Ethiopian Blind Man Falls to His Death in Lift Shaft

A blind man fell to his death in a lift shaft in a government building in the capital, Addis Abba. The Ethiopian National Association of the Blind (Enab) told the BBC that Dires Hunachew, a newly graduated teacher, had visited the education office in the building on Monday to request a transfer to a different area. “From the seventh floor of the building, he wanted to go to the ground floor and pressed the lift key. But when he entered the lift after it arrived, the lift had no floor,”…

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Ethiopia Bans Motorcycles Movement in Addis Ababa to Reduce Crime

Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa plans to ban motorcycles in the city from July in a bid to curb a spree of muggings and robberies, local authorities said on Wednesday. Addis Ababa mayor Takele Uma said motorbikes had been used in recent crimes and the city would prohibit them from July 7 though people using bikes for business may be exempt. “Exceptions will be made to those conducting licensed businesses with motorcycles as well as those who use motorcycles as postal carriers and motorcycles affiliated to embassies,” the mayor told journalists.…

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