Meeting Africa's universal health challenge

File photo©OBED ZILWA/AP/SIPAThe right to health is a basic human right, one that depends on access to timely and affordable health care of appropriate quality. Yet, we know that approximately 100 million people globally are needlessly pushed into poverty every year as a result of costly health care expenditure.

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UNHCR lacks funds to tackle South Sudan refugee overcrowding

File photo©Rebecca Blackwell/AP/SIPAThe United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has bemoaned the lack of funds to manage the ever increasing numbers of South Sudan refugees to neighbouring countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Ethiopia: The end, the means

The Huajian shoe factory in Dukem: the government sees manufacturing as the future. Photo©Petterik Wiggers/PANOS-REAThe state-driven economic model leaves no room for dissenting voices as Ethiopia sticks to its 11.2% growth target, with manufacturing leading the way.

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Employment: Take these broken wings and learn to fly

Photo©MONIRUl BHUIYAN/AFPDon't say it too loud: government can run some businesses well, as long as it is done at arm's length. Ethiopian Airlines posted $148m in profit last year, eclipsing the combined $100m that all other public and private African carriers reported.

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Italy, Ethiopia sign 20 million euro migration agreement

Refugees from East African countries including Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia gather outside the offices of the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR in 6th October City on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, demanding they be resettled outside Egypt. Photo©Ben Curtis/AP/SIPAAid agencies and donors signed a 20 million euro grant agreement on Thursday to stem irregular migration from Northern and Central Ethiopia.

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Aviation: Ethiopian Airlines, SA firm in aerospace joint venture

Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines group. Photo©Elias Asmare/AP/SIPAEthiopian Airlines has signed an agreement with a South African company that will see the two firms forming a joint venture that will spearhead a new aerospace manufacturing entity in Ethiopia.

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Ethiopia: Japanese firm acquires huge stake in State-owned tobacco company

Photo©Matt Rourke/AP/SIPAJapan Tobacco Inc. (JT) has sealed the purchase of a substantial share in Ethiopia's National Tobacco Enterprise – a state-owned tobacco monopoly.

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Ethiopia earns $3,4 billion from tourism

Photo©Elias Asmare/AP/SIPAEthiopia earned more than $3.4 billion from tourism receipts in the fiscal year that ended on July7, a huge leap from last year's revenues.

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East Africa's IGAD seek special UN mandate to secure South Sudan's capital

File photo©AP/SIPAEast Africa's Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD, is seeking a revision of UN Peacekeeping force in South Sudan (UNMISS)'s mandate in an effort to set up an intervention brigade that will secure Juba, that country's capital.

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Ethiopia blocks Social Media networks over exams leak fears

File photo©Sean Kilpatrick/AP/SIPAEthiopia has blocked social media sites until the national school examinations, which started on Monday, end on Wednesday.

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Restoring the economy's ability to deliver prosperity

Mukhisa Kituyi, Mukhisa Kituyi, UNCTAD Secretary General. Photo©Salvatore Di Nolfi/AP/SIPAIn the developing world, significant headwinds now cloud growth prospects, threatening to undo hard fought development gains. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must become the yardstick for judging inclusive growth.

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Ethiopia budget increased by 13,6% to stimulate economy

Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia. Photo©Mark Lennihan/AP/SIPAEthiopian lawmakers have approved a 13.6 percent increase in the country's budget for the 2016/17 fiscal year with most of the expenditure expected to go to infrastructure such as roads.

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World Bank donates $100 million to Ethiopia's drought relief effort

Ethiopia is currently experiencing the worst drought in 50 years. Photo©Mulugeta Ayene/AP/SIPAThe World Bank Group has approved a $100 million fund to support Ethiopian government's response to the ongoing drought.

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Aviation: Ethiopian Airlines says looking at A350-1000 and Boeing 777X

Photo©Gene J. Puskar/AP/SIPAEthiopian Airlines is weighing whether to expand its fleet with the 366-seat Airbus A350-1000 or the latest version of the 777 long-haul jet built by its traditional supplier Boeing, widely known as the 777X, its chief executive said.

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Aviation: Ethiopian Airlines receives Africa's first Airbus A350

Tewolde Gebremariam, group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines says the new aircraft is a testimony of the airline's commitment. Photo©JA Ethiopian Airlines on Tuesday took delivery of its first Airbus A350 plane in the French aeronautics city of Toulouse, becoming the first African carrier to own the new-generation wide-body aircraft.

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Ethiopia and Kenya in oil pipeline deal

File photo©Peter Komka/AP/SIPAEthiopia and Kenya have signed a deal to construct a crude oil pipeline to run from Lamu, a coastal town, to Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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Translating SDGs into African languages

Ntiokam Divine. Photo©Africa RenewalAs Ntiokam Divine from Cameroon sees it, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are high-sounding concepts crafted in the specialised parlance of development experts.

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Fears over Ethiopian and Eritrea war escalate

File Photo©FARAH ABDI WARSAMEH/AP/SIPAEthiopia and Eritrea have locked horns over who is to blame for recent border skirmishes amid fresh fears the two Horn of Africa countries could go into a full scale war.

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Eritrea accuses Ethiopia of unleashing cross-border attack

According to some estimates the 1998-2000 border war between Eritrea and Ethiopia claimed about 120,000 lives. STR/AP/SIPAEritrea claims Ethiopian forces crossed into its territory and "unleashed an attack" on Sunday, sparking fears the two countries could return to war.

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Ethiopia to pay U.S. fine over Hydro-electric dam bonds

Construction work takes place Friday, June 28, 2013, at the site of the planned Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Photo©Elias Asmare/AP/SIPAState-owned Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPC) is going to pay close to $6.5m as a result of US charges that it incorrectly sold bonds to residents of the US to finance the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

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