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Ethiopia Opens Biggest Airport Aviation Hub In Africa

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Ethiopia Opens Biggest Airport Aviation Hub In Africa

Ethiopia has opened the biggest airport aviation hub in Africa, newly expanded Addis Ababa Bole, International Airport Terminal with a capacity of up to 22 million passengers a year.  The new airport is believed to be larger than Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport.

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed inaugurated the new and biggest china-funded airport project that began construction four years ago

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The terminal comes equipped with modern amenities including automated bag drop solutions, e-gates, self-check-in kiosks, baggage handling and the latest airport security technologies.

According to travel Intelligence Agency forwardkeys, Addis Ababa overtook Dubai last year, as the leading gateway to Africa. Ethiopian airlines is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan aimed at becoming Africa’s leading airline group. The airline has an operating fleet of 111 planes . And currently flies to more than a hundred international passenger and cargo destinations, with more than 60 of those in Africa alone.  Ethiopian airlines overtook south Africa airways last year as Africa’s largest carrier after Ethiopian airlines  almost doubled its seat capacity in 7 years.

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Last year, the country announced, it would start granting visas on arrival to Africans.

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Withdrawal Of Burundian Soldiers In Somalia Begins

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AU Begins Withdrawal Of 1,000 Burundian Soldiers From Somalia

A Burundian official says the AU`s decision to withdraw a thousand soldiers from the regional force in Somalia has begun.

The official, said on Thursday at least 200 soldiers have boarded a flight from Somalia to Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. He says, more soldiers are expected to be flown back from Burundi in the coming weeks.

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The African Union says it plans to withdraw thousands of its troops from Somalia by the end of 2020. The AU force, made up of soldiers from several African countries, has tried for years to secure the horn of Africa country against Al-Shabab Islamic extremist rebel.

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Kenya Court Delays Ruling On Gay Sex Till May

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Supporters and opponents of gay rights said on Friday they accepted a decision by Kenya’s high court to delay for another three months a ruling on whether to strike down a colonial-era law banning gay sex.

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The ruling, potentially a landmark decision for gay rights in Africa, was due to be issued on Friday, but the court said it needed until late May to reach a decision.

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Judge Chacha Mwita told a packed court in the capital, Nairobi, that the extra time was necessary because of the voluminous paperwork submitted in the case.

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Same-sex relationships are illegal in more than 70 countries, almost half of them in Africa.

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Gunmen Attack Anadarko Convoy In Northern Mozambique

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Gunmen Attack Anadarko Convoy In Northern Mozambique

Gunmen in Northern Mozambique have attacked a convoy of vehicles belonging to an American oil and gas company, Anadarko – the first such attack in an area where an Islamist militant group is active.

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Anadarko is expected to spend more than $20 billion dollars on the gas project close to the Tanzania border.

At least four persons from the firm were injured when more than a dozen unidentified gunmen ambushed the convoy in Cabo Delgado province.

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A jihadist group, Al-Shabab, with no known links to the Somali jihadist group of the same name, has carried out frequent attacks on isolated villages since 2017.

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Correspondents say if the same group was behind this attack, it could mark a significant shift in its tactics and threaten Mozambique’s fledgling gas industry.

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