Anita Powell
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/ 14 April 2008

Ethiopia votes in first round of elections

Ethiopians voted on Sunday in a first round of general elections that the opposition coalition boycotted to protest alleged intimidation of its candidates, and that an international rights group said would be unfair. Governing coalition candidates are running virtually unchallenged after the main opposition coalition pulled out.

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/ 3 February 2008

Who will be the Washington, DC, of Africa?

The United States of Africa is one of few concrete plans on which African leaders agreed as they struggled with issues of peacekeeping and political disputes at this week’s continental summit. The problem is, so many countries want to be Washington, DC, and presidential candidates are already rumoured.

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/ 22 October 2007

Beyoncé makes a splash in Addis Ababa

R&B star Beyoncé Knowles joined year-long millennium celebrations in Ethiopia on Saturday evening with a spirited concert in the capital of the Horn of Africa nation. About 5 000 adoring fans in Ethiopia — a country normally unimpressed by Western music — turned out to see Beyoncé.

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/ 29 August 2007

Ethiopia welcomes millennium, not its homeless

Thousands of homeless people will be moved from the capital to the countryside before next month’s millennium celebration and provided help with food, shelter and medicine, a development group said on Tuesday. Homelessness is a huge problem in Addis Ababa, a city of five million where an estimated 90 000 live on the streets.