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  • Addis Ababa awaits response to request that Cairo end 'Ethiopian opposition activity' in Egypt: Ethiopia FM

    The Ethiopian foreign minister did say, however, that his government is positively cooperating with Egyptian counterparts to maintain friendly relations

     
     
    Ahram Online , Monday 26 Dec 2016
     
     

    Ethiopian foreign minister Workenh Gebeyehu said in an interview published on Monday on the Saudi Arabian Middle East news website that his government is positively cooperating with Egyptian counterparts to maintain friendly relations, though it awaits an official response from Egypt to a request by Ethiopia that Cairo stop the activity of Ethiopian opposition groups within Egypt.

     

    "We informed our Egyptian friends about the activities of some hostile groups that are working against the Ethiopian government in Cairo, and we requested that Egypt stop the activities of these hostile groups", Gebeyehu stated.

    Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn said on Thursday in an interview with the Qatari Al-Jazeera news channel that his country demanded that the Egyptian government take clear action against "terrorist organisations" that are receiving support from "some Egyptian bodies" in Cairo.

    In October, Ethiopia's communication minister Getachew Reda accused Egypt of financing and training "armed groups" operating in Ethiopia.

    Reda's claims came amid demonstrations against an Ethiopian government plan to expand the boundaries of the capital Addis Ababa into the territory of the Oromo ethnic group. 

    Egypt's foreign ministry said at the time that Cairo completely respects Ethiopian sovereignty and non-interference in the country's internal affairs. 

    Ethiopian Right groups say that 500 civilians were killed during the demonstrations, with the Ethiopian government declaring a six-month state of emergency.  

    In 2015, Egypt dismissed Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome's accusations that Egyptian “elements” are supporting armed opposition groups in his country with the aim of preventing Ethiopia from building the Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam, which Cairo fears could reduce its share of Nile water.

    In March 2015, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan signed a trilateral declaration of principles that guarantees that all parties will take steps to ensure the dam will not harm the interests of all parties concerned.

     

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  • Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot dead in Ankara

    Russia's ambassador to Turkey was shot dead in front of a crowd at a posh art gallery in the capital Ankara as the angry gunmen screamed "don't forget Aleppo".

    Police later killed the assailant on Monday night, Turkish station NTV reported.

    Andrey Karlov, 62, was several minutes into a speech at an embassy-sponsored photo exhibition when a man who stood directly behind him in a dark suit shot the diplomat in the back from close range multiple times.

    Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova made the announcement of Karlov's death in a live televised statement.

     

     

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  • No Internet? No problem: These Android apps allows you to chat offline

    1.Hike Messenger:

    The feature can work without Wi-Fi or mobile data and allow users to send photos, stickers, files and messages to anyone who is also on the Hike network. Files as large as 70 MB can be sent in over 10 seconds.

    Although the feature can work without Internet, it works only within a 100-metre radius.Chat and Share files WITHOUT INTERNET and ZERO data charges in classrooms, while travelling, preety much anywhere within 100 metre radius of a friend! Just open a chat, go to he 3 Dot menu and tap Hike Direct to see the magic!!!

    Download Hike Direct Here

    2. FireChat:

    When you download this app you will be automatically connected directly with one another, creating your own network for public and private communications. The more people use it, the bigger and faster your network becomes.And when you do have access to a reliable Internet connection or cellular network, FireChat helps you reach people worldwide and build your audience faster than on any social network, for free.

    Features:

      Instantly send messages and photos to anyone around you.


    • Send private messages that only you and the recipient can read thanks to end-to-end encryption.

     • Instantly create live chatrooms for discussions on any topic with a few people or as many as tens of thousands of simultaneous users. 

     • Type a hashtag in any message to automatically create a new chatroom.

     • View the most popular messages in the public conversations.

     • Public chatrooms and private messages work both offline and online.

    3.Text+:

    Textplus is a downloadable software application for mobile devices that allows its users to send and receive text messages, both on a one-to-one basis and in groups, all for free. 
     
