Ethiopia says China’s ZTE could lose part of $800m in row over terms


Ethiopia has told Chinese telecoms firm ZTE Corp it risked losing part of its deal worth $800 million to expand the nation’s network because of differences over costs of upgrading existing systems, an Ethiopian minister and executive said. The deal last year with monopoly state-run operator Ethio Telecom was part of a $1.6 billion package, split between ZTE and another Chinese firm Huawei Technologies Co … Continue reading Ethiopia says China’s ZTE could lose part of $800m in row over terms

Journalist killed in Somalia, the third this year


A Somali journalist working for a London-based television station became the third reporter to die in the war-torn country this year after he was killed Tuesday in the semi-autonomous Puntland region, police said. Abdirisak Ali Abdi, who worked for Radio Daljir in Puntland and London-based Horn TV, was shot by a group of unidentified attackers in the town of Galkayo in the Mudug region. “The … Continue reading Journalist killed in Somalia, the third this year


IN SUMMARY The new Bill avoids any explicit references to homosexuality, but co-opt sections of the Penal Code, which prescribe, among others, a life sentence for “unnatural sexual practices.” The new Bill also expands the definition of the promotion of unnatural sexual practices and proposes a prison sentence of up to seven years for the promotion of homosexuality. Funding for purposes of promoting unnatural sexual … Continue reading

Ebola death toll rises to 5,420: WHO


The World Health Organization said Wednesday that 5,420 people had so far died of Ebola across eight countries, out of a total 15,145 cases of infection, since late December 2013. On Friday, the UN health agency had reported 5,177 deaths and 14,413 cases. The WHO believes that the number of deaths is likely far higher, given that the fatality rate in the current outbreak is … Continue reading Ebola death toll rises to 5,420: WHO