April 17, 1989
Belaneh Densimo of Ethiopia failed in his announced attempt to break his own world marathon record, but won the 1989 Rotterdam Marathon in 2 hours 8 minutes 39 seconds. He set the record of 2:06:50 at Rotterdam last year. The 22-year-old policeman from Addis Ababa said warmer weather than expected and no pressure from runner-up Alejandro Cruz of Mexico late in the race kept him from bettering the record. Cruz finished second in 2:09:24, followed by Marti ten Kate of the Netherlands in 2:10:03.
April 24, 1993 |
Nearly two years after the defeat of Ethiopian troops ended a long war of secession, the people of Eritrea began voting on a formal break with the government in Addis Ababa. Officials and foreign diplomats predicted at least 90% of the 1.1 million registered voters would vote for independence in the three-day referendum.
May 23, 1991 |
Ethiopian rebels on Wednesday ignored international appeals for a cease-fire in their civil war and moved to within 40 miles of the capital, Addis Ababa, one day after they forced the country's dictator to end his 14-year rule and flee to the southern African nation of Zimbabwe.
January 15, 1985 |
A speeding express train was derailed on a bridge in central Ethiopia, and four passenger cars tumbled into a 40-foot ravine, killing 392 people, Ethiopia's state radio reported Monday night. Other estimates put the death toll as high as 449. The broadcast, monitored in Nairobi, said 373 people were injured in the wreck Sunday afternoon near Awash, about 125 miles east of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. That first government mention of the wreck came almost 24 hours after it occurred.
January 8, 1993 |
Warlords and other Somali political leaders neared agreement Thursday on the first tentative steps toward peace in Somalia and a national reconciliation conference, authoritative U.N. sources said. The only holdout was Mohammed Farah Aidid, two of whose compounds and arsenals were blasted by U.S. forces in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, earlier in the day. But Aidid, rather than reject the agreement, asked for a day's extension of the U.N.-sponsored talks in Addis Ababa.
May 18, 1989 |
Gunfire broke out for a second day in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Wednesday as government forces moved to quell a coup attempt against the 12-year-old regime of President Mengistu Haile Mariam. But the attempt may have given Eritrean rebels in the north of the country, who are fighting the government in Africa's oldest civil war, a dramatic victory as government troops appeared to have ceded control of Asmara. The city, Ethiopia's second largest, is the traditional capital of Eritrea and had been the site of the largest troop concentration in the country.
January 6, 1985 |
The military regime of famine-plagued Ethiopia has bought a posh suburban Swiss villa, complete with swimming pool, for $504,000, Swiss newspapers reported Saturday. The villa, in the Geneva suburb of Chambesy, was bought to house the Ethiopian diplomatic mission to the European headquarters of the United Nations and U.N. specialized agencies in Geneva.
April 27, 1991 |
President Mengistu Haile Mariam removed his vice president and chief military strategist Friday following a series of gains by rebels seeking his ouster. Mengistu also named a new prime minister and said Ethiopia will develop a new broad-based party to replace his ruling Marxists. Rebels have reportedly advanced to within 55 miles of Addis Ababa, the capital, and control Ethiopia's northern third.
June 16, 2012 |
If you're heading to Ethiopia sometime soon, I'd like to offer you one small but crucial bit of advice: Don't get on Skype. The Ethiopian government last month passed a law making it a crime for people to utilize audio or video communication using Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) services, which include Google Voice, Skype and essentially any other video chat service available. So what's the punishment? Well, the maximum penalty for breaking the law is 15 years in prison.