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  • Eritrean ISIS fighter Killed in Syria

    Al-Habashi, who also goes by the name of Abu Abdullah Al-Britani, was brought up in north London in a Christian Eritrean family (In Ethiopia before 1995 Eritrean separation). He converted to Islam when he was 16.

    Al-Habashi has made appearances in at least two ISIS propaganda videos posted online by the extremist group. Al Habashi reportedly told the BBC in August that he was at the “forefront” of fighting and said that he is one of the few jihadists from Britain who had the ‘honour’ of fighting for ISIS both in Iraq and Syria.

    His family also reportedly had tried to convince him to return home, but he told them that “He had to stay back to fight for Allah.”

    Earlier last month, Al-Habashi made headlines after he featured in an ISIS propaganda video alongside a German and a French jihadi fighters in Syria.

    The video titled ‘Wait. We are also waiting,’ had given out some strong threats to the West. “We are waiting for you in Dabiq. We are waiting for you in Iraq. So bring your coalition of unbelievers because unbelievers will not help you. We will take their weaponry as booty and these people will die.”

    He then went on to add: “We will chop off the heads of the Americans. We will chop off the heads of the French, chop of the heads of whoever you may bring.” He even promised that the black flag of the Islamic State will eventually be on the White House.”

    Source: geeskaafrika.com

    l-Habashi, who also goes by the name of name of Abu Abdullah Al-Britani, was brought up in in north London in a Christian Eritrean family (In Ethiopia before 1995 Eritrean separation). He converted to Islam when he was 16.

    Al-Habashi has made appearances in at least two ISIS propaganda videos posted online by the extremist group. Al Habashi reportedly told the BBC in August that he was at the “forefront” of fighting and said that he one of the few jihadists from Britain who had the ‘honour’ of fighting for ISIS both in Iraq and Syria.

    His family also reportedly had tried to convince him to return home, but he told them off saying that “He had to stay back to fight for Allah.”

    Earlier last month, Al-Habashi made headlines after he featured in an ISIS propaganda video alongside a German and a French jihadi fighters in Syria.

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  • Eritrea accuses Ethiopia of contemplating full-scale war

     
    Ethiopia is contemplating full-scale war against Eritrea, an Eritrean official told the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday, as he defended his country against allegations of crimes against humanity.

    Last week, Eritrea's Foreign Ministry blamed the United States for playing a role, referring to "Washington's instigation" of the attack by Ethiopian forces. Eritrea also said at least 200 Ethiopian troops were killed.

    "As we speak, Ethiopia is making preparations for a bigger military offensive and contemplating a full-scale war," Yemane Ghebreab, an Eritrean presidential advisor, told the U.N. council on Tuesday.

    "Ethiopia reckons that the gross accusations against Eritrea afford it with the perfect pretext, and that it may be now or never. It reckons that those who are only too eager to blame Eritrea will as usual look the other way and fail to act as Ethiopia commits what are truly crimes against humanity against its people and unleashes another war."

    Asked what prompted Eritrea's warning about Ethiopia's military preparedness, he told Reuters: "They've been saying that for a long time, but we also see the reinforcements they are making on the ground. There are massive reinforcements coming to the border."

    He said it was a large build-up of troops and Eritrea was prepared to defend itself.

    Read more at Reuters.com

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  • Supermodel Liya Kebede Connects Traditional Ethiopian Weavers To New York's Hottest Boutiques

    Liya Kebede isn’t out to build a fashion empire. "As much as I want it to be humongous," says the Ethiopian super model, "there’s a limit to how big it can get." That's because Lemlem shirts, scarves, and dresses are designed in New York, but made from handwoven materials crafted by traditional weavers in Kebede's home country. That said, "humongous" may be a relative term: Lemlem’s products are already available at boutiques around the world from Manama, Bahrain to Jackson, Mississippi, and at large retailers like Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale's.

    The clothing line provides employment for practitioners of a centuries-old tradition that was facing extinction. "I visited an area of these incredible weavers that we’ve always had in Ethiopia who make incredible work but don’t really have the space to sell their clothes anymore," Kebede says in this week's episode of Innovation Agents. "It’s one thing to donate money. It’s a whole other thing to give an opportunity for someone to make his own money." And that's how Lemlem--which means "to bloom" in Amharic--was founded five years ago.

    Source: fastcompany

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  • Why Are So Many Migrants Fleeing Libya?

    In 2014, nearly 200,000 refugees made the dangerous trek to Italy, and 3,000 of them died. So why are so many migrants risking their lives to leave Libya?

    Could ISIS Take Over Libya?

    Libya is on the brink of civil war. Four years since the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya faces political turmoil and the growing threat of ISIS. So what's happening in Libya?

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  • American researcher killed by protesters in Ethiopia


    Sharon Gray, a UC Davis postdoctoral researcher in the university's plant biology department, was killed Tuesday in Ethiopia when the vehicle she was riding in was stoned by protesters, university official said. Brady Lab, Department of Plant Biology and Genome Center, University of California Davis.

    Sharon Gray, 30, was in the East African nation to attend a meeting related to her research, according to the university.

    Andy Fell, a university spokesman, confirmed that Gray was the American woman who was reported killed when stones were hurled at her vehicle on the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on Tuesday.

    The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia issued a statement saying a passenger van was hit by rocks late Tuesday afternoon and that “one of the passengers, a U.S. citizen, was struck by a rock and subsequently died from her injury,” several overseas media outlets reported.

    Crowds have attacked other vehicles since a stampede at a weekend protest killed at least 55 people, according to news reports. The protests have centered on land and political rights in Ethiopia.

    Another member of the plant biology department who was traveling with Gray was not injured and is headed home, university officials said.

    Siobhan Brady, an associate professor of plant biology at UC Davis and head of the Brady Lab, where Gray worked as a postdoctoral fellow, said by email Wednesday night that she was in transit from Addis Ababa to San Francisco. She was unavailable for comment.

    University officials said Gray was attending a meeting in Ethiopia to discuss the next steps in a project she was involved in with the Netherlands Institute of Ecology and other charitable organizations.

    She had been at UC Davis since 2013, Fell said. He said Gray’s husband is also a university employee.

    “Even in tragedy, we hope that we all can find some comfort in the wonderful work Sharon was engaged in that will better the lives of so many around the world,” Ken Burtis, the university’s acting provost, said in a statement posted on the UC Davis Graduate Studies’ Facebook page.

    The university’s plant biology department posted a memorial page on its website with dozens of photographs of Gray at www.plb.ucdavis.edu/sharongray.

    Gray received her doctorate in plant biology in 2013 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which she also attended as an undergraduate. Her research focused on studying the effects of a buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere on crops such as soybeans and tomatoes.

    The U.S. State Department is assisting in returning Gray’s body to her family.

    Source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article106319327.html

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