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  • Police injured, more than 200 arrested at Trump inauguration protests in DC

    Six police officers were injured and 217 protesters arrested Friday after a morning of peaceful protests and coordinated disruptions of Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony gave way to ugly street clashes in downtown Washington.

    At least two DC police officers and one other person were taken to the hospital after run-ins with protesters, DC Fire Spokesman Vito Maggiolo told CNN. Acting DC Police Chief Peter Newsham said the officers' injuries were considered minor and not life threatening.
    Bursts of chaos erupted on 12th and K streets as black-clad "antifascist" protesters smashed storefronts and bus stops, hammered out the windows of a limousine and eventually launched rocks at a phalanx of police lined up in an eastbound crosswalk. Officers responded by launching smoke and flash-bang devices, which could be heard from blocks away, into the street to disperse the crowds.
    "Pepper spray and other control devices were used to control the criminal actors and protect persons and property," police said.
    Anti-Trump protests also broke out Friday in US cities, including New York, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago and Portland, Oregon. Authorities in Seattle say one person was in critical condition at a hospital with a gunshot wound. Demonstrations also took place overseas in Hong Kong, Berlin and London.

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  • Ethiopia to quit sugar imports as of next year

    Minister of Public Enterprises, Dr Girma Amente, said the country will stop sugar importation as of next Ethiopian fiscal year (2017/18). 

    According to him, the newly built Omo Kuraz -I & II as well as Beles-I sugar factories will enter into production phase this month. He further said works will be carried out to enable the existing factories to produce sugar with their full capacities. In addition to quitting importation, the country will start exporting sugar, he said.  According to Dr Girma, his ministry is revising its plan to avoid further delays in the construction of 10 new sugar factories.

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  • Hurricane Trump deletes Homosexual, Lesbians Right from USA Main website

    everal social issues disappeared from the WhiteHouse.gov site Friday, including a page dedicated to LGBT rights.
    A report on the Labor Department’s website on LGBT workers rights was also removed.
    Advocates for the LGBT community have worried about what a Trump administration would mean for the progress made on equality issues under President Obama. As a candidate, President Trump said he is opposed to same-sex marriage and Vice President Pence has taken strong anti-gay rights stances throughout his political career. new administration to update the White House’s official website with its agenda as part of the transition it is notable that the Trump administration did not choose to include anything about the LGBT community.
    In a statement Friday afternoon, Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said, “If President Trump truly believes in uniting the country, now is the time to make clear whether he will be an ally to the LGBTQ community in our struggle for full equality. We are prepared to do whatever it takes to protect our community and our progress.”

    Source: -http://www.nairaland.com/

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  • SOUTH SUDAN IS NOT AFRAID OF ETHIOPIA: INFORMATION MINISTRY OFFICIAL WARNS!

    South Sudanese officials have stepped up rhetoric against Ethiopia in what analyst see as a moment that is developing in the relations between the two countries with a government official at the ministry of information in Juba telling a reporter that his government was not afraid of Ethiopia.

     Ethiopia has been looking at Kiir’s government in Juba with a second thought lately over South Sudan’s embracement of Egyptian government policy towards the Ethiopian Dam and the Nile water agreement.

    An official who is a close aide to the information minister Michael Makuei has said the government of South Sudan was not afraid of Ethiopia and that the country had nothing to explain, adding that the country would press on with its strategic relations with Egypt.

    “it’s a normal practise to look out for your own interests, all countries do that……. we are ‘not afraid’ of any country, be it within the region (Ethiopia) or beyond, i think our ambassador in Addis Ababa made it clear to them on Ethiopian Broadcasting Television that we do not have to explain anything on our diplomatic relations with other countries” said Atem Deng Makuac an official at the ministry of information in Juba

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  • Tigray Regional State Provides 12 million birr to Help Drought Victims in Somali Region

    The Tigray regional state cabinet has to provided 12 million birr to help people suffering from the ongoing drought in the Ethiopian Somali region.

    The funding will be used to provide food and nutritional supplements to those drought victims in several districts of the region.

    It is the most evident fact that both Tigray and the Ethiopian somali regions have built a culture of helping each other since the painful tragedy of Tigrayans deportation from gondar and its surroundings in summer 2016.

    The Ethiopian somali was the first region to take the initiative of healing the psychological wounds of those deportees ethnic Tigrayans back then. 

    Source:  awrambatimes 

     

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  • Egypt court adds ex-football star Abou-Treika to terror list

    An Egyptian criminal court has added ex-football star Mohamed Abou-Treika to a terror list, his lawyer said on Tuesday, for alleged links to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group.

    In 2015, a government committee froze the assets of the former player. Authorities accuse him of funding the Muslim Brotherhood, which the state designated a terrorist organisation in late 2013. The freezing decision was overturned by a court order in June 2016.

    Under the country’s anti-terrorism law, any person placed on a terror list is subject to a travel ban and faces having their passports and assets frozen.

    Abou-Treika's lawyer Mohamed Osman said that the criminal court decision was “illegal” because his client “has not been convicted” in any criminal case, which is a precondition for placement on terror lists.

    Osman said they will appeal the decision, issued by court on 12 January but only announced on Tuesday.

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