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Taye wins 5K on opening night of the Prefontaine Classic

May. 28, 2022 01:38 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Ejgayehu Taye of Ethiopia bested world record holder Letesenbet Gidey in the 5,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic on Friday night. Taye surged on the final lap to win in a meet record and personal best 14 minutes, 12.98 seconds, ahead of fellow Ethiopian...

Biggest aid convoy since cease-fire nears Ethiopia's Tigray

May. 27, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The biggest convoy of aid since Ethiopia’s government declared a unilateral “humanitarian cease-fire” in the country’s long-encircled Tigray region two months ago has departed for Tigray, a U.N. official told The Associated Press, as the conflict gripping Africa’s...

WHO chief Tedros reappointed to second five-year term

May. 24, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was reappointed to a second five-year term on Tuesday by the U.N. health agency’s member countries. No other candidate challenged Tedros for the post amid the ongoing difficulties of responding to the devastating...

UN aims to transfer 6,750 Ethiopians trapped in Yemen war

May. 24, 2022 09:07 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. migration agency said Tuesday it aims to help transfer at least 6,750 Ethiopian migrants from war-torn Yemen to their home country in the coming months. It appealed for $7.5 million to assist their return. The International Organization for Migration said it...

Ethiopia launches crackdown on journalists and activists

May. 23, 2022 06:58 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopian security officials are conducting a massive operation across the country that has led to the arrests of more than 4,500 people in one region alone. The crackdown on journalists, activists and others, dubbed a “law enforcement operation,” came into effect after...

Security concerns, lack of support stall Africa's Green Wall

May. 23, 2022 03:20 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — A series of complex challenges, including a lack of funding and political will as well as rising insecurity linked to extremist groups al-Qaida and the Islamic State in Burkina Faso, are obstructing progress on Africa's Great Green Wall, according to experts...

Ethiopia’s Tigray forces announce release of 4,000 army POWs

May. 20, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Tigray rebel forces fighting Ethiopia’s federal army say they will release 4,000 prisoners of war as part of an amnesty. The Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front announced the release on Twitter Friday, amid an escalating war of words between Ethiopian and...

Global pollution kills 9 million people a year, study finds

May. 17, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

A new study blames pollution of all types for 9 million deaths a year globally, with the death toll attributed to dirty air from cars, trucks and industry rising 55% since 2000. That increase is offset by fewer pollution deaths from primitive indoor stoves and water contaminated with...

Ethiopia detains 76 over Eid al-Fitr prayer unrest

May. 03, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopian officials say they have arrested 76 suspects following unrest that erupted in the capital, Addis Ababa, during Eid al-Fitr prayers on Monday. The unrest followed days of tension between the East African nation’s Christians and Muslims in various...

Ethiopian peacekeepers from Tigray seek asylum in Sudan

Apr. 29, 2022 12:54 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Some Tigrayan troops have refused to return home after serving as peacekeepers in the disputed Abyei region on the border between Sudan and South Sudan because they fear for their safety, according to the Ethiopian military. The Ethiopian military in a...