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  • Attacks on WHO candidate are defamatory, ‘colonial’, Ambassador says

    Addis Ababa, May 18, 2017 (FBC) - The African Union (AU) delegation to the United Nations came in outspoken numbers to a press briefing yesterday to express unshakable support for the Ethiopian candidate to be the next head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

    Asked about recent allegations in the press about Tedros’ part in a coverup of cholera epidemics in his country, the African ambassadors said those were defamatory allegations, done in desperation by a nervous competing candidate.

    Without citing which of the other two candidate that might be, an African ambassador said such attempt at destabilising the candidate reflects a “colonial mentality.” Tedros, as he is known, was not at the press briefing.

    The election is expected to take place on 23 May, the second day of the annual World Health Assembly (IPW, WHO, 12 May 2017).

    Described by a group of African ambassadors as being in best position to implement needed reforms at the WHO, and having a unique mix of scientific and diplomatic skills, Tedros was also said to be the best choice for the WHO. The ambassadors explained they are on a campaign to support Tedros, and are approaching other ambassadors.

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  • Beware of fraud related to the Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery!

    The Embassy of the United States of America in Addis Abeba told DV applicants to be aware and take care of the fraud activities by individuals.

    The only way to find out if you have been selected for the 2018 DV Lottery is to check the status of your application starting May 2 at 7pm local time.

    The Embassy wishes all applicants success in the process, and urge everyone to protect themselves from fraud.

    If ANYONE contacts you claiming you have been selected, IT’ S FRAUD.

    If anyone asks you for money to apply for the DV Lottery, IT’S FRAUD.

    The DV Lottery is a random selection, if anyone claims they can help you get selected for money, IT’S FRAUD.

    If some says you have been selected for the DV Lottery, but you did not apply, IT’S FRAUD.

    https://www.dvlottery.state.gov

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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, Awol has a humble following on his own social media accounts. 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.

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

     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.

    “I am informed that there are a ton of returnees from airports all over the US, at Addis Ababa Intl, and the Ethiopian government is telling them they have only one more day to stay before it kicks them all out back to the countries they originally came from,” Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg was quoted as saying by ethio-news flash.

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