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Africa sees nuclear power as answer to continent-wide electrification goal

The Japan Times

ADDIS ABABA - In a damp office at Addis Ababa University, doctoral student Hailu Geremew fantasizes about working on the nuclear reactor his country is now pondering building. "Oh that is my dream, my dream, my dream," said the nuclear physicist, 32. Geremew is part of a new generation of African scientists whose prospects are expanding as their governments team up with foreign powers on a potential fast-track to electrification. For now, South Africa is the only country on the continent operating a nuclear power plant. But in recent years, at least seven other sub-Saharan states have signed agreements to deploy nuclear power with backing from Russia, according to public announcements and the World Nuclear Association (WNA), an industry body.

Ethiopia charges 5 with terrorism over assassination attempt

FOX News

FILE - In this Saturday, June 23, 2018, file photo, Ethiopians rally in solidarity with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, before a deadly explosion struck the huge rally in Meskel Square in the capital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopia's attorney general on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 filed terrorism charges against five people accused of trying to "kill the prime minister" at the rally in June. ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ethiopia's attorney general on Friday filed terrorism charges against five people accused of trying to "kill the prime minister" at a huge rally in the capital in June, barely two months after the reformist leader took office. The charges say the five acted on the premise that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is not popular among Oromos, Ethiopia's largest ethnic group, and wanted to pave the way for the once-banned Oromo Liberation Front. That group's leaders recently returned after Abiy's government in July removed it from a terror list and invited all exiled groups to participate in politics.

Eritrea delegation arrives in Ethiopia ahead of landmark talks

Al Jazeera

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - A high-level Eritrean delegation led by foreign minister Osman Saleh arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa for talks on ending the decades-long conflict between the two countries. The delegation - which was received by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday - also included Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki's right-hand man Yemane Gebreab. It is the first time in more than two decades that a top-level delegation from Asmara visits Ethiopia. The visit comes a week after President Afwerki said the East African country would dispatch a delegation to Addis Ababa to "gauge current development" in the region. "We will send a delegation to [Addis Ababa] to gauge current developments directly and in depth as well as to chart out a plan for continuous future action," he said.

Correction: Ethiopia-Plane Crash story

FOX News

Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia's capital on Sunday morning, killing all 157 on board, authorities said, including 18 Canadians. Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia's capital on Sunday morning, killing all on board, authorities said, including 18 Canadians. ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – In a story March 11 about the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet, The Associated Press reported erroneously that China grounded its models of the same plane for nine hours. China's aviation authority ordered its airlines to ground their Boeing 737 8 MAX jets within nine hours. ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- An Ethiopian Airlines jet faltered and crashed Sunday shortly after takeoff, carving a gash in the earth and spreading global grief to 35 countries that had someone among the 157 people who were killed.

Ethiopia, Eritrea and the hope for lasting peace

Al Jazeera

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - On Tuesday, as dawn broke with a hint of sunlight piercing through the thick rain-season clouds, residents in Addis Ababa woke up to an unusual sight. A spectacle so rare, not seen for more than two decades: an Eritrean flag hanging side-by-side their own one from lamp posts in the main streets of the Ethiopian capital. Nearby, several banners reading "Welcome" in Amharic, Ethiopia's main language, and in Tigrinya, one of Eritrea's official languages, also appeared. Bigger surprises were in store for them. It wasn't long before news bulletins announced a high-level delegation from Eritrea - Addis Ababa's long-time foe - would arrive in Addis Ababa for landmark peace talks.