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Suspects caught on camera killing Mozambican man in SA

Published: Apr 19, 2015 by Mihret L Filed under: World News Ethiopian News
Suspects caught on camera killing Mozambican man in SA
Suspects caught on camera killing Mozambican man in SA

The brutality of South Africans turning on their neighbours was brought home yesterday morning as people stood by while a Mozambican man was stalked, stabbed and killed as he lay in township filth, pleading for his life.

His attackers had followed him down a street, keeping their prey at arm's length, waiting for an opening to land the fatal blow.

They circled him as, on his knees amid rubbish, he pleaded for mercy.

In those moments, Emmanuel Sithole was no longer a man, a neighbour, a human being. The intensity on his attackers' faces showed that he had become a thing to kill - each thrust aimed with ferocity.

Around the macabre scene - where children had played and adults had strolled moments before - some now held their hands to their mouths in horror. Others stood seemingly detached, as if watching a movie.

The attack on Sithole lasted about two minutes.

Alexandra township, next door to Sandton, had just emerged from a night of violent unrest, as had townships around South Africa.

In Soweto on Friday night, metro police rescued two South Africans apprehended by locals as they tried to break into a Pakistani-owned shop. They had already been doused with petrol when they were rescued.

See More at Times Live


Hundreds feared dead after boat capsizes

Published: Apr 19, 2015 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order
Hundreds of people are feared to have drowned after a boat carrying up to 700 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, the Italian coastguard says.

A major rescue operation is under way after the vessel carrying "between 500 and 700 migrants" capsized at midnight local time, in Libyan waters south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

So far 28 people have been rescued.



Earlier this week, 400 people were feared to have drowned when their vessel capsized north of Libya.
'Biggest tragedy'

Italian ships, the Maltese Navy and commercial vessels are all involved in the rescue operation, 130 miles (210km) off the coast of Lampedusa and 17 miles (27km) from the Libyan coast.

The Italian coastguard's spokesman told the BBC the operation was still focused on search and rescue, "but in time it will be a search [for bodies] only".

Twenty ships and three helicopters were currently involved in the rescue, he added.

ISIL claims massacre of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

Published: Apr 19, 2015 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order
A new video from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) purportedly shows the group killing captured Ethiopian Christians in Libya.
The 29-minute video released online on Sunday shows two groups of dark-skinned captives. It says one group is held by an ISIL affiliate in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south.



A masked fighter delivers a long statement before the video switches between footage of the captives in the south being shot to death and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach.

The footage released online shows one group of about 12 men being beheaded by armed men on a beach and another group of at least 16 being shot in the head in a desert area.

US official praises Ethiopian ‘democracy,’ rest of world begs to differ

Published: Apr 19, 2015 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
US official praises Ethiopian ‘democracy,’ rest of world begs to differ
US official praises Ethiopian ‘democracy,’ rest of world begs to differ

During a press briefing in Addis Ababa on April 16, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman praised Ethiopia as a democracy, suggesting it had made great strides toward an open and inclusive electoral process.

With Ethiopia preparing to hold parliamentary elections on May 24, the timing of Sherman’s remarks was unfortunate. “Ethiopia is a democracy that is moving forward in an election that we expect to be free, fair and credible and open and inclusive in ways that Ethiopia has moved forward in strengthening its democracy,” Sherman said. “Every time there is an election it gets better and better.”

In reality, however, Ethiopia has been backsliding toward authoritarian one-party rule. The ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), which has been in power for the last 23 years, has won each of the last five elections, and has recently used a slew of harsh new laws to stifle dissent and silence any opposition to the incumbent party. The country’s one-time vocal opposition is severely diminished, making Ethiopia a de facto one-party state. In a statement earlier this year, 33 opposition parties announced plans to boycott the upcoming polls [PDF] citing intimidation and harassment.

Read More at aljazeera


Over 250,000 East African refugees trapped in Yemen

Published: Apr 19, 2015 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order Politics
Over 250,000 East African refugees trapped in Yemen
Over 250,000 East African refugees trapped in Yemen

Tens of thousands of East African refugees and asylum-seekers are at risk of being left behind in Yemen’s roiling violence, deprived not only of safe options for evacuation but also of a home country that might take them in, activists and U.N. officials said this week.

Since pitched fighting between Yemen’s Houthi rebels and forces loyal to the ousted president erupted in March, escape from the country has been arduous even for foreign citizens and wealthy Yemenis. Airports are under fire and commercial transportation cut off, forcing the most desperate to charter simple power boats and make harrowing journeys across the Red Sea.

But for the over 250,000 registered Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean refugees and asylum-seekers, the situation is even more trying. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners have a contingency plan to receive 100,000 refugees in Somalia’s relatively stable regions of Somaliland and Puntland, and another 30,000 in Djibouti, but that process will unfold over the next six months. And it is barely underway.

“The reality is that there are limited options for people to get out,” said Charlotte Ridung, the Officer-in-Charge for the UNHCR in Yemen. “Some have fled by boat, but many ports are closed, and fuel is an issue so the options for escape are indeed limited.”

Read More at aljazeera


Ethiopians Sweep 2015 B.A.A. Invitational Mile

Published: Apr 19, 2015 by Mihret L Filed under: Ethiopian News Sport News
Ethiopians Sweep 2015 B.A.A. Invitational Mile
Ethiopians Sweep 2015 B.A.A. Invitational Mile

Athletes from Ethiopia took the top spots in today’s seventh annual BAA Invitational Mile on the streets of Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Dejen Gebremeskel and Dawit Seyaum broke the blue Boston Athletic Association finish tapes on Boylston Street just a few meters from the Boston Marathon finish line in 4:04.1 and 4:35.4, respectively. Seyaum’s time was an event record.

Gebremeskel, the 2012 Olympic 5000m silver medalist, decided from the starter’s gun that a hard early pace was the best route to victory. After the first of three circuits, he had a small lead on Britain’s Chris O’Hare and America’s Duncan Phillips, but expanded his lead to two seconds by the end of the second lap. In the final circuit, Gebremeskel overwhelmed the field, leaving O’Hare nearly three seconds behind by the finish.

“He’s a class act,” said O’Hare, the former University of Tulsa star who was clocked today in 4:07.0. “I was a little bit disappointed in the way I executed the race today, but that’s what this is for.”

Read More at Competitor.com


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