Ethiopia summons US ambassador over Trump comments in dam dispute

26 Oct 2020; MEMO: Ethiopia on Saturday summoned the US ambassador over what it called an “incitement of war” between Ethiopia and Egypt from President Donald Trump over their dispute about the filling and operation of a massive hydropower dam, Reuters reports.

Trump called on Friday for an agreement between the countries, but added it was a dangerous situation and that Cairo could end up “blowing up that dam”.

Ethiopia tells UN 'no intention' of using dam to harm Egypt, Sudan

27 Sep 2020; MEMO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told the United Nations on Friday that his country has “no intention” of harming Sudan and Egypt with a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile that has caused a bitter water dispute between the three countries, Reuters reports.

AU Says 17 African Countries, Regions Under Border Closure Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

ADDIS ABABA, Sept 24 (NNN-ENA) – The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), yesterday said that, 17 African countries and regions are under full border closure, due to concerns related to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Africa.

AU calls for urgent collection of illicit arms in Africa

ADDIS ABABA, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) Commission on Saturday disclosed an urgent need to collect illicit weapons in possession of civilians in Africa as an estimated 40 million weapons presently under the possession of civilians across the continent.

The statement was made by Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, in a statement issued in relation to the Africa Amnesty Month, which is the implementation of the AU theme of the year 2020 "Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for Africa's Development".

AU suspends Mali from continental bloc until restoration of constitutional order

ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) Commission on Wednesday suspended Mali from the pan-African bloc following the forced detention of senior officials, including the country's president and prime minister.

The decision to suspend Mali from AU membership was made by the Peace and Security Council of the AU Commission during its latest meeting that dwelt upon the situation in the western Africa country.

Ethiopian political crisis: Defence Minister suspended from ruling party organ

ADDIS ABABA, Aug 11 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Ethiopian Defence Minister Lemma Megerssa and two other top officials have been temporarily suspended from the ruling Prosperity Party’s central committee.

Lemma was once a close ally of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and a key figure in the country’s political and economic reform over the past few years.

Prior to being appointed as a defence minister he was the head of the country’s most-populous state, Oromia.

AU chairs Renaissance Dam meeting between Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia

21 July 2020; MEMO: The African Union is chairing a virtual meeting between leaders from Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan in the latest attempt to reach an agreement over the Renaissance Dam.

Leaders of the three countries have held multiple talks hosted by various leaders and institutions over the past ten years, but little progress has been made.

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