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  • Ethiopia to turn site of deadly landfill collapse into park

     

    Addi Ababa - Ethiopia says it will turn the landfill where 113 people were killed in a garbage collapse into a park and green space.

    Government spokesperson Negeri Lencho on Saturday said survivors of the disaster will no longer live there.

    Hundreds of people had been thought to be living or working at the Koshe landfill where the collapse occurred March 11 on the outskirts of the capital, Addis Ababa. Most of the victims were women and children.

    City officials have said people who had been living at the landfill have been relocated into temporary housing.

     

    Negeri says the government's focus has been on search and rescue work and it is not yet known what caused the deadly collapse.

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  • Ethiopian Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Lahore after brawl

     

    An Ethiopian Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Lahore on Saturday after two passengers came to blows on board.

    The Boeing 777 jet was heading to Beijing from Addis Ababa when two passengers got into a brawl during the flight, airport sources said.

    The plane, which was carrying more than 300 passengers, made an emergency landing at Allama Iqbal International Airport around 10:40 am.

    Upon landing, the two men were arrested by the Airport Security Force (ASF). The two passengers, with bruises on their faces, were also taken for medical inspection.

    The plane will take off for Beijing after clearance from airport authorities.

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  • Family to see illegally jailed Andy Tsege in Ethiopia after three years

    The family of a British man imprisoned in Ethiopia have been told they can visit him for the first time since he was illegally captured nearly three years ago

    On Monday Andy Tsege will have been held for 1,000 days.
    He was seized while at an international airport in Yemen, and taken to Ethiopia where he'd already been tried and sentenced to death in his absence.

    The Ethiopians regard him as a terrorist, but his family say he's simply an outspoken critic of the government.
    Mr. Tsege was born in Ethiopia but sought political asylum in London and was granted British citizenship.

    The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been under pressure to lobby the Ethiopian government for his release, and he raised the case with the country's PM during a visit to Addis Ababa on Thursday. 

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  • Iran pilgrims to join this year’s Hajj: Saudi

     RIYADH: Iranian pilgrims will participate in this year’s annual hajj, Saudi Arabia said on Friday, after an absence last year during tensions between the regional rivals.

     “The ministry of hajj and the Iranian organisation have completed all the necessary measures to ensure Iranian pilgrims perform hajj 1438according to the procedures followed by all Muslim countries,” the official Saudi Press Agency said, referring to this year in the Islamic calendar.

    Curbs on multiple Hajj to facilitate new pilgrims

     For the first time in nearly three decades Iran’s pilgrims – which would have numbered about 60,000 – did not attend the hajj in 2016 after the two countries failed to agree on security and logistics.

     

     

    Riyadh and Tehran have no diplomatic relations, and tensions remain as Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia repeatedly accuses Iran of fuelling regional conflicts by supporting armed Shia movements in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain.

     But the Saudi hajj ministry said on Friday that the kingdom, the birthplace of Islam and custodian of its holiest sites, welcomes “allpilgrims from all the different nationalities and backgrounds”

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  • Iran pilgrims to join this year’s Hajj: Saudi

     

    RIYADH: Iranian pilgrims will participate in this year’s annual hajj, Saudi Arabia said on Friday, after an absence last year.

    “The ministry of hajj and the Iranian organisation have completed all the necessary measures to ensure Iranian pilgrims perform hajj 1438 according to the procedures followed by all Muslim countries,” the official Saudi Press Agency said, referring to this year in the Islamic calendar. – AFP

     

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