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PM Hailemariam meets US Secretary of State John Kerry (Walta information Centre)




Addis Ababa, 6 August 2014 (WIC) - Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn met with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the US Africa Leaders Summit, on Tuesday.

Secretary Kerry welcomed the Prime Minister whom, he said, had been “enormously engaged with us on many different issues” and as a regional leader. (Full article . . .)

Ethiopia and Egypt discuss bilateral relations in Washington D.C (Walta information Centre)




Addis Ababa, 7 August 2014 (WIC) - Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab met on Wednesday with PM Hailemariam Desalegn during the US Africa Leaders' Summit in Washington D.C.

The two prime ministers discussed bilateral relations as well as the latest developments in the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam file. (Full article . . .)

Sierra Leone army blockades Ebola areas, Liberia declares emergency (Reuters)




* Liberia declares 90-day state of emergency

* WHO experts discuss measures to tackle outbreak

* Calls for use of experimental drugs

* Benin hospital treats Nigerian Ebola suspect (Adds Liberian minister comment)

By Umaru Fofana and Clair MacDougall

The Ebola virus has killed at least 282 people in Liberia alone, and 932 in total [EPA]




US President Barack Obama said it is "premature" to send an experimental medicine for the treatment of Ebola to West Africa, as Liberia declared a state of emergency amid an outbreak that shows no signs of slowing.

The slump in grain prices has helped push down the FAO Food Price Index. Photo: FAO/Balint Porneczi




7 August 2014 – Global food prices fell for a fourth consecutive month in July, a sharp decline for grains, oilseeds and dairy products outweighing strong meat and sugar prices, the United Nations agriculture agency reported.