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The Brown Condor Celebration Sets for Takeoff staff

Teddy Fikre, C.E.O. of Brown Condor Productions and Member of Ethiopian Americans for Change, is keeping busy these days. Teddy is planning The Brown Condor Launch Celebration which will take place on December 12th, at Jin Lounge in …

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09.25.09. Where Will You Be? Staff
Published August 26,  2009

Numbers are important and Ethiopian-Americans for Change, formerly Ethiopians for Obama, is taking the initial steps of making the Ethiopian community within the United States ‘count’.

During the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, the diligent …

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4 Ethiopian athletes missing in Scotland

FALKIRK, Scotland (AP)— Two runners and two hurdlers from Ethiopia were reported missing Tuesday after leaving their hotel before a track and field meet in Scotland.

The four are Betelhem Shewatatek (women’s 200 meters), Feleke Bekele (400 hurdles), Hagos Tadesse …

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Guzo, a smash hit in New York City!

NEW YORK — The critically acclaimed and winner of the 3rd annual Addis Film festival Guzo screened at Helen Mills Theater in New York city Saturday August 8th taking theatergoers for one emotional rollercoaster ride.  Organized by Abshiro Kids & …

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Ethiopia Reads Founder Yohannes Gebregeorgis in NJ and NY

Hear Ethiopia Reads founder and finalist for the CNN Hero 2008 Award Yohannes Gebregeorgis speak about his work in New York and New Jersey, This week.

New Jersey

Place: Maplewood Memorial Library
51 Baker Street
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Date: Saturday,

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Unseasonable rain damages year’s harvest in Ethiopia

By Tamiru L. Obole |Jimma Times

NORTH SHEWA – The unseasonable rain of last September, October and early November has damaged much of the harvest in the rural part of North Shewa of Oromya and Amhara regional states.

Leguminous …

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Ethiopia: Drought intensifies in Tigray

MEKELLE (IRIN) – The humanitarian situation in the drought-affected north and north-eastern Ethiopia continues to deteriorate as severe drought bites.

“Rainfall in October, which was unexpected, was not of great help to the crops that were planted in May; only …

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Jendayi Frazer says Woyanne is ready to go into Darfur




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EthiDolls: Telling the stories of African women leaders

Tiberah Tsehai

EthiDolls, established in 2003 and based in New York City, is the maker of the eye catching Queen of Sheba Doll, Makeda. Makeda comes fully dressed in hand-woven hager lebse and even has tattoos on her neck. …

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Pirates hijack Saudi ‘super tanker’

Source: CNN

Pirates have hijacked a Saudi-owned oil tanker with 25 crew aboard off the coast of Kenya, the U.S. Navy and the British Foreign Office confirmed on Monday.

he Sirius Star — a crude “super tanker” flagged in Liberia …

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Video: “AK47 in one hand & Kerare in the other” TPDM fighter

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Obama adds North Carolina to White House win

By Mike Baker and Barbara Rodriguez

(AP) – President-elect Obama won North Carolina on Thursday, a triumph that underscored his political strength as he turned nine states that President Bush won in 2004 to Democratic blue.

The Associated Press declared …

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Somali Prime Minister says Woyanne is causing problems


NAIROBI, KENYA – Somali Prime Minister Nur Hasan Hussein (Nur Adde) has told some Somali MPs that the Ethiopian government Woyanne was causing trouble for the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG)

The prime minister issued this remarks following …

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5 Suicide Bomb Attacks Hit Somalia


NAIROBI, Kenya — Suicide attacks rocked government and United Nations offices in two regions of northern Somalia on Wednesday, killing or wounding dozens of people and shattering a sense of relative calm there, according …

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Insurgents reject UN-backed deal for Somalia


Somalia’s radical insurgents on Monday vowed to fight on despite Addis Ababa’s Woyanne’s pledge to respect a UN-sponsored deal reached a day earlier that allows for a pullback of Ethiopian TPLF troops Thugs.

The Somali government and an …

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Intense fighting erupts as Somali fighters ambush TPLF thugs

By Bonny Apunyu, SomaliNet

Intense battle erupted on Saturday morning in Somalia in an area between Lego and Yaqbariweyne in the Bay region (south) when Al-Shabaab forces ambushed Ethiopian TPLF and Somali government troops heading to the capital, Mogadishu, residents …

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Top 10 items on UDJ’s To Do List

Fresh off their successful event, “Poety night” with the ‘youth league,’ below are the top 10 events Birtukan Mideksa and her UDJ (Andinet Party) are currently organizing:

10. Non Violence Poetry night Part II
9. Peaceful stand up comedy night

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VIDEO: TPDM concert, EPPF’s 9th year and Famine in Tigraye

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Nigerians, massive banking scam, with an Ethiopian twist


South Korean police said Thursday they had arrested three Nigerians for allegedly obtaining millions of dollars from Citibank with a forged document purportedly from Ethiopia’s central bank.

