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  • Egypt promised to extend fair use of the waters of the world’s longest river

    Egypt reached out to Kenya for a better deal over the use of the Nile in exchange for improved trade between the two countries. 

    On Saturday, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was in the country for a one-day visit, said he was in Kenya to seek ways of improving trade and promised to extend the same towards fair use of the waters of the world’s longest river.

    “Egypt and Kenya are bound together by the common artery of the River Nile and a long history of productive cooperation,” he said during a joint press conference with his host President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    “We will support development in the Nile Basin countries to optimise the use of this large Nile for the good of the Nile basin countries in general.”

    The current approach by the Egyptians differs from that of the time of Hosni Mubarak who promised to protect the waters of the Nile at all costs including using military intervention.

    In fact the meeting between the two leaders in Nairobi was historic: The last time a sitting Egyptian president, Mubarak, visited Nairobi was in 1984.


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  • YouTube down: Video site experiencing major problems in Europe

    YouTube is experiencing major problems with many users unable to access the website.

    According to DownDetector the site went down for users in Europe at around 6pm GMT.

    The video streaming site is still working intermittently for some users, but others are seeing a message which reads: “500 Internal Server Error”, alongside multiple lines of code.


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  • Egypt sends ground forces into Somaliland

    Egypt has sent ground troops to Somaliland, sources said, as part of the Gulf Arab military contingent to rout the Iran-allied Houthi group in Yemen after a year–along civil war.

    Egyptian ground troops recently landed in Berebera to help the Saudi-led coalition’s fight against the Iranian-supported Houthis and their allies, by stopping weapons supplies through the Red Sea, a local weekly Amharic newspaper, Sendek wrote, quoting reliable sources. The paper did not give figures of the troops.

    It was the second reported deployment of ground troops by Egypt, which has one of the Arab world’s strongest armies. The Egyptians reportedly are present in Aden, part of a 5,000-strong ground troop force since August 2015. They have committed helicopter gunships, fighter jets, surveillance planes and refuelling tankers. 

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  • President Mugabe: Give Donald Trump time

    Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe has asked people to give the US President Donald Trump time.

    Mugabe in excerpts of an interview by state media that will be broadcasted to mark his 93rd birthday on Tuesday said Trump’s Mexico wall “appears quite nasty” but the US president “might come up with better policies”.

    “I don’t know whether the construction of the wall between America and Mexico is feasible… it appears quite nasty,” the Sunday Mail quoted Mugabe.

    Mugabe was largely unwilling to criticize Trump, though he did admit the US president was “radical”. “I was surprised by his election but I didn’t like Madam Clinton either,” he said.

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  • PM Hailemariam met with western Tigray people

    Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has called on residents of western Tigray zone to scale up the participation they have been making to accelerate development and maintain peace.

    Hailemariam made the call during a discussion he had with them. At the discussion, the local residents raised various questions for him.  They asked his government to build health stations and roads which link western Tigray zone with woredas (districts) and Sudan.  They also requested the government to create favorable condition for the cattle fattening facility built in the zone to go operational and to take measure against terror groups striving to create a rift among the people.
    The government will take merciless measure against terror groups, said the Premier while responding to the questions, adding the area will soon get full electricity service. The questions raised by the public demanding for the construction of infrastructures will get rapid responses, including the cattle fattening facility issue, the Premier noted. The Premier finally urged the resident to repeat the bravery they showed during the armed struggle in defeating poverty as well as to strengthen the efforts they have been making to bring development and ensure peace at border areas.

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  • Funeral of Prof. Pankhurst takes place today

    Professor Richard Pankhurst, the prominent historian and researcher on Ethiopia, was laid to rest at the Saint Trinity Cathedral today.


    President Mulatu Teshome and other senior government officials as well as grieving family members and relatives of the scholar were present at the funeral.

    Professor Richard Pankhurst was born in London in 1927 and earned a BSc. in Economic History and a PhD in Political Science.

    He was involved with his mother, Sylvia Pankhurst, in the campaign against the fascist occupation of Ethiopia and participated with her in demonstrations, fundraising and campaigns, and assisted her with the editing of the newspaper “New Times and Ethiopian News” for over 20 years, according to a brief biography distributed at the funeral.

    Professor Richard Pankhurst taught for many years at the University College of Addis Ababa, which later became Addis Ababa University, it was indicated.

    He was also the founder and the first Director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (IES), and promoted the development of library, museum, and art gallery.

    The scholar was awarded Haile Sellaise I Prize for Ethiopian Studies in 1973 and was among the founding group who campaigned for the return of the Aksum Obelisk, the biography stated.

    Leaving Ethiopia in 1976, he was appointed Researcher Fellow at the London School of Economics and at the School of Oriental and African studies. He later became the Librarian of the Royal Asiatic Society.

    The scholar had published over 25 books and several articles and essays.

    Professor Richard Pankhurst died at the age of 90 and is survived by his wife, Rita, a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

    Source: ENA


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  • A new policy on Eritrean government -PM Hailemariam Desalegn

    Laza Tigrigna Exclusive:

    " Our policy concerning Eritrean government was clear. The first was peaceful negotiation. The second was to take balanced punishment for every attacks from the Eritrean government (Shabia ) until it stops helping terrorists. Now our patience has outdated and a new policy of Ethiopian security on Eritrean government is under research for the sake of our people and for the sovereignty of our country. We will announce when we are done with the research. Therefore we will keep on taking balanced measures against every deeds of Eritrean government against us." - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn noted today.

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  • The bodies of 74 migrants have washed ashore in Libya according to Libya’s Red Crescent

    At least 74 bodies were found on the beach in Zawiya but the circumstances of their drowning remained a mystery, the aid organization’s spokesman Mohammed al- Misrati told The Associated Press. 

    The bodies washed ashore overnight but there was apparently no sign of a wrecked boat or vessel they had been on. The agency posted on its Twitter account photographs of dozens of bodies in white and black body bags, lined up along the shore.

    Al-Misrati said the local authorities would take the bodies to a cemetery in the capital of Tripoli that’s allocated for unidentified persons. Migrant deaths have risen to record levels along the Libya-Italy smuggling route across the Mediterranean Sea.

    Last week, Fabrice Leggeri, director of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, said the Libya-Italy smuggling route across the Mediterranean has seen record numbers of migrant drowning deaths in 2016.

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    Adolf Hitler’s phone, which he used to dictate his commands to his army, is going to be auctioned , a US auction house has said. The phone has Hitler’s name engraved on it and it was found in the Nazi leader’s bunker after his defeat.

    An Auction house, known as Alexander Historical Auctions, estimates its worth at around $300,000. The auction house said that the phone can be considered the most destructive weapon of the World war 2, since it sent millions of people to their deaths.

    The phone is being sold by British Brigadier Ralph Rayner’s son as it was found by Ralph Rayner in Hitler’s bunker.

    Source; millenialjerk.com  



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