China denies report of spying at AU headquarters

China denies report of spying at AU headquarters

China has denied spying on the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, following allegations published by a Le Monde investigative team late last week. Kuang Weilin, the Chinese ambassador to the AU, vigorously denied the account on Monday and said the “absurd” report of secret data transfers reflected poorly…

Arrests now at 42 in Ethiopia corruption crackdown

Arrests now at 42 in Ethiopia corruption crackdown

Eight more people have been arrested on corruption charges in Ethiopia, the nation’s attorney general said Saturday, bringing to 42 the number of government officials and business professionals caught up in the crackdown. The 42 suspects were arrested for alleged embezzlement of more than USD$58 million from the Federal Roads…

Four African cities chosen for Bloomberg #Cities4Health launch

Four African cities chosen for Bloomberg #Cities4Health launch

Global philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg – long a champion of cities and sustainability – announced Tuesday the launch of the Partnership for Healthy Cities initiative. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City and the World Health Organization (WHO) ambassador for noncommunicable diseases, revealed the list of the first 40…

Update: Toll soars to 113 in Ethiopian trash landslide

The toll has soared to 113 people who died last weekend in a landslide at an Ethiopian trash dump, and dozens remain missing as the search for victims continues near Addis Ababa. The accident happened Saturday night at the dump on the outskirts of the city where people often gather to…

New African Union CDC health operations center is open for business

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention was officially open for business on Wednesday, following a ribbon cutting ceremony at the conclusion of this week’s African Union summit. The ceremony celebrated a state-of-the-art Emergency Operating Center in Addis Ababa designed to support early warning and response systems, deliver technical expertise…

Ethiopia: Oromo crackdown continues

Protests continue in the Oromo region of Ethiopia as accusations of systematic discrimination are thrown at the government. The protests that began in November last year started when students resisted the government’s proposed plan to expand the capital’s administrative control into the Oromia region. The region spans across the country…

Obama arrives in Ethiopia

Yesterday United States President Barack Obama arrived in Ethiopia where he is scheduled to stay for two days. He is the first serving U.S. president to visit the country. His plane arrived at Addis Ababa’s international airport on Sunday after his three-day visit in Kenya. He was greeted by the…

Third International Conference on Financing for Development concludes

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia rapped up today resulting of the adoption of the “Addis Ababa Action Agenda”. International leaders, institutional stakeholders, business sector entities, nongovernmental organisations, Heads of State and Government and other high-level political representatives met at the conference to discuss…