Ethiopia uses foreign kit to spy on opponents – HRW

The government is accused of installing spyware on dissidents' computers. (BBC News) - Ethiopia’s government is using imported technology to spy on the phones and computers of its perceived opponents, a Human Rights Watch report says. The New York-based rights group accuses the government of trying to silence dissent, using software and kit sold by European and Chinese firms. The report says the firms may be guilty of colluding […]

Dr. Mulatu Teshome elected new President of Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The joint session of the two houses of parliament elected Amhassador Mulatu Teshome (PhD) as president of the Republic. Mulatu, 55, served the nation in various diplomatic missions and until recently was Ethiopia’s ambassador to Turkey. Many of his diplomatic missions were in Asian countries including China, Japan and Thailand. The […]

Ethiopia denies crackdown on Semayawi opposition

Some 100 members of Ethiopia‘s opposition Semayawi (Blue) party were arrested and some badly beaten over the weekend, the party says. Party chairman Yilekal Getachew said equipment such as sound systems were confiscated ahead of a rally on Sunday which was banned. Communication Minister Shimeles Kemal denied there had been a crackdown. The government said […]

President Barack Obama defeats Romney to win re-election

President Obama President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney. America’s first black president secured more than the 270 votes in the electoral college needed to win. In his victory speech before supporters in Chicago, Mr Obama said he would talk to Mr Romney about “where we can work together to move […]

Hailemariam Desalegn sworn in as Ethiopia’s new prime minister

Hailemariam Desalegn Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Ethiopia’s new leader, Hailemariam Desalegn, has been sworn in after the death of long-time leader Meles Zenawi in August. “I am very happy to take the responsibility of being prime minister,” said Mr Hailemariam, 47, as lawmakers banged on their desks in support, AFP news agency reports. Mr Hailemariam had been deputy […]

Ethiopia sets Meles Zenawi’s funeral for Sept 2

Meles Zenawi Ethiopia will hold the funeral of late prime minister Meles Zenawi on September 2, officials said… Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Ethiopia will hold the funeral of late prime minister Meles Zenawi on September 2, officials said Thursday, without giving further details. “(It will be on) September 2,” foreign affairs spokesman Dina Mufti told AFP. Meles died […]

Ethiopia’s acting PM to remain at helm until 2015

Hailemariam Desalegn Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Ethiopia’s acting prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn will run the country until an election in 2015, showing that the ruling party is determined to ensure a swift and smooth transfer of power following the death of Meles Zenawi. Meles, 57, died late on Monday in a Brussels hospital after a long illness, leaving […]

Hailemariam named Acting Prime Minister

Hailemariam Desalegn Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Following the announcement of the death of former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hailemariam Desalegn will serve as the Acting-Prime Minister of Ethiopia, head of the Office for Government Affairs, Bereket Simon, said in response to queries from The Reporter. During a press conference held […]

Ethiopian PM Meles Zenawi dies after illness

Meles Zenawi Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has died at the age of 57, state media say, after weeks of speculation about his health. Mr Meles was admitted to hospital in July. The nature of his condition has not been made public. Speculation about his health began when he missed an African Union summit […]
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