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  • Italy referendum: PM Matteo Renzi resigns after clear referendum defeat

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has resigned after suffering a heavy defeat in a referendum over his plan to reform the constitution.

    In a late-night news conference, he said he took responsibility for the outcome, and said the No camp must now make clear proposals.

    With most ballots counted, the No vote leads with 60% against 40% for Yes.

    The turnout was nearly 70%, in a vote that was seen as a chance to register discontent with the prime minister.

    "Good luck to us all," Mr Renzi told reporters. He said he would tell a Cabinet meeting on Monday afternoon that he was resigning, then tender his resignation to the Italian president.

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  • Ethiopia, UAE conclude investment promotion, protection agreement

    Ethiopia and UAE have concluded the reciprocal promotion and investment protection agreement, in which its negotiation took over five months.

    Investment officials from both countries signed the agreement which encourages investments and provides protection for investors yesterday in Abu Dhabi, during a high-level Ethiopian delegation visit to the country.

    The concluded agreement will encourage UAE investors to engage in various sectors in Ethiopia without fear, Said Fitsum Arega, Director General of Ethiopian Investment Commission.  

    Even though protection of investments is already guaranteed through the investment law, Ethiopia signs bilateral agreements with countries to encourage investors, as they consider such agreements basic to make investments, Fitsum said.

    As UAE investors are interested in investing in the hospitality industry, agriculture and agri-food areas; the conclusion of this agreement will accelerate the engagement of investors in these areas, he added.

    The agreement will also help to promote investment based on the principles of sustainable development and mutual benefit as well as intensify the economic cooperation between the two countries.

    Prior to the signing of the agreement, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Shiek Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi had discussions on ways of enhancing bilateral ties between the two countries and broaden cooperation areas.

    The two sides discussed on the need to boost cooperation in investment, trade and tourism so as to further strengthen the bilateral relation based on mutual benefit.

    It is expected that the agreement will encourage and attract more UAE companies to engage in Ethiopia, as it will provide significant incentives and privileges for foreign investment.

    As an instrument to encourage investors, Ethiopia has been signing similar agreements with a number of countries.

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  • South Sudan accuses Ethiopia and Sudan of complicity in Machar isolation

    South Sudanese First Vice president Taban Deng Gai says governments of Ethiopia and Sudan agree with South Sudan to ban rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar from traveling in East African region, suggesting that Khartoum and Addis Ababa agreed to Juba’s request to isolate the armed opposition leader from their countries.

    Gai, who speaks both in English and Arabic in the audiovisual, declares that the rebel chief was first told by the government of South Africa not to travel outside South Africa because nobody wants him in East Africa and that he is safe in the Republic of South Africa. Gai also said the former First Vice President was initially given a fake visa by an individual in Nigeria and that when the Nigerian government learned about the illegal visa, it went ahead and cancelled it, adding Nigeria is still investigating who gave Machar the visa.

    The FVP mocks the rebel chief by telling the seemingly anxious audience that Machar is using the passport for the First Vice president and questions who is the legitimate FVP of South Sudan. He suggests that the armed opposition head should stop calling himself the legitimate FVP of the Republic of South Sudan because he was dismissed by the SPLM-IO, adding that Dr. Machar was also relieved from his FVP post by President Salva kiir. Gai even told the listeners that an experienced lawyer who can legally explain the legitimacy of First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan was in attendance.

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  • Two Ethiopians Died in Beirut after a carbon monoxide poisoning

    BEIRUT: The Ethiopian Embassy received the bodies of two of its nationals who died earlier in the day from carbon monoxide poisoning in north of Beirut, state media reported Saturday.

    Civil Defense medics earlier had taken the bodies to Bouar public hospital, but they were turned away. Private hospitals in the area also would not accept the women's bodies.

    A third worker was found alive but in critical condition, however, and was admitted to Notre Dame Maritime Hospital in Jbeil for treatment.

    Police and a forensic expert arrived at the scene to conduct an investigation. The Daily Star

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  • Gov’t contemplates shortening SoE duration

    The Government of Ethiopia has been contemplating to cut down the duration of the state of emergency it has imposed throughout the country, Negeri Lencho (PhD) the new minister for Government Communication Affairs Office told journalists in his first presser.

    The state of emergency declared on October 8, 2016 essentially targeted to restore order, ensure safety of the public and stability Negeri said in the press conference he gave late on Friday at his office, which is located off Africa Avenue.

    “Two months after the enactment of the state of emergency, things are now returning back to normal,” the new minister said.

    Therefore, according to Negeri, there is no reason to maintain the state of emergency for the period of six months.

    This has also been notified to the diplomatic corps based in Addis Ababa during their recent meeting with the Prime Minister, Negeri said.

    According to the communications minister, countries such as Germany, Spain and the UK are also responding by canceling their travel ban to Ethiopia. He further said that the government will likely release the mobile data connection after carefully assessing the situations.  

    Violent activities carried out in various parts of the country led to the loss of lives and enormous damage on private and public properties leading the government to decree a state of emergency for six months.

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  • Norwegian Cancer Society names Haile Gebreselassie good will ambassador

    a Norwegian philanthropic organization that promotes physical fitness exercises as part of coping mechanism against cancer, has named athletics legend Haile Gebreselassie as its good will ambassador.

    During the Ethiopian and Norwegian health and education professionals conference held for two days in Addis, Laila Bokhari, state secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway told The Reporter that appointing Haile as a cancer activist both in Ethiopia and beyond has been measured as vital compared to the acceptance of the sportsman and the level of influence the runner has in the world of athletics.

    “Having people like Haile with us onboard is very important. I can inspire people in politics and about the works of my government. But he has a very different power of inspiring many young people. He is a star not only to Ethiopia and his colleagues but also to tomorrow’s leader of the world”, the state secretary said.

    Days after assuming the presidency of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation, the Olympic gold medalist Haile is now joining the cancer campaigners’ team in Oslo. Haile told The Reporter that as a responsible citizen and as an Adidas representative he said he is actively working against the spread of cancer in Ethiopia and beyond. Attributing Grete Waitz, a Norwegian marathoner and the only nine time New York Marathon winner who died of cancer back in 2011, Haile said that Adidas and AKTIV against cancer have been collaborating since then. And currently, as representative of Adidas and as a good will ambassador to the fight against cancer, he is expected to promote physical exercises to fight the disease.

    Athlete Grete Waitz was able to cofound AKTIV-Against Caner to help others struggling to survive cancer. According to the information AKTIV posted on its website, diagnosed with cancer in 2005, Grete quickly got on board with the idea of helping others affected by the disease. She co-founded AKTIV Against Cancer in November 2007 and became an ambassador.

    Retired from running, Haile is currently active in various business and leadership activities in sports.

    In addition to the effort to fight cancer, the Government of Norway as part of its exchange program is considering to train medical practitioners in Ethiopia.  According to state secretary Bokhari, though there are reputed physicians in Ethiopia they need further trainings. “Ethiopia has some very good health professionals but they need more and important to have them more around the country”. She also mentioned that there are Ethiopia born Norwegian professionals who are in Ethiopia to help train others. “Some Norwegians who were born here have come back here and are working as medical professionals”.

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