Five wise men: West African presidents fail to solve Mali crisis | AFP

A summit in Mali to resolve the country’s political crisis ended without progress this week. Ethiopia celebrated it’s first year target for filling a mega dam and a handful of tourists were treated to watching thousands of wildebeest cross from Tanzania’s Serengeti into the Masai Mara Nature Reserve.

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Burundi changes tune on coronavirus | AFP

This week in Africa Weekly: Burundi’s about-turn on the coronavirus, deadly protests in Ethiopia following the murder of a popular singer, and Egypt’s pyramids reopen.

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Africa Weekly: new coronavirus cases reach Eastern Africa | AFP

This week in Africa Kenya and Ethiopia record their first coronavirus cases, the Democratic Republic of Congo records first COVID-19 positive diagnosis as Ebola outbreak nears end and South Africa repatriates over 120 nationals from virus-hit China.
And in other news: African leaders agree to Libya peace talks in July, Ethiopian Airlines marks one year since Flight 302 crash, Malawi security forces fire teargas at protesters as activist detained, Hunger, economic slump as Zambia battles drought, Business booms for Seychelles’ suggestive love coconuts and French-Rwandan artist Gaël Faye debuts film based on bestseller.

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Kenya blocks entry as virus cases mount in East Africa | AFP

Kenya unveils a series of strict measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, blocking entry to the country to all except citizens and other residents and shutting schools as the number of confirmed cases rises to three. As cases also mounted in Ethiopia and the Seychelles, countries across the region are taking action, blocking flights and banning mass gatherings. SOUNDBITE

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Uganda military fights back against destructive locust swarms | AFP

Soldiers take on the locust infestation which recently reached Uganda. The locusts have devastated food supplies in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) describing the situation as the worst in 25 years.

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Africa Weekly 14/02/2020 | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we go to Zamfara in northwestern Nigeria, where local citizens in defence militias have reached a peace deal to end decades of conflict. Then, we head to Ethiopia, where the government’s efforts are failing to create jobs and prop up the manufacturing sector. We also take a look at the headlines from around the continent this week.

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Canada’s Justin Trudeau visits Ethiopia | AFP

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with his Ethiopian counterpart Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa. IMAGES

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Ethiopian textiles factory workers spurn the nation’s ‘industrial revolution’ | AFP

By attracting foreign investors through cheap labour, Ethiopia wants to follow China’s example in creating a robust manufacturing sector that can offer badly needed jobs for its young workforce. But despite high unemployment, young Ethiopians are not going along with it, preferring to quit rather than stay in jobs where they feel underpaid and disrespected. N°1OI7PFN°1OO154

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed responds to Donald Trump | AFP

After US President Donald Trump said that he believes he deserves the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, Abiy Ahmed, the winner and Ethiopian Prime Minister replied: “If Donald Trump wants to complain, he should go to Oslo, not Ethiopia”. SOUNDBITE

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Swarms of locusts threaten food security in Kenya: govt | AFP

Large swarms of desert locusts are spreading through Kenya, after wreaking havoc in Somalia and Ethiopia, posing a significant threat to food security, the agriculture minister says.Ken

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New EU chief in Ethiopia for first trip outside bloc | AFP

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen arrives in Ethiopia, her first trip outside Europe since assuming her post, for meetings expected to touch on migration and support for African security operations.

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The power of dams | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating the role played by the world’s dams in renewable energy. Ethiopia’s construction of a massive power dam on the Blue Nile is raising tensions with Egypt, which depends on the river for 90 percent of its water supply.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Ethiopia: the Sidama people vote in referendum on autonomy | AFP

Excited voters queue up as the long-running campaign from members of Ethiopia’s Sidama ethnic group to form their own regional state culminates in a referendum. The Sidama zone is currently part of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region, but could become Ethiopia’s tenth regional state.

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Sudanese hope Ethiopian dam ends Blue Nile floods | AFP

The Blue Nile is a renegade river, according to Sudanese farmer Osman Idris, its unpredictable flooding swallowing crops and houses as it crashes through Sudan from Ethiopia on its way to Egypt.

