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The PM also said “black market in forex” and “contraband” as well as “Khat trading” in eastern Ethiopia fueled recent violence, giving the violence ethnic and national dimensions. But the PM defended the federal army and the Somali region’s controversial “Liyu Police” force in the conflict with the exception of …

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, Oct. 22/2017 – Several people were killed, many of them hacked to death, in yet another communal violence, this time in Illu Aba Bora (Illubabor) zone of the Oromia regional state in western Ethiopia, according to two sources who spoke to Addis Standard by phone.  …

  Etenesh Abera Addis Abeba, Oct. 18/2017 –  The United States Embassy in Addis Abeba said in a statement that the US “sees peaceful demonstrations as a legitimate means of expression and political participation,” and noted “with appreciation a number of recent events during which demonstrators expressed themselves peacefully, and …