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  • 15 funniest MugabeFalls memes

    Compiled by Sodere Team


     Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 90, falls down steps after speaking to supporters

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  • Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 90, falls down steps after speaking to supporters

    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 90, fell down steps from a podium after speaking to supporters upon his return from Ethiopia, say witnesses.

    Mugabe appeared to miss a step and toppled when he left the raised lectern at the airport Wednesday afternoon, according to several witnesses, who insisted on anonymity because of security concerns.

    His aides quickly helped him up and escorted him to his limousine which sped away, they said.

    "He addressed supporters who welcomed him ... He missed a step as he walked down from the podium and immediately fell down," said a witness.

    Some press photographers who captured the fall said they were forced to delete their pictures by security personnel.

    Mugabe's spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

    Mugabe was elected chairman of the 54-nation African Union at a summit of African leaders on Jan. 30 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The role of rotating AU chairman is largely ceremonial.

    He celebrates his 91st birthday on February 21. Mugabe takes annual vacations every January to Asia, including Singapore where he has visited specialists for checkups on his eyes, according to Zimbabwean officials. The Zimbabwean leader has repeatedly insisted that he is "fit as two fiddles."

    Zimbabwe, a once-prosperous nation of 13 million people in southern Africa, has struggled since Mugabe's government began seizing white-owned farms in 2000. Mugabe is accused of using widespread violence to win several disputed elections, according to human rights groups. The country suffered hyperinflation until it abandoned its currency for the U.S. dollar in 2009.

    The EU imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe in 2002 over abuses linked to national elections, banning travel in Europe and freezing the assets of dozens of officials and business representatives. The measures have been gradually lifted in recent years to encourage reform but Mugabe and his wife Grace remain on the EU blacklist.

    Now that Mugabe is the head of the African Union, the European Union has decided to ease its travel ban on him while he is chairman for the next year.






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  • Ethiopian Berhane Gebretsadik died after his car slid on black ice and collided into a tree in North Carolina

    'Hidden killer' catches NCDOT off guard

    GASTON COUNTY, N.C. -- A hidden killer claimed a life on I-85 earlier this week and now the North Carolina Department of Transportation will investigate.

    Black ice is believed to be the reason a Gastonia man veered off the interstate and crashed into a tree Sunday, January 25.

    gebrtsadikThis black ice took the DOT off guard because it came about in an unconventional way. It seeped up through the pavement after steady rain. Sand still sits along the edge of I-85 south near mile marker 24 where multiple reports of a large stretch of black ice came into Gaston County 911 communications Sunday. Later, as 33-year-old Berhane Gebretsadik drove home from work in his Lincoln Towncar, he slid on the black ice and collided into a tree. The husband and soon to be father worked for SilverFox Limos as a driver. The company's owner James Weymann says it's been difficult to understand how this could happen.

    33-year-old Berhane Gebretsadik (Photo: Family)

    "For something as simple as this, we've driven in all kinds of weather conditions, snow and ice storms and a foot of snow. We've gotten people to where they needed to go because they didn't want to drive. And here it is something as simple as going home at the end of a night after working a long day and hitting a random patch of ice that wasn't really caused by a big snow storm," said Weymann.

    Weyman says Gebretsadik's wife is six months pregnant and plans to go to Ethiopia to take her husband's body to his family.

    The DOT says it will investigate the stretch of interstate in question and look into potential drainage issues. A crash report detailing the area's accident history will also be made. The DOT says they will work with the North Carolina Highway Patrol on this investigation and it could take several weeks.
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    ትኩስ እና ሰበር ዜና፣ በብዛት የታዩ ቪድዮዎችን፣ ድራማዎችን፣ሙዚቃዎችን፣ ጠቃሚ ምክሮችን እና አስገራሚ ታሪኮችን በኢሜል አድራሻዎ እንልካለን። ኢሜሎን ያስመዘግቡ።

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  • Ethiopian arrested for stealing Dh471,000 (2.6 million birr) in Dubai

    Dh471,000 (2.6 million birr) stolen from car in Dubai as owner ate lunch

    Man allegedly tailed victim after leaving bank, broke car window, stole cash in envelope

    Dubai: A man has been accused of smashing a car’s window and stealing Dh471,000 that belonged to a company owner, who was busy having lunch with his relative.

    The 36-year-old Ethiopian man, B.S., was said to have tailed the Turkman company owner since the latter cashed two cheques and kept the money in an envelope in his car that he parked outside a restaurant in October 2013.

