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UN chief cites 'demonstrable effort' at peace in Ethiopia

Jan. 19, 2022 12:30 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general said Wednesday he was delighted to hear “there is now a demonstrable effort to make peace” in Ethiopia after more than 14 months of war, but he gave no details. Antonio Guterres’ statement came after a call with...

Ethiopia objects to alleged "misconduct" of WHO chief Tedros

Jan. 14, 2022 06:53 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The government of Ethiopia has sent a letter to the World Health Organization, accusing its Ethiopian director-general of “misconduct” after his sharp criticism of the war and humanitarian crisis in the country. Ethiopia nominated Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to be...

Nobel body criticizes Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy over war

Jan. 13, 2022 14:21 PM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, on Thursday issued a very rare admonition to the 2019 winner, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, over the war and humanitarian crisis in his country’s Tigray region. “As...

Ethiopian drone strike kills 17 on day of Biden-Abiy call

Jan. 11, 2022 05:11 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An Ethiopian drone strike has killed 17 civilians in the country’s Tigray region on the day that President Joe Biden during a call with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed expressed concern about such attacks in the ongoing war, local authorities say. A report by the...

Biden raises concerns to Ethiopian PM about Tigray conflict

Jan. 10, 2022 16:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden expressed concerns on Monday in a phone call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed about detentions and civilian killings in the conflict in the Tigray region, while commending Abiy for the recent release of several political prisoners. The...

Ethiopia grants amnesty to high-profile political detainees

Jan. 07, 2022 16:13 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s government on Friday announced an amnesty for some of the country’s most high-profile political detainees, including opposition figure Jawar Mohammed and senior Tigray party officials, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke of reconciliation for Orthodox...

US says Horn of Africa envoy stepping down 'in coming days'

Jan. 06, 2022 15:00 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. State Department said Thursday its special envoy to the Horn of Africa will end his appointment “in the coming days” after a year marked by deadly crises in Ethiopia and Sudan. Envoy Jeffrey Feltman plans to step down shortly after his current...

China to appoint Horn of Africa envoy amid Ethiopia crisis

Jan. 06, 2022 12:34 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — China’s foreign minister says his country will appoint a special envoy to the Horn of Africa region, where Ethiopia and Eritrea have been fighting forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region and Somalia is in the grip of a political crisis caused by a long-delayed election. ...

Ethiopia passes law to start national dialogue commission

Dec. 29, 2021 12:45 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopian lawmakers have approved a bill to establish a commission for national dialogue, amid international pressure for negotiations to end the 13-month conflict in the Tigray region. The Federal Parliamentary Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor on...

Ethiopia unhappy as U.S. ends its duty-free access

Dec. 27, 2021 13:46 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia says it is unhappy with the U.S. decision to revoke duty-free access for the East African country's exports. The statement by Ethiopia's trade ministry on Monday came after the Biden administration on Dec. 23 terminated Ethiopia’s eligibility for...