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More than 2.25 million now displaced in South Sudan

Published: Jul 7, 2015 by bini Filed under: World News Ethiopian News
GENEVA, July 7 (UNHCR) – As South Sudan prepares to mark its fourth anniversary of independence, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday that continued conflict was pushing the numbers of refugee and internally displaced people ever higher.



UNHCR said most recent figures showed that more than 730,000 people have fled in to neighbouring countries and some 1.5 million people are internally displaced.

In addition, South Sudan has continued to receive refugees from neighbouring Sudan -- almost 250,000 people in total, mostly from Sudan's Blue Nile and South Kordofan states where a different conflict is creating insecurity.

Ethiopia inflation up at 10.4 pct yr/yr in June - stats office

Published: Jul 7, 2015 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Business
ADDIS ABABA, July 7 (Reuters) - Ethiopia reported inflation at 10.4 percent year-on-year in June, up from 9.4 percent in May, the statistics office said on Tuesday.

It said the increase was fuelled by a rise in food inflation, mainly of meat, fruits and vegetables, which climbed to 12.4 percent in June from 10.1 percent the previous month.

Non-food inflation slowed to 8.2 percent in June from 8.7 percent in May. (Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Writing by Edmund Blair)


Mother And Daughter Gives Birth Same Week For The Same Man

Published: Jul 7, 2015 by bini Filed under: World News
A South African woman, Mildred Mashego, and her daughter Patricia, have entered the record books as the first mother and daughter to give birth to their babies in the same week and for the same man.



Times Live reports that 38-year-old Mashego of Casteel, South Africa, was pregnant when she learned that her 19-year-old daughter was also pregnant, and the two were due just days apart.

But her anger turned to shock when she found out that the man responsible for her daughter’s condition was the same man who was going to be the father of her child,Vincent Malumane.

Ethiopia to launch first rocket in four months

Published: Jul 7, 2015 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Economy
Ethiopia to launch first rocket in four months



Mekele Institute of Technology is in its final stage of putting together a laboratory and a rocket launching pad for the first rocket the country will launch in the coming few months.

The laboratory, which will be used as a testing ground where rocket engines are tested before they are mounted onto the main body, will be ready for trial after three months. The prototype rocket named Alpha Meles is anticipated to be launched on November 2015 from Hashenage Station in Northern Mekele. Alpha Meles was built at a cost of 50 million birr.

The rocket will go as high as 30km from the earth surface. Three organizations, Mesfin Industrial Engineering, Mesebo Cement and the Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) jointly help the project to become a reality.

Leul Gebreselassie, Quality Assurance Head at Mekele Institute of Technology told Capital that the project will encourage more space science projects to bud up in future.

Ethiopian Airlines to fly direct to Philippines

Published: Jul 7, 2015 by yonas2007 Filed under: Ethiopian News Business Economy
Ethiopian Airlines to fly direct to Philippines 
Ethiopian Airlines to fly direct to Philippines 

MANILA, Philippines - Africa’s largest airline is set to launch its maiden direct flight to the Philippines later this week. Ethiopian Airlines said the first direct flight is scheduled on July 9. The flight is expected to open various opportunities for both the Philippines and Ethiopia, particularly in terms of tourism, business and commerce.

Last year, the Philippines and Ethiopia entered into an air services agreement. The deal allows seven flights per week between Manila and Ethiopia and unlimited flights between Ethiopia and other airports in the Philippines except the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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Mehari Taddele: Look to move from Norm-Setting to Norm Implementation on Migration in Africa

Published: Jul 7, 2015 by yonas2007 Filed under: Ethiopian News Education Social Affairs
Mehari Taddele: Look to move from Norm-Setting to Norm Implementation on Migration in Africa
Mehari Taddele: Look to move from Norm-Setting to Norm Implementation on Migration in Africa
The time has come to move from norm setting to implementation on various mechanisms and instruments on migration, according to migration expert Dr. Mehari Taddelu Maru.

Speaking at a briefing session organised by the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) on Thursday at the Goethe Institute in Addis Ababa, Dr. Mehari noted that the time for setting norms is up and it is imperative that the AU and member states resort to implementation. "There is a need to shift from an interventionist approach on migration to a more prevention oriented approach," he said. "This concurrently requires bridging the gap between early warning and early response."

Migration has been in the spotlight across the continent with a number of incidents that have shed light recently from xenophobic attacks in South Africa to the brutal murder of Ethiopian migrants travelling to Europe in Libya by ISIS.

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