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Autopilot Malfunction Caused Crash of Ethiopian Aircraft - Study

Auto-pilot-737-BoeingMarch 16, 2019 ( -- The malfunctioning of the automatic flight control systems overwhelmed the crew and doomed the Ethiopian aircraft, according to a new study.

The Ethiopian Airlines crew followed the standard procedures found in the Boeing 737 pilots operating handbook based on this anaylsis.

The flight was normal until about 1,000 ft above runnway. At that point, the pilot should have engaged the autopilot. Because of the malfunction of the autopilot, the report speculates, the ill-fated flight began to dive and accelerate, losing altitude and gaining speed until it struck the ground.

"A typical flight starts with ma

Ethiopian Air Crash: US Grounds Boeing as France Agrees to Examine Black Box

Boeing-737-Max-8-GroundedMarch 14,2019 ( -- Following repeated calls from different parties, the U.S. has finally agreed to ground the B-737 Max 8 as the black boxes recovered from the fatal aircraft are set to be analyzed in France.

Late on Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) said in a statement there were no systemic performance issues and there was no basis for grounding the aircraft. But critics, including US

Senators Roger Wicker, Elizabeth Warren, Mitt Romney, and Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde GebreMariam urged Boeing to consider grounding the B-737 fleet until its safety could be guaranteed.

The European Union Av

President Macron Visits Lalibela Churches in Ethiopia

Macron-Abiy-visit-LalibelaMarch 12, 2019 ( -- French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Addis Ababa today on a two-day visit to Ethiopia.

Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and President Emmanuel Macron visited the Rock-Hewn churches of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In a visit to France in October 2018, the French President had assured Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed that France would provide necessary support to restore the churches.

At the time, President Macron also indicated that he will consider budgetary support to Ethiopia supplementing existing multilateral initiatives.

This is President Macron’s first sta

B-737 Crash: The Tough Questions We Must Ask

Boeing-737-Max8-EthiopianMarch 12, 2019 ( -- Two days after the Ethiopian Airline jet plowed into the ground shortly after takeoff, a team of experts working in collaboration is still searching for answers.
The B-737 Max 8 aircraft crashed shortly after taking off for Nairobi. Its experienced pilot who’d clocked over 8,000 flight hours issued a distress call requesting to return to Addis Ababa, saying he was experiencing difficulties with the plane---but it was too late.

The B-737 max 8 made its debut in 2017. The U.S has 74 of these jets, whereas 387 fly worldwide. 4,661 orders have been made for this model, which is considered the best

Ethiopian, World Airlines Suspend Boeing 737 Following Fatal Crash

Ethiopian-grounds-737March11, 2019 ( - Ethiopian Airlines has suspended the use of its Boeing 737 Max 8 jets as a safety measure following the fatal crash of one of its planes that killed all the 157 people on board.

Asrat Begashaw announced on Monday that though the cause of the crush is yet unknown, the airline decided it was best to ground the remaining four aircrafts until further notice. Prior to the crash, the national carrier was operating five newly delivered 737 Max 8 aircrafts and was waiting for the manufacturer to deliver 25 additional planes.

This is the second time (in a space of six months) the same model has been involved in a c

Workneh Gebeyehu Becomes Director-General, Nairobi United Nations Office

Workneh-Gebeyehu-UN-SecretaryMarch 9, 2019 ( - Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu was appointed as Head of the United Nations Office in Nairobi this week, according to Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the Ethiopian Foreign Ministery, the appointment of Workneh is tribute to Ethiopia’s significant role in the promotion of regional peace and security as well as the country’s efforts to realize Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In a press statement posted on its site, the United Nations (UN) said, "UN Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Workneh Gebeye

US to Assist Ethiopian Reform, Including Embedding US Experts in Government

US-Envoy-EthiopiaMarch 5, 2019 ( - The United States of America will continue to provide the necessary support to Ethiopia's ongoing reform, says US Congresswoman.

The Chair of the House of Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee for Africa and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Karen Bass, said this during a press conference on Monday after concluding her 3-day visit to Ethiopia and Eritrea.

