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8 fun facts of New Year

Without more ado, let's start with the fun facts of New Year which can make your jaws drop!

Miruts Yifter, Ethiopian running legend, dies at 72

Miruts Yifter, Ethiopian running legend, dies at 72

His 5,000 and 10,000 metres double at the 1980 Moscow Olympics inspired a generation of runners, most notably Haile Gebrselassie.

Ethiopia makes 11,000 state of emergency arrests: State TV

Ethiopia makes 11,000 state of emergency arrests: State TV

Ethiopia has been in political crisis for around a year with frequent outbreaks of violence as authorities have brutally cracked down on anti-government demonstrators.

1,000 Ethiopian migrants escape detention centre in south Yemen

Around 1,000 Ethiopian migrants escaped a detention centre in south Yemen on Wednesday with the help of their guards, a security official said.

Ethiopia declares state of emergency following months of violent anti-government protests

Ethiopia declares state of emergency following months of violent anti-government protests

Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on Sunday following months of violent anti-government protests, according to an official statement.

Protests hit Ethiopia after stampede deaths

Protests broke out in some areas of Ethiopia`s Oromiya region on Monday, a day after dozens of people were killed in a stampede at a religious festival sparked by a bid by police to quell demonstrations, witnesses said.

Ethiopia mourns 52 killed in festival stampede

Ethiopia began three days of national mourning Monday for 52 people who were killed in a stampede at a religious festival after police clashed with anti-government protesters, according to state-controlled media.

Dozens of deaths during stampede at Ethiopia religious event

Dozens of deaths during stampede at Ethiopia religious event

Witnesses said people were crushed in nearby ditches as they tried to flee the chaos.

Unprecedented Ethiopia protests far from over: Analysts

Demonstrations began popping up in November 2015 in the Oromia region due to a government plan to expand the boundaries of Addis Ababa.

At least 90 protesters killed in Ethiopia, say residents, opposition

At least 90 protesters killed in Ethiopia, say residents, opposition

Unrest flared in Oromiya for several months until early this year over plans to allocate farmland surrounding the regional capital for development.  

China to send special envoy to Africa over South Sudan crisis

China to send special envoy to Africa over South Sudan crisis

China is sending its special envoy for Africa to the continent to help with efforts to resolve the political crisis in South Sudan, China`s foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Rescuers save 366 migrants from boats in Mediterranean, 20 reported dead

Rescuers save 366 migrants from boats in Mediterranean, 20 reported dead

Rescuers saved 366 migrants from rickety boats trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy.

Israel`s Netanyahu starts landmark Africa trip

Israel would provide African states with training in "domestic security" and health.

Sweden, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, Bolivia elected to UNSC for 2017-18

Sweden, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, Bolivia elected to UNSC for 2017-18

Sweden, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Bolivia were elected to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday for 2017-18, but further voting was due to take place to decide the final seat with Italy and the Netherlands almost locked in a tie.

UN to choose new non-permanent Security Council members

Bolivia heads into the Tuesday vote unopposed and will take over the Latin American seat currently occupied by Venezuela, EFE news reported.
 

Ethiopia killed 'over 400' in protest crackdown: HRW

More than 400 people have been killed in Ethiopia since November.

Eritrea accuses Ethiopia of launching border attack

Eritrea on Monday accused arch-rival Ethiopia of attacking its heavily militarised border, but officials in Addis Ababa said they had no knowledge of the reported fighting.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon slams attack on African peacekeepers in Somalia

UN chief Ban Ki-moon slams attack on African peacekeepers in Somalia

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned the recent attack on Ethiopian troops at an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) base in Halgan, Somalia, and called on the Horn of African country to "remain resolute in the fight against Al-Shabaab and extremism".

Militants raid Ethiopian base in latest Somalia attack

 Shabaab fighters attacked an Ethiopian army base in central Somalia early Thursday in the latest raid targeting foreign soldiers deployed as part of an African Union force in the country, rebels and local residents said. 

People-smuggling ''kingpin'' extradited to Italy

An Eritrean man believed to be responsible for smuggling migrants from Africa to Europe has been extradited to Italy.