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At least 10 people, including police officers and civilians, have been killed in northern Ethiopia after days of protests, according to local sources.
Demonstrations on Thursday and similar protests in recent days in the city of Gondar were against what protesters see as the erosion of their ethnic identity.
The government said three police officers and one civilian were killed.
The violence is believed to have started after the attempted arrests by government troops of leaders of the Amhara ethnic group.
Al Jazeera could not independently verify the reports.
"The government is saying they were trying to arrest people linked to a terrorist organisation. We’ve spoken to some people who say tourists have been moved out of the city to safe areas. The city is under lockdown," Al Jazeera's Charles Stratford, reporting from the capital Addis Ababa, said.
"This isn’t the first time protests happened in Gondar. There were protests earlier this year ... protests by the largest ethnic group, the Oromo. Protests during which human rights organisations say 300 people were killed."
Images posted online showed burned-out vehicles and armed men firing guns in the air as hundreds of other people cheered them on.
The Amhara are the second largest ethnic group in the country.
"They say that they are being ignored by the government - the government that they alleged is dominated by other ethnic groups from the north," Stratford said.
The violence prompted the US embassy in Ethiopia to issue a temporary advisory warning against travel to the city centre of Gondar and areas where "violent demonstrations" have been reported.
"The embassy recommends all US citizens travelling to or resident in the Gondar area evaluate their personal level of safety and to avoid demonstrations or large gatherings," the advisory issued on Wednesday said.
Source: Al Jazeera
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(by EthioTime) The Federal Communication Affairs Office of Ethiopia has said the social media including Facebook, Viber and others are temporarily blocked to prevent potential distraction of grade 12 examinees with leaking rumors of exam booklets.
The office has posted on its official Facebook page that false information is spreading through the media that the exam booklets have once again leaked, and this is making students and parents worried. Therefore, according to the office, the government has decided to temporarily block the social media to keep calm students psychologically and take the exam without distraction.
The office has extended its message to individuals and organizations that may be affected by the blockage of the social media for their understanding as it is for the best interest of the students.
Students will sit again for university entrance exam after the booklets were claimed to be leaked by Oromo protesters.
EthioTime wishes all the best to the students.
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The Addis Ababa University has awarded honorary doctoral degree to Malawian President Prof. Peter Mutharika and the long serving Ethiopian diplomat Ambassador Qonjit Sinegiorgis in annual graduation ceremony held today at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa.
The university says it has decided to honor Peter Mutharika for his great and outstanding contribution in academia in the world which has inspired and continue to inspire other scholars to follow his path.
Mutharika was once a student at Addis Ababa University, it was learned.
Ambassador Qonjit who received the Degree of Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa has served Ethiopia’s diplomatic arena for over five decades.
Today the University has graduated over 8,800 students at all programs from first degree to PhD.
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(by EthioTime) Ethiopian Charities and Civil Societies Agency has cancelled the licenses of 108 charities and societies.
Out of which the licenses have been annulled 14 are foreign, while the Agency also said that 167 organizations were given written warnings and ordered to amend their ways of operation.
There are many organizations which have opened bank accounts without the permission of the agency and did not submit annual reports as well as have not declared their source of finance, reports ENA citing the Agency.
Over the past nine months, the agency has taken measures on a total of 275 organizations that did not abide by the rule.
There are more than 3000 local and foreign charities and societies in Ethiopia, it was learned