Police said the suspects were caught Monday in the Yongsan district of …

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Obama or McCain? First-time voter is”proud to be an America”

by Julia N. Opoti, Mshale

For Madin Dula, this election is different. The thought of casting her vote makes her smile. This is her third U.S. presidential election, but the first one in which she can vote.

Ten years ago, …

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Ethiopia ranks number 142 for press freedom

Source: news.balita

MOSCOW, Oct. 22 — Russia has been ranked 141 out of 173 countries in the 2008 press freedom index published on Wednesday by the international organization Reporters Without Borders.

The report’s authors say the Russian media “continues to …

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Eight people killed at Kenyan border-town fighting

Source: APA

At least eight Kenyan Somalis have been killed in renewed fighting between two Somali clans in and outside the north-eastern Kenyan city of Mandera bordering Somalia early on Wednesday morning, a source from Mandera told APA in Mogadishu.…

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Inflation on food items in Ethiopia reaches 51.8%

Source African News

Inflation in most East African countries is said to be rising this year. In Ethiopia it moved from 33.6 % in August to37.2 % in September; In Kenya from 27.6% in August 2008 to 28.2% in September

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US Says Draft Ethiopian NGO Law Would ‘Close Political Space’

By Peter Heinlein, VOA

The top U.S. official for human rights and democracy issues has met Ethiopia’s TPLF leaders to express concern about pending legislation that critics say would curtail political freedoms. VOA’s Peter Heinlein in Addis Ababa reports Ethiopian

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Somalia: Opposition leader ‘hopeful’ for Woyanne withdrawal

Garowe Online

Somalia’s opposition leader, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, has declared that he is “hopeful” about the successful signing of a final peace agreement with the country’s Ethiopian Woyanne-backed interim government.

Speaking in Yemen, the chairman of the Alliance for …

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U.S. drops charges against Binyam Mohammed and 4 others


A Pentagon official overseeing the Guantanamo war crimes court dismissed all pending charges against five prisoners on Tuesday, including a British resident accused in a radioactive “dirty bomb” plot.

The Defense Department gave no reason for the action and …

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Yemen may shun Ethiopians, Eritreans


GENEVA – Yemen may move to deny entry to people from Ethiopia and Eritrea, after having recently detained 87 Ethiopians who reached the country after a perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden, the United Nations (UN) said today.…

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“Free Market vs. Big Government” & the 2008 Election

by Selam Retta,

Donkey vs. Elephant” “Democrat vs. Republicans” “Socialism vs. Capitalism” “Free Market vs. Big Government”

Free Market? The only time that ever came close to existence is probably during the early stage of this nation’s founder’s time. …

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Group says US used Woyanne for dirty work

by Matt Brown, The National

NAIROBI // Nestled somewhere among the green hillsides of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, is a cluster of small detention centres, where detainees have languished for almost two years without being charged.

The detention centres are …

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Court set date for Teddy verdict

By Muluken Yewondwossen, Capital

The Federal High Court, 8th Criminal Bench adjourned the case of Tewodros Kassahun a.k.a ‘Teddy Afro’ until Monday November 3, 2008 for a final verdict.

After his lawyer Million Assefa completed presenting witnesses and documents in …

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Gallup Daily: Obama’s Lead Edges Higher


Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Friday through Sunday gives Barack Obama an 11 percentage point lead over John McCain in the presidential vote preferences of all registered voters, 52% to 41%.

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Protest rally in DC against genocide in Ogaden – Oct 24

Ethiopians in Washington DC will hold a rally in Washington DC at the State Department on Oct. 24, 2008, to protest the atrocities and war crimes that are being committed against the people of Ethiopia by the regime of Tigrean …

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VIDEO: Back from the ‘African Guantanamo’

By Stéphanie Braquehais

After spending eight years behind bars in Ethiopian jails for presumed links with the terrorist Al Qaeda network, eight Kenyans speak out about their terrible ordeal.

After being secretly detained in Ethiopia for more than one year, …

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Angelina Jolie to adopt Ethiopian child


Angelina Jolie is said to be planning to adopt another child in the New Year.

The actress, who gave birth to Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline in July, is thought to be keen to give a home to an …

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UN worker assassinated in Somalia


An engineer working for the UN in Somalia has died in the latest of a series of assassination-style killings of aid workers.

