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Boston Marathon to run second-largest field in history one year after tragedy

Some 36,000 athletes, including Kenyan and Ethiopian runners who are consistently ranked among the world’s fastest, will run in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, putting the world-renown race back in the spotlight after it was marred by last year’s bombing attack. Returning men’s and women’s champions Lelisa Desisa of…

Ethiopia’s teff grain set to be world’s next ‘super-food’

Under a searing midday sun, a herd of cattle circles atop a pile of golden teff, thrashing the wheat-like grain, a method that has been practised by Ethiopian farmers for centuries. The crop, mostly grown in the Horn of Africa, is a key part of the……

Government ‘land grabs’ shoving Ethiopians out of tribal lands

In Ethiopia, more land grabs, more indigenous people pushed out (via The Christian Science Monitor) In an August 2013 photo, people from the Mursi ethnic group are seen on the road from Hailewuha to Jinka in the South Omo Zone of Ethiopia.(William Davison) As night wore on in a remote…

Swedish journalists jailed for 11 years in Ethiopia

An Ethiopian court on Tuesday sentenced two Swedish journalists to 11 years in jail for supporting terrorism and entering the country illegally, after a trial criticised by rights groups. “The sentence should be punishment of 11 years imprisonment,” Judge Shemsu Sirgaga told the court in the Amharic language through a…

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