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Nearly 11 Million Face Food Shortage in Horn of Africa

Food-shortage-HornMarch18, 2019 ( -- Close to 11 million people in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia face acute food shortage. The horn of Africa has experienced prolonged drought, leaving many people who are already living in poverty with nothing to eat.

The prolonged drought is coinciding with America’s proposal to reduce funding for lifesaving food aid. At the beginning of March, the U.S. Congress submitted the 2020 fiscal year to the White House, and they recommended a 24% slash in foreign aid.

A recent report from the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSN) indicates a worsening situation, with crop failures expected to hit 30% in the c

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

Ethiopian Airlines Dominating the Skies with Zero State Funding

Tewolde-Gebremariam-Ethiopian-CEOMarch 9, 2019 ( - On the 15th of February, one of Ethiopian Airlines’ 111 modern aircrafts touched down at Bole International Airport (BIA) in Addis Ababa, from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The average flight duration was about 1 hour 55 minutes, covering 1164 kilometers, at an average speed of 606 kilometers per hour.

Upon touch town at Bole, around 204 passengers alighted the aircraft and were driven to the baggage collection point to collect their luggage, and then proceed to the customs area for clearance. This is the routine procedure at the airport.

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

Abiy Ahmed to Arbitrate between Kenya and Somalia

Kenya-Somalia-disputeMarch 5, 2019 ( - Ethiopia’s Premier Abiy Ahmed and his Somalia counterpart Mohamed Farmaajo arrived in Kenya on Tuesday, where the former is expected to arbitrate on the dispute affecting Kenya and Somalia.

He’ll spearhead efforts to restore diplomatic relations between the two nations, which is threatening to worsen as reported by africanews.

The Source of the Dispute:

Kenya and Somalia are embroiled in a diplomatic row in which the former has accused the latter of auctioning its maritime area.

The Kenyan government accused Somalia of a

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

Abiy Ahmed, Isaias Afewerki in Juba Today

Abiy-Isaias-Juba-SudanMarch 4, 2019 ( - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki are in Juba today, where they’ll hold Talks with President Salva Kiir as reported by the Sudan Tribune. Mr. Kiir was forced to cut short his tour of the Greater el Ghazal region, and come back to Juba to welcome the two visiting leaders.

The one day visit comes at a time when there are concerted efforts to consolidate economic and political integration in the East African region, which has been elusive for a long time because it’s volatile in regard to regional collaboration.

Also, the visit comes a day after Eth

Ethiopia, Kenya to Implement LAPSSET Project, Establish Free Trade Zone

Kenyatta-Abiy-AhmedMarch 2, 2019 ( - Ethiopia and Kenya have vowed to see that the Lamu Port, South Sudan – Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) project is fully completed as it’s a key enabler of the economic transformation of the two neighbors.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Uhuru Kenyatta said that completing the LAPSSET project is crucial to unlocking the economic potential of the Sub-Saharan region, let alone that of Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Kenya.

This was disclosed during the opening of a two-day trade and investment forum that’s gathered more than 500 investors, business leaders, and governmen

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta Visiting Ethiopia

Kenyan-President-Uhuru-KenyattaMarch 1, 2019 ( - Kenyan President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is expected in the country starting today as reported by the Ethiopian State Media, EBC.

During his visit, he’ll meet Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Sahlework Zewde, who previously worked in Kenya.

The three leaders will discuss among other issues, bilateral relations touching on diverse areas. The leaders are expected to attend the Ethio-Kenyan Investment Forum intended to nurture commerce and economic engagements between the two East African nations.

Kenya and Ethiopia have maintained trade ties for long as they’re

Ethiopia Inks 70 MW Geothermal Deal with Kenyan, Chinese Firms

70MW-Geothermal-Ethiopia-KenyaFebruary 26, 2019 ( - According to reports, the government utility agency Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) on Monday inked a deal with one Kenyan firm and two Chinese companies for the 70 Megawatt Geothermal energy drilling project.

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) , Shandong Kerui Oilfield Services Group Co. Ltd, and Shandong Kerui Oilfield Service Group are the three companies awarded the project.

The ambitious Aluto-Langano project is financed by the World Bank and will see the three companies drill rigs and accessories, operate and maintain the geothermal wells in Aluto, Ethiopia for a sum o

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

The Niger National Who is Stranded at Bole International Airport

Nigerian-Eissa-Muhammad-Bole-International-AirportFebruary 18, 2019 ( - A Niger national, who was expelled from Israel has been stranded at Bole International Airport since November as his home country is unwilling to accept him back.
24-year-old Eissa Muhammad has been staying at the airport under inhumane conditions, as reported by the BBC.

His predicaments began last April after he was apprehended for being in Israel illegally. He had been residing in the Middle East since 2011, having fled his home country at the age of sixteen in search for better fortunes.

He informed the press that he’d paid traf

Ethiopia, Djibouti to be Linked by 767km Gas Pipeline

Ethiopia-Djibouti-PipelineFebruary 15, 2019 ( - The Horn of Africa neighbors Ethiopia and Djibouti plan to build a pipeline that connects the two countries, according to FBC report.

The 767 km pipeline is meant to carry natural gas from Ethiopia for export through Djibouti ports.

Ethiopia and Djibouti signed an agreement in Addis Ababa yesterday to construct the 767km pipeline project linking the two countries.

About 700 km of the pipeline stretches from Calub Hilala fields in Ethiopia to the Djibouti border, while the remaining 67 Km will be within Djibouti.

The agreement was signed by Ethiopia’s Minister of Mine


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