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Ethiopian Leader Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Abiy Ahmed ended border conflict with Eritrea

(Newser) - The 2019 Nobel Peace has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Ahmed was cited for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea. The Norwegian Nobel Institute on Friday also praised the "... More »

Canadian Lottery Winner Dies Mysteriously in Ethiopia

He returned to homeland after winning US $8M

(Newser) - In 2017, soon after he was laid off from his job at a manufacturing plant in Toronto, Michael Gebru won a Canadian $10 million lottery jackpot—around $8 million US—after initially thinking he had won just $14. He was dead less than two years later. Relatives tell the CBC... More »

Face of Lucy's Ancestor Revealed

Ethiopian fossil reveals face for the species A. anamensis

(Newser) - A fossil from Ethiopia is letting scientists look millions of years into our evolutionary history—and they see a face peering back. The find, from 3.8 million years ago, reveals the face of a presumed ancestor of the species famously represented by Lucy, the celebrated Ethiopian partial skeleton found... More »

This Country Planted 353M Trees —in Half a Day

4B is the ultimate goal in Ethiopia

(Newser) - Ethiopia claims it has smashed a world record in the name of climate change—and the tree planting isn't even done. More than 353 million tree seedlings were planted across the country in just 12 hours as part of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's Green Legacy reforestation campaign, per... More »

Glaring Error on Africa Map Called 'Act of Aggression'

No, Ethiopia has not annexed Somalia

(Newser) - Typically it's New Zealand that gets left off maps . But this time, Somalia is getting a taste of the affront via a map published by its neighbor and longtime rival, Ethiopia. The map, removed Sunday from the website for Ethiopia's foreign ministry, showed Somalian territory included within Ethiopia'... More »

Crash That Killed 157 Is 'Highly Suspicious'

Messages of grief are pouring in from around the world

(Newser) - Grief flowed in from 35 countries Sunday as rescuers searched through remains in Ethiopia and experts asked how yet another Boeing 737-8 MAX could plunge from the sky—this also killing everyone on board, the New York Times reports. Flight data tweeted by FlightRadar24 shows that Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302... More »

A Boeing 737-8 MAX Again Crashes Minutes After Takeoff

Ethiopia's state broadcaster says all 157 people aboard are dead

(Newser) - An Ethiopian Airlines flight with 157 people thought to be on board crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday morning from Ethiopia's capital while headed to Nairobi, the airline said. Ethiopia's state broadcaster says all passengers are dead, reports the AP . There were no immediate details on what caused the... More »

150 Years After Emperor's Death, an 'Exemplary Gesture of Goodwill'

London museum to send Theodore II's hair back to Ethiopia

(Newser) - A mad Ethiopian emperor will soon be reunited with two braids long ago cut from his head. London's National Army Museum has agreed to repatriate the locks of hair taken from the corpse of Theodore II shortly after he killed himself in 1868, rather than face 32,000 British... More »

NYC Marathon Has Its Winners

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia, Mary Keitany of Kenya take top spots

(Newser) - Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia has won the New York City Marathon, holding off countryman Shura Kitata by 1.99 seconds, the AP reports. Desisa finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 59 seconds. Last year's winner, Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya, finished third. Mary Keitany of Kenya became the second woman... More »

Dissident Marathoner Returns Home From Exile

After protest on Rio Olympics stand, Feyisa Lilesa finally goes back to Ethiopia

(Newser) - The Ethiopian marathon runner who made global headlines with an anti-government gesture at the Rio Olympics returned from exile on Sunday after sports officials assured him he will not face prosecution. Feyisa Lilesa's return from the United States came several months after a reformist prime minister took office and... More »

He Was Baptizing Dozens. Then, an 'Ambush Predator'

Crocodile kills pastor performing ceremony at Ethiopia's Lake Abaya

(Newser) - Some 80 people set to be baptized at a lake in southern Ethiopia instead watched as their pastor was killed by a crocodile Sunday. Pastor Docho Eshete had baptized one person on the shores of Lake Abaya near Arba Minch and was about to perform the religious rite for a... More »

Lost Islamic City Held Riches From a World Away

It was a trade center in Ethiopia beginning in the 10th century

(Newser) - Residents of the small town of Harlaa in eastern Ethiopia have long suspected that ancient coins and pottery fragments uncovered there represented a trail to undiscovered riches. They weren't far off, reports Quartz . After two years of digging in Harlaa, archaeologists have found ancient beads in almost every color... More »

US Deports 1st Person Guilty of Female Genital Mutilation

Khalid Adem has been sent back to Ethiopia

(Newser) - The first person in America to be convicted of female genital mutilation has been kicked out of the country. Khalid Adem, 41, who used scissors to remove his 2-year-old daughter's clitoris at their Atlanta-area home in 2001, was deported to Ethiopia on Monday after finishing a 10-year prison sentence,... More »

Mountain of Garbage Collapses, Kills at Least 35

Dozens of squatters missing in garbage dump outside Ethiopia's capital

(Newser) - A mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, killing at least 35 people and leaving several dozen missing, as officials vowed to relocate those who called the landfill home. Addis Ababa city spokeswoman Dagmawit Moges said most of the dead... More »

Rare Sighting of 'Best Mammal of All' Caught on Tape

Ornithologist runs into black-maned lion in Ethiopia

(Newser) - It's rare to spot a black-maned Ethiopian lion—they were actually feared extinct until a small population was discovered last year—but during a recent trip to Ethiopia, an ornithologist and National Geographic Explorer not only saw one, he caught it on video, Nat Geo reports. Çagan Sekercioglu... More »

From 3.5M Cases to Just 25: a Disease Nearly Vanquished

Jimmy Carter's efforts to fight Guinea worm disease have left just 3 countries affected

(Newser) - Jimmy Carter, who's been working for decades to eradicate Guinea worm disease, says only 25 human cases of the illness were reported worldwide in 2016. When the Carter Center joined the battle to eliminate Guinea worm disease in the mid-1980s, there were about 3.5 million cases in 21... More »

Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency—for Next 6 Months

Due to protests by ethnic groups that say they've been marginalized

(Newser) - For 25 years, Ethiopia's ruling party hasn't had to call a state of emergency, but it did just that Sunday in response to recent protests against the powers that be, and it's going to be a long one: six months due to the "loss of lives... More »

American Killed by Thrown Rock in Ethiopia

The agricultural expert was working in the area around Addis Ababa

(Newser) - An American agricultural expert working in Ethiopia was killed Tuesday when unknown individuals threw rocks at the van she was riding in, the AP reports. According to ABC News , the US State Department confirmed the unidentified woman's death Wednesday, offering its "sincerest condolences to her family and loved... More »

Dozens Die in Stampede at Ethiopia Religious Festival

Protests started at event, then police response

(Newser) - Dozens of people were crushed to death Sunday in a stampede after police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse an anti-government protest that grew out of a massive religious festival, witnesses said. An estimated two million people were attending the annual Irrecha thanksgiving event in Bishoftu town southeast... More »

Ethiopian Marathoner: I Planned Protest for Months

Feyisa Lilesa is currently in the US on a temporary visa

(Newser) - Feyisa Lilesa, the Ethiopian marathoner who crossed his wrists above his head as he crossed the finish line in the Rio Olympics to win the silver medal in a show of solidarity with Ethiopian protesters, initially said through his agent that the gesture was unplanned. But the 26-year-old, who went... More »

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