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A horse rears in the street as major crowds gather to welcome returning leaders of the once-banned Oromo Liberation Front  in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Photograph: Mulugeta Ayene/AP Photo

Overnight ethnic-based attacks in the outskirts of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, resulted in the deaths of several people and caused hundreds to fl(...)

 Hailemariam Desalegn: “I see my resignation as vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy.” Photograph:  Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images

Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn suddenly resigned on Thursday in what he described as a bid to smooth reforms, following years of viole(...)

Opposition leader Merara Gudina (centre) walks with his supporters after his release in Burayu, Ethiopia on Wednesday. Photograph: Elias Meseret/AP

Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was among hundreds of prisoners released from jail on Wednesday as the first step in a government campaign t(...)

Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn has said the pardoning of  dissident politicians was intended to “foster national reconciliation”. File photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Ethiopia will release and pardon dissident politicians jailed on criminal charges, its prime minister said on Wednesday – an unexpected shift in stanc(...)

At a camp for displaced Somalis in Kolenchi, this formerly prosperous business woman from Aweday was burnt during the riot and lost everything. Photograph: James Jeffrey

Night had fallen over the Ethiopian village of Melkabulo when local Oromo men went to the houses of ethnic Somali to tell them they must cross the riv(...)

People outside a Gondar church with crosses marked in ash on foreheads. Photograph: James Jeffrey

In the Ethiopian city of Gondar the chewing of the mildly narcotic plant khat stimulates animated conversation about recent events during the country’(...)

Protesters run from teargas  fired by police during Irreecha, a thanksgiving festival,  in Bishoftu, a  town in the Oromia region of  Ethiopia. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Police in Ethiopia’s Oromia region yesterday fired teargas and warning shots to disperse anti-government protesters at a religious festival, triggeri(...)

Feyisa Lilesa:  the marathon runner’s gesture in Rio recalled the Black Power raised fists of Tommie Smith and John Carlos in Mexico in 1968. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty

On the final day of the Rio Olympics, as the Ethiopian runner Feyisa Lilesa crossed the finishing line in second place, he raised his arms above his h(...)