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  • Machar in Khartoum for Urgent Medical Treatment

    Riek Machar, who was sacked as South Sudan's vice-president last month, is in Sudan to receive "urgent medical attention", the state news agency says. Sudan is hosting Mr Machar on "purely humanitarian grounds", it said. Mr Machar has not been seen in public since July's clashes between his supporters and those of President Salva Kiir which killed some 300 people. South Sudan has suffered more than two years of civil war, since gaining independence from Sudan in 2011.

    Riek Machar's condition was now "stable" and he would "stay in Khartoum under full medical supervision until he leaves... for a destination of his choice," the Sudan News Agency (Suna) said.

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  • UN Said Floods Displaced 600,000 Ethiopians

    More than 600,000 Ethiopians have fled their homes since March, largely due to flooding, the United Nations said on Wednesday, with more rain predicted up to December.

    Ethiopia was hit in 2015 by one of the worst droughts in decades, with 10 million requiring emergency aid, which ended when the spring rains arrived in March. Almost 300,000 people were displaced between March and June due to floods, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in its latest update.

    Others were displaced by inter-communal conflict in Ethiopia's southern Oromia and Somali regions. Many of the people who fled the floods have since returned home but more than 10,000 families are still displaced and need emergency shelter and household basics, it said.

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  • Ethiopia’s Rio team arrives back home

    An Ethiopia delegation who travelled to Brazil to participate at the Rio Olympics arrived back home yesterday. The delegation was received by senior government officials, including Redwan Hussein, Minister of Youth and Sports, at Bole International Airport.

    Ethiopia participated in cycling, swimming and athletics events at the 31st Rio Olympics.

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  • Ethio-Djibouti Rail Way to Start Full Service on September

    /News Credited to Ministry of Transport/

    The railway project that stretches from Addis Ababa to Djibouti begins trial service yesterday. According to the information we obtained from the ministry of transport the railway will begin full service by the coming September.

    The ministry said the trial service is fully supplied by an electric power and all the trains have a technology that guarantees transportation under any circumstances of power cut or shortage. The ministry added the arrival of all trains which have a capacity of transporting 2,000 people once is secured.

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  • Ethiopian Diasporas Raise Nearly U.S. $100,000 for Feyisa Lilesa

    Ethiopian distance runner Feyisa Lilesa, a silver medal winner at the Rio Olympics, made headlines around the world when he crossed his wrists above his head, making a symbol that has become the rallying cry for protests in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. That political gesture put the runner at grave personal risk, and now some in the Ethiopian diaspora want to help him. Solomon Ungashe of California is one of the three people who co-sponsored a gofundme account for the runner. Gofundme is an online crowdsourcing platform used to raise money for charitable and personal campaigns.

    Ungashe told VOA the athlete didn't initiate it or ask people to help him, but supporters figured it was necessary and, through the account, they have been able to raise more than $100,000 so far. Separately, they have sent three people who paid out-of-pocket to fly to Rio and provide support.

    "Feyisa did what he did to raise the bigger issue, but again he left everything that he has. This man is a person who apparently lives a comfortable life at home in Ethiopia, and he left all that behind," Ungashe said. Ungashe added that the money may be used to pay for an immigration lawyer to help the runner get a visa, as well as to facilitate his move to a new country. Ungashe hopes the runner will choose to resettle in the U.S.

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  • Ethiopia and Sudan draft MoU on cross-border animal health and livestock trade programmes

    Ethiopia and neighboring Sudan have drafted a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance collaboration and cooperation on cross-border animal health and livestock trade programmes. Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa" (VETGOV) programme and the Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal Health (SMP-AH) projects supported the program.

    Funded by the European Union and the United States aid arm (USAID), the joint projects are implemented in partnership with the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), a specialized technical office of the African Union. The main aim of the cross-border meeting was to initiate development of binding agreements between Ethiopia, and Sudan on Animal Health to facilitate service delivery along the shared territory.

    It also provides a framework for stronger cooperation and collaboration along their bilateral border in order to address disease surveillance, disease control and timely sharing of animal health and trade information. The MoU develops an agenda that address the common challenges and guides implementation that lays the foundation to facilitate prevention and control of various trans-boundary animal diseases across border.

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