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  • CPEC improves country’s investment profile: Ahsan

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s investment profile has improved on the back of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flourishing economy and better law and order across the country, Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal said on Thursday...

    ”He said that the world’s perception about Pakistan had changed drastically in 2015 from 2013...

  • ‘Hundreds’ dead in Ethiopia ethnic clashes

    ADDIS ABABA: Clashes that erupted in Ethiopia this month between two of the country’s largest ethnic groups have killed hundreds of people and displaced thousands, the government said on Monday...

    Ethiopia is divided into ethnically-based federal regions and the Oromo and Somali people have for years argued over who controls arable land along their shared border...

  • Ethiopia’s democracy put to the test in general election

    ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous country, holds a general election on Sunday, the first since the death of long-time strongman Meles Zenawi whose successor Hailemariam Desalegn is seen as all but certain to stay in office...

    Rights groups routinely accuse Ethiopia of clamping down on opposition supporters and journalists and using antiterrorism laws to silence dissent and jail critics...

  • Ethiopia warns Eritrea after border clash

    ARCH-RIVALS Ethiopia and Eritrea traded blame on Tuesday for one of the fiercest border clashes since a 1998-2000 war, with Addis Ababa warning any further conflict is “up to Asmara”...

    Open-ended, compulsory national service makes Eritrea one of the world’s most militarised nations, but with just five million citizens it is dwarfed by Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous nation with some 96 million people...

  • Obama draws criticism for saying Ethiopia is democratic

    NAIROBI: Ethiopian opposition figures and some other African activists on Tuesday criticised a remark by President Barack Obama that Ethiopia, whose ruling party won every seat in parliament in May elections, has a “democratically elected” government...

    Obama, who made the comment during a news conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Monday, departed Ethiopia to end a two-nation African trip that included a...

  • Eyeing the stars: Ethiopia’s space programme

    ENTOTO: High above the crowded streets of Addis Ababa, among fields where farmers lead oxen dragging wooden ploughs, sits Ethiopia’s space programme...

    Operational for only a few months, the specialised equipment — the first in eastern Africa — has propelled Ethiopia into an elite club of African countries to have embarked on a space programme...

  • Armed group kills over 140 in Ethiopia

    ADDIS ABABA: An Ethiopian official says that armed groups have killed more than 140 civilians near Ethiopia’s border with South Sudan...

    The attackers came from South Sudan and killed civilians, including women and children, Getachew Reda, Ethiopia’s communications minister, said on Saturday...

  • Millions facing worst drought for decades in Ethiopia: UN

    ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopia is struggling with its worst drought for 30 years, with millions in dire need of life-saving aid, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Sunday...

    2 million people need food aid in Ethiopia, a figure the UN has warned could double within months, casting a fifth of the population into hunger...

  • Ethiopia kills 30 armed men on Eritrea border

    ADDIS ABABA: An Ethiopian police official has said police killed 30 armed people who tried to illegally enter the country’s territory from Eritrea...

    The killings follow warnings this week by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who told lawmakers that Ethiopia will take measures to punish the Eritrean government if it feels provoked...

  • Dozens feared dead in stampede at Ethiopia religious festival

    BISHOFTU: Dozens of people were feared dead in Ethiopia after police fired tear gas at protesters during a religious festival on Sunday, triggering a panicked stampede...

    Ethiopia is facing its biggest anti-government unrest in a decade and some festival participants had crossed their wrists above their heads, a gesture that has become a symbol of protest by the Oromo community, according to an AFP photographer...

  • 50 feared dead in Ethiopia after police warning shots trigger stampede

    ADDIS ABABA: Police in Ethiopia’s Oromia region fired tear gas and warning shots on Sunday to disperse anti-government protesters at a religious festival, triggering a stampede that the opposition party said killed at least 50 people...

    These developments highlight tensions in the country where the government has delivered stellar economic growth rates but faced criticism from opponents and rights groups that it has trampled on...

  • Ethiopia mourns dozens killed in religious festival stampede

    BISHOFTU: Ethiopia was in mourning Monday after more than 50 people died in a stampede triggered when police clashed with protesters, the latest bloody episode in a wave of anger against the authoritarian government...

    Members of the country's largest ethnic group, the Oromo, had gathered at a sacred lake in Bishoftu for a religious festival of thanksgiving called Irreecha to mark the end of the rainy season...

  • Chinese-built railway links Ethiopia to sea

    “This train will [speed up development of] our country’s manufacturing industry and it will provide huge benefits to the industrial parks and modern farms that will be built in the future...

    The new railway, the first electrified railroad in Africa, will take products between Ethiopia and Djibouti in about 10 hours, a far cry from the current excruciating multi-day trip along a congested, pot-holed road...

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