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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...

Ethiopians celebrate the progress made on the Nile dam, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sunday Aug. 2, 2020. Ethiopians in the capital celebrated the progress in the construction of the country’s dam on the Nile River, which has caused regional controversy over its filling. In joyful demonstrations urged by posts on social media and apparently endorsed by the government, tens of thousands of residents flooded the streets of the capital Addis Ababa on Sunday afternoon, waving Ethiopia’s flag and holding up posters. (AP Photo/Samuel Habtab)

Ethiopians celebrate progress in building dam on Nile River

Aug. 2, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopians are celebrating progress in the construction of the country’s dam on the Nile River, which has caused regional controversy over its filling. In joyful demonstrations urged by posts on social media and apparently endorsed by the government, tens of thousands of...

Ethiopia enters 3rd week of internet shutdown after unrest

Jul. 14, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ethiopia is entering its third week without internet service for almost everyone after days of deadly unrest, as the government in Africa’s diplomatic and aviation hub says it’s trying to prevent speech that could further inflame ethnic tensions. The internet cut has...

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 1, 2020 file photo, protesters outraged by the killing of popular Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa walk along Lexington Avenue after exiting off westbound Interstate 94, in St. Paul, Minn. Ethiopian officials said Wednesday, July 8, 2020 that at least 239 people have been killed and 3,500 arrested in more than a week of unrest in Ethiopia that poses the biggest challenge yet to its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP, File)

Ethiopia's week of unrest sees 239 dead, 3,500 arrested

Jul. 8, 2020 7:51 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — At least 239 people have been killed and 3,500 arrested in more than a week of unrest in Ethiopia that poses the biggest challenge yet to its Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister. In the Oromia region, the toll includes 215 civilians along with nine police officers and five...

In this image taken from OBN video, the funeral for Ethiopia singer Hachalu Hundessa takes place in Ambo, Ethiopia, Thursday July 2, 2020. More than 80 people have been killed in unrest in Ethiopia after the popular singer Hachalu Hundessa was shot dead this week. He was buried Thursday amid tight security. He had been a prominent voice in anti-government protests that led to a change in leadership in 2018. (OBN via AP)

Ethiopian police patrol Oromia area and capital after unrest

Jul. 5, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian police were patrolling the country's troubled Oromia region and the capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday, following a week of unrest in which 166 people were killed and more than 2,000 arrested, after a popular singer was shot dead. In Oromia, 145 civilians and 11 members...

In this image taken from OBN video, the coffin carrying Ethiopia singer Hachalu Hundessa is lowered into the ground during the funeral in Ambo, Ethiopia, Thursday July 2, 2020. More than 80 people have been killed in unrest in Ethiopia after the popular singer Hachalu Hundessa was shot dead this week. He was buried Thursday amid tight security. He had been a prominent voice in anti-government protests that led to a change in leadership in 2018. (OBN via AP)

Ethiopia's PM accuses dissidents of taking up arms in unrest

Jul. 3, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister on Friday said dissidents he recently extended an offer of peace have “taken up arms” in revolt against the government in a week of deadly unrest that followed the killing of a popular singer. Those who participate “in the...

Over 80 killed in Ethiopia unrest after singer shot dead

Jul. 2, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — More than 80 people have been killed in unrest in Ethiopia after a popular singer was shot dead this week, the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation says. Hachalu Hundessa was buried Thursday amid tight security. He had been a prominent voice in anti-government protests...

Members of the Oromo community stop during a protest on University Avenue in St. Paul, Minn., to sing a song by Hachalu Hundessa, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Protesters apparently outraged by the killing of Hachalu Hundessa, a popular singer in Ethiopia, stopped traffic on an interstate during the evening rush hour, before leaving the highway and walking along surface roads. (Evan Frost/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

Protesters march on I-94 in St. Paul after singer's death

Jul. 2, 2020 6:51 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Protesters apparently outraged by the killing of a popular singer in Ethiopia stopped traffic on Interstate 94 in St. Paul during Wednesday evening’s rush hour. Police blocked the entrance ramps to the freeway shortly before 6:30 p.m. Traffic was stopped as the group moved...