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Thousands welcome Ethiopian leader after Nobel Peace Prize

Dec. 12, 2019 6:20 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Ethiopians on Thursday have lined the streets of the capital, Addis Ababa, to welcome Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed upon his return from receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. People wore clothes displaying their leader’s image and chanted...

Handke takes Nobel Literature Prize amid protest

Dec. 10, 2019 5:54 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Author Peter Handke received his Nobel Literature Prize on Tuesday amid criticism of him in Sweden and abroad as an apologist for Serb war crimes in the 1990s. Handke accepted the 9 million-kronor ($948,000) award from King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony in Stockholm with the winners of...

Nobel winner Abiy says 'hell' of war fueled desire for peace

Dec. 10, 2019 10:48 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize says his horrifying experiences as a young Ethiopian soldier fueled his determination to seek an end to the long conflict with a neighboring country. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke at Oslo City Hall during the ceremony in Norway's...

U.N. expert urges Ethiopia to stop shutting down internet

Dec. 9, 2019 8:57 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A United Nations expert on the freedom of expression said he has urged Ethiopian officials to stop shutting down the internet. David Kaye, the U.N.'s special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, told reporters in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, that he...

New European leader chooses Africa as 1st overseas visit

Dec. 7, 2019 7:53 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The new European Commission president says she chose Africa as her first visit outside Europe as it has some of the world’s fastest-growing economies and some of its biggest challenges, including climate change. Ursula von der Leyen spoke after meeting with...

Nobel body: ‘Highly problematic’ that peace winner silent

Dec. 5, 2019 11:30 PM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute has called it “highly problematic” that the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner won’t attend any event next week where he could be asked questions publicly, while the spokeswoman for Ethiopia’s prime minister...

Ethiopia’s leader urges calm as key referendum begins

Nov. 20, 2019 5:32 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister urged calm on Wednesday as millions of citizens held a referendum on whether to create a new regional state along ethnic lines. The Sidama referendum “is an expression of the democratization path Ethiopia has set...

Clashes on Ethiopian campuses kill 3 university students

Nov. 13, 2019 11:51 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian authorities say three university students have died in days of unrest largely along ethnic lines, and students say security forces have entered campuses to restore order. Clashes in the Amhara region began Saturday and in the Oromia region Monday and some students...

Ethiopian unrest death toll rises, government urges order

Oct. 31, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia says 78 civilians died in last week's unrest that was sparked when a prominent activist said the government had removed his personal security detail. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's spokeswoman said Thursday that 409 people were arrested. Billene Seyoum described the days...

67 killed in days of unrest in Ethiopia, police say

Oct. 26, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Police in Ethiopia say 67 people have died in several days of unrest that have led the army to deploy troops to restore calm. The head of the Oromia Police Commission, Kefyalew Tefera, told the Oromia Broadcasting Network on Saturday that another 213 people have been wounded....