The Somali official, employed by UN childrens’ fund, Unicef, was shot several times in the head …

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VIDEO: TPDM attacks Woyanne forces in Adwa

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Heavy Fighting in Somali Capital Kills at Least 18

By VOA News

Heavy fighting has broken out in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, leaving at least 18 people dead, many of them civilians.

The fighting began when insurgents attacked African Union Dictators-R-Us and Ethiopian troops Woyanne thugs Thursday, drawing retaliatory fire. …

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CBS Poll: Uncommitted Voters Say Obama Won Final Debate

CBS News

UPDATED WITH FINAL RESULTS As in the previous debates, CBS News and Knowledge Networks have conducted a nationally representative poll of uncommitted voters to get their immediate reaction to tonight’s presidential debate.

In the first presidential debate, second …

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Obama Supporter Moblizes African, Caribbean Communities

Produced by Natalie Moore, Chicago Public Radio

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We’ve been reporting on Chicagoans who are deeply invested in the presidential race between Illinois Senator Barack Obama and Arizona Senator John McCain. Today, we meet an Ethiopian-born …

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Sarah Palin Booed at Philadelphia Flyers Opener


The backlash over Sarah Palin has already reached infamous and high levels in many circles. Mockery and scorn follow Palin on late night shows and among some pundits, and her campaign for Vice President has seemed like one big …

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Dominant duo retain titles


Zersenay Tadese and Lornah Kiplagat brilliantly defended their IAAF World Half-Marathon Championship titles with runaway victories in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.

The Eritrean and Dutch stars used almost identical tactics when stretching their opponents in the early stages …

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3 Woyanne troops die in landmine explosion

By Mohammed Omar SMC

A convey of Ethiopian military troops Woyanne henchmen which has left the Somali capital Mogadishu, and heading towards Afgoi district which is some 30KM from the Somali capital Mogadishu came under a remote control landmine explosion …

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Ethiopian need ‘under-estimated’

By Martin Plaut BBC News

Aid agencies are warning that Ethiopian authorities are under-estimating the scale of the country’s drought.

Official estimates of the number of people facing hunger and hardship stand at 4.6m but agencies warn the real figure …

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Al-Shabab, local elders talk to pacify Mogadishu

MOGADISHU (Xinhua) – Talks aimed at pacifying the Somali capital Mogadishu is under way between leaders of Al-Shabaab Islamist movement, an insurgent group, and elders of the revered Hawiye clan, local media reports said Sunday.

The talks between the two …

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Contest: Obama bumper stickers, cast your vote!

Designed by Tigist Kelkay

[CONCEPT: simple but eye-catching, reflecting Ethiopian cultural heritage]

Designed for the Ethiopians for Obama Group, with a target of motivating
the Ethiopian community to register for voting in the 2008 Presidential Election. Vote at the following

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Panel: Palin abused power in trooper case


Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin abused her power as Alaska’s governor and violated state ethics law by trying to get her ex-brother-in-law fired from the state police, a state investigator’s report concluded Friday.

“Gov. Palin knowingly …

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Humanitarian Emergency in Ethiopia

UN Dispatch

“HORN OF AFRICA AT A CRITICAL STAGE,” proclaims the very prominent headline on the homepage of United Nations World Food Program. The urgency is not without reason, as a statement released by Oxfam today underscores.

Facing a “perfect …

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Join Ethiopians for Obama for a rally in support of Obama/Biden

Please join Ethiopians for Obama for a rally in support of Obama/Biden


Congressman Mike Honda, Chairman of the Ethiopia and the Ethiopian American Caucus

Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 11, at 10:00 am …

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Ethiopians boost marathon

By, Len Johnson WA Today

THE arrival of three Ethiopian athletes yesterday in Australia boosted hopes of a race record in tomorrow’s Melbourne marathon.

Asnake Fekadu, Terefe Yae and Yared Mekonnen landed in Melbourne early yesterday morning after organisers had …

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South Africa ranked region’s most networked economy

By Rebecca Wanjiku , IDG News Service

South Africa is the most networked economy in sub-Saharan Africa, followed by Mauritius and Botswana, according to the latest edition of “The Global Information Technology Report” by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

In …

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VIDEO: Rebels attack Woyanne targets – interview

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Yohannes Gebregeorgis CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of 2008


For Liz McCartney, selection as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2008 could not have come at a better time.

“With the recent storms in Texas and southwest Louisiana, we have experienced a sudden drop in volunteers,” …

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McCain “That One” Comment Spurs Web Entrepreneurs

From PC World

Once again the Internet has proven its ability to quickly respond to political gaffes. Less than two hours after last night’s Presidential debate ended sites began popping up to support “That One” for President.

