Obama in Ethiopia
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Obama in Ethiopia

President Barack Obama is sometimes called the “President of Firsts.” He is the first African American to hold the office of President of the United States, the first US president to support gay marriage, the first to appoint a Hispanic-American to the Supreme Court, and the first to address both houses of the British Parliament. Last week, he also became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. This coming week, Mr. Obama will add one more item to his list of historic firsts — he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia.

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Ethiopia looks forward for first Diaspora Day Festival
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Ethiopia looks forward for first Diaspora Day Festival

Ethiopia is looking forward to welcome a huge crowd of its diaspora this coming August for a newly marked Diaspora Day Festival. The festival, the first of its kind in the country, is set to take place on August 16. “We are looking to foster the Diaspora’s relation with their homeland and show the new opportunities at home. Their contribution to the nation’s development is immense,” said Dewano Kedir, the State Minister with the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Ethiopia freed jailed writers but friends remain behind bars
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Ethiopia freed jailed writers but friends remain behind bars

“An Ethiopian Journalist Jailed for Her Integrity” reads the title of a story about Edom Kassaye that was circulating on the Internet hours before rumors of her release and others broke on social media. The release of the writers, which stunned the defendants, their solicitors and admirers alike, was followed by yet another unexpected release of Reeyot Alemu, who walked out of prison on June 9.

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