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  • Ethiopia: Federal High Court Found Kedir Mohammed Yusuf Guilty of Terrorism, Violating Penal Code

    The federal High Court 19th criminal bench has today found 20 defendants, including two journalists, guilty of terrorism related charges and violating the country's penal code.

    The court has adjourned the sentencing until 3 January 2017.

    The accused under the file name of the first defendant Kedir Moahmmed Yusuf were charged with several articles of Ethiopia's 2009 infamous anti-terrorism proclamation and the 2004 Penal code. They were first charged in Dec. 2014 and the trial has been ongoing since then.

    Accordingly, the 20, all of them Muslims, were charged for contravening article 7(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (652/2009) and articles 32(1) (a) and 38(1) of the FDRE Penal Code of 2004.

    They were initially accused of conspiring and entering into an agreement to coerce the government to release 18 members of the Ethiopian Muslim arbitration committee, from custody where they were being tried for terrorism related offenses. However, the charges have grown to include accusations of, among others, "organizing and communicating, including via telephone, to recruit members to incite violence and participating with terrorist organizations."

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  • 'Plastic rice' seized in Nigeria

    Nigeria has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of "plastic rice" smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen, the customs service says.

    Lagos customs chief Haruna Mamudu said the fake rice was intended to be sold in markets during the festive season. He said the rice was very sticky after it was boiled and "only God knows what would have happened" if people ate it.

    It is not clear where the seized sacks came from but rice made from plastic pellets was found in China last year. Rice is the most popular staple food in Nigeria.

    The BBC's Peter Okwoche says it is the only foodstuff that crosses cultural and ethnic lines across the country

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  • The Passenger Friendly Features of The 787



    We were the first airline to bring jet service to Africa and now we are the first to bring this game -changing environmental leader, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, to the continent.

    And while this is an entirely new aircraft, one thing that will never change is our warm Ethiopian hospitality. As part of our continuous effort to make our customers have enjoyable and memorable experiences, we offer the following facilities on this modern and technologically advanced aircraft.

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  • Somalia ranked 4th among countries whose people are kind to strangers -Report



    Somalia has been ranked 4th among countries whose people are kind to strangers despite years of conflict, terrorist attacks and general unrest. The latest finding by CAF World Giving Index 2016 states that more people than ever are carrying out random acts of kindness towards strangers.

    The CAF World Giving Index measures the average percentage of people in each country who donate money, volunteer or help a stranger. This year, 140 countries were surveyed. Interesting enough, of the global top10, four countries are of the fragile states index; They are ranked as follows

    1. Iraq 81%
    2. Libya 79%
    3. Kuwait 78%
    4. Somalia 77%
    5. United Arab Emirates 75%
    6. Malawi 74%
    7. Botswana 73%
    8. Sierra Leone 73%
    9. United States of America 73%
    10. Saudi Arabia 73%

    While we might expect a collective crisis to bring out the worst in people – think opportunistic collaborators or war-time looters – it seems that most people rally round and support others. “It appears that increasingly fragile civil societies, coupled with greater need among the population, encourages more people to be responsive out of sheer necessity,” the CAF report argues, World Economic Forum reports.

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  • Colombia plane crash: five survivors, 76 killed on plane carrying Chapecoense footballers – latest

    a plane carrying the Chapecoense football team crashed in Colombia killing 76 people on board.
    At least five people including two players Alan Ruschel and Jackson Follman survived the crash. The team’s goalkeeper Danilo survived the crash but died from his injuries, according to reports. There are unconfirmed report that defender Zampier Neto may also have survived the crash. Two crew members also survived.
    Those killed on the flight included 21 journalists travelling with the team for Chapecoense’s Copa Sudamerica finals match against Atléticao in Colombia’s second city Medellin. The plane was en route from Blovia to Medellin.




    The plane, a British Aerospace 146 was given priority to land but didn’t reach the airport, according to Alfredo Bocanegra, the head of Colombia’s civil aviation authority. It lost contact with ground controllers around midnight.
    As the plane was made in Britain a team from the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch is sending inspectors to the crash site as part of the investigation. Questions have been raised about why a team request to fly direct from Brazil, instead of from Bolivia, was rejected by Brazil’s civial aviation authority.
    Bad weather hampered rescue efforts, which had to be briefly suspended due to heavy rain. Daylight images from the site showed rescue workers carrying away shrouded bodies of those killed in the crash.
    Football teams across the world have been expressing their condolences.
    The mayor of Medellín said the crash was “a tragedy of huge proportions”. Brazil’s president Temer offered support and sympathy to the families of those killed.

