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FILE - In this Thursday Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, Jawar Mohammed speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his house in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopia's most prominent opposition figure, Jawar Mohammed, and 23 other people have been charged with terrorism-related offenses, telecom fraud and other criminal activities, the attorney general's office announced Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, File)

Ethiopia charges prominent opposition figure with terrorism

Sep. 19, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has charged its most prominent opposition figure, Jawar Mohammed, and 23 others with terrorism-related offenses, telecom fraud and other crimes, the attorney general’s office announced Saturday. They could face life in prison if convicted. They will appear in...

Ethiopia opens facility to make coronavirus test kits

Sep. 13, 2020 9:04 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — With increasing cases of COVID-19, Ethiopia has opened a facility to produce kits to test for the coronavirus and says its researchers are working to develop and test a vaccine. The company producing the testing kits is a joint venture with a Chinese company, called BGI Health...

Residents cast their votes in a local election in the regional capital Mekelle, in the Tigray region of Ethiopia Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. People began voting in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region on Wednesday in a local election defying the federal government and increasing political tensions in Africa's second most populous country. (AP Photo)

Ethiopian region votes, defying federal government and PM

Sep. 9, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — People voted Wednesday in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region in a local election defying the federal government and increasing political tensions in Africa's second most populous country. Tigray officials had warned that an intervention by the federal government would...

Ethiopian lawmakers call region's vote unconstitutional

Sep. 5, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ethiopia’s upper house of parliament on Saturday called elections planned next week in the northern Tigray region unconstitutional, amid a confrontation between the federal government and regional officials who have warned that any intervention amounts to a “declaration of...

55-year-old Egyptian farmer Makhluf Abu Kassem, center, sits with farmers under shade of a dried up palm tree surrounded by barren wasteland that was once fertile and green, in Second Village, Qouta town, Fayoum, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Abu Kassem fears that a dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, the Nile's main tributary, could add to the severe water shortages already hitting his village if no deal is struck to ensure a continued flow of water.

Water already dwindling, Egypt's farmers fear impact of dam

Aug. 20, 2020 2:47 AM EDT

SECOND VILLAGE, Egypt (AP) — In the winter of 1964, Makhluf Abu Kassem was born in this agricultural community newly created at the far end of Egypt’s Fayoum oasis. His parents were among the village’s first settlers, moving here three years earlier from the Nile Valley to carve out a new...

FILE - In this July 5, 2020 file photo, Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.  Pope Francis on Saturday, Aug. 15,  urged Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to continue their talks to resolve a years-long dispute over a massive dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile that has resulted in sharp regional tensions and led some to fear military conflict.(AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)

Pope urges Nile states to continue talks over disputed dam

Aug. 15, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday urged Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to continue talks to resolve their years-long dispute over a massive dam Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile that has led to sharp regional tensions and fears of military conflict. Francis, speaking to a crowd gathered at St....

At least 17 killed in political unrest in southern Ethiopia

Aug. 13, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — At least 17 people have been killed in southern Ethiopia during protests that followed the weekend arrests of local officials, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission confirmed Thursday. The dead include children. Security forces met the protests with force after the arrests of...

Mother of two Amsale Hailemariam, a domestic worker who lost work because of the coronavirus, stands in her small tent in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Friday, June 26, 2020. Decades of progress in one of modern history's greatest achievements, the fight against extreme poverty, are now in danger of slipping away due to the coronavirus and the world could see the first global increase in extreme poverty in 22 years, further sharpening inequality. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

Extreme poverty rises and a generation sees future slip away

Aug. 10, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — As a domestic worker, Amsale Hailemariam knew from the inside out the luxury villas that had grown up around her simple shelter of raw metal and plastic sheeting. And in them, she saw how her country, Ethiopia, had transformed. The single mother told herself, “Oh God, a...

Mother of two Amsale Hailemariam, a domestic worker who lost work because of the coronavirus, stands in her small tent in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Friday, June 26, 2020. Decades of progress in one of modern history's greatest achievements, the fight against extreme poverty, are now in danger of slipping away due to the coronavirus and the world could see the first global increase in extreme poverty in 22 years, further sharpening inequality. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

Extreme poverty rises; a generation sees a future slip away

Aug. 10, 2020 6:09 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — As a domestic worker, Amsale Hailemariam knew well the luxury villas that had grown up around her simple shelter of raw metal and plastic sheeting. In them, she saw how her country, Ethiopia, had transformed. “Oh God, a day will come when my life will be changed,...

This satellite image shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 hailed the first filling of the massive dam that has led to tensions with Egypt, saying two turbines will begin generating power next year. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia return to talks over disputed dam

Aug. 3, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Three key Nile basin countries on Monday resumed their negotiations to resolve a years-long dispute over the operation and filling of a giant hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, officials said. The talks came a day after tens of thousands of Ethiopians flooded the...