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Addis Abeba, September 01/2017 – Intense fighting between the Ethiopian Somali and the Oromo ethnic groups in the eastern Ethiopia has left “more than 30 people”, including “more than a dozen army members”, dead and several others injured, Addis Standard learned.

According to three residents of Mieso town, west Hararghe zone, who contacted Addis Standard late this evening, today’s fighting in and around the town was between several members of local residents and heavily armed members of the “Liyu Police”.   “We couldn’t take the killings our men, the raping of our girls and the lootings of our cattle by bandits openly supported by the Liyu Police,” wrote Abdulatif Kererro, a resident of the town in his message. A similar attack has left seven civilians dead last week in Chinakson in east Hararghe and its environs.   

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Dr. Elleni enjoying a selfie with the “Kombolcha Trio”

Samuel Bogale

Addis Abeba, August 30/2017 – At a day-long forum held at the UN conference center on Tuesday August 29 under the theme “Ensuring Creative Innovative Spaces for Youth Engagement in Ethiopia”, three 17 year-old student innovators who traveled from Kombolcha, about 255 Km NorthEast of Addis Abeba, became the unexpected spotlight of the show.   The three young creative (and curious) students: Nuru Jamal, Anwar Wudu, and Fikir Legesse, have showcased their hand-made products that include, among others, a solar operated water pump, FM broadcaster, a helmet with a fan, a spy robot, a traffic jam censor (and yes, a web browser that doesn’t recognize Facebook!), to a roomful of applause and admire.