several dozen businesses.
It is not immediately clear what set off the clashes. Government officials were not available for comment.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's fast-moving new prime minister has met at the White House with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who congratulated him on "historic reform efforts" that include making peace with longtime rival Eritrea.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed also met with the chiefs of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund as he pursues a dramatic opening-up of state-owned enterprises in one of Africa's fastest-growing economies.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has "no option" but to pursue multi-party democracy, the reformist new prime minister said Sunday, again shaking up Africa's second most populous nation that for decades has been ruled by a single coalition.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's chief of staff announced the remarks on Twitter, saying they were made during a meeting with leaders of more than 50 national and regional parties, including ones from overseas, who demanded reforms in election law.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Official rivals just weeks ago, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea embraced warmly to the roar of a crowd of thousands Sunday at a concert celebrating the end of a long state of war.
A visibly moved Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, clasping his hands over his heart, addressed the crowd in Ethiopia's official language, Amharic, on his first visit to the country in 22 years.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — To dancing and cheers, Eritrea's longtime president arrived in Ethiopia for his first visit in 22 years on Saturday amid a dramatic diplomatic thaw between the once-bitter rivals.
"This is a historic day for all of us," President Isaias Afwerki said. "Anyone who thinks the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia are separated is considered as naïve from now on."
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki is visiting Ethiopia on Saturday, the latest step in an unprecedented diplomatic thaw between the former archrivals that is ending one of Africa's longest-running conflicts.
Eritrea's information minister, Yemane Gebremeskel, confirmed the visit on Twitter, saying it will "add momentum to the joint march for peace and cooperation." The 72-year-old Isaias last visited Ethiopia in 1996.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council says the peace declaration signed by Ethiopia and Eritrea after 20 years as enemies "represents a historic and significant development with far-reaching positive consequences for the Horn of Africa and beyond."
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian and Eritrean leaders formally restored relations Monday, ending 20 years of enmity, and citizens from both counties immediately began phoning each other to get back in touch.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Espousing love between their two countries, the leaders of longtime adversaries Ethiopia and Eritrea agreed Sunday to restore diplomatic relations after nearly 20 years and to open the border between their neighboring Horn of Africa countries.
Ethiopia's reformist new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in Eritrea's capital and was welcomed with hugs and laughter by Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, a joyous scene unthinkable just months ago.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's government has fired five prison officials as it confronts allegations of torture and other abuses of inmates as part of a wave of reforms. Among those fired is the federal prison chief who until recently defended the treatment of inmates as "fair."
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — In one of the world's more unusual diplomatic encounters, Ethiopia's new prime minister has met with a humanoid robot.
The chief of staff for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has shared online a photo of Monday's meeting with Sophia, who has gained global attention for using facial and speech recognition to help engage in conversation.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's cabinet has passed a resolution to remove three armed groups from a terror list as part of sweeping reforms under a new prime minister. The groups, operating mainly from neighboring Eritrea, had opposed the government that ruled Ethiopia for close to three decades.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia on Tuesday welcomed the first delegation of top officials from longtime rival Eritrea for the first time in two decades for peace talks, with Ethiopia's prime minister declaring that the separation between the neighbors "is shattered down."
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia says the United States will send FBI investigators to look into Saturday's deadly attack on a massive rally for the new prime minister.
The state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reports that Under Secretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan made the remark after meeting with the foreign minister in the capital, Addis Ababa.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's health minister says a second person has died after Saturday's explosion at a massive rally in the capital for the new prime minister.
Health Minister Amir Aman says on Twitter that the person died at a local hospital in intensive care.
More than 150 people were injured in the blast, several of them critically.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A thwarted attempt to hurl a grenade at Ethiopia's reformist new prime minister led to a deadly explosion Saturday at a massive rally in support of sweeping changes in Africa's second most populous country. Nine police officials were arrested, state media reported.