The apparent assassination of a highly regarded public figure has rocked Ethiopia to its core. Simegnew Bekele, the architect overseeing a prestigious hydroelectric project in Ethiopia, was shot dead last week in the capital Addis Ababa by an unknown attacker. Many people in the Horn of Africa country are now suspecting a foreign hand behind his brutal slaying.

The World Bank signaled its approval for recent reforms in Ethiopia with $1 billion in budgetary aid that will be disbursed over the next four months.

Recent rain shortages and possible effects of El Niño may intensify food insecurity in Ethiopia.

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