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2005-11-05 15:33:43

By Tsegaye Tadesse and David Mageria ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said on Saturday an independent commission of inquiry would be set up to investigate political unrest that has shaken confidence in the African nation's stability. In an interview with Ethiopian state media, Meles said the government and police had a right to protect property and lives. "Although they had to use force, they are not required to use excessive force," he said. "An...

2005-11-05 09:32:40

By Tsegaye Tadesse and David Mageria ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Two people were reported killed in northern Ethiopia on Saturday after a fifth day of political unrest that has shaken confidence in the vast African nation's stability. Residents in northern Amhara region said two students were killed in a clash between police and demonstrators in Debre Markos, 305 km (190 miles) north of the capital Addis Ababa. Information Minister Berhan Hailu told Reuters: "So far it is not confirmed....

2005-11-04 04:09:59

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Police shot in the air to disperse protesters in the Ethiopian capital on Friday, witnesses said, in a fourth day of clashes between police and anti-government protesters that have killed at least 42 people. Ethiopia's worst violence in months has fueled fears about the stability of the Horn of Africa's dominant power, prompting the European Union and African Union to urge restraint. The latest clashes broke out when a crowd of youths...

2005-11-03 12:40:58

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Three people were shot dead in the Ethiopian capital on Thursday, doctors said, in a third straight day of political unrest that has killed at least 42 and stirred fears for the giant African country's stability. The violence has prompted Britain to warn its citizens against non-essential travel to Ethiopia and both the European Union and African Union urged government and opposition in the country, the Horn of Africa's dominant power, to...

2005-11-02 15:54:47

By David Mageria ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - At least 23 people were killed and 150 wounded in clashes in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday, medical sources said, as police battled protesters in the giant African country's worst political unrest in months. The killings occurred when security forces opened fire to scatter hundreds of demonstrators who formed makeshift barricades, hurled rocks and smashed windscreens in protest against a May poll the opposition says was rigged. The...

2005-11-02 15:13:09

By David Mageria ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - At least 23 people were killed and 150 wounded in clashes in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday, medical sources said, as police battled protesters in the giant African country's worst political unrest in months. Separately, the government said two policemen were killed and 54 policemen wounded in the violence in central Addis Ababa, a bastion of opposition to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. A statement announcing the police deaths implied an...

2005-11-02 09:26:00

By David Mageria ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Twenty-three people including several women were killed in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday, hospital sources said, when police opened fire at stone-throwing youths in the worst anti-government protests in months. Security forces fired teargas and shot in the air to scatter hundreds of demonstrators who formed makeshift barricades, hurled rocks and smashed windscreens in central Addis Ababa in protest against a May poll the opposition says...

2005-11-02 07:04:31

By David Mageria ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ten people were killed in a second day of clashes in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday, hospital officials said, as police confronted stone-throwing youths in the worst anti-government protests in months. Security forces fired teargas and shot in the air to scatter hundreds of demonstrators who formed makeshift barricades, hurled rocks and smashed windscreens in central Addis Ababa in protest against a May poll the opposition says was...

2005-11-02 05:30:49

By David Mageria ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Six people were killed in clashes in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Wednesday, a hospital source said, as police confronted stone-throwing youths in a second day of anti-government protests. Security forces fired teargas and shot in the air to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who formed makeshift barricades, hurled rocks and smashed windscreens in protest against a May poll the opposition says was rigged. "We have received today six...

2005-11-01 09:57:38

By Tsegaye Tadesse ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Six people were killed and at least 36 wounded in clashes between riot police and opposition supporters in the Ethiopian capital on Tuesday, a sign of persistent political tension in Africa's top coffee grower. Riot police in Addis Ababa firing at stone-throwing protesters killed five people and wounded 18, hospital sources said, in a new backlash against a disputed May election. Government officials said one police officer was killed in...