Latest Addis Ababa 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...

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...

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...

Ethiopia says its 1st satellite will launch next month

Nov. 22, 2019 9:05 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian officials say the country will launch its first ever satellite next month. It is the latest example of space ambitions by several African nations. The satellite was built in China and will be launched from a site there. Ethiopia's Innovation and Technology Minister...

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...

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 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...