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  • us Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a statement about some of the news that were circulating in social media

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    We have seen questions on Facebook about a quota system for Ethiopian visa applicants.

    Last week, the President of the United States initiated a review of national security procedures which applies to visitors and potential immigrants from seven countries. Ethiopia is not among those seven countries and Ethiopian citizens are not addressed nor affected by the President’s executive order.

    The U.S. Government remains committed to facilitating legitimate travel for international visitors. In fact, in 2016, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa issued more than 18,000 non-immigrant visas, with the majority to Ethiopian applicants.

    For more information on the recent Executive Order or on the application process for U.S. visas:https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html 

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  • Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a statement about some of the news that were circulating in social media

    We have seen questions on Facebook about a quota system for Ethiopian visa applicants.

    Last week, the President of the United States initiated a review of national security procedures which applies to visitors and potential immigrants from seven countries. Ethiopia is not among those seven countries and Ethiopian citizens are not addressed nor affected by the President’s executive order.

    The U.S. Government remains committed to facilitating legitimate travel for international visitors. In fact, in 2016, the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa issued more than 18,000 non-immigrant visas, with the majority to Ethiopian applicants.

    For more information on the recent Executive Order or on the application process for U.S. visas:https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html 

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  • Sudan 'to demolish at least 25 Christian churches' in Khartoum

     

    Khartoum – Sudanese are reportedly set to demolish at least 25 Christian churches allegedly said to be "trespassing into residential areas". 

    According to Radio Tamazuj, religious leader, Meilad Musa, who is a member of the Sudanese Christian Church, said President Omar al Bashir's led government had been refusing to approve plots for Christians to build places of worship like Muslims.

    Reverend Yahya Abdurrahman, a pastor of Evangelical Church described the decision as a flagrant violation of religious freedom.

    "This move targets the churches in Khartoum, because they always acclaim that these churches have trespassed into public places, but it I think it's a plan," Yahya was quoted as saying.

     

    In 2014, Sudanese authorities issued an order banning the construction of all new Christian churches in the Muslim-dominated country, a report by Christian Post said. 

    Sudanese Minister for Guidance and Religious Endowments, Shalil Abdullah, was at the time quoted as saying that due to the country's separation from South Sudan - where many Christians have fled - the existing churches in the Republic of Sudan were sufficient for the nation's minority Christians.

    The ban prompted "deep concern" from rights group.

    The Chief Operating Officer at Christian Solidarity Worldwide lambasted the move saying that this "constitutes a violation of the right to freedom of religion or belief".

    "… This policy, and the continued practice of demolishing and confiscating church land, constitutes a violation of the right to freedom of religion or belief, guaranteed in article 6 and 38 of Sudan's Interim Constitution as well as article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Sudan is signatory," Dipper was cited as saying at the time.

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  • Donald Trump says 'Iran is playing with fire' after ballistic missile test

     

    President Donald Trump has accused Iran of "playing with fire" as part of a diplomatic spat over Iran's latest ballistic missile test.

    Referring to the previous administration of Barack Obama, Mr Trump added that the Iranian government didn't appreciate how "kind" that the US had been to them - a potential reference to the nuclear deal struck with the US and other world powers in 2015 where Iran's nuclear capability was reduced in return for a loosening of sanctions. Mr Trump said that he would not follow a similar path. 

    It follows a tweet from the President a day previously that he had put Iran “on notice” over a the missile test that could be in contravention of a UN resolution. He added that Tehran in that should have been “thankful” for the nuclear deal as the country was on “its last legs”.

    The warnings appear as an early manifestation of Mr Trump's promise of a tougher American approach to Iran, but the earlierreceived an angry response in Tehran - which may have prompted the latest outburst. Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by state TV as saying: “Instead of thanking Iran for its continued fight against terrorism ... the American government is practically helping the terrorists by claims about Iran that are baseless, repetitive and provocative.”

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  • Meet the artist behind Beyonce's pregnancy photo

     

     

     

    Beyonce's pregnancy announcement portrait is now the most liked Instagram post of all time. But who is the artist behind the image?

    The photo of Beyonce wearing a veil and cradling her stomach has now been liked over eight million times.

    This might not be a big deal for the 35-year-old singer. But it's a huge accomplishment for Awol Erizku, the artist who took the famous photo - and the entire series of pregnancy photos that Beyonce has since uploaded to her website.

    Here are five things you should know about him

    Who is he?

    Born in Ethiopia, 28-year-old Awol grew up in the South Bronx area of New York.

    In 2014, he graduated from Yale University with a masters in fine art and his work often fuses photography, video installations and sculpture.

    And while he's now responsible for the most liked picture on Instagram, A

    He has a strange way of using social media to share his work

    If you've tried to find more of his work on Instagram after seeing his portrait of Beyonce, you probably know already that his page is closed for business.

    The 28-year-old treats his Instagram account like an art gallery, where he hosts Instagram-only art shows.

    For example, his account has detail about "gallery" opening hours: timings for when his feed is opened up for public viewing.

    He combines his art with music

    With each of his exhibitions, Awol has released what he calls a conceptual mixtape.

    Think of this as a kind of soundtrack to the artist's latest creations.

    One of Awol's most played mixes was released alongside a film and photo project called Serendipity, which was a response to the Black Lives Matter movement in America.

    wol has a humble following on his own social media accounts.

    Source : BBC

     

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