    B.S. was believed to have been watching the man before he and another suspect smashed the car’s window and fled after stealing the cash.

    The suspect pleaded not guilty when he defended himself before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Monday.

    Prosecutors accused B.S. and another suspect [who remains at large] of using a hammer to break the window and steal the money. They were also charged with wrecking the car.

    The 50-year-old Turkman testified to prosecutors that the incident happened shortly after he encashed two cheques from a bank in Deira at 12.30pm.

    “I put the money in an envelope that I kept in the car and went with my relative for lunch at Al Garhoud. When we returned to the car, we discovered that someone had broken the glass and stolen the envelope,” claimed the company owner.

    A policeman claimed to prosecutors that primary interrogations exposed the involvement of Ethiopian suspects in the heist.

    “Investigations revealed that some Ethiopians had rented a car. The car rental office’s vehicle tracking system revealed that the rented car had followed the Turkman after he drove from the bank to the restaurant. The car was leased to an Ethiopian named Ebrahim [the suspect who remains at large]. The tracking system confirmed that the rented car’s engine remained on when it stopped in front of the bank… then it moved towards Al Garhoud. B.S. was arrested later for his involvement in a similar case… his fingerprints matched those that were lifted from the company owner’s car. However, the suspect denied any involvement in stealing the Dh471,000,” the policeman testified.

    Presiding judge Ezzat Abdul Lat adjourned the case until the suspect presents his defence when the court reconvenes on February 5.

    ትኩስ እና ሰበር ዜና፣ በብዛት የታዩ ቪድዮዎችን፣ ድራማዎችን፣ሙዚቃዎችን፣ ጠቃሚ ምክሮችን እና አስገራሚ ታሪኮችን በኢሜል አድራሻዎ እንልካለን። ኢሜሎን ያስመዘግቡ። Sign up for Email alerts Receive Ethiopian News and Videos by email.



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  • My conclusion on AAU professor "Dr. Costantinos Berhe": He received Masters and PHD degree from Unaccredited University

    [Sent from a Sodere member]

    Here are some of the facts I found out about Addis Abeba University professor Dr. Costantinos Berhe who is being accused of 'purchasing degree' from unaccredited university and falsely adding masters and phd degrees from accredited prestigious universities on his LinkedIn profile which he admitted as a mistake.


    During a phone conversation with Abebe Gelaw he admitted to put Oxford University and University of California in his education section by mistake.

    His current LinkedIn profile doesn't mention anything about PHD or Masters. The only thing mentioned is he is a professor of public policy at school of graduate studies at AAU.

    In the education section of his LinkedIn profile, there is no degree mentioned but the name of two universities is included with out the description of course or degree: University of Oxford and University of California. During the same phone conversation he mentioned he didn't earn degree from these universities but took courses.

    costsUnaccredited University

    During a phone conversation with Abebe Gelaw he mentioned he  has received masters and phd degree from American Century University.There are so many red flags about this University. For example according to official State of Texas website, American Century University is listed among "Institutions Whose Degrees are Illegal to Use in Texas". On, the following warning is mentioned about the university.

    CAUTION: You should be aware... this college is NOT ACCREDITED by any agency recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation or the US Department of Education to award degrees.

    The university is also mentioned in Wikepedia among List of unaccredited institutions of higher education. Based on the above facts, I have concluded that Dr. Costantinos has received both degrees from unaccredited university.

    So what' the big deal of getting degree from unaccredited university? There are a lot of unaccredited colleges in Ethiopia. What about if he purchased the degrees? I don't have any problem with that too. It's his choice. My problem is he can not and should not teach at Addis Abeba University which is an accredited University. Therefore AAU should investigate and look into this allegations seriously as it's name and reputation is at stake.

    Dr. Kostentinos responds to allegations that he purchased PHD degree from unaccredited university

    addisabbsHere is description and legal background of unaccredited universities in America.

    Degrees or other qualifications from unaccredited institutions may not be accepted by civil service or other employers. Some unaccredited institutions have formal legal authorization to enroll students or issue degrees, but in some jurisdictions (notably including the United States) legal authorization to operate is not the same as educational accreditation.[1][2]

    Institutions that appear on this list are those that have granted post-secondary academic degrees or advertised the granting of such degrees, but which are listed as unaccredited by a reliable source. An institution may not maintain accreditation for one of several reasons. A new institution may not yet have attained accreditation, while a long-established institution may have lost accreditation due to financial difficulties or other factors. Some unaccredited institutions are fraudulent diploma mills.[3] Other institutions (for example, some Bible colleges and seminaries) choose not to participate in the accreditation process because they view it as an infringement of their religious, academic, or political freedom.[4] Some government jurisdictions exempt religious institutions from accreditation or other forms of government oversight.[5] Still other institutions are not required to have accreditation.

