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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...

Egypt's top diplomat: Nile dispute to be resolved in January

Nov. 7, 2019 10:16 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shorky says the Nile water dispute between his country and Ethiopia should be resolved by mid-January. Shokry released a statement on Thursday after U.S.-mediated talks with his Ethiopian and Sudanese counterparts that were held the previous day in Washington....

Egypt FM says US to host talks on Nile dispute next month

Oct. 29, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's foreign minister says the U.S. will host talks over a growing water dispute over Ethiopia's soon-to-be-finished Blue Nile dam, which Egypt claims threatens its water supply. Sameh Shoukry told reporters Tuesday that the Trump administration has invited representatives from Cairo, Addis...

Deadly Ethiopia unrest poses fresh challenge to Nobel winner

Oct. 24, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed faced the most serious political challenge of his short rule Thursday as officials said dozens of people might be dead in two days of unrest caused by tensions between security forces and the country's most...

Ethiopia's Nobel-winning leader warns Egypt over dam

Oct. 22, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister warned Tuesday that if there's a need to go to war over a dam project disputed with Egypt his country could muster millions of people, but he said only negotiation can resolve the current deadlock. Egypt's government said it...

Egypt's options dwindle as Nile talks break down

Oct. 22, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The latest breakdown in talks with Ethiopia over its construction of a massive upstream Nile dam has left Egypt with dwindling options as it seeks to protect the main source of freshwater for its large and growing population. Talks collapsed earlier this month over the construction of the $5...

Ethiopia's Nobel-winning leader launches million-copy book

Oct. 19, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister is launching a book of his ideology, with one million copies already printed. Saturday's launch again raised concerns among some in the East African nation that a cult of personality could spring up around Prime Minister Abiy...