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  • BREAKING NEWS: The Federal Government Has Declared a State of Emergency

    The federal government has declared a state of emergency as of Saturday, October 8, 2016.

    The cabinet of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has an emergency meeting on Saturday afternoon where the government declared the state of emergency at a time of deteriorating security situation in Oromia Regional State.

    The state of emergency declared for the first time in 25 years, will last for six months.”It may be shortened depending on the improvement on the security front,” a senior government official told Fortune.

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  • Feyisa Lelisa of Ethiopia will not lose Olympics silver

    Ethiopia's Olympic marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa will not lose his silver medal despite making a political protest as he finished the race on Sunday. He crossed his arms above his head in solidarity with protesters from his Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia.

    There were concerns that he could be sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as rule 50 of the Olympic charter bans political displays or protests.

    In an email to the BBC, an IOC spokesperson said: "We spoke to the athlete and reminded him of the Olympic charter."

    The spokesperson added that no further action would be taken.

    Speaking after the race in Rio, Lilesa explained his protest by saying: "The Ethiopian government are killing the Oromo people and taking their land and resources so the Oromo people are protesting and I support the protest as I am Oromo."

    He is now said to be seeking political asylum.Ethiopia's Olympic marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa will not lose his silver medal despite making a political protest as he finished the race on Sunday. He crossed his arms above his head in solidarity with protesters from his Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia.

    There were concerns that he could be sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as rule 50 of the Olympic charter bans political displays or protests.

    In an email to the BBC, an IOC spokesperson said: "We spoke to the athlete and reminded him of the Olympic charter."

    The spokesperson added that no further action would be taken.

    Speaking after the race in Rio, Lilesa explained his protest by saying: "The Ethiopian government are killing the Oromo people and taking their land and resources so the Oromo people are protesting and I support the protest as I am Oromo."

    He is now said to be seeking political asylum.

    BBC

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  • Ten killed during protests in northern Ethiopia

    At least 10 people, including police officers and civilians, have been killed in northern Ethiopia after days of protests, according to local sources.

    Demonstrations on Thursday and similar protests in recent days in the city of Gondar were against what protesters see as the erosion of their ethnic identity.

    The government said three police officers and one civilian were killed. 

    The violence is believed to have started after the attempted arrests by government troops of leaders of the Amhara ethnic group.

    Al Jazeera could not independently verify the reports. 

    "The government is saying they were trying to arrest people linked to a terrorist organisation. We’ve spoken to some people who say tourists have been moved out of the city to safe areas. The city is under lockdown," Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford, reporting from the capital Addis Ababa, said. 

    "This isn’t the first time protests happened in Gondar. There were protests earlier this year ... protests by the largest ethnic group, the Oromo. Protests during which human rights organisations say 300 people were killed."

    Images posted online showed burned-out vehicles and armed men firing guns in the air as hundreds of other people cheered them on.  

    The Amhara are the second largest ethnic group in the country. 

    "They say that they are being ignored by the government - the government that they alleged is dominated by other ethnic groups from the north," Stratford said. 

    The violence prompted the US embassy in Ethiopia to issue a temporary advisory warning against travel to the city centre of Gondar and areas where "violent demonstrations" have been reported.

    "The embassy recommends all US citizens travelling to or resident in the Gondar area evaluate their personal level of safety and to avoid demonstrations or large gatherings," the advisory issued on Wednesday said.

    Source: Al Jazeera

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  • Ethiopia's top university to honour Malawi President Mutharika with doctorate degree

    The Addis Ababa University will on July 9 honour President Prof. Peter Mutharika with a Degree of Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa at a ceremony to be held at the university in Ethiopia.

    Malawi President Peter Mutharika will today leave the country for Ethiopia where he will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Addis Ababa.

    The University of Addis Ababa is honouring Mutharika for his illustrious career as a Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at several high profile universities in the world. The Malawi leader will also be honoured for his outstanding contribution to the academia in Ethiopia.

    More than eight thousand students will be graduating from Addis Ababa University tomorrow, Saturday, 09th July 2016.

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