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  • Oromo protesters 'force suspension of Ethiopia university exams'- BBC

    Ethiopia's university entrance exams, due to start today, have been cancelled because one of the papers has been leaked online, reports the government-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate.

    Pictures of the English exam have been widely shared on social media.

    Minister of Education Shiferaw Shigute is quoted as saying: “After a cross check, we decided to terminate the whole exam since we had no evidence that the other exams were safe."

    People supporting the protests for greater rights for Ethiopia's Oromo people are saying that they are responsible for the leak.

    Photographs of some of the exam papers have been posted on one activist's Facebook page:

    The activists said they wanted Oromo students to have more time to study for the entrance exams after their high schools had been closed for several months during a wave of protests at the end of last year and the beginning of this year.

    Ethiopia's education ministry has said that a plan for new exams will be announced soon.

    Source: BBC

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  • Ethiopia close to finishing 70% of Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

     

    Ethiopia is about to finish 70% of construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), minister of the Ethiopian Government Communication Affairs office Getachew Reda said.

    In an interview with the Saudi newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Reda added that the finished work included civil engineering and water engineering.

    Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan have contracted two French companies to prepare a report on the impact of the dam on the three countries.

    Reda said that the technical report has nothing to do with the current construction and it is only meant to show its impact on other countries.

    “The dam is being built and this will not be affected by the report, but if there is anyone who believes that he would affected after carrying out the study, then it is not our problem in Ethiopia,” Reda said. Read more here

     

     

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  • Real Madrid Won champions League for the 11th time

     

    The game opened at 1-1 with both sides creating good chances, but neither team could convert a chance so the game moved into extra time.

    Real's players, especially Ronaldo and Bale, were visibally exhausted in the extra half an hour of play, but Atletico couldn't take advantage as the game ended level after 120 minutes.

    But Ronaldo stood up when it came to the penalty shootout, calmly slotting past Jab Oblak after Juanfran had hit the post, to seal a second Champions League title in three years. Read more here

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  • THE WEEKND CANCELS 'JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!' PERFORMANCE BECAUSE DONALD TRUMP TO APPEAR ON SHOW

     

    R&B singer The Weeknd and rapper Belly have canceled their performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" because Donald Trump was set to appear on the episode.

    The Oscar-nominated musicians were slated to record their performance Wednesday in Los Angeles for the late-night ABC show. Belly said he canceled because he didn't want to share a stage with Trump and disagrees with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's views and beliefs.

    "I feel like the way I was raised was to be able to see through all the titles in this world - from religion to race," Belly said in a statement. "I just didn't want to feel like I was a part of a celebration for somebody who has beliefs that majority of us don't agree with."

    Trump has been criticized by some political rivals and voters for his comments on topics including women, refugees, immigrants and Muslims, such as when he said some Mexican immigrants in the U.S. illegally are "rapists" and when he called for a ban on Muslim immigration into the United States.

    A Trump spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment on The Weeknd and Belly. Read more here

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  • AUC Chairperson extends condolences on the death of Papa Wemba

     

    (EthioTime) The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has extended her heartfelt condolences and conveyed her sympathies to the friends, fans and family of the African musician of Congolese origin, Papa Wemba, who died while performing at a concert in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on Saturday, 24April 2016. 

    “The passing of Papa Wemba is a tragic loss, not only for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but for Africa as a whole and the world in general”, Dr. Dlamini Zuma said. “His music served both as a cultural tool for bringing Africa’s diverse populations together, but also, crucially, to project an African voice, into the global scheme. His talent and spirit will be greatly missed”, she added.  

    With a career spanning over four decades and resulting in numerous national and international accolades, Papa Wemba, born Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, is a legend and icon in African music. Known also as Africa’s King of Rhumba Rock, Papa Wemba’s original sounds have roused and inspired many across the African continent, Europe and beyond.

    Papa Wemba’s unique voice to contribute to a more positive narrative about Africa – beyond war, famine and poverty - and his music has been a tool for the promotion of African integration through arts and culture.  He stood for, and advocated for a self-reliant Africa.

    In the spirit of giving his best to Africa, the King of Rhumba Rock was one of the artists that came to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, when AU was celebrating 50th anniversary of continental organization OAU/AU, in May 2013.

    (Image:  Papa Wemba/Flicker)

     

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