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     A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia.

    Police say five people survived the crash but the rest of those on board died.

    The chartered aircraft, flying from Brazil via Bolivia, was carrying members of the Chapecoense team.

    The team was due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional.

    The first leg of the final of the cup, South America’s second most important club competition, was scheduled for Wednesday, but has now been suspended.

    The match was seen as the biggest in the history of the relatively small club, which entered Brazil’s top division for the first time in 2014.

    The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) said it was suspending “all activities”.

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    Chapecoense issued a brief statement saying: “May God be with our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation.”

    It said it would refrain from any further statements until it had assessed the extent of the crash.

    Later the team’s vice-president, Ivan Tozzo, told cable channal SporTV: “There are a lot of people crying in our city. We could never imagine this. Chapecoense is the biggest reason for joy here.”

    One of the survivors was confirmed as Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel.

    Reports suggest that at least two other footballers – goalkeepers Jackson Follman and Marcos Danilo – may have survived.

    Originally six survivors were reported, but police later said one of those rescued had died.



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  • Ethiopia to lobby relocation of CAF headquarters from Cairo to Addis

    Ethiopia is planning to lobby for relocation of Confederation of African Football (CAF) headquarters from Cairo, Egypt, to its capital Addis Ababa.

    The upcoming CAF Congress in Addis, March next year, will present an opportunity to pitch for the “popular” idea at the highest level.

    “Ethiopia is seeking support from many CAF members who feel Cairo is far from them, and it’s difficult to get direct flights to the North African country,” a source close to Ethiopian Football Federation (EFF) told

    56-member CAF was formed 59-years ago and was first hosted in Khartoum, Sudan for months until fire consumed its offices and was then relocated to Cairo.

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    -Report by Firew Asrat.

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  • Things Your Vagina Doesn’t Love But You Do Almost Every Day

    The vagina is every girl’s best friend and it needs extra attention and care. There are some everyday things and habits that you do, that can influence your vagina’s health. Being too hygienic can damage your vagina’s health too. To be real, your vagina isn’t meant to smell like roses 24/7.

    The biggest myth when it comes to your vagina is washing it with all sorts of shampoos. You need to stop doing that right this moment! Experts claim that washing your vagina with shampoo will disrupt its natural flora and cause inflammation, fungus, etc. To wash your vagina, use ONLY WATER.


    The reality is that you really don’t need to wear pads and tampons every day. All gynecologists agree that constantly wearing thin, everyday pads and tampons isn’t good for your vagina and causes infections.


    Tight, stretch jeans don’t allow for your vagina to breath. Choose wider pants instead of extra tight. Another thing which is not good for your vagina’s health is wearing underwear made from unnatural materials. Always choose cotton!

    Your vaginal health is especially endangered during summer. Don’t leave your wet swimsuit on because it may cause fungus, itching and infection.


    Avoiding dairy products such as yogurt is wrong, especially if you’re a woman. Good bacteria found in yogurt and kefir are great for maintaining a healthy vagina. Consume even more dairy products if you’re drinking antibiotics.


    Although detergent and softener make your clothes smell nice, they’re not that good for your vagina. They can irritate your vaginal area and that’s why it’s important to choose hypoallergenic detergents that are great for sensitive skin.

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  • The Weeknd is helping University of Toronto resurrect a lost Ethiopian language

    University of Toronto launches a course in 2,000-year-old Ge’ez, part of its Ethiopian studies program—aided by a star

    Along with Greek, Hebrew and Arabic, Ethiopia’s Ge’ez is considered one of the world’s oldest Semitic languages—but you’ve probably never heard of it.
    Michael Gervers, a professor in the department of historical and cultural studies at the University of Toronto, believes it’s important to resurrect it. “The entire history of Ethiopia is in this language,” he says. “Everything written up until 1850 was written in Ge’ez, so we have 2,000 years of textual material that people don’t have access to.” It was replaced by Amharic as Ethiopia’s official language.

    In 2015, Gervers started a fund to create an Ethiopian studies program at U of T, setting a goal of $200,000 and donating $50,000 of his own money. The dean’s office matched that donation; and this year, so did Abel Tesfaye—the Toronto-born, Grammy-winning R&B singer professionally known as The Weeknd, whose parents immigrated to Canada from Ethiopia in the 1980s.

    Tesfaye promoted the cause to his more than four million Twitter followers. “Sharing our brilliant and ancient history of Ethiopia. Proud to support the studies in our homie town through @UofT and @bikilaaward,” he wrote.

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