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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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  • Teddy Afro received a star of the Generation Award Canada

    Teddy Afro received a star of the Generation Award from the city of Winnipeg. Teddy was awarded for his contribution in the promotion of peace, love, unity as well as his anti hatred messages.

    The singer received his award from the mayor of the city Winnipeg and he is thanlful about it .

    “I am glad to receive this year’s a star of the Generation Award from the mayor of Winnipeg and I would like to share my heartfelt gratitude to the Mayor and residents of Winnipeg” he said.

    Teddy Afro is currently on a Canada tour. His latest concerts happened in the cities pf Toronto and Winnipeg.

    The Ethiopian music writer and singer has recently announced that he will release his new album

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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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  • Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud, Spanish media say

    Lionel Messi handed jail term in Spain for tax fraud

    His father, Jorge Messi, was also given a jail term for defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009.

    They also face millions of euros in fines for using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay used to conceal earnings from image rights.

    However, they are likely to avoid jail.

    Under the Spanish system, prison terms under two years can be served under probation.

    The footballer and his father were found guilty of three counts of tax fraud in Wednesday's ruling by the court in Barcelona.

    During the trial, Lionel Messi claimed he "knew nothing" about the management of his financial affairs, saying he was "playing football".


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  • WOMEN Protest For Lack Of MEN To Make Them Pregnant

    Women in Kenya, Ndeiya ward say their drunkard husbands are unable to sire children and they may look elsewhere for sober bedmates. They said their men have abandoned their homes because of drinking too much illicit brew.

    Speaking during a peaceful protest at Thigio shopping centre on, the demonstrators said younger women are the worst affected as they are “unproductive”. “If you walk in this village, you will find so many young married women, but only a few are pregnant. Those who are not are suffering in silence because their men cannot perform,” resident Nancy Wangare said. She said men have been drinking anything alcoholic to keep them high, but society bears the consequences of se xual dysfunction.

     “It would not be a wonder if we start looking for men to sire our children. Our husbands will not know anything. We will trick them that the pregnancies are theirs and they will support us,” Wangari said. The 32-year-old mother of one separated from her husband four years ago.


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