“I am excited at the changes taking place here and it was great to be back; and I am leaving with a long to do list of things that I need to do when I get back to Washington to help in anyway I can to further the reforms here in Ethiopia,” she

Britain to Return Emperor Tewodros Stolen Hair

Emperor-Tewodros-HairMarch 4, 2019 ( - A museum in the UK is set to return two locks of hair belonging to the esteemed Emperor Tewodros to Ethiopia as reported by the BBC news outlet.

The National Army Museum announced Monday that it’ll repatriate the hair after Addis Ababa requested them to do so. The hair was cut from the Emperor’s head after he committed suicide, rather than allow himself to become a prisoner of the British government during the 1868 invasion of Abyssinia (present day Ethiopia).

For a long time, the UK has come under intense pressure from Ethiopia to repatriate stolen treasures worth millions. Ethiopia believes t

Indian Workers Held Captive in Ethiopia Over Salary Dispute Released

Indians-held-hostage-released-EthiopiaFebruary 25, 2019 ( - Four Indian workers who were held captive in Ethiopian Oromia region over salary dispute have been released on Saturday, according the HIndu BusinessLine.

The four Indians, named Sukhvinder Singh, Bishnu Nagaraju, Chaitanya Hari and Khurram Imam, have been held captive by Ethiopian employees ITNL-Elsamex JV Bure over salary dues after three-month long captivity. The employees had been held hostage since November 24, 2018.

ITNL-Elsamex JV Bure is a joint venture of two indian companies, ITNL and Elsamex SA.

The four Indianemployees are part of seven Indian workers

Ethiopian Airlines Celebrates Women Day with All-Women Flight to Europe

All-women-Ethiopian-FlightFebruary 22, 2019 ( - In celebration on International Women’s Day, Ethiopian Airlines disclosed that it will be flying All Women international flight from Addis Ababa to Stockholm to Oslo. The full statement of press release the airlines sent to is as follows.

Ethiopian Airlines, Africa’s Largest Airline Group and SKYTRAX Certified Four Star Global Airline, is pleased to announce to its customers that it has finalized all preparations to once again celebrate International Women’s Day by operating an All Women Functioned Flight this time on Addis Ababa – Stockholm - Oslo route on March 08, 2

Hyundai Starts Car Assembly Plant in Ethiopia

Hyundai-starts-vehicle-assembly-EthiopiaFebruary 21, 2019 ( - The South Korean company Hyundai started a car assembly plant in Ethiopia, its first car assembly plant in East Africa.

Called Marathon Motor Vehicle Assembly plant, the plant was established at a cost of half a billion Birr.

The Marathon Motor Engineering is owned by Ethiopian athelete Haile Gebreselassie. He entered into a joint venture with Hyundai Motor Company to start an assembly line to manufacture vehicles.

Athelete Haile Gebreselassie has been the sole of distributor of Hyundai vehicles in Ethiopia for several years now.

It has the capa

UNHCR Boss Lauds Ethiopian Kindness to Refugees

UNHCR-Boss-Lauds-EthiopiaFebruary 14,2019 ( - On a four-day visit to the country, UNHCR Commissioner Filippo Grandi has lauded Ethiopia’s kindness in hosting the refugees, as well as its candidness in adopting new and inventive methods of improving the lives of more than 900,000 emigrants and the communities hosting them.

According to the UNHCR, Ethiopia hosts more than 900,000 refugees, mainly from Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan as well as a small number from Syria and Yemen.

Mr. Grandi spent two days in Melkadida, an area bordering Somalia that hosts more than 200,000 refugees. He witnessed first-hand how a US$100 million inve

Ethiopia Pledges to Strengthen Women Participation in UN Peacekeeping Missions

Ethiopia-UN-Peacekeeping-MissionsFebruary 4, 2019 ( - President Sahle-Work Zewde has said that Ethiopia is committed to enhancing the participation of women in the police, military and civilian divisions of the UN’s peacekeeping mission.

While speaking at the official opening of the 3rd UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Preparatory held at the UNECA conference hall in the capital, she emphasized that any mission must give priority to the protection of women and the vulnerable.

