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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Ethiopia’s government asks WHO to investigate body’s chief

Ethiopia’s government has asked the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate its own boss, the Ethiopian Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for what it describes as his “harmful misinformation” and “misconduct” over the country’s conflict. “He has been interfering in the internal affairs of Ethiopia, including Ethiopia’s relations with the state of Eritrea,” the government said. […]

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At least 56 killed in an air strike in Ethiopia’s Tigray region: REPORT

An air strike in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray killed 56 people and wounded at least 30 in a camp for the internally displaced, Reuters reported quoting two aid workers. Both aid workers, who asked not to be named as they are not authorized to speak to the media, said the number of dead was […]

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Ethiopian forces recapture strategic towns of Dessie and Kombolcha from Tigrayan fighters

Ethiopian forces recaptured the strategic towns of Dessie and Kombolcha from Tigrayan fighters, the government said, the latest sign of the government retaking territory it recently lost. Forces aligned with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) had taken control of the towns, in the Amhara region, just more than a month ago. “The historic Dessie […]

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Several Sudanese soldiers killed in attack from Ethiopian forces, Sudan’s military says

Sudan’s military says several Sudanese soldiers were killed in an attack by Ethiopian forces in a disputed border region. In a statement on Saturday, Sudan’s military said “our forces tasked with securing the harvest in Al-Fashaqa… were attacked by groups of Ethiopian army forces and militias, who sought to intimidate farmers and spoil the harvest […]

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Ethiopia braces for all out war as rebel forces advance towards country’s capital Addis Ababa

A year after fighting began in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, rebel forces are now advancing on the country’s capital as the authorities urge citizens to mobilize. The government declared a six-month state of emergency on Tuesday, days after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and authorities in Addis Ababa told Ethiopians to take up arms to defend […]

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Species of human ancestors from 500,000 years ago named as Homo bodoensis

Researchers have announced the naming of a newly discovered species of human ancestor, Homo bodoensis. The species lived in Africa about 500,000 years ago, during the Middle Pleistocene age, and was the direct ancestor of modern humans, according to scientists. The name bodoensis derives from a skull found in Bodo D’ar in the Awash River […]

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Ethiopian military air strikes hit Tigray region capital Mekelle killing at least three people

Ethiopian military air strikes hit the capital of the Tigray region and killed at least three people, reports said on Monday, returning the war abruptly to Mekelle after several months of peace. Ethiopia’s government, however, dismissed the reports. The raids, confirmed by two humanitarian workers, came days after a new military offensive was launched against the […]

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Sudan confiscates 72 boxes of weapon shipments from Ethiopian Airlines flight in Khartoum

Sudanese officials seized shipment of weapons at Khartoum airport arriving from neighboring Ethiopia, state media said. The shipment, which was confiscated late Saturday, arrived on an Ethiopian Airlines passenger flight, prompting an immediate launch of investigations, the SUNA news agency reported. Authorities were informed of “the arrival of a weapons shipment from Addis Ababa on […]

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Ethiopian military claims to have killed more than 5,600 Tigray rebel forces

The Ethiopian military claims it has killed more than 5,600 members of the Tigray rebel forces it is fighting in the north of the country. A bloody conflict has been raging since November, but the statement from senior general Bacha Debele gave no timescale for the casualties. Correspondents say they may be from recent battles. […]

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Ethiopia is developing local rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp for better monitoring of its population

Ethiopia has begun developing its own social media platform to rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, though it does not plan to block the global services, the state communications security agency said. Ethiopia has been engulfed since last year in an armed conflict pitting the federal government against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls […]

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Torrential rains trigger flash floods in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, 7 dead

Flash flooding kills at least seven people in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa after torrential rains, officials say. Firefighters waded through brown water to inspect flooded houses and in one instance walking through sludge with a stretcher to remove a body. Houses and cars were submerged by the waters after the downpour which pelted several […]

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Ethiopia: Tigray region rebels have taken control of UNESCO World Heritage town of Lalibela

Rebels from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have taken control of the town of Lalibela, a Unesco world heritage site in the neighbouring Amhara region. Lalibela, home to 13th Century churches hewn from rock, is a holy site for millions of Orthodox Christians. Thousands have been killed since war broke out last November. Fighting is now […]