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2006-06-17 05:33:58

JOWHAR, Somalia (Reuters) - About 300 Ethiopian troops crossed into Somalia early on Saturday, a top Islamist said. "There are Ethiopian troops just past the border and coming in," Islamic Courts Union Chairman Sharif Sheikh Ahmed told reporters, citing the incursion in Dollow in southwest Somalia earlier on Saturday morning. Ethiopia, Washington's top counterterrorism ally in the Horn of Africa, had backed warlords the Islamists have routed from their strongholds in Mogadishu in a...

2006-06-03 21:12:17

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Meseret Defar made light of wet conditions at New York's grand prix meeting to break the women's 5,000 metres world record on Saturday. The Olympic 5,000m champion improved her personal best by over four seconds to win at the Icahn Stadium in 14 minutes 24.53 seconds to eclipse the previous best of 14:24.68 set by Elvan Abeylegesse of Turkey in 2004. "When I saw the one lap to go split, I was very confident," Defar told reporters through an...

2006-05-29 06:00:45

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Three blasts in the Ethiopian town of Jijiga at the weekend have injured 42 people, the state-run Ethiopian News Agency said on Monday. The explosions, on Saturday night, appeared to have been set off in a coordinated attack in the capital of Ethiopia's Somali region, located about 485 km (300 miles) west of Addis Ababa close to the Somali border, officials said. "Three explosions occurred at Central Hotel, London cafe and Family cafe in Jijiga town...

2006-05-22 17:04:53

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - After a 12-year trial, an Ethiopian court rules on Tuesday whether former President Mengistu Haile Mariam is guilty on charges of genocide that carry a possible death penalty. The Marxist, living a lavish but reclusive life in exile in Zimbabwe, is accused of killing thousands of people during his 17 years in power that began with the toppling of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1974 and included war, brutal purges and famine. Political analysts...

2006-05-12 06:17:52

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Four explosions hit the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Friday, killing two people and injuring at least seven others. One blast at a cafe in a busy market area killed two customers instantly, the latest in a string of mysterious explosions in the city since January. Three other blasts earlier on Friday injured several people in a commercial district and on a bus. Although grenade attacks to settle scores are relatively common in Ethiopia, the unexplained...

2006-05-12 04:05:09

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Two explosions hit Addis Ababa early on Friday, witnesses said, severely damaging the offices of the national airline and another building and injuring seven people. The first blast occurred at 5 am (0200 GMT) at the Ethiopian Airlines office. The second explosion hit a state electricity company headquarters 200 metres away several hours later, injuring seven people, the witnesses said.

2006-05-06 20:10:02

By Linda Muriuki and Arnold Temple NAZRET, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Inside Jobera Flowers' vast greenhouses, there are rows of rose buds ready for harvest and destined to brighten rooms in faraway Europe. The Jobera farm, about 90 km (56 miles) south of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, is one of the most successful in a thriving industry that is helping to diversify the country's coffee-dependent economy. The Horn of Africa country, which prides itself on being the birthplace of coffee,...

2006-04-12 12:05:19

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - An international team of scientists have discovered 4.1 million year old fossils in eastern Ethiopia that fill a missing gap in human evolution. The teeth and bones belong to a primitive species of Australopithecus known as Au. anamensis, an ape-man creature that walked on two legs. The Australopithecus genus is thought to be an ancestor of modern humans. Seven separate species have been named. Au. anamensis is the most primitive. "This new...

2006-04-11 17:51:05

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Security Council members have agreed to decide by mid-May on a plan for scaling back the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia if the two former foes fail to resolve their differences in the next few weeks, council diplomats said on Tuesday. In a resolution set to be adopted by the 15-nation council on Thursday, the council would state its intention to review the mission's role and troop levels by May 15 "in the event it...

2006-04-11 01:51:42

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI (Reuters) - The Kenyan cameraman whose footage of starving Ethiopians in 1984 provoked the most famous global aid response in history has been honored in a documentary to go on public release next month. "Mo & Me" tracks the extraordinary life of journalist Mohamed Amin from his first big scoop uncovering Soviet military activity in Zanzibar to his death arguing with hijackers as their plane plunged into the sea off the Comoros islands. "It's my...


Latest Ethiopia Reference Libraries

African Wild Ass, Equus africanus
2014-04-30 11:15:27

The African wild ass (Equus africanus) is a species within the Equidae family that is thought to be that ancestor of the domestic donkey. This species resides in arid habitats in a range that includes the Horn of Africa, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. This species hold four subspecies, including the Somali wild ass and the Nubian wild ass. The African wild ass reaches an average body length of 6.6 feet, a height between 12.1 and 14.1 hands at the shoulders, and a weight between 510 and...

Nile Lechwe, Kobus megaceros
2012-09-10 17:01:29

The Nile lechwe (Kobus megaceros), a species of antelope, is also known as Mrs Gray's lechwe, the waterbuck, or the wasserbock. It can be found in Ethiopia and Sudan, where it prefers a habitat within grasslands, steppes, wetlands, coastal areas, or swamplands with water reaching a depth between 3.9 and 16 inches. Leopold Fitzinger first described this antelope in 1855. The Nile lechwe varies in size depending on sex, with males typically reaching a weight of up to 260 pounds and females...

Walia Ibex, Capra walie
2012-08-29 12:21:36

The walia ibex (Capra walie), sometimes considered to be a subspecies of the Alpine ibex, and can be found in a highly restricted range in the Semien Mountains in Ethiopia. It prefers a habitat within rocky areas, subalpine grasslands, scrubs, and mountain forests at an elevation between 8,200 and 14,800 feet. This ibex is also known as the Abyssinian ibex. The walia ibex is typical dark brown to red brown in color, with a grey brown muzzle and lighter grey legs. The underbelly and insides...

Dromedary Camel, Camelus dromedarius
2012-08-24 14:19:35

The dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius), also known as the Arabian camel, is a completely domesticated species that appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Domesticated”. It is thought that when wild, its native range was mainly in the Arabian Peninsula. It can now be found in South Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. The only dromedary camels that display wild behaviors are the population of feral camels in Australia, which were introduced in 1840. It prefers a...

Dibatag, Ammodorcas clarkei
2012-08-05 21:14:48

The dibatag (Ammodorcas clarkei), also known as Clarke's gazelle, is native to Somalia and Ethiopia. Its range is significantly smaller than it once was, and in many areas, populations are fragmented. In the region of Ogaden, where it was once abundant, the northern populations have dwindled due to human civilizations taking over. In southern Ogaden, it is still present in acceptable numbers, most likely due to the natural vegetation and habitat required to sustain it. It prefers a habitat...

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