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Ethiopian court finds Swedes guilty of aiding rebels

Written by Aaron Maasho

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – An Ethiopian court found two Swedish journalists guilty on Wednesday of helping and promoting the outlawed Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebel group, and entering the Horn of Africa nation illegally.Reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson were arrested in July after they entered Ethiopia’s Ogaden province from Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region with a team of ONLF fighters.Sentencing is due next week and the prosecution asked for a combined sentence of 18 years 6 months for both charges.Sileshi Ketsela, one of the defence lawyers, said they would now discuss with their clients about whether to appeal.Addis Ababa has blacklisted the ONLF as a terrorist group, and its recently-adopted anti-terrorism legislation outlaws promotion of the insurgents’ activities. Read more →

Tigray to acquire up to 70% of Harvest North

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Monday December 19 2011 – News Release

Mr. Andrew Smith reports

TIGRAY ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF THE 795 SQUARE KILOMETREHARVEST NORTH PROPERTIES IN ETHIOPIA

Tigray Resources Inc. has entered into a non-binding agreementwith respect to a three-year option to acquire up to an 80% interest in theHarvest North properties from an arm’s length party. The Harvest Northproperties cover 795 square kilometres immediately adjacent north and west ofTigray’s existing Harvest project in Ethiopia.Tigray’s President and CEO Andrew Lee Smith said, “We areencouraged by the first set of drill results at our Harvest project in Ethiopia,which were released on December 12 and included a highlight hole of 73.8 metresof 3.8% copper, 1.3 grams per tonne gold and 14 grams per tonne silver. Theacquisition of Harvest North takes our land position to more than 1,100 squarekilometres and establishes Tigray as the dominant land holder in this promisingnew region.” Read more →

Somali militants terrorize Kenya

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Three police officers were killed by an explosion in a Somali refugees’ camp in Kenya, Reuters reports with reference to eye-witnesses.The camp is located not far from the Somali border where the Islamist Al-Shabaab group, associated with al-Qaeda, is active. Kenyan law-enforcers do not rule out that the policemen died as a result of a terrorist act.Somali militants stepped up their hostilities on Kenyan territory after Kenyan troops dealt several blows on their bases near the border.

(Reuters)

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