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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