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  • Ethiopian Airlines Group Awarded 4 Star Ranking by SKYTRAX

    Africa’s largest airline group, Ethiopian Airlines, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded SKYTRAX 4 Star certification at a special ceremony held in London on November 8, 2017.

    SKYTRAX, the most prestigious international air transport standards and quality rating organization, operates certified airline rating, a global airline standards ranking program. Ratings are determined through direct and professional auditing and analysis of quality of service standards.

    While receiving the certificate, Group CEO Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, remarked, “The 4 Star recognition by SKYTRAX is a significant milestone in the long history of Ethiopian Airlines. As a customer focused airline, it is extremely gratifying that our hard work to ensure high level of customer satisfaction at all times through a consistent delivery of global standard product and superior level of service has borne fruit.

    4 Star Airline certification is one of the overarching goals and a critical successor factor of our 15 years strategic roadmap, Vision 2025. Although we have been receiving many prestigious awards from all corners of the world for our superior customer services on the ground and in the air, this rating certifies the global standards of our products and service delivery through professional audits. I wish to thank all the hardworking 12,000+ members of the Ethiopian family for this great success.

    At the same time, this prestigious rating reminds us all that SKYTRAX 4-Star Rating is a great honor and also a great responsibility to always meet the high expectations of our esteemed customers”

    Ethiopian Airlines is a multi-award winning airline and has previously received SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline Staff in Africa, two times and earlier in 2017 Ethiopian received SKYTRAX World Airline Award for Best Airline in Africa.

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  • Zimbabwe renames Harare airport after Robert Mugabe

    Harare International Airport has been renamed after Zimbabwe's current President, Robert Mugabe.
    Transport Minister Joram Gumbo justified the decision on the grounds that Mr Mugabe was a "war hero" and "African icon".
    There is tension about who will succeed the man in power since 1980, with a number of key contenders removed from their posts.
    Mr Mugabe, 93, says he will stand for re-election next year.
    His wife Grace has been tipped to succeed him and is expected to be appointed vice-president.

    When plans to rename the airport were announced in September, Zimbabwean journalist Elias Mambo suggested the president's ego was being "massaged".

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  • Saudi Arabia arrests main investor in Ethiopia’s dam

    Saudi authorities have arrested billionaire businessman Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi, the main foreign investor in Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam.

    Al-Amoudi is thought to be worth $10.9 billion and was the first to donate to the Renaissance Dam campaign launched by the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and to give the Ethiopian government $88 million to build it.

    He is thought to be the richest man in Ethiopia and the second richest in Saudi, after Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal who was also arrested on Saturday.

    Al-Amoudi owns a wide range of companies in the fields of construction, energy, agriculture, mining, hotels, healthcare and manufacturing.

    He was arrested as part of a crackdown in Saudi Arabia, which has consolidated Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s power while alarming much of the traditional business establishment.

    A no-fly list was drawn up, as a result of the arrests, and security forces in some Saudi airports were barring owners of private jets from taking off without a permit, pan-Arab daily Al-Asharq Al-Awsat said. Among those detained are 11 princes, four ministers and tens of former ministers, according to Saudi officials. It is thought that in total 500 people have been detained as a result of Saudi’s “anti-corruption” drive

    The allegations against the men include money laundering, bribery, extortion and taking advantage of public office for personal gain, a Saudi official told Reuters.

    A royal decree on Saturday said the crackdown was launched in response to “exploitation by some of the weak souls who have put their own interests above the public interest, in order to, illicitly accrue money”.

    The new anti-corruption committee has the power to seize assets at home and abroad before the results of its investigations are known.

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  • Ousted Zimbabwe vice president flees into exile, claiming assassination attempts against him

    He was one of Zimbabwe’s most powerful men: right-hand man to President Robert Mugabe with strong links to the security services.

    But Emmerson Mnangagwa’s fall and sudden removal as vice president was swift after he fell afoul of Mugabe’s ambitious wife, Grace, who recently called him a “snake” whose head must be crushed.

    Zimbabwe faces economic paralysis and critical shortages of hard currency as members of the ruling ZANU-PF party exchanges accusations of witchcraft, poisoning, assassination plots, treachery and the theft of billions of dollars in diamond wealth.

    Two days after dismissing Mnangagwa, Mugabe on Wednesday accused him of using witchcraft as part of his plot against him. Mnangagwa fled Zimbabwe on Wednesday, citing death threats.

    Mugabe’s move to get rid of Mnangagwa smooths a path for his wife to take his place as vice president.

    The two vice president posts are crucial in Zimbabwe: Should the increasingly frail 93-year-old Mugabe die in office, the acting deputy vice president will lead the country to elections. Until recently, Mnangagwa, nicknamed “Crocodile” for his role in Zimbabwe’s liberation war, was seen as Mugabe’s likely successor.

    As Zimbabwe’s economy collapses, Mnangagwa’s fall has focused attention on a ruthless succession battle that has been unfolding in the ruling ZANU-PF party — and on Grace Mugabe’s increasingly strident efforts to grab the leadership of the party.

    Mnangagwa complained that he was poisoned in August after he fell ill at a rally in Gwanda, southern Zimbabwe, after eating ice cream. He was flown to South Africa, where doctors reported finding he had consumed poison, leading to liver damage. His poisoning claim enraged Grace Mugabe and set the stage for his removal.

    Mnangagwa’s dismissal came after people booed Grace Mugabe at a ZANU-PF rally in the southern Zimbabwe city of Bulawayo on Saturday. The state-owned newspaper, the Herald, reported Wednesday that a police manhunt was underway to track the suspected ringleader in the jeering episode, an expelled ZANU-PF member, Magura Charumbira. The Herald described Charumbira as a Mnangagwa loyalist.

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  • Qatar Airways flight diverted after wife discovers husband cheating

    A Qatar Airways flight heading to Bali made an emergency landing Sunday morning after a woman discovered her husband cheating on her.
    According to the Times of India, the flight from Doha was diverted after the woman got into a heated altercation with her husband an hour after take-off.
    The husband fell asleep during the flight, and the woman used his finger to unlock his cell phone. She read his messages and discovered he was cheating on her.
    According to the Washington Post, some reports about the flight say the wife began to hit her sleeping husband after reading the messages.
    Security agencies claim the woman was drunk, created a ruckus and misbehaved with crew members on the flight.
    According to the Indian federal police, the plane had to be diverted to an airport in Chennai, India, where the couple and their young child were kicked off.
    The family was kept at the airport until the woman sobered up, and returned to Doha without further incident.

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  • Saudi Arabia detains princes, ministers in anti-corruption probe

    LONDON — Saudi Arabia announced the arrest on Saturday night of the prominent billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, plus at least 10 other princes, four ministers and tens of former ministers.

    The announcement of the arrests was made over Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned satellite network whose broadcasts are officially approved. Prince Alwaleed’s arrest is sure to send shock waves both through the kingdom and the world’s major financial centers.

    He controls the investment firm Kingdom Holding and is one of the world’s richest men, owning or having owned major stakes in News Corp, Citigroup, Apple, Twitter and many other well-known companies. The prince also controls satellite television networks watched across the Arab world.

    The sweeping campaign of arrests appears to be the latest move to consolidate the power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the favorite son and top adviser of King Salman.

    At 32, the crown prince is already the dominant voice in Saudi military, foreign, economic and social policies, stirring murmurs of discontent in the royal family that he has amassed too much personal power, and at a remarkably young age.

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