Mbeki working on draft agreements on Abyei, border conflicts

Mbeki aims to narrow differences over issues concerning border demarcation, security arrangements and AbyeiWhile the Sudan - South Sudan talks are in recess for the rest of Ramadan, Thabo Mbeki, head of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) mediating the negotiations, is preparing a draft comprehensive agreement to cover all outstanding issues between the two neighbours.

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Foreign currency shortage hits Ethiopian banks, threatens inflation

Map of EthiopiaForeign currency shortages have forced the Ethiopian Commercial Bank to suspend the issuing of letters of credit, a move that is feared will push the prices of basic commodities up.

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Political pieces in the East and Horn of African jigsaw

Map of East and Horn of AfricaOil, electricity and agriculture are set to transform East Africa over the next decade. And in the regional jigsaw, politics, economics and security will fit together more tightly.


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Ethiopia starts Sudan power supply test

Photo/ReutersEthiopia has started a test run of electricity supply to neighbouring Sudan, as it moves to set up a permanent power export to its neighbour.

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Ethiopia: Jamaican, Dutch nationals charged with smuggling drugs

Map of EthiopiaA Jamaican and three Dutch nationals have been charged with smuggling cannabis, while allegedly using their investor licences as a cover for their illicit activities in the Horn of Africa country.


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Ethiopian airlines to receive its first Boeing 'Dreamliner'

The Dreamliner is Beoing's most efficient aircraft to date/Photo/ReutersEthiopian Airlines announced on Tuesday that it is going to take delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on August 14, in Seattle, Washington.

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Ethiopian media barred from reporting about the health of Meles Zenawi

Local newspaper, Feteh said it had been barred from writing about the PM's condition of health/Photo/ReutersPrime Minister Meles Zenawi's long absence is causing uncertainty in the Horn of Africa amid speculation about his deteriorating health.

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Ethiopians bask in golden glory

Tirunesh Dibaba won Ethiopia's first gold medal in the women 1,000 meters race/Photo/ReutersEthiopia was on Monday basking in glory after winning its first Olympic Games gold medal in the women's marathon in 16 years.


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LONDON 2012: Africa’s Olympians

olympicWith only few days to go tlll the 30th Olympic Games, African challengers have their sights set on medals in track, field, martial arts, football and basketball, while African Paralympians also make history. As Africa’s athletes walk out into the roar of the Olympic stadium for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics on 27 July, they will hope to better their haul of 26 medals in Beijing in 2008. Four years ago, the Kenyans were the top African team, winning five of the continent’s 12 gold medals and placing 15th in the world, three places ahead of Ethiopia. This will be London’s third Olympics after hosting the 1908 and 1948 games.

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Ethiopia vs. Kenya in London

keinoWhen the world’s best long-distance runners take to the track and road at the London Olympics this month, the fierce competition and one of the most intense rivalries in athletics between Kenya and Ethiopia will take centre stage. Ethiopian runners have dominated the 5,000m and 10,000m events on the track for many years. Kenya has won these races at the Olympics only once. Ahead of London, the tables seem to have turned, with Kenyan athletes now favourites. 


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