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Ethiopia prohibits sperm donations

Ethiopia prohibits sperm donations

Ethiopia has recently taken a stance against sperm donations, sparking controversy following a report from the Tigray region suggesting otherwise. The report highlighted the possibility for men to donate sperm and women to donate eggs, with a medical institution in Mekele, Tigray, and offering compensation of 10,000 birr for sperm donors and 30,000 birr for egg donors, as reported by BBC Amharic. The institution in Mekele commenced treatments aimed at assisting individuals facing infertility issues, outlining specific criteria for participation. However, this news quickly spread across social media platforms, prompting the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia to address the matter.…
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Raila Odinga Announces Candidacy for African Union Commission Chairmanship

Raila Odinga Announces Candidacy for African Union Commission Chairmanship

Raila Odinga, a prominent figure in Kenyan politics, has declared his intention to run for the chairmanship of the African Union Commission, seeking to succeed the current chairman, Moussa Faki Mahamat, whose term concludes in July. With the impending end of Moussa Faki Mahamat's tenure, nations across the African continent are already presenting candidates for the esteemed position. Raila Odinga, representing the Kenyan opposition, has formally announced his candidacy for the chairmanship of the African Union Commission. In his bid for the position, Raila Odinga has enlisted the support of Olusegun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria and the African…
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African Union Issues Warning Against Uninvited Countries at Leaders’ Summit

African Union Issues Warning Against Uninvited Countries at Leaders’ Summit

The 44th meeting of the African Union Executive Council, gathering the foreign ministers of member states, is currently underway in Addis Ababa. As the African Union summit of the Union approaches this weekend, a notable directive has been issued to non-permanent member countries planning to partake in the event: refrain from attendance without prior invitation. In a recent statement released by the Africa Union, a clear warning was articulated, specifying that countries and institutions not formally invited as observers should abstain from participating. The Union stressed the importance of adherence to this protocol, emphasizing that the 37th leaders of the…
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Capital Market Authority Issues Warning Against Fraudulent Share Sellers

Capital Market Authority Issues Warning Against Fraudulent Share Sellers

The Capital Market Authority has issued a stern warning against fraudulent share sellers, highlighting recent concerns over deceptive practices within Ethiopia's financial sector. This caution comes amidst a significant development in Ethiopia's banking landscape, as four international investment banks have expressed keen interest in entering the country's banking sector. Director the Ethiopian Capital Market Authority Brook Taye, emphasized the institution's commitment to fostering a transparent and regulated investment environment. Brook announced that starting February 12, 2023, licenses will be granted to both local and foreign entities seeking to participate in Ethiopia's capital market sector. "We have received considerable interest from…
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Turkey requests Ethiopia to restore Islamic heritage

Turkey requests Ethiopia to restore Islamic heritage

Turkey has formally requested to restore Ethiopia's Islamic heritage, particularly focusing on the historic Al Nejashi Mosque situated in the Tigray region. The mosque, a symbol of cultural significance, suffered extensive damage during the conflict in northern Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Heritage Protection Authority has confirmed that Turkey has submitted a formal request to the Ethiopian government for the restoration of this historical Islamic site. Both the Ethiopian Heritage Protection Authority and the Tigray Region Culture and Tourism Bureau have acknowledged and accepted Turkey's request to participate in the restoration efforts. Preparations for the restoration process have commenced, with Turkish heritage…
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Italy Hands Over the looted homemade aircraft to Ethiopia

Italy Hands Over the looted homemade aircraft to Ethiopia

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, participating in the Italian-African Leaders Summit in Rome, Italy, announced the acquisition of Ethiopia's first homemade plane. According to the Prime Minister, he officially received the first homemade named as "Tsehay" aircraft and looted 82 years before from the Italian government. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Melone has supported the handover of the plane over the past year. The "Tsehay" aircraft was built in Ethiopia in 1935 by the German engineer and royal pilot, Herr Ludwig Weber Blom, in collaboration with Ethiopian experts of the time. Italy made two attempts to colonize Ethiopia, with the first failing…
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Ethiopia’s Deputy PM, Demeke Mekonnen, Retires from Politics

Ethiopia’s Deputy PM, Demeke Mekonnen, Retires from Politics

Mr. Demeke Mekonnen, the Vice President of Ethiopia's ruling Prosperity Party, has tendered his resignation. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Demeke Mekonnen, has stepped down from his party, as announced by party officials. The Central Committee of the Prosperity Party stated that, "following the principle of leadership succession and proper procedure, Mr. Demeke has retired with honor." Former Amhara Region President and current Director-General of the National Intelligence and Security Service, as well as an executive member of the party, Mr. Temesgen Tiruneh, has been elected as the Vice President of the Prosperity Party, succeeding…
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African Development Bank to Reinstate Ethiopia’s Office

African Development Bank to Reinstate Ethiopia’s Office

Two months ago, the African Development Bank (AfDB) made headlines when it reported that two of its employees in Addis Ababa had been subjected to physical assault, arrest, and torture by Ethiopian security forces. The incident prompted the AfDB to assert that Ethiopia had breached the Vienna Convention on the Protection of Diplomacy and the Agreement of the African Development Bank Office of Host Countries in Ethiopia. In response to the violation, the AfDB officially communicated the incident to the Ethiopian government, urging an investigation and appropriate action. Despite assurances from Ethiopia that the matter would be addressed, the bank…
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Somalia Denies Ethiopian Airlines Plane Access to Land in Hargeisa

Somalia Denies Ethiopian Airlines Plane Access to Land in Hargeisa

Amidst growing diplomatic tensions, Somalia denies Ethiopian Airlines plane access to land in Somaliland, Hargeisa Three weeks after Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Somaliland's President Muse Bihe Abdi signed a memorandum of understanding in Addis Ababa, tensions have escalated between Ethiopia and Somalia. The agreement permitted Ethiopia to lease 20 kilometers of coastline in the Gulf of Aden in exchange for recognizing Somaliland as a sovereign state. This move has triggered strong opposition from Somalia, which considers Somaliland as part of its own territory. On the recent incident, Flight ET8372, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, was denied permission to land…
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Ethiopian Army Bolsters Its Arsenal with Su-30 Fighter Jets

Ethiopian Army Bolsters Its Arsenal with Su-30 Fighter Jets

In a significant move aimed at enhancing its defense capabilities, the Ethiopian Air Force has recently taken delivery of a fleet of modern Su-30 fighter jets and strategic drones. The handover ceremony, attended by the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Field Marshal Berhanu Jula, took place in Addis Ababa today. Field Marshal Jula emphasized the critical role these state-of-the-art Su-30 fighter jets and strategic drones play in safeguarding the nation. He stated, "Our possession of the world's best Su-30 and strategic drones is crucial to thwarting attacks on our country." Highlighting the importance of modernizing the air force,…
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