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Bill Gates expresses concerns over political crisis in Ethiopia

Launching the annual “letter”, a publication by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), marking the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the foundation this year, the world richest person and billionaire Philanthropist Bill Gates has expressed concern on the ongoing political crisis in Ethiopia.

A week worthy of a decade

Vladimir Lenin once said 'there are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen’. This is one such week in the Ethiopian history.

Ministry working to resolve mining disputes

EEITI launches second country report The Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas disclosed that it is working on resolving the disputes that erupted among mining companies and local communities in some parts of the country.

Clash in Harar’s Hamaressa IDPs camp leaves 4 dead

Four individuals, including a police officer, died yesterday in a clash between security forces and the youth in Harar, Hamaressa camp that houses Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the Ethiopian Somali Regional State.

Additional ten people have also sustained injuries from the clashes.

Eskinder, Andualem et al to go free

Capitalizing on the government’s decision to release additional 746 prisoners including a renowned political commentator and former newspaper publisher, Eskinder Nega, and opposition politician, Andualem Arage, political activists are calling for further widening of the political space and better media environment in Ethiopia.

Former army chief calls for establishment of independent commission

Former Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Armed Forces, Tsadkan Gebretensae (Let. Gen.), called for the establishment of an independent commission, to prepare a level political playing field for the upcoming elections, if Ethiopia is to shrug off its current challenges and become a stable country.

UN says million displaced in Oromia-Somali conflict

A new report jointly released by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) indicated that close to one million people have been displaced due to the conflict along the borders of the Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states.

Communication breakdown

At a time when the country is being rocked by antigovernment protests and violence, the Government of Ethiopia, in an unusual break from its trend, admitted that it is grappling with a massive communications crisis to the extent that most of the problems propagating in the country are mainly attributed to serious communication breakdown between the government and the public.

Violence escalates in northern Wollo

The week-long violence in Woldia and Kobo towns in Northern Wollo Zone of the Amhara Regional State, are far from over, as the region tries to calm the situation and start arresting youngsters, The Reporter has learnt.

UN commissioner condemns Woldiya tragedy

Just days after the killings of six civilians including a 13-year-old teenager in Woldiya town, North Wello Zone, Amhara Regional State, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, chaired by Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein expressed its concerns over what claims to be use of force by security forces against unarmed civilians.