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  • US Embassy Ethiopian Airlines staff, hostesses and spouses to disclose their purpose of travel

    The US Embassy in Addis Abeba is not happy with employees or spouses of the Ethiopian Airlines who travel to the United States, give birth while on visitors` visa and return home with outstanding hospital bills.

    The Embassy has served a notice to the management of the Airlines, urging its employees travelling to the United States to disclose to consular officers should they have received medical care while in the US previously. The Embassy has compiled a list of all the Airline`s staffs or their spouses who gave birth there, sources disclosed. It also threatened to deny them entry permanently should they provide information in falsehood upon application for renewal.

    “Obtaining a visitor visa to get medical care in the United States, including for childbirth, is allowed under United States law,” said a spokesperson for the US Embassy in Addis Abeba, in an email sent to Fortune, while declining to comment on the particular case in relations to the Ethiopian Airlines. “But, travellers are expected to pay for the medical care they get.”

    Anyone who applies for a visa must disclose the purpose of their travel clearly during visa interviews and should pay for a planned expense, including medical treatment, according to the Embassy.

    Mostly cabin crews, women employees, and spouses of employees of the national carrier obtain visas to the United States with the aim of delivering there and hoping to get an automatic American citizenship for their children.

    “We know such problems exist,” said a person close to the Ethiopian Airlines Employees Union. “It is very normal. To make a child an American citizen, we have seen many employees travel to the United States to give birth.”

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  • What is International Labors Day?

    Each year, people across the globe take to the streets to commemorate International Workers' Day, or May Day.

    In dozens of countries, May Day is an official holiday, and for labour rights campaigners it is particularly important.

    In the United States, it is symbolic of past labour struggles against a host of workers' rights violations, including lengthy work days and weeks, poor conditions and child labour.

    Why is International Workers' Day on May 1?
    In the late-19th century, socialists, communists and TRADE unionists chose May 1 to become International Workers' Day.
    The date was symbolic, commemorating the Haymarket affair, which took place in Chicago, in the US, in 1886.

    For years, the working class - often forced to work up to 16 hours a day in unsafe conditions - had been fighting for an eight-hour workday.

     

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  • Ethiopia: Prominent Ethiopian Astrophysicist Doctor Legesse Wotro died

    Prominent Ethiopian Astrophysicist Doctor Legesse Wotro died on yesterday April 27 2017 at his 67 year age. 

    Dr. Legesse was born in Arsi the previously known as Arsi Regional State of Ethiopia in 1950. He has earned his first Degree from His Majesty Emperor Hailesilassie University and his second degree from Addis Ababa University in Physics.

    He has also pursued his Masters Degree from the prestigious Sheffield United University  in Physics and his doctoral in Astrophysics from Colombia University.

    Dr Legesse has served in different capacities in the Ethiopian academic system  starting from a teacher in Nifas Silk Higher Secondary school and in his later ages as  lecturer and lead scientist in Addis Ababa Universiy for more than 40 years.

    Addis Ababa Universty has also honored the loss of one of its prominent doctors by witnessing that he was extraordinary astrophysicist who has invented  new ideas and contributed a lot in the field.

    He was also a father of a son and two daughters.

    Addis Ababa University has announced his burial is going to be held in St. Peter cemetery on April 28 2017 .

     

     

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  • Hundreds of Deportees from US Stuck at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport

    [Breaking News] Hundreds of Deportees from United States Stuck at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport, following the Executive Order

    Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – Hundreds of deportees from several airports across the United States have stuck at Ethiopia’s Bole International Airport, media reports disclosed. The deportees were sent back to Ethiopia after the newly elected U.S President Donald Trump banned entry to the United States from seven countries.

    It is not yet clear why those passengers said to be of Somali, Sudanese and Yemeni origins preferred Ethiopia to be their destination and staying at the departure terminal of Bole Airport.

    Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Workineh Gebyehu refused to comment on the matter saying “I have no information on the matter” Ethio-News flash, an online media outlet allegedly funded by the ministry of foreign affairs, on its part reported that some of the deportees are about to file lawsuits against the Trump administration.

    Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, is filing charges against the U.S government, representing two Yemeni brothers who were deported from Dulles International Airport and forced to sign a document relinquishing their green cards.

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  • Egypt's Sisi and South Sudan's Kiir strike 'dirty deal' that could affect the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

    South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has met with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo to discuss strengthening ties between the two African nations.

    Kiir thanked the Egyptian president on Tuesday for backing his government and said a peace deal signed to end his country's civil war was alive and being implemented, Egyptian state media reported.

    Kiir said he had rejected attempts by unnamed parties to renegotiate the August 2015 deal, adding that he and his number two - First Vice-President Taban Deng Gai - were working "very closely" together.

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