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Why Africa's 'most beautiful' countries became beautiful

Published: Sep 25, 2014 by bini Filed under: Entertainment Ethiopian News
Why Africa's 'most beautiful' countries became beautiful; and how you can cheat the good looks lottery


Ethiopia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia, Egypt, Ghana tend to top list of nations with most beautiful women. It is all about history and geography, really

 RANKING Africa’s most beautiful countries is a hugely controversial affair, as recent attempts to do so proved, not least because nobody wants to admit they are on the lower rung of the beauty chain, and, obviously, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.

But sometimes it seems beholders are more or less in agreement over the regions where you are likely to find Africa’s most beautiful women. Looking through a few recent totally unscientific rankings , a few countries keep propping up in the top slots. In no particular order, they are:

Eritrean Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Undocumented Eritreans and Ethiopians into the USA

Published: Sep 25, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Law & Order
Habtom Merhay Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Undocumented Eritreans and Ethiopians into the USA

WASHINGTON – A national of Eritrea and citizen of the United Kingdom pled guilty today to smuggling undocumented immigrants from Eritrea and Ethiopia into the United States.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. of the District of Columbia, and Special Agent in Charge Clark E. Settles of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) Washington, D.C., Field Office made the announcement.

According to his plea agreement, Habtom Merhay, 47, who operated primarily from his residence in Dubai, orchestrated the unlawful smuggling of up to 99 undocumented African immigrants to the United States for profit.  Specifically, Merhay admitted that in exchange for fees up to $14,000, he smuggled immigrants into the United States by providing fraudulent travel documents, purchasing airline tickets for travel to

South and Central America, and then coordinating with a network of smugglers to facilitate the travel by air, land and water across Central America and Mexico and into the United States.

Merhay pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton of the District of Columbia, and is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 16, 2014.  Merhay was in the custody of Moroccan authorities between his arrest in Marrakech, Morocco, in August 2013 and extradition to the United States on April 25, 2014.

Power shortage at Benishagul Gumuz Region

Published: Sep 25, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: Ethiopian News
Power shortage at Benishagul Gumuz Region

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is located in the Benishangul Gumuz region. But according to our reporter at the region, power shortage and outage is common in most areas of the region. Most of the region’s small towns have electric power only for a couple of hours a day. Mankush town is one of such towns in the region.

Though there have been promises four years ago for power to reach at the Guba woreda, the woreda doesn’t yet got power.

The region is expected to host this year’s Nation’s and Nationalities Day celebration. In connection with the celebration the regional state demanded upgrade in the region’s infrastructures by the federal government since the region is one of the less developed regions in the country.

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Ethiopia arrests gov’t officials complicit in the Gambella killings

Published: Sep 25, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News Politics
Ethiopia arrests gov’t officials complicit in the Gambella killings
By Elias Meseret

The Ethiopian government said it has arrested 15 high ranking government officials of the Gambella Region who were complicit in the killing of dozens of people within the past three weeks. The conflict between local residents and resettles in the Region’s Mejenger Zone has left dozens of people dead.

State Minister of the Federal Affairs Ministry, Mulugeta Wuletaw, told Dire Tube that the root cause of the conflict between the indigenous population and the resettles to the area during and after the 1985 famine in the country has been ‘narrow nationalism’ and ‘fear of domination’ by the locals.

Population pressure and search for fertile lands has led to conflicts between ethnic groups in the past in Ethiopia.

“People have been killed in the recent conflict but we don’t have the right figures as we are still assessing the damage in the densely forest area of the region. It might be even bigger than the reported killing of 24 people,” Mulugeta said.

He added 15 high ranking officials from the local Chabu people who have been complicit with the killings and violence have been arrested by security forces.

Court removed its blockade on the movie ‘Difret’

Published: Sep 25, 2014 by girumtebeje Filed under: Entertainment Art & Culture Ethiopian News Law & Order
Court removed its blockade on the movie ‘Difret’

The award winning movie Difret that has been blockaded by the court order while it being premiered at the National Theatre two weeks ago has got its blockade removed by the court order; the reporter newspaper writes.
The film was blockaded by the court order based on the charge issued by Fikru Ashenafi and Aberash Bekele on whom the film story based.

The film that got two international awards shows the story of a young girl who killed her abductor.

According to the court statement issued on September 18, 2014, Fikru and Aberash has solved their difference with the film’s producer and the media houses and hence the court ordered for the removal of the blockade imposed on the movie.
Hence, as the reporter writes, Difret will be screened at various Cinemas’ in Addis starting from September 25th, 2014.

DireTube News from the Reporter



Ethiopia working to access carbon trade in 5 years

Published: Sep 25, 2014 by bini Filed under: Ethiopian News
Ethiopia working to access carbon trade in 5 years

Ethiopia is working to access the carbon trade, a mechanism allowing the offset of emissions in developed countries by the investment in emission reduction projects in developing countries, in the coming five years, the Ministry of Forest and Environment said.

Various activities including forest assessment and carbon absorption capacity of forests, said State Minister Kebede Yemam during an event held in Adama town of Oromia state.

The country is striving to realize its climate resilient green economy strategy by undertaking various activities such as afforestation and forestation as well as undertaking water and soil conservation activities.

The country has been undertaking a number of activities to realize the green economy strategy by 2025, which envisages reducing carbon emissions by half through its forests, said Dr Yetebitu Moges coordinator of the Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) strategy said.
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