- Turkey, Ethiopia should cooperate in African peace efforts
August 30, 2014 - Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome said on Friday that Turkey and Ethiopia have a mutual understanding in their peace-building efforts in Africa, suggesting that the two countries should cooperate with each other.
“Turkey and Ethiopia have established mutual understanding in peace efforts, and what we do in Africa is complementary to ea...
- Son of S. Sudan's Garang denies Ethiopia arrest reportsAugust 30, 2014 - Mabior Garang, son of the late John Garang, a founding father of South Sudan and the country's ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), has dismissed media reports that he had been arrested by Ethiopian authorities earlier this week. "Media reports that said I had been arrested are all false," the younger Garang told Anadolu Agency in Addis Ababa. "I am free and staying in [Addis Ababa's] Radisson Blue Hotel." Some international media reports suggested that Garang had been arrested and interrogated by Ethiopian authorities in connection with an alleged attempt on the life of South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, who was in Addis Ababa to attend an Intergovernmental ...
- EthSwitch selects SmartVista to enhance payments infrastructure in Ethiopia
August 30, 2014 - Ethiopian banks consortium EthSwitch has selected Swiss-based BPC Banking Technologies’ SmartVista for national switching operations in Ethiopia.
The company zeroed in on SmartVista because of its functionality, and advanced technology, BPC said.Egypt minister downplays effects of Ethiopia damAugust 30, 2014 - Egyptian Irrigation Minister Hossam al-Moghazi downplayed Friday the negative effects on Egypt’s water supply of the ongoing construction of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam, saying the first phase of construction would not cause any tangible harm to Egypt. “The results of additional studies will appear in March 2015, six months before construction of the first phase of the dam is complete,” Moghazi told Anadolu Agency. He added that the first phase of the multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam would feature a water storage capacity of 14 billion cubic meters, which would not cause any “tangible” harm to Egypt. “This [continued construction of the dam] does not worry...Ethiopia excludes three dams from Khartoum talks with Egypt
August 30, 2014 - The fourth round of talks on the Grand Renaissance Dam between Cairo and Addis Ababa, held in Khartoum on Aug. 25 -26, focused on the procedures to implement the recommendations of the International Panel of Experts. The panel had reviewed the studies of the Renaissance Dam, which is under construction on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, and worked to assess the damage that may be inflicted on Egypt.Somalia takes Kenya to UN court in oil rights rowAugust 30, 2014 -Somalia filed a suit against Kenya at the U.N.'s highest court, seeking to resolve a long-running dispute over lucrative oil reserves in the Indian Ocean. Somalia asked the International Court of Justice in The Hague to determine the maritime boundary between the coastal nations, which disagree about the rights for exploration and collect revenue from oil discoveries. Somalia asked the court to intervene, saying "diplomatic negotiations, in which their respective views have been fully exchanged, have failed to resolve this disagreement," a statement issued by the court early Friday said. Somalia has said the row risks deterring multinational oil companies from exploring for ...South Sudan dismisses attempt on president Kiir’s life in EthiopiaAugust 29, 2014 – The South Sudanese presidency has dismissed rumours of an assassination attempt on president Salva Kiir as “fabricated lies” meant to “scare-off” the latter from representing the country at international forums. “The Office of the President would like to categorically deny these allegations as false. It has no basis. No truth. Never did the president come closer to any attempt on his life whilst he travels abroad in search for peace,” say a press statement released by presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny on Wednesday. “The Office of the President would like to condemn this type of rumour-mongering in strongest term possible, and call on the people...Kenya to Host Africa Meeting On TerrorismAugust 29, 2014 – Kenya will on Tuesday next week host the Africa Union Peace and Security Council Summit on Terrorism, to be attended by a number of Heads of State and Government from the continent. The summit comes as the country continues to face security challenges emanating from various terrorist attacks and the continued threat from Somalia's Al-Shabaab terror group which has vowed to continue with the trend until the Kenya Defence Forces move out of Somalia. Nairobi and Mombasa have been the worst hit by the attacks which have left a number of lives lost and properties destroyed. The summit will come just days after Kenya hosts the East Africa Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation...First Chinese tram for Africa completedAugust 29, 2014 – The first of 41 trams for Ethiopia rolled off the production line on Tuesday in Changchun City, northeast China's Jilin Province. The tram will be put into service in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa where commuters only have a choice of buses or taxis at the moment, said Liu Gang, a manager with China CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co.. "We're bringing about 50 Ethiopian drivers and maintenance workers here for training next month," said Liu. With a maximum speed of 70km per hour, the white and green vehicle is designed to be impervious to ultraviolet light, since Addis Ababa has an altitude of 2,400 meters and the sun is exceptionally strong. Its windows block 90 percent ...US to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next weekAugust 29, 2014 – Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that it is launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agency's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline. Beginning Tuesday, it will test 20 healthy adult volunteers to see if the virus is safe and triggers an adequate response in their immune systems. Even though NIH has been testing other Ebola vaccines in people since 2003, this is a first for this vaccine and its trial has been speeded up because the outbreak in West Africa "is a public health emergency...