Miss Ethiopia Melat Yante in Swimsuit - Photo
Miss Ethiopia Melat Yante stands during the swimsuit event of the 2009 Miss Universe Preliminary Competition in Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009. During the upcoming Aug. 23 final pageant, Miss Universe will be picked from among contestants from 84 countries. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ethiopian Legend Kenenisa Bekele powers to fourth world title
Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele secured his fourth successive men's 10,000 meter world title with another gold medal winning performance at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin.
Bekele equalled the record of compatriot Haile Gebrselassie, who also won four world titles at the distance, after sprinting away from Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea on the final lap.
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Ethiopian Woman Gang raped and murdered in UAE
By Ali Al-Shouk
Police have arrested four men on suspicion of the gang rape and murder of a young housemaid.
The Emiratis were arrested following the discovery of a woman’s body last week on farmland in the Al-Daid region of Sharjah. The victim, an Ethiopian aged in her 20s, had suffered extensive wounds to her head.
Police believe she had been repeatedly struck with rocks until she died.
Sources at Sharjah Police said the woman had been working as a maid at a house in Khor Fakan in Sharjah and disappeared at the beginning of this month.
“She had been working for the three months before she disappeared from the house,” the source said. “She had no reason to disappear and no friends in the area.”
The source added: “Our investigations led us to the main suspect who is an Emirati and who has had a previous conviction for carrying out such a crime.”
During investigations the man confessed to the murder and said he had carried out the attack with three other men.
The source said the main suspect had previously been jailed for the rape and murder of a Pakistani teenage girl and had been sentenced to death for the crime.
However, after serving a number of years in jail he was then released and pardoned after paying blood money to his 13-year-old victim’s family.
According to the preliminary police investigations, the gang watched the housemaid for a number of days before kidnapping her. She was gagged and then repeatedly gang-raped.
Despite escaping from her attackers, the men hunted her down, raped her again and then killed her to prevent her identifying them to police, according to the source.
The men are being held in custody while the investigations continue.
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Horn of Africa damages ruling due
By Martin Plaut
BBC Africa editor
An international tribunal is to decide what compensation Ethiopia and Eritrea should pay each other for damages inflicted in the 1998-2000 border war.
Monday's decision is the final element in the peace deal that ended the war, which cost at least 100,000 lives.
The Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission at The Hague will provide the two nations with the judgement that lawyers have been working on since March 2001.
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Ethiopia's Tadese Tola wins New York Half-Marathon
New York - Tadese Tola of Ethiopia wins the 2009 New York City Half Marathon finishing in 1:01:07. The 21-year old Ethiopian dominated the race and taking an early lead. This is his second consecutive win at the New York City Half-Marathon. He takes a cash-prize of $10,000. In the Women's race, Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia finished second.