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  • ISIS in Egypt Kills 100 Year Old for ‘Witchcraft’

    Islamic State-affiliate Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed it killed a respected sheikh in the Sinai peninsula after abducting him.

    Sheikh Sulaiman Abu Haraz was kidnapped by Islamic State gunmenfrom outside his house in Arish city in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

    The sheikh, who was 100 years old, was reportedly a well-respected Sufi leader in the Sinai.  

    He was accused by the group of practicing “witchcraft.” ISIS-Sinai (as Ansar-Bayt al-Maqdis now style themselves) released a series of pictures on social media of the execution. They  show the sheikh kneeling and surrounded by armed men and an executioner. The final image is of his severed head in the sand covered in blood.

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  • [Breaking News] Eritrean air force pilots defect to Ethiopia with military plane

    Eritrean air force pilots, named Mebrahtu Tesfamariam and Afework fissehaye, have defected on Wednesday by flying their military aircraft Zlin-143-102 to Ethiopia’s northern city, Mekelle.

    This is not the first time for Eritrean air force members to defect to the neighboring nations.

     

    In 2012, two Eritrean military pilots secretly flew President Isaias Afewerki’s plane to Saudi Arabia where they sought political asylum. A year after this incident, three other members of the Eritrean air force have defected with their fighter jet to Saudi Arabia. In April the same year, another female Eritrean air force pilot sent by the regime to retrieve the stolen jet from Saudi Arabia herself was defected.

    As no Eritrean pilot has yet made his route to Ethiopia, the pilots who defected to Ethiopia today are the first ever Eritrean air force members to make the neighboring Ethiopia a destination of their defection.

     

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  • Another Ethiopian athlete makes anti-government gesture in Rio Paralympics

    An Ethiopian Paralympic runner crossed the finish line with a protest gesture. Ethiopian Paralympic runner Tamiru Demisse crossed his arms above his head in a political protest as he went over the finish line in Rio. Tamiru came in second in his 1500m T13 race for visually impaired runners.

    The gesture refers to protesters from the Oromo ethnic group in Ethiopia who have been involved in months of demonstrations as they demand greater political rights. It echoed the one made by compatriot Feyisa Lilesa at the end of the Olympic marathon.

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  • 836 Modern City Cabs Start Service in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa with meter taxi service

    Ethiopian Ministry of Transport announces on Friday, 9th September 2016, up to 836 imported city cabs in Addis Ababa officially started service today. The ministry said the starting of this taxi service is part of its measures to modernise and boost a good transportation service in Addis Ababa. The ministry added it supports around 26 taxi service associations in order to import 1163 cabs duty free.

     

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