She further said that the mainstreaming of women participation in the UN peacekeeping mission necessitate proper organization among the parties involved.


Volkswagen Brand Signs MOU with Ethiopia

Volkswagen-Ethiopia-Sign-MOUJanuary 28, 2019 ( - In a bid to expand its market in Sub-Saharan Africa, the German automaker, Volkswagen, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ethiopia’s government. The MOU will lead to the establishment of a car assembly plant using locally manufactured components.

In the presence of the president of the Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, an MOU was signed by Abebe Abebayehu, a commissioner of Ethiopia’s Investment Commission (EIC) and Thomas Schaefer, the Head of Volkswagen in the Sub-Saharan region, according to Automotive World.

Volkswagen is considering Ethiopia&rs

Sheikh Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi Released

Sheikh-al-Amoudi-releasedJanuary 29, 2019 ( - The Saudi government has released Sheikh Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi, according to VOA report.

Sheikh al-Amoudian, an Ethiopian-born billionaire was arrested in November 2017, allegedly in an anti-corruption sweep.

The Saudi government did not provide any details as to why the Ethiopian billionaire or others Saudi royals were arrested.

It is believed the work of Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, also known as MbS, who is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

Ethiopia’s Office of the Prime Minister confirmed the news, which has been lobbying for his release since Abi

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier Visiting Ethiopia

German-President-Visiting-EthiopiaJanuary 29, 2019 ( - Germany’s president Frank-Walter Steinmeier is set to visit the country for four days, according to reports in Germany. During this period, he’s expected to hold bilateral discussions with the Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, President Sahle-Work Zewde and members of the civil society, where he expects to get first-hand information on the country’s reform progress. He’s also expected to meet the AU chairperson, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who’s based in Addis Ababa, the headquarters of the African body.

This will be the third time the German president will be

Africa Love for China Explained

Africa-Love-for-ChinaJanuary 25, 2019 ( - There’s an ongoing debate among economic experts and politicians regarding the merits of the Chinese dealings in Africa. For instance, late last year Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad expressed his fears against what he termed a new form of colonialism, which he regards as a rebuke to China’s increasing political and economic influence in Africa.

However, these claims have been refuted by different African leaders. While addressing dignitaries at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing in September last year, South Africa’s head of state, Cyril Ramaphosa refuted such acc

EU, Ethiopia Sign €130 Million Financing Agreement

EU-Ethiopia-Financing-AgreementJanuary 24, 2019 ( - The European Union (EU) and Ethiopia signed a €130 million financing agreement to promote sustainable economic growth and job creation in the the country.

The agreement was signed between Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, and Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu.

The agreement was made during a visit to the area by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his entourage.

While signing the agreement, Commissioner Mimica said, “Today’s cooperation package worth €130 million is proof of our support to Ethi

Italy to Finance Study of Massawa-Addis Ababa Railway Project

Italy-Ethiopia-Prime-MinistersJanuary 21, 2019 ( - Italy has agreed to finance the first phase of study of the planned railway line project linking the Eritrean port of Massawa with the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

In a meeting in Rome, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed thanked his Italian counterpart, Giuseppe Conte, for all the assistance.

“I had a productive discussion with international agencies and the Government of Italy,” said Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed.

Italy also agreed to support Ethiopia in tackling food insecurity of school-aged children and rehabilitating Ethiopian soldiers demobilized from

Abiy Ahmed Visits Rome; Heading to World Economic Forum in Davos

Abiy-visits-RomeJanuary 21, 2019 ( - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed arrived in Rome, Italy on Sunday. Rome is his first stop on a European tour that will see him attend among other meetings the upcoming WEF in Davos, Switzerland. The premier is in the company of several diplomats, including the Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu.

Reports from the state media suggest he is due to meet with high-ranking government officials in Rome, including H.E. Giuseppe Conte, the Prime Minister of Italy. Dr. Abiy was warmly received by Ethiopians living in Rome.

Giuseppe visited Ethiopia in 2018 and extended an invitation to Dr. Abiy to visit hi


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