    Some of the institutions on this list are no longer in operation. Several unaccredited universities have names that are similar to those of accredited institutions or that falsely imply that an entity is a public university.

    ትኩስ እና ሰበር ዜና፣ በብዛት የታዩ ቪድዮዎችን፣ ድራማዎችን፣ሙዚቃዎችን፣ ጠቃሚ ምክሮችን እና አስገራሚ ታሪኮችን በኢሜል አድራሻዎ እንልካለን። ኢሜሎን ያስመዘግቡ። Sign up for Email alerts Receive Ethiopian News and Videos by email.



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  • "After many attempts to get pregnant, I gave up trying" Ethiopian mom who gives birth to her first child at age 56

    Israel Hayom

    After trying to conceive for decades, Tammy Trona, who came to Israel from Ethiopia during Operation Solomon in 1991, gives birth to healthy baby boy • "We respect women's wishes to become mothers even at an advanced age," doctor says.

    A 56-year-old woman from Kiryat Malachi gave birth to her first child, a healthy boy weighing 3.01 kilograms (6 pounds 10 ounces), at the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot on Sunday.

    Tammy Trona, who came to Israel from Ethiopia during Operation Solomon in 1991, tried unsuccessfully to become pregnant for many years, but never gave up.

    "After many attempts to get pregnant, I decided to take a break, but my niece gave me strength and told me, 'Tammy, don't give up.' Soon after that conversation I became pregnant, and I and my family were overjoyed," Trona said.

    "I have no words to describe the medical team's dedication and courtesy. They kept me and the baby safe and healthy. I'm just so excited to hold this gift in my arms."

    Professor Zion Hagai, head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Kaplan, said: "The medical staff at Kaplan Medical Center respect women's wishes to become mothers even at an advanced age. There is no doubt that over the age of 50 the procedure entails various risks, both during the pregnancy and during the Caesarean section. However, the pros and cons are weighed particularly when it is the woman's first child. The mother-to-be is then placed on bed rest in the hospital for several weeks, where she is kept under the watchful eye of the medical team. She then gives birth in the operating room, as in Tammy's case,"

    ትኩስ እና ሰበር ዜና፣ በብዛት የታዩ ቪድዮዎችን፣ ድራማዎችን፣ሙዚቃዎችን፣ ጠቃሚ ምክሮችን እና አስገራሚ ታሪኮችን በኢሜል አድራሻዎ እንልካለን። ኢሜሎን ያስመዘግቡ።
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  • Ethiopian woman gives birth at 56 to her first child

    Baby miracle for 56-year-old Ethiopian immigrant

    Following years of struggling to conceive, Ethiopian woman gives birth at 56.

    Ethiopian woman gave birth at the age of 56 to her first child -- a healthy 3.01-kilo baby boy.

    The new mother came on aliya from Ethiopia during Operation Solomon in 1991.

    Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot reported on Monday that the woman was kept in a hospital bed for a month to protect the fetus from movement that could endanger the birth, which was carried out by cesarean section.

    The woman, Tami, has nine brothers and always dreamed of having her own child, but she and her husband did not succeed. After a long, supportive talk with her niece, who urged her not to give up, she discovered she was pregnant. She thanked the hospital staff for their devotion and support. “I am so excited that I am now able to hold this stota (“gift” in Amharic) in my arms,” she said.

    Prof. Zion Hagai, head of obstetrics at the hosptial, said that “the Kaplan medical staff honor the will of women who want to become a mother even at an advanced age. There is no doubt that there are risks posed by pregnancy and during a cesarean section at an advanced age. But at the same time, the risks vs. benefits are considered, especially for a first birth... In this case, Tami gave birth to a healthy baby.”

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    ትኩስ እና ሰበር ዜና፣ በብዛት የታዩ ቪድዮዎችን፣ ድራማዎችን፣ሙዚቃዎችን፣ ጠቃሚ ምክሮችን እና አስገራሚ ታሪኮችን በኢሜል አድራሻዎ እንልካለን። ኢሜሎን ያስመዘግቡ።




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  • 20 Ethiopian maids arrested for staying in illegally United Arab Emirates

    It was found out the maids had been staying illegally in the country after fleeing from their sponsors and were working at other houses on a full-time and a part-time basis. The Sharjah Police arrested 20 Ethiopian maids, who had absconded from their sponsors and had been working illegally in other houses, from a house recently.

