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Ethiopia: Opposition detained for planning a rally for Obama visit

Semayawi (Blue) party said about eighteen of its members has been detained since last week Friday. The opposition party, Semayawi, accused the government of targeting its “energetic and popular members.” The allegation followed the incarceration of the party’s officials and members in three parts of the country, including Addis Ababa. …

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Obama’s trip to Ethiopia: Economic highlights

In advance of President Obama’s trip to East Africa on July 23, the Africa Growth Initiative has prepared short travel companions on the economic environments in both Ethiopia and Kenya. The president’s visit to Ethiopia, a rapidly growing economy and the seat of the African Union, underpins the United States’ …

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UN Development Conference Set to Launch in Ethiopia

Heads of state and government plan to meet this week at the third international U.N. financing for development conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. In an interview with VOA, Ambassador Bisa Williams, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African affairs spoke about Washington’s perspective about the upcoming conference. …

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Ethiopia Releases Bloggers, Journalists

NAIROBI Ethiopian authorities have released five bloggers and journalists after they spent more than a year in prison, but four others remain behind bars. Their release Wednesday comes before a visit to Ethiopia later this month by U.S. President Barack Obama. Media rights groups and legal practitioners welcomed the decision …

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Breaking: Ethiopia released jailed bloggers and journalists; Zelalem Kibret, journalists Tesfalem Waldeyes and Asmamaw Hailegiorgis

Ethiopia released blogger Zelalem Kibret of zone 9, journalists Tesfalem Waldeyes and Asmamaw Hailegiorgis this afternoon. All charges dropped. [Update] According FBC, Ethiopia has also released journalist Edom Kasaye and blogger Mahlet Fantahun. Pictures from twitter after release of bloggers and journalists;

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