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Passenger on Ethiopian Airlines flight held after bomb claim

Nov. 21, 2019 11:17 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian Airlines flight in Burundi was disrupted when a man locked himself in a bathroom on the plane and claimed to have a bomb, a passenger and authorities said Thursday. Sally Hayden in a Twitter post cited local police as saying they eventually broke down the door and...

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's president lavishly praises Trump on social media

Nov. 5, 2019 1:56 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president lavished praise on President Donald Trump via social media, calling him a "man with unique power to confront crises." Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi's comments were the latest public example of the two leaders' closeness. El-Sissi thanked Trump for his "generous concern" for helping...

Jepkosgei wins NYC in 1st marathon, Kamworor takes men's

Nov. 3, 2019 3:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Joyciline Jepkosgei arrived in New York with a modest goal for her first marathon ever. "My focus was to finish the race," she said, a gold medal hanging around her neck. Not bad for a novice. Jepkosgei upset four-time champion Mary Keitany to win the New York City Marathon on Sunday with a...

Migrants endure rape and torture on route through Yemen

Nov. 2, 2019 2:25 AM EDT

RAS AL-ARA, Yemen (AP) — Zahra struggled in the blue waters of the Gulf of Aden, grasping for the hands of fellow migrants. Hundreds of men, women and teenagers clambered out of a boat and through the surf, emerging, exhausted, on the shores of Yemen. The 20-year-old Ethiopian saw men armed with automatic...

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...

Migrants endure rape and torture on route through Yemen

Oct. 30, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

RAS AL-ARA, Yemen (AP) — Zahra struggled in the blue waters of the Gulf of Aden, grasping for the hands of fellow migrants. Hundreds of men, women and teenagers clambered out of a boat and through the surf, emerging, exhausted, on the shores of Yemen. The 20-year-old Ethiopian saw men armed with automatic...

Senators grill Boeing CEO over plane involved in 2 crashes

Oct. 29, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg faced withering questions from senators Tuesday about two crashes of 737 Max jets and whether the company concealed information about a critical flight system. "We have made mistakes, and we got some things wrong," Muilenburg conceded. Some members of the Senate Commerce Committee cut...