    The arrests followed a tipoff that a number of maids were staying illegally at a residence.

    As soon as the tipoff was received, the house was raided after taking all legal procedures and verifying the residency status of the maids. It was found out the maids had been staying illegally in the country after fleeing from their sponsors and were working at other houses on a full-time and a part-time basis.

    The maids confessed that they had run away from their sponsors. They are now detained and will be referred to the Public Prosecution. The police have urged residents to immediately report to the authorities if they come to know of any illegals who have fled from their sponsors staying in any locality in the emirate.
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    ትኩስ እና ሰበር ዜና፣ በብዛት የታዩ ቪድዮዎችን፣ ድራማዎችን፣ሙዚቃዎችን፣ ጠቃሚ ምክሮችን እና አስገራሚ ታሪኮችን በኢሜል አድራሻዎ እንልካለን። ኢሜሎን ያስመዘግቡ።



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  • Ethiopian shop owner shot and killed in South Africa, 153 arrested for looting

    CAPE TOWN – An Ethiopian shopkeeper has been shot dead in Khayelitsha. The 30-year-old was gunned down during a robbery in iLitha Park this morning. The police's Frederick van Wyk said the circumstances surrounding the shooting are under investigation. It’s not yet clear whether the murder is linked to this week's looting and violence in Gauteng. Three people have been killed in the violent unrest that initially started in Soweto but then fanned out to other areas in Gauteng. The unrest began on Monday night after a 14-year-old boy accused of trying to rob a shop in Doornkop was shot, allegedly by a foreign business owner. 153 arrested in South Africa looting

    (AP) — Days of violence and looting of foreign-owned shops in South Africa have left at least two people dead and 153 arrested in the Johannesburg area, police said Friday.

    The targeting of Soweto area shops owned by immigrants from Ethiopia, Somalia and other countries recalled a wave of deadly violence against foreigners in South Africa in 2008. However, police sought to downplay allegations that xenophobia was the cause of this week's unrest, instead saying groups of young people, some in school uniform, were indiscriminately looting wherever they could.

    "The youth who are addicted to drugs ... are taking advantage of this situation," provincial police commissioner Lesetja Mothiba said in a statement. "They are targeting specific items from the shops," including cash and cigarettes.

    The violence started Monday when a foreign shopowner shot a 14-year-old boy in Soweto who was allegedly trying to rob his shop, according to the South African Press Association. Another man, believed to be a foreign national, was killed during the days of looting.

    Police stood guard as Ethiopian, Somali, Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals packed up the stock from their shops, and loaded it onto trucks that were escorted by police out of Soweto. Police reinforcements were sent to the township, though some video footage showed police standing by as looters emerged from pillaged buildings.

    In one instance, a police officer was accused of participating in the looting. The officer, who was filmed, will be charged, according to the provincial head of community safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane.

    President Jacob Zuma, who was attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, instructed security officials to ensure that order is restored, Zuma's office said.

    In 2008, South African mobs attacked immigrant-owned shops, triggering a wave of violence that killed 62 people. South Africa has a high unemployment rate and deep-rooted economic inequality, factors that fueled resentment toward foreigners perceived as taking opportunities away from South Africans.

    Associated Press Receive Ethiopian News and Videos by email. Sign up for Email alerts ትኩስ እና ሰበር ዜና፣ በብዛት የታዩ ቪድዮዎችን፣ ድራማዎችን፣ሙዚቃዎችን፣ ጠቃሚ ምክሮችን እና አስገራሚ ታሪኮችን በኢሜል አድራሻዎ እንልካለን። ኢሜሎን ያስመዘግቡ።


