Latest Ethiopia News

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...

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...

African countries set meetings to resolve Nile dam dispute

Dec. 9, 2019 8:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan say they have agreed to hold two technical meetings in coming weeks in an effort to resolve a number of issues revolving around a $5 billion dam project on the Nile River. The foreign ministers of the three countries met in Washington Monday with...

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...

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to meet in US over Nile dam dispute

Dec. 3, 2019 1:37 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says officials from the three Nile basin countries will meet in the U.S. to “assess the results” of their recent negotiations about Ethiopia’s soon-to-be-finished mega-dam project, which Cairo says threatens its water supply. Tuesday’s statement by...

New round of talks on contentious Nile dam starts in Cairo

Dec. 2, 2019 4:20 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The irrigation ministers of three key Nile basin countries have kicked off high-stakes negotiations in Cairo about Ethiopia’s soon-to-be-finished mega-dam project, which Egypt says threatens its water supply. Joining the ministers Monday were American and World Bank officials....

NY team helping immigrant runners realize American dream

Nov. 30, 2019 8:17 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A no-name entrant at this month’s New York City Marathon — literally, he didn’t even qualify to have his name printed on his bib — Girma Bekele Gebre crashed the elite field and finished third in the largest 26.2-mile race in the world. A week later, the...

Ethiopia’s Sidama people vote to create regional state

Nov. 23, 2019 11:14 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian authorities say the Sidama people in the south have voted overwhelmingly in favor of regional statehood. The vote could inspire others and cause further fragmentation of ethnic groups in Africa’s second most populous country while its Nobel Peace Prize-winning...