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  • Ethiopia football Player

    The Ethiopia national football team—nicknamed "Walias," after the Walia ibex, represents Ethiopia in association football and is presided over by the Ethiopian Football Federation, the governing body for football in Ethiopia. The team has been representing Ethiopia in regional, continental, and international competitions since its founding in 1943.[2] The Walias play their home games at Addis Ababa Stadium located in the capital city of Addis Ababa. They are currently ranked 95th in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings and 26th in CAF.[3] The team is currently led by head coach Gebremedhin Haile since May 2016. Under the previous coach Sewnet Bishaw, the team has succeeded in qualifying for the 2013 African Cup of Nations after a 31-year absence.[2]

    Ethiopia was one of only three teams (along with Egypt and Sudan) to participate in the inaugural Africa Cup of Nationsin 1957. It won the competition in 1962 and while it was also the host; however, success has been elusive since the end of the 1960s.

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  • US election 2016 result: Historic win for Somali-American woman

    A Somali-born former refugee has made history by becoming the first Somali legislator in the United States.

    Ilhan Omar, 34, who wears the hijab, was elected to serve in Minnesota's state house of representatives.

    The Muslim Somali-American woman becomes the highest-ranking Somali elected to office in the US.

    Her election comes just days after US President-elect Donald Trump accused Somali immigrants in Minnesota of "spreading their extremist views".

    Minnesota has the nation's largest Somali community - about 50,000 according to the US census.

    Celebrating her victory, Ms Omar said she would be the "voice for the marginalised" in the state parliament.

    "I think I bring the voice of young people. I think I bring the voice of women in the East African community. I bring the voice of Muslims. I bring the voice of young mothers looking for opportunities," Minnesota Public Radio quoted her as saying.

    Ms Omar escaped from Somalia with her family at the start of the civil war when she was eight years old.

    They lived in a Kenyan refugee camp for four years, before moving to the US and settling in a Somali-American neighbourhood in Minnesota.

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  • Eritrean air force pilots defect to Ethiopia with military plane

    Eritrean air force pilots, named Mebrahtu Tesfamariam and Afework fissehaye, have defected on Wednesday by flying their military aircraft Zlin-143-102 to Ethiopia’s northern city, Mekelle, sources disclosed to Awramba times.

    This is not the first time for Eritrean air force members to defect to the neighboring nations.

    In 2012, two Eritrean military pilots secretly flew President Isaias Afewerki’s plane to Saudi Arabia where they sought political asylum. A year after this incident, three other members of the Eritrean air force have defected with their fighter jet to Saudi Arabia. In April the same year, another female Eritrean air force pilot sent by the regime to retrieve the stolen jet from Saudi Arabia herself was defected.

    As no Eritrean pilot has yet made his route to Ethiopia, the pilots who defected to Ethiopia today are the first ever Eritrean air force members to make the neighboring Ethiopia a destination of their defection.

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  • EEP unveils 2.5 billion, 38-storey HQ building

    The Ethiopian Electric Power is to build a 38-storey Headquarter Building (HQ) at a cost of a whopping 2.5 billion birr, according to the reporter.

    The headquarter, is to be built by a Chinese construction firm known as CGC Overseas Construction Group. It is also going to be consulted by a local firm, MH Engineering Consult, and Geretta Consult

    The building consists of four basement floors and 34-stoneys which include one service center, two commercial centers and as well as a parking lot which would accommodate over 600 vehicles at a time, according To Azeb the CEO.

    It is said to be completed within 36 months.

     

     

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  • Ethiopia Travel Alert

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    The State Department alerts U.S. citizens of the risks of traveling in certain regions of Ethiopia due to anti-government protests, some of which have involved violence. Associated disruptions in telephone and internet services have hampered the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with U.S. citizens in Ethiopia. This Travel Alert expires on February 18, 2017.

    Since November 2015, anti-government protests, mainly in the regional states of Amhara and Oromia, have resulted in violent clashes between demonstrators and government security forces. Internet, cellular data, and phone service have been sporadically restricted or completely cut off prior to and during some of the protests, impeding the U.S. Embassy's ability to communicate with U.S. citizens.

    Protests are likely to continue, and could spread to other parts of the country, including the capital, Addis Ababa. U.S. citizens in Ethiopia should increase their level of situational awareness, continuously assess their surroundings, evaluate their personal level of safety, and avoid demonstrations and large gatherings.

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