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  • Ethiopian clean sweep at Dubai Marathon, Full result and prize money

    ethoifans Scroll Below to see the prize money ETHIOPIAN CLEAN SWEEP AT STANDARD CHARTERED DUBAI MARATHON It was yet another day of dominance for Ethiopian athletes at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon as little known Lemi Berhanu Hayle and the sublime Aselefech Mergia swept the board in the world’s richest marathon. Just 20 years old, Berhanu left some of the biggest names in long distance running trailing and in warm weather conditions clocked a world leading time of 2:05:28 to win by 24 seconds from 2013 Dubai and Boston champion Lelisa Desisa. Deribe Robi completed an-all Ethiopian podium with a time of 2:06:06. Ethiopia’s superstar Kenenisa Bekele dropped out beyond the 30km mark, appearing to suffer from a leg injury. marnew_23015In the women’s field, Aselefech Mergia celebrated her 30th birthday in style with a perfect comeback, winning the most thrilling finish in the history of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. The Ethiopian, who had taken time off competition to have a baby, returned to the marathon for the first time since the summer of 2012, winning in 2:20:02. In a duel right to the line, reigning World Half Marathon Champion Gladys Cherono was beaten by just one second on a superb marathon debut, while fellow Kenyan Lucy Kabuu was third in 2:20:21. Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, a record field of more than 25,000 runners entered the marathon, the 10km Road Race and the 4km Fun Run on a day that saw the event beamed to millions of homes across the world. “I never would have thought that I could win this race,” said Berhanu, who collected his trophy from HH Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Standard Chartered UAE CEO Mohsin Nathani. “It was my dream to do this in Dubai one day, but I didn’t expect it to happen this year. With around one kilometre to go, I sensed that I could win.” He has now improved by more than five minutes and is unbeaten in two races. “If my federation selects me then I would really like to run the marathon in the World Championships in the summer,” added Berhanu, who said he had no idea what to do with the prize money of US$200,000. “I never thought about the money. I really don’t know what I will do with it.” dubmar Meanwhile Dubai proved a tough marathon experience for Kenenisa Bekele. After winning his debut in Paris last April with 2:05:04 and finishing fourth in Chicago in 2:05:51, Dubai brought hope but ultimately frustration. Bekele ran in the lead group up to the 28km point but dropped back quickly and finally stopped shortly after 30km. “Kenenisa suffered hamstring problems in both legs,” said his coach Renato Canova. “But I think the real problem is in his right Achilles tendon. At the end of November he had to reduce training because of this. “A world record was never a realistic target, but a 2:04 time seemed realistic. When I saw him running today he did not look relaxed, he looked tight, which is why he developed hamstring problems.But I remain very confident for his future marathon carrier – I think he will do really well.” The strongest women’s field ever in Dubai produced its own share of drama. Firstly the little known Tigist Tufa, Ethiopian-born and running for Bahrain, broke clear shortly after the start and maintained a daunting pace, leading a talented chasing group by a solid minute at 20km, which suggested a 2:18 finishing time. But she paid the price in the end and was caught by the pack at 34km by a group comprising Aselefech, returning to racing after maternity and in search of a third Dubai title, fellow Ethiopians Aberu Kebede and Shure Demissie along with the Kenyan duo of Lucy Kabuu and 2014 World Half Marathon champion Gladys Cherono, who was making her debut at the distance. Cherono has dangerous finishing speed over the shorter distances but it was Mergia who won a contest which ran right to the finish line, completing a hat-trick of Dubai titles by just one second. “I told myself after having my daughter that I could win a marathon again,” she said. “We used the prize money from my first two wins in Dubai [2011 and 2012] to begin building a hotel back home, now we’ll be able to complete the job.” ethioaIn the 10km men’s event, victory went to Fikad Kibreab of Eritrea (29m:56s) with Habtom Welderufael – also from Eritrea – in second (29m:58s) and Morocco’s Ihya Ben Youssef in third (30m:18s). Ruqiya Alkhaja of the UAE took the women’s 10km title in 30m:47s, with Eritrea’s Rahma Abas second (37m:46s) and Latifa Essarokh of France in third (37m:47s). The biggest event of its kind in the Middle East, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon drew a mixture of spectators, including Olympians Lord Sebastian Coe and Haile Gebrselassie, HE Mattar Al Tayer (Vice Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council), HE Saeed Hareb (General Secretary of the Dubai Sports Council) and Ahmad Al Kamali (UAE Athletics Federation President and IAAF Member). In addition to Standard Chartered as title sponsor, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is supported by the Dubai Sports Council, adidas, Dubai Eye 103.8FM, Sport 360, Masafi, Dubai Holding, Dubai Police and the RTA.


    Marathon Open

    1st 200,000 200,000
    2nd 80,000 80,000
    3rd 40,000 40,000
    4th 20,000 20,000
    5th 12,000 12,000
    6th 11,200 11,200
    7th 10,400 10,400
    8th 9,600 9,600
    9th 8,800 8,800
    10th 8,000 8,000


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