Presidents of Sudan, South Sudan Meet

The presidents of South Sudan and Sudan meet Sunday in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, in an attempt to resolve differences that have widened since South Sudan gained independence last year. The planned meeting between Sudan President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudan’s Salva Kiir comes a day after a U.N. deadline to work out their issues […]

Protesters target Ethiopian consulate over domestic worker abuse

A group of Ethiopian protesters gathered outside the Ethiopian Consulate in Lebanon Sunday, saying their community is ignored and treated with callousness. The group pointed to a recent videotape in which an Ethiopian domestic worker, Alem Dechasa-Desisa, was physically assaulted by a man identified as Ali Mahfouz. The woman was taken to a hospital where […]

Domestic worker abused in video commits suicide in Lebanon

An Ethiopian domestic worker in Lebanon who was filmed being physically abused in public has committed suicide, local media have reported. The video, first aired by Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) last week, sparked outrage by showing a man, Ali Mahfouz (pictured on right), abusing Alem Dechasa as she cried on a street outside the […]

ET409: Pilot error, inexperience blamed for the crash

The preliminary report on the crash of Ethiopian airliner flight ET409 in Lebanon in which all 90 people on board died earlier this year, indicates that both the pilot’s and co-pilot’s inexperience with the jet was “certainly behind the accident”, according to local reports. The pilot had one month of experience with the Boeing 737-800 […]