Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa gives the impression of a capital that is looking to the future while still being firmly rooted in the past. Its fabric bears witness to the various stages in its history, from its imperial origins in the late 1880s through the Italian colonial occupation of 1936-41 to the Marxist dictat...

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Ethiopia extends state of emergency

Addis Ababa adds four months to existing state of emergency. The Ethiopian government has extended the nation's current state of emergency by four months, amid reports of continuing violence and an...
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Ethiopia releases 10,000 detainees

2,500 remaining detainees to face charges. Ethiopia has released 9,800 people detained under its ongoing state of emergency which was introduced to curb violent anti-government demonstrations in th...
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State of emergency in Ethiopia

Ethiopia rocked by violent protests by Oromo and Amhara groups. The Ethiopian government has declared a six-month state of emergency in an attempt to curb violent demonstrations by two of Ethiopia'...
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African Union to issue African passports

AU passports to facilitate free movement and intra-Africa trade. The Addis Ababa-based African Union (AU) is preparing to launch a single African electronic passport at the upcoming AU Summit in Rw...
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Obama arrives in Addis Ababa

US president flies to Addis Ababa after Nairobi visit President Barack Obama has made history by becoming the first US president to visit Ethiopia, where he is holding talks with the country's pre...
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Ethiopian ruling party wins landslide election

Opposition allegations of vote rigging The ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) celebrated a landslide victory in parliament in Addis Ababa on 22 June, following the an...
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Ethiopia prepares for elections

Incumbent premier faces first election Ethiopia is holding national elections to elect a new government on Sunday 24 May and around 37 million Ethiopians are registered to vote. This will be the...
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Addis Ababa twinned with Washington DC

Addis Ababa and Washington DC signed a sister city agreement on 11 December at the city hall in Washington. The agreement remains in force for five years and is designed to facilitate cultural and ed...
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Major human rights rally in Addis Ababa

A human rights rally in Addis Ababa on 2 June attracted about 10,000 supporters, according to Reuters. The anti-government demonstration, which had received the go-ahead from authorities, was the...
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Ethiopia and Qatar resume relations

Ethiopia and Qatar resumed diplomatic and economic ties after the prime ministers of both countries met at Ethiopia's presidential palace in Addis Ababa early November. The new relationship, descri...
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Hailemariam confirmed as leader of EPRDF

Hailemariam Desalegn has been elected as the head of Ethiopia's ruling coalition the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) after receiving unanimous backing, according to governmen...
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Hailemariam to become Ethiopian prime minister

The Ethiopian parliament is to install Hailemariam Desalegn as the country's new prime minister following the state funeral of Meles Zenawi on 2 September. Hailemariam will lead Ethiopia until the ele...
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Meles Zenawi dies after weeks of illness

The announcement of the death of Ethiopia’s prime minister Meles Zenawi puts an end to several months of speculation about his absence from public life. However the announcement of his demise in...
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Dlamini-Zuma elected head of AU Commission

South African home affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was elected as chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission at the 19th African Summit in Addis Ababa on 15 July, and she was sworn in as...
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African Union summit in Addis Ababa

The African Union's 19th African Summit is being held in Addis Ababa on 15-16 July, following its heads of state and government assembly which began on 9 July. Ahead of the summit, the African Unio...
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AU summit moved to Addis Ababa over Bashir row

The upcoming African Union (AU) summit has been moved to the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa after the scheduled host country Malawi refused to welcome controversial Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir,...
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Swedish journalists to ask for pardon

Two Swedish journalists sentenced to 11 years in prison in Ethiopia have decided to ask for a pardon rather than appeal their case. They were found guilty in December of promoting the Ogaden National...
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Swedish journalists found guilty of supporting terrorism in Ethiopia

An Ethiopian court has found two Swedish journalists guilty of helping and promoting the banned Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebel group, and entering Ethiopia illegally. On 21 December...
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Ethiopian government cracks down on opposition

The Ethiopian government has stepped up its accusations against opposition journalists and politicians in recent weeks with official charges against 24 people, six of whom are journalists, under its s...
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Ethiopia reduces charges against Swedish journalists

The two Swedish journalists facing trial for terrorism in Ethiopia have had some of the charges against them dropped. Photographer Johan Persson and reporter Martin Schibbye no longer face the charge...