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Lost Ethiopian town comes from a forgotten empire that rivalled Rome | New Scientist

Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient buried town in Ethiopia that was inhabited for 1400 years. The town was part of a powerful civilisation called Aksum that dominated East Africa for centuries and traded with other great powers like the Roman Empire. “This is one of the most important ancient civilisations, but people [in the Western world] don’t know it,” says Michael Harrower of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. “Outside of Egypt and Sudan, it’s the earliest complex society or major civilisation in Africa.” The Empire of Aksum dominated East Africa and parts of Arabia from about 80 BC to […]

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Mass funeral service held for Ethiopian crash victims – video | The Guardian

Reuters/AP, The Guardian CRASH SITE—A boarding pass is seen at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash March 11, near the town of Bishoftu, Ethiopia. CNS/TIKSA NEGERI, REUTERS of people have mourned victims of the Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 crash, as 17 empty caskets draped in the national flag were accompanied through the streets of the capital, Addis Ababa, amid emotional scenes. Relatives, friends, and colleagues of the 157 people killed when the plane crashed on 10 March lit candles and held prayers during the service. The identification of some remains of crash victims could take […]

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Eritrea closes border crossings to Ethiopian travelers | The Washington Post ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Eritrea has partially closed two border crossings with Ethiopia that opened this year after the former East African rivals made peace and restored relations, an Ethiopian official said Friday.

Elias Meseret | AP, The Washington Post AFP/Getty Images. Featured Image ABABA, Ethiopia — Eritrea has partially closed two border crossings with Ethiopia that opened this year after the former East African rivals made peace and restored relations, an Ethiopian official said Friday. Thousands of people have crossed the border that had been closed for two decades, with traders pursuing brisk business and families reuniting after years apart. The crossings opened with fanfare in September as both countries said they would remove their troops. It was not clear why Eritrea closed the crossings to Ethiopians, spokeswoman Liya Kassa with Ethiopia’s northern Tigray […]

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All-female Ethiopian airline crew breaks gender barriers with historic flight to Nigeria | Face2Face Africa The historic airlift, which is the airline’s first flight to Nigeria in the hands of an all-female crew, has grabbed headlines across the world, with some people lauding it as a major milestone for the womenfolk.

The historic airlift, which is the airline’s first flight to Nigeria in the hands of an all-female crew, has grabbed headlines across the world, with some people lauding it as a major milestone for the womenfolk.

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‘We Are Everywhere’: How Ethiopia Became a Land of Prying Eyes | The New York Times FENDIKA, Ethiopia — When he is away from his fields, Takele Alene, a farmer in northern Ethiopia, spends a lot of his time prying into the personal and political affairs of his neighbors.

FENDIKA, Ethiopia — When he is away from his fields, Takele Alene, a farmer in northern Ethiopia, spends a lot of his time prying into the personal and political affairs of his neighbors.

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The land of Haile Selassie is finally recognizing its Rastafarian community | Quartz Ethiopia’s government has announced it will issue identity cards to members of the Rastafarian community, a religious group that has long been seen as stateless in the horn of Africa nation.

Ethiopia’s government has announced it will issue identity cards to members of the Rastafarian community, a religious group that has long been seen as stateless in the horn of Africa nation.

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