Ethiopia en Somalia: model Iman calls famine "heartbreaking" <p> Aid groups say areas of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are experiencing the worst drought in 60 years, affecting more than 12 million people, Reuters reports. In Somalia, 3.7 million are at risk of starvation.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ethiopia Kenya Somalia United Nations Aid Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:31:00 +0000 News Desk 5671444 at Ethiopia: Swedish journalists are 'messenger boys of a terrorist organization' <p> Two Swedish journalists face trial on Thursday in Ethiopia on terrorism charges after being arrested for being involved with a firefight between the country&rsquo;s rebel and government troops.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ethiopia Media News Regions Sweden Conflict Zones Military War Europe Wed, 19 Oct 2011 19:56:21 +0000 Kyle Kim 5678535 at Swedish journalists cleared of terrorism charge, other charges pending <p> A judge in a terrorism trial against two Swedish journalists arrested in Ethiopia accepted the prosecution&rsquo;s argument that the pair supported a terrorist organization, the AP reported.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ethiopia Sweden Conflict Zones Europe Fri, 04 Nov 2011 19:08:37 +0000 Kyle Kim 5680371 at Ethiopia court finds Swedish journalists guilty of supporting terrorism <p> &quot;Guilty as charged, period, unanimous vote. They have shown that they are esteemed journalists, but we cannot conclude that someone with a good reputation doesn&#39;t engage in criminal acts,&quot; Judge Shemsu Sirgaga told the court.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ethiopia Media News Sweden Europe Wed, 21 Dec 2011 10:04:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5684783 at Ethiopia: Swedish journalists sentenced to 11 years in prison <p> Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye, freelance journalists from Sweden, were sentenced to 11 years each of &quot;rigorous imprisonment,&quot; Judge Shemsu Sirgaga ruled Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ethiopia Media News Sweden Europe Tue, 27 Dec 2011 09:03:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5685193 at Ethiopia: Tens of thousands forced off land for foreign investors, HRW says According to Human Rights Watch, many of the areas from which people are being moved are due to be leased by the government for commercial agricultural investment.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ethiopia Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:10:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5687694 at Ethiopia: Tourists kidnapped after five killed in attack near Eritrea <p> In a searingly hot border region crisscrossed by rebels, a group of eight foreigners are attacked and five are killed.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ethiopia Germany Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:27:00 +0000 News Desk 5687833 at African Union's new Chinese-built headquarters opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Construction began three years ago by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation, using building materials largely brought from China, and a mix of Chinese managers and Ethiopian laborers.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ethiopia Diplomacy China Sat, 28 Jan 2012 13:13:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5689325 at Ban Ki Moon tells African leaders to respect gay rights Some African leaders have lashed out at previous calls for gay rights to be respected on the continent, claiming that homosexuality is "un-African."<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ethiopia Gay rights World Leaders Sun, 29 Jan 2012 19:04:26 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5689381 at African Union summit: Leaders fail to elect new chairman <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The African Union extended the mandate of its top official Jean Ping of Gabon. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ashley Kim </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> BOSTON &mdash; The 18th African Union summit ended Monday but in the end, it did not accomplish much unity.</p> <p> Despite two days of discussion and <a href="" target="_blank">three rounds of voting</a>, the 40 heads of state and government representatives in attendance failed to choose a new chairman for the AU Commission, according to&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Al Jazeera</a>.</p> <p> Neither the incumbent, Jean Ping of Gabon who has served as AU chairman since 2008, nor his challenger Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa&rsquo;s home minister and ex-wife of South African President Jacob Zuma, secured enough votes to win, reported the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">New York Times</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">African Union&#39;s new headquarters opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia</a></strong></p> <p> The NYT article explains:</p> <blockquote><p> South Africa&rsquo;s government had hoped that Ms. Dlamini-Zuma would help give the African Union a more effective international voice. But other major African nations, like Nigeria and Kenya, had reservations about giving so much power to South Africa, and smaller nations fretted that their interests would be neglected.</p> </blockquote> <p> These <a href="" target="_blank">tensions </a>surrounding the <a href="" target="_blank">battle</a> for the AU&#39;s top leadership position show that unity is still a distant goal.</p> <p> Neither Dlamini-Zuma nor Ping succeeded in securing a two-thirds majority required to win. A new election is scheduled for the next summit in June, but under African Union rules, neither Dlamini-Zuma nor Ping will be eligible to run for election then, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">NYT</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">African Union: UN Secretary General calls for respect for gay rights on the continent</a></strong></p> <p> Ping has been given a six-month extension, but he is a leader without a mandate. In a time during which Africa can use a unified voice, the AU remains in a leadership limbo, the <a href="" target="_blank">Christian Science Monitor</a> reported.&nbsp;</p> <p> This year&#39;s AU summit, held in its new $200 million Chinese-built headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was dominated by talks regarding increasing tensions between Sudan and South Sudan, bloody war and famine in Somalia, and lack of trade between member states.