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Ethiopia army chief shot dead in ‘coup bid’ attacks

Ethiopia army chief shot dead in ‘coup bid’ attacks

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The chief of staff of the Ethiopian army, Gen Seare Mekonnen, has been shot dead by his own bodyguard in the capital, Addis Ababa.He and another officer died trying to prevent a coup attempt against the administration in Ethiopia's northern Amhara region, PM Abiy Ahmed said.In Amhara itself, regional governor Ambachew Mekonnen was killed along with an adviser.The government says the situation is under control after arrests were made. The prime minister has gone on TV to urge Ethiopians to unite in the face of "evil" forces set on dividing the country. The US state department has warned its staff in Addis Ababa to stay inside.Ethnic violence has hit Amhara and other parts of Ethiopia in recent years.Since his election last year, ...
Ethiopia crash plane persistently nosedived despite pilots’ efforts

Ethiopia crash plane persistently nosedived despite pilots’ efforts

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By Ceren Senkul, news reporter The Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed last month persistently nosedived despite pilots "repeatedly" performing the correct procedures recommended by Boeing.Ethiopia's transport minister released a preliminary report into the crash which killed 157 people on 10 March. "The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft," Dagmawit Moges said at a news conference.Speaking to journalists in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Ms Moges recommended that Boeing must review the aircraft control system and aviation authorities need to confirm the problem has been solved before allowing that model of plane back into the air."Since repetitive uncommanded aircraft nose...
Boeing Ethiopia crash probe ‘finds anti-stall device activated’

Boeing Ethiopia crash probe ‘finds anti-stall device activated’

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Officials probing the crash in Ethiopia of a Boeing 737 Max have preliminarily concluded that a flight-control feature automatically activated before it crashed, the Wall Street Journal says.The newspaper, citing unnamed sources, says the findings were relayed on Thursday at a briefing at the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).The flight-control feature is meant to help prevent the plane from stalling.Boeing said it couldn't comment as the investigation was still underway. It said all enquiries should be referred to the investigating authorities and the BBC has approached the FAA for a response.Meanwhile, Ethiopia's Ministry of Transport said: "We have seen the WSJ report. We'll comment shortly."Thursday also saw what is th...
Australia suspends Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft following Ethiopia crash

Australia suspends Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft following Ethiopia crash

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Australia has become the latest country to suspend Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft flights in and out of its airports after the deadly crash in Ethiopia.The country's civil aviation authority has announced the move after airlines in China, South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico suspended flights from the same plane on Monday. South Korean airline Eastar Jet also said it would suspend operations of the 737 MAX 8 on Tuesday.An official said the airline hadn't found any problems with the jets, but is grounding them due to customer concerns.A spokesperson from the British travel operator TUI suggested the airline were not grounding flights. The suspensions come after 157 people were killed on Sunday when a 737 MAX 8 crashed in Ethiopia. Nine Britons were among the dead. ...
Ethiopia swears in first female Supreme Court chief

Ethiopia swears in first female Supreme Court chief

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Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Ethiopia swore in its first female president of the Federal Supreme Court, the latest in the prime minister's efforts to institute gender equality among a number of government posts, on Thursday. The House of Peoples Representatives unanimously approved Meaza Ashenafi as the new chief of the Supreme Court after he nomination by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The legislative body also approved Solomon Areda as vice president of the Supreme Court. Meaza has a reputation as a supporter of women's rights -- she founded the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and the country's first women's bank. She previously served on the High Court, a lower judicial body, and was an adviser for the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa. "Ethiopia's march towards gender parity in key leadership po...