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Dispatches From Ethiopia – The River

Written by SOS canada

The local river after only three important rains is now a wide alley of fast flowing water about 7 feet deep.  Just three weeks ago the river did not surpass an adult`s knees at the deepest part and the flow was slow and very narrow. One can see the results of too much water by marks in the local river banks. Read more →

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood claims wins in run-off votes

The Muslim Brotherhood’s leader says it will form
a broad coalition if it wins the elections

The Muslim Brotherhood has said its political party has won a majority of run-off contests in the first round of Egypt’s parliamentary election.

Official results are not expected until Thursday, but the Freedom and Justice Party said it had won 36 of the 56 seats awarded to individual candidates.The Islamist group won almost 37% of the vote in earlier polling, which awarded seats according to party lists.It was the first ballot since President Mubarak was ousted in February. Read more →

Swedish reporters in Ethiopia ‘terror’ tria

Written by Al Jazeera

Trial of journalists accused of supporting outlawed rebels in Ogaden region adjourned until December 21.

Schibbye and Persson were slightly injured in the gunfight

in which they were captured and several rebels killed

The trial of two Swedish journalists facing charges of supporting and training rebels in Ethiopia’s restive Ogaden region has been adjourned.

Closing arguments in the case were scheduled for December 21 as Wednesday’s court session ended in Addis Ababa on Wednesday.Reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson were arrested in Ethiopia’s Ogaden region where Ethiopian forces have clashed with the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) on July 1. Read more →

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