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">African Union looks East</a></strong></p> <p> Here&#39;s a video on AU&#39;s extended mandate:</p> <div id="nl_SmJlKmJ2GPeo5wfL" style="width:600px;"> <a href="" title="AU Extends Mandate of Top Official"><img alt="AU Extends Mandate of Top Official" src="" /></a> <div style="background:#efefef;border:1px solid #ccc;color:#999;padding:3px;text-align:right;"> <a href="" style="color:#999;">World News Videos</a> by NewsLook</div> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ethiopia Africa Emerges Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:51:00 +0000 Ashley Kim 5689706 at Queen of Sheba's gold found by archaeologists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The gold mine found in Ethiopia may have been the main source of the Queen's treasures. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ashley Kim </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> BOSTON &mdash; An ancient mine believed to be the source of gold that belonged to the queen of Sheba has been uncovered by British archaeologist Louise Schofield.</p> <p> Schofield, an archaelogist and former British Museum curator, led the excavaction on the high Gheralta plateau in northern Ethiopia,&nbsp;reported&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>.</p> <p> &quot;One of the things I&#39;ve always loved about archaeology is the way it can tie up with legends and myths, Schofield told the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a>. &quot;The fact that we might have the queen of Sheba&#39;s mines is extraordinary.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p> Sheba was an 8th century B.C. civilization which included the territories of modern-day Yemen and Ethiopia. At that time, Sheba was known for trading incense spices with Jerusalem and the Roman empire.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">South Africa re-opens rare earth mines</a></strong></p> <p> Almost 3,000 years ago, the queen of Sheba herself journeyed to Jerusalem to visit Israel&#39;s King Solomon who was known for his wisdom.</p> <p> In the Old Testament books&nbsp;<a href=";version=NIV1984" target="_blank">1 Kings</a>&nbsp;and <a href=";version=NIV1984" target="_blank">2 Chronicles</a>, the Bible describes the visit of the queen of Sheba:</p> <p> &quot;Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan &mdash; with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones &mdash; she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her (1 Kings 10:2-3).&quot;</p> <p> The Queen brought 120 talents (four-and-a-half tons) of gold to King Solomon.</p> <p> The 1959 film &quot;<a href="" target="_blank">Solomon and Sheba</a>&quot; is based on the royal encounter between King Solomon and the queen of Sheba.</p> <p> According to <a href="" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>, Schofield said that &quot;as she stood on the ancient site, in a rocky landscape of cacti and acacia trees, it was easy to imagine the queen arriving on a camel, overseeing slaves and elephants dragging rocks from the mine.&quot;</p> <p> Schofield is planning a full excavation at the site once she has secured the necessary funds, reported the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Congo gold scam involved several Americans</a></strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ethiopia Africa Emerges Mon, 13 Feb 2012 20:28:00 +0000 Ashley Kim 5691527 at Ethiopia: Human rights are "crippled," says Amnesty International <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A new Amnesty International report says Ethiopian law cripples human rights. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; There is no love lost between Amnesty International and the leadership of Ethiopia, and <a href="]" target="_blank">this latest report</a>&nbsp;titled &quot;Stifling human rights work: The impact of civil society legislation in Ethiopia&quot; is not going to patch up the relationship.</p> <p> &quot;Rather than creating an enabling environment for human rights&nbsp;defenders to work in, the government has implemented a law which has&nbsp;crippled human rights work in Ethiopia. The space to make legitimate&nbsp;criticism is more restricted than ever,&quot; said Amnesty&#39;s Deputy Africa&nbsp;Director Michelle Kagari.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Somalia: Baidoa free after Ethiopia pushes out Al Shabaab</a></strong></p> <p> It&#39;s not news, really, as the report looks at the impact of a piece of&nbsp;legislation from 2009 but a few years down the line it&#39;s now possible&nbsp;to see the impact of the &quot;Charities and Societies Proclamation&quot; that&nbsp;was brought in ahead of the last round of elections.</p> <p> It was a smart law on the part of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi&#39;s&nbsp;government because it doesn&#39;t outright ban human rights groups &mdash; that&nbsp;would trigger outrage and might even force the hand of<a href="" target="_blank"> supportive&nbsp;foreign donors</a> like the US &mdash;&nbsp;it just makes life really hard for them.</p> <p> The law has &quot;changed the face of civil society in Ethiopia,&quot; according&nbsp;to Amnesty. &quot;Human rights organizations have shrunk in number and in&nbsp;size, having to cut programs, close offices and lay off staff. The&nbsp;law has been used by the government to freeze financial assets of more&nbsp;than US$1 million belonging to the country&rsquo;s two leading human rights&nbsp;organizations,&quot; the group says.</p> <p> If you believe that governments should be accountable to their people,&nbsp;however vulnerable, downtrodden or marginalized, then this is bad&nbsp;news. But don&#39;t expect any change in Ethiopia.</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Top India CEO warns of slowdown</a></strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ethiopia On Africa Mon, 12 Mar 2012 20:21:38 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5695745 at Ethiopia launches attack on rival Eritrea Ethiopia said the attack was retaliation for violence near the two countries' border. Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a border war from 1998 to 2000. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ethiopia Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:16:00 +0000 Tim Fitzsimons 5696226 at Ethiopia launches new attack on Eritrea The Thursday incursion saw Ethiopian troops go 18 kilometers into "sovereign Eritrean territory," the Eritrean government said. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Eritrea Ethiopia Sat, 17 Mar 2012 14:44:23 +0000 Tim Fitzsimons 5696517 at Video: Ethiopia claims the Nile <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Ethiopia, at Egypt's expense, plans massive projects to make use of its 900-mile-long section of the Blue Nile.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ben Solomon </div> </div> </div> <p> Ethiopia, at Egypt&#39;s expense, plans massive projects to make use of its 900-mile-long section of the Blue Nile.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="1920" height="1080" alt="" src="" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2012:04:09 06:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("30c93a62550bd", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> Africa Egypt Ethiopia On Location Mon, 09 Apr 2012 10:00:26 +0000 Ben Solomon 5699415 at