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  • Athelet Feyisa will get hero’s welcome, government official

    The Olympic runner from Ethiopia who defiantly made an anti-government gesture at the finish line of the men’s marathon Sunday will receive a “heroic welcome” and not face prosecution, a government spokesman said Monday.

     

    Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms above his head to draw attention to deadly protests in Oromia, his home region in Ethiopia, as he secured his second-place win at the end of the event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the Associated Press reported. He told reporters that he may be killed or imprisoned if he ever returns home, where protesting is “very dangerous.”

     

    “If I go back to Ethiopia, the government will kill me,” Lilesa told Sports Illustrated. “If not, they will charge me. After that, if they not charge, they will block in the airport in immigration. I want to move to another country and try to go to another country.”

     

    Ethiopia’s Communications Minister Getachew Reda told CNN that Lilesa is an “Ethiopian hero” who “shouldn’t at all be worried” to return to his home country. “I can assure you nothing is going to happen to his family nothing is going to happen to him,” Reda sa

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  • Ethiopian Man Burned alive by robbers

    Tesfu Reday lives in Johannesburg for the past 6 years. He struggled in life and was able to open a small shop.

    Last Wednesday, September 14, around midnight robbers came to his shop where he also lives in a small room behind. They broke the door and went it. He asked them what they want. They were looking for money, so he gave them all he has. But they didnt stop there. They took him outside where he park his car, put him inside and tie him with the chair and then lit the car on fire.

    They escaped after they did that. Our helpless brother, Tesfu Coudn’t survive the fire.His body was so damaged it took time for the police to identify him. They finally did after taking DNA sample from his son, a 3 year old boy

    Once his identity is released, fellow Ethiopians were able to send his body back home and we have learnt that he got buried in Addis Abeba Sunday, Sept. 18/20016

     

    (Admas Reporter from Jo bur

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  • Ethiopia says Oromo leader detained for meeting terrorist group in Brussels

    Ethiopian authorities have clarified that leading opposition figure and Chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), Dr Merera Gudina is in detention for flouting state of emergency rules.

    The specific provision he is said to have flouted related to an alleged meeting with a terrorist group during his visit to Brussels. The authorities said investigations are currently underway to verify the allegation.

    A statement published by the Embassy of Ethiopia in Belgium refuted the assertion that Dr Gudina was arrested for meeting members of the European Parliament (EP).

    ‘Despite his awareness of these provisions, Dr. Merera Gudina allegedly met and discussed with the leader of a group listed as terrorist in Brussels from 7-9 November 2016.

    ‘‘Hence, the arrest of Dr Merera Gudina is not related with the meeting in the European Parliament but the alleged discussion with the leader of a terrorist group. If this meeting is confirmed by the investigation, this would have to be considered as a clear and deliberate violation of the state of emergency,’‘ the statement read.

    The EP last week officially wrote to the Ethiopian government seeking clarification on the arrest of Dr Gudina.

    Ethiopian security forces arrested the academician and OFC leader shortly after his arrival in the capital Addis Ababa on December 1 from Belgium. Reports indicated that together with other Ethiopian activists and the Olympic athlete Feyisa Lelisa – he met with Members of the European Parliament on 9 November 2016.

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  • 2 separate suspicious deaths of Ethiopians in Fairfax, Virginia

    SPRINGFIELD, Va. - Fairfax County police are investigating two homicides that happened less than two miles apart that are believed to be possibly connected.

    Police say 22-year-old Henok Yohannes was found dead Thursday inside his Springfield home in the 6400 block of Blarney Stone Court after they received a call at around 8:15 p.m. Authorities found Yohannes with apparent trauma to the upper body.

    On Friday, police said 22-year-old Kedest Sileshi Simeneh of Springfield was found leaning against a tree and not moving by a homeowner in their yard in the 6500 block of Cordwood Court in Burke. The resident contacted police and medical personnel found the woman deceased at the scene -- also with upper body trauma.

    Police said Yohannes and Simeneh's deaths do not appear to be random.

    "We have almost of all of our homicide squad out here, we have crime scene detectives out here, we have an investigator from the medical examiner's office and they have divided up both scenes to try to work very diligently through the details to find out what circumstances are surrounding this that may be linking these cases and who could possibly be involved," said Fairfax County police spokesperson Monica Meeks.

    A candlelight vigil was held in Springfield Friday night for Yohannes. People stood together, with some crying, in a silent remembrance. Yohannes, a native of Ethiopia, was remembered as a person who loved soccer. People said he was an amazing person with so much to offer and everyone here was shocked by the sudden loss of two lives.

    "It's really sad that something like that would happen to two young individuals -- 22 years old," said one vigil attendee. "They had their whole lives ahead of them."

    "Henok wasn't a violent person," another person said. "He would never get violent with anyone. I don't think I have ever met a more positive person in my life."

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131 or Crime Solvers at http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org, by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477).

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  • Facebook allows users to upload videos in comments

    Facebook users can now leave videos as comments on posts and status updates. By selecting the camera icon underneath a string of replies — previously used only to add a photo — you're now able to upload your own video clip on Facebook's iOS and Android app, as well as on its regular site. The feature was prototyped in a single day as part of the company's 50th Hackathon early this year, but was honed over the past few months, Facebook engineer Bob Baldwin explaining that it was "no small feat to add support across interfaces and within two heavy traffic services, like comments and videos."

     

    The social network has increasingly focused on video over the past year, introducing live-streaming capabilities in January, adding a dedicated video tab in April, and signing deals with publishers to produce videos every month. The increased video views have helped drive Facebook's shares up, as features like the new video upload ensure that moving images are visible at every level of its network.

     

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