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Africa Weekly: Nobel Prize for Abiy Ahmed and electricity in Madagascar | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, pride in Ethiopia, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. We take a look at his first year and a half in office. We also head to Madagascar, where access to electricity is increasingly proving a luxury for the few who can afford it.

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Africa Weekly: Khat addiction in Ethiopia and Madagascar’s new churches | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we head to Ethiopia where a detox centre has been set up to help addicts of khat – a plant whose leaves give users a stimulating effect when chewed. Then we visit Madagascar, where an increasing number of people are flocking to evangelical churches, much to the concern of Catholic leaders.

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[Afternoon Session] World leaders gather for UNGA General Debate – Day 3 | 2019

Third day of high-level General Debate, at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.

Speakers:
Peter Christian, President and Head of Government, Federated States of Micronesia
José Mário Vaz, President, Republic of Guinea-Bissau
Azali Assoumani, President, Union of the Comoros
Rivo Rakotovao, President ad interim, Republic of Madagascar
Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, Vice-President, Republic of Indonesia
Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
Epsy Campbell Barr, Vice-President, Costa Rica
K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Prime Minister, Tuvalu
Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister, People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, President of the Government, Spain
Ana Brnabic, Prime Minister, Republic of Serbia
Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister, Republic of Uganda
Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk, Acting Head of Government, Kingdom of Bhutan
Mauritania
Saudi Arabia
Cameroon
United Republic of Tanzania
Djibouti
Ethiopia
Togo

The ‘pimped-out’ Volkswagen Beetles of Ethiopia | AFP

Beetles have long occupied a hallowed position in Ethiopian car culture, a status that reflects both economics and nostalgia. But these days, a younger generation of drivers — some of them inspired by shows like the old MTV hit “Pimp My Ride” — are investing large sums to give their Beetles a 21st-century upgrade.

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Ethiopian church leaders push gay ‘conversion therapy’ | AFP

Religious leaders in Ethiopia are forming a new association to promote so-called conversion therapy to change gay people’s sexual orientation. Led by Dereje Negash, an Orthodox Christian priest who has spent more than a decade warning about the spread of homosexuality in Ethiopia, the leaders intend to introduce the association at an event in the capital, Addis Ababa. It is part of a broader effort to pressure the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to take a harder line against sexual minorities.

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Skull find in Ethiopia yields new clues on how humans evolved | AFP Extrait

Excavation teams work on the site of the discovery of a cranium of a 3.8 million-year-old early human ancestor from the Afar region of Ethiopia. The skull, known as “MRD”, was discovered not far from the younger Lucy — the ancient ancestor of modern humans — and shows that the two species may have co-existed for about 100,000 years. IMAGES des fouilles en 2016 ET SONORES du paléoanthropologue Yohannes Haile-Selassie

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In Ethiopia, a rehab centre takes on khat addiction | AFP

Ethiopia is a country that produces khat: a shrub whose leaves are chewed to obtain a stimulating effect. In this detoxification centre, patients talk about the harms of this drug.

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Man who lost family: Boeing put profit over safety

A man whose family was killed in the crash of a Boeing 737 Max jet in Ethiopia accused the company of wrongful conduct, telling a U.S. House subcommittee Wednesday that “Boeing should not be allowed to act like a mere investment company.” (July 17)

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African Union Ministers meet in Ethiopia to discuss situation in Sudan | AFP

Ministers of the African Union meet in Addis Ababa to discuss the situation in Sudan. IMAGES

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Ethiopians slowly return home after ethnic violence | AFP

More than a year after his house in southern Ethiopia was razed to the ground, his coffee plantation destroyed and cattle stolen, Teketel Memheru is still too terrified to return home. The 22-year-old is one of hundreds of thousands of people uprooted from their homes by ethnic clashes in a burgeoning domestic crisis the Ethiopian government is battling to contain.

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