For those who …

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Al-Shabab kills 14 Somali soldiers

Press TV

Al-Shabab fighters have killed at least fourteen Somali soldiers in an attack on a military checkpoint south of the capital, Mogadishu.

Heavily armed fighters from the military wing of the Union of the Islamic Courts (UIC), al-Shabab, attacked …

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Gallup Daily: 9-Point Obama Lead Ties Campaign High

PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking poll shows registered voters preferring Barack Obama to John McCain for president by 51% to 42%.

The nine percentage point lead in Oct. 4-6 tracking matches Obama’s highest to date for …

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FOX, CNN, CBS reaction groups: Obama won

By Sam Stein, Huffington Post

The insta-polls, which provide viewers with a somewhat skewed but important insight into how each candidate fared say, by and large, that Obama scored a victory in the second debate.

NBC’s focus group of undecided …

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CBS Poll: Uncommitted voters say Obama won debate

CBS News

CBS News and Knowledge Networks have, once again, conducted a nationally representative poll of uncommitted voters to get their immediate reaction to tonight’s presidential debate.

And this new poll has good news for the Democratic ticket: Just as …

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Small asteroid headed for light show over Africa


A small asteroid was headed for a fiery but harmless dive into Earth’s atmosphere early Tuesday morning over Africa, astronomers said in a first of its kind advance warning.
Harvard scientists announced late Monday afternoon that …

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Somali Pirates Reduce Ransom Demand To $8M

From AP

A Somali pirate on a hijacked cargo ship transporting tanks reduced the ransom Tuesday to $8 million, but it was unclear if he was speaking officially for the bandits holding the Ukrainian vessel.

A man who identified himself …

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John McCain & The Making of a Financial Crisis

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Obama to hit McCain on Keating Five

By Mike Allen,

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Monday will launch a multimedia campaign to draw attention to the involvement of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the “Keating Five” savings-and-loan scandal of 1989-91, which blemished McCain’s public image and …

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Somalian ‘ghost city’ wracked by war

By Mark Doyle, BBC News

Years of conflict in Somalia have left large parts of the country in the hands of warlords while its capital, Mogadishu, is contested by Ethiopian TPLF-backed government forces and armed insurgents.

The city has been …

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Ethiopia Under Woyanne: An image from Los Angeles Times

By Stephen Morrison, Los Angeles Times

Maso Aliyi mourns his dead child, Shibre Aliyi, at his home in the village of Kararo in Ethiopia on Thursday. Shibre had spent almost a month at a therapeutic feeding center. A lack of …

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Ethiopian millennium sidelines food crisis

By Emma Batha Reuters

Ethiopia TPLF has downplayed a worsening food crisis to avoid tarnishing the country’s image as it celebrates its millennium, an international aid agency said on Friday.

The United Nations appealed last week for $460 million to …

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US policy in the Horn fails again

By Hezron Nyawachi, Business Daily

The seizure of a Ukrainian vessel with military shipment to the Kenyan army is the latest in a spike of attacks on shipping by pirates on the Somalia ocean front who since January have ransomed …

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Obama grabs big leads in key battleground states


Democrat Barack Obama is building widening leads in battlegrounds Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, in new polls released Wednesday in the trio of states that could be the key to victory on November 4.

The surveys reveal new momentum …

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Interview: Dr Mehret’s to-do-list

By Tiberah Tsehai,

If you never thought that one person can change the world, after meeting Dr. Mehret Mandefro, you will be convinced otherwise.

Mehret is a public health physician using oral histories to teach about health, a role …

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Investigating ‘Africa’s Guantanamo’


A Human Rights Watch report says that at least 10 foreign nationals detained more than a year ago on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities in Somalia are still being held. The BBC’s Robert Walker investigates their fate.…

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Ethiopia rebels deny behind hotel blast


ADDIS ABABA, – Ethiopia’s Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels denied on Monday they were behind a weekend explosion that killed four people at a hotel.

“ONLF firmly believes that the Ethiopian Woyane security forces or its cronies in …

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Ethiopian Airline Abandons 185 Passengers at Lagos Airport

By Chinedu Eze:

About 185 passengers scheduled to travel on Ethiopian Airline flight ET900 to Addis Ababa from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport , Lagos with connecting flights to Dubai and New Delhi  were abandoned at the weekend.

There …

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Obama bested McCain 48%-34% after first presidental debate

By Nadine Elsibai, Bloomberg

Viewers of the first presidential debate said Barack Obama did the better job during the event two nights ago, with 48 percent choosing the Democratic candidate compared with 34 percent for his Republican rival John McCain, …

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