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Eritrea and Ethiopia to re-establish diplomatic ties


Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaia Afwerki made the announcement during a landmark meeting in the latter’s capital Asmara.

It is the first time the leaders from the two East African neighbours have met in almost 20 years.

Relations were severed following a border dispute which killed tens of thousands of people in the late 1990s.

A peace deal was signed in December 2000. However, Ethiopia refused to accept the final ruling of a border commission two years later, which awarded disputed territory to Eritrea, including the town of Badme.

The countries have been on a war footing ever since.

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Sophia the robot meets Ethiopian PM


Sophia, the famous humanoid robot, has finally met Ethiopia’s prime minister after her lost body parts were found.

A bag containing some of the robot was lost at Frankfurt airport last week, which led to the cancellation of a press conference scheduled to take place on Friday at the Ethiopian National Museum in the capital, Addis Ababa.

We don’t yet know what was discussed in today’s meeting, but we do know that Sophia isn’t pre-programmed with answers. Instead, she uses machine learning and responds by reading people’s expressions.

Designed by Hong Kong firm Hanson Robotics, Sophia has been programmed to speak Amharic, Ethiopia’s official language. She also speaks English.

Sophia the robot loses parts on way to Ethiopia


Sophia, the famous humanoid robot, has arrived in Ethiopia – but without some of her body parts.

A bag containing some of the robot was lost at Frankfurt airport, which has led to cancellation of a press conference scheduled to take place on Friday at the Ethiopian National Museum in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Designed by Hong Kong firm Hanson Robotics, Sophia has been programmed to speak Amharic, Ethiopia’s official language.

She was also due to have dinner with Ethiopia’s Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed during her three-day visit in the city.

But Getahun Mekuria, Ethiopia’s science and technology minister, told BBC Amharic that Sophia would still appear at Saturday’s MCIT International Expo.

Getnet Asefa, the manager of Icog Labs – the engineering firm behind her Amharic programming, explained that Sophia was fixable and they would find alternative parts for her.

Amharic is the first language she will have spoken other than English since she was activated in 2015.

Source: Morning Call

In Ethiopia Banned TV channel opens in Ethiopia


A US-based Ethiopian media outlet that was banned in the Horn of Africa country has opened an office in Addis Ababa, the privately owned Addis Standard website reports.

“Oromo Media Network, which was facing terrorism charges until recently, has inaugurated its office in #AddisAbaba today,” tweeted Addis Standard.

Several government officials are reportedly attending the inauguration ceremony.

Minnesota-based OMN was banned in Ethiopia in February 2017 after the government said it belonged to “terrorist” organisations, but the ban was lifted last month as part of reforms being undertaken by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

By Addis Standard

Addis Standard

Ethiopia rolls out red carpet for historic Eritrean visit


A high-level Eritrean government delegation has left for the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for peace talks, Eritrean state TV reports.

Our colleague Kumera Gemechu sends these photos from Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport where a welcome committee awaits the Eritreans’ arrival:

Photo: By Kumera Gemechu

Photo: By Kumera Gemechu

Ethiopia PM: We want love with Eritrea – not war


Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Ahmed has called for love – not war – with long-standing rival Eritrea.

Speaking on television after hosting an Eritrean delegation for dinner on Tuesday night, Mr Abiy said: “Love is the only way out. We have tried war, it didn’t benefit either side. It cost lives, time, money – and it diverts attention from other important things.”

He spoke of Ethiopian athletes being able to run in Eritrea, and the state airline resuming flights to the neighbouring state.

Tens of thousands of people were killed during a 1998-2000 war between the two countries for control of the town of Badme.

Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki was not at the talks, but he sent a high-level delegation – which included his political adviser Yemane Gebreab – to Ethiopia in an attempt to end the border dispute.

Mr Yemane said both countries had closed a sad chapter, and a new one was opening.

By Morning Call

FBI arrives in Ethiopia to help probe blast


FBI investigators have arrived in Ethiopia to help with the inquiry into last Saturday’s attack on a huge political rally in the capital, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s Federal Police Commissioner General Zeynu Jemal has told me.

A total of 28 suspects were now in custody, he added.

The deadly explosion occurred just after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had finished addressing the rally in Addis Ababa, which was called to show support for the reforms he has introduced since taking office in April.