    TextPlus also lets you do more: 

    - Turn your tablet into a phone. Text message / SMS and call on your tablet, phone and WiFi device

    - WiFi texting and calling

     - Travel worry-free with cheap calling so you never have to deal with expensive carrier plans or surprise bills

     

     - Text / SMS back to the US or Canada for free when traveling abroad

     - Group texting / messaging

     - Save tons of money on your mobile plan

     Download Text+

    4. FreeTone:

    Call U.S. and Canadian phones for FREE with FreeTone: get your own real US or Canada number and start calling! FreeTone is the only free calling app for UNLIMITED calls & texts to ALL real US and Canada phone numbers. No trials, no hidden costs, absolutely FREE!
    Invite your family & friends to FreeTone and make unlimited free calls anywhere in the US, and in Canada. Enjoy FREE CALLS and FREE VIDEO CALLS with your FreeTone contacts on Android and other platforms. Send messages and voice notes, share photos and videos with your contacts easily for FREE with FreeTone.

     

     

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  • Australia Awards Masters Scholarships for Africa

    Brief description:

    Scholarships for Masters studies in Australia are being offered to eligible African candidates for postgraduate studies commencing in 2017. 

    Host Institution(s):

    Participating Australian higher education institutions and technical colleges

    Fields of study:

    Each country has its own priority fields. Examples of priority fields are: Agriculture and Food Security; Health; Natural Resource Management including Mining and Mining Governance; Public Policy; and Water and Sanitation.

    Number of Scholarships:

    Not specified.

    Target group:

    Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zambia

    Scholarship value/inclusions:

    The scholarship benefits generally include: full tuition fees, return air travel, establishment allowance, contribution to living expenses (CLE), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC),  etc.

    Eligibility:

    Generally, you must  be at least 25 and not more than 50 years of age at the date of your application. You must have at least three (3) years’ relevant post graduate work experience. You possess, as a minimum, a Bachelors degree (or the equivalent) from a recognized Institution of at least 4 years in length.  You must not already hold, or be studying for, a Masters degree. You must be willing to make a formal commitment to return to your current employment following completion of the award.

    You must meet the country specific eligibility criteria and the general minimum eligibility criteria for Australia Awards Scholarships – refer to the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook.

    Application instructions:

    Check the open and close dates for your country, and select your country of citizenship/residency from the list of participating countries for specific information on eligibility, priority areas and how to apply.  Each Country Program has different timelines but deadline falls around November-December 2016.

    It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed and updated information on how to apply for this scholarship.

    Website:

    Official Scholarship Website:  http://www.australiaawardsafrica.org/

    Related Scholarships: http://www.shebela.com/articles/icsp-scholarships-at-university-of-oregon-usa_184.html

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  • Footballer who survived Colombian plane tragedy was reading Bible

    It was reported that the footballer who survived was reading Bible passage about being safe 'in the shadow of your wings' before crash it emerges as his book is found 

    The bible, belonging to Chapecoense centre back Helio Neto, was found at the scene of the crash and has been handed to the footballer's wife.

    His wife said Neto, who is still fighting for his life in hospital, is deeply religious and takes the religious scripture with him everywhere.

    A bookmark had been inserted next to Psalm 63, which talks about being safe in the shadow of God's wings and about thinking of God in bed.

    In detail it says: 'On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night; Because you have been my help; Then I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings. 

    'My soul follows you closely; Your right hand upholds me.'

    Video footage shows journalist Roberto Cabrini at the scene of the wreckage and noticing the book, with a note inside saying it belongs to the defender, who is in a critical condition.

    The reporter can be seen visibly shaking as he realises what it is. 

    He reads with a shaky voice the name that is printed on the inside of the cover, as behind him we can see the wreckage of the crash.

    Mangled parts of the plane can be seen in the background and Cabrini is later seen taking the bible to the wife of Neto, who smiles as she realises what she is being given.

    Neto's condition has been described as 'delicate' by doctors who said they regularly have to 'stabilise' him as he has a 'serious pulmonary infection.' 

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