Ethiopia partially restores internet after two-week shutdown Jul 15, 2020 0 42 12345 AFPAddis AbabaEthiopia on Tuesday partially restored internet connectivity two weeks after taking the entire country offline in response to protests and ethnic violence prompted by the murder of a pop singer.Wifi connections returned in the early evening, though mobile data connections were not available and certain social media programmes like Facebook and Instagram were not accessible without use of a virtual private network (VPN). A live tracker produced by NetBlocks, a civil society group that promotes digital rights, showed connectivity approaching half the level recorded before the internet was switched off on June 30. Ethio Telecom, Ethiopia’s monopoly telecoms provider, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Hachalu Hundessa, the slain singer, was a hero to many members of Ethiopia’s largest ethnic group, the Oromo, especially during years of anti-government protests that swept Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to power in 2018.His shooting death in Addis Ababa on June 29 -- which remains unsolved -- sparked days of protests and ethnic violence in the capital and the Oromia region which surrounds it.Police officials have provided death tolls ranging from 179 to 239 in recent days, with most fatalities occurring in Oromia. Calm has returned to most of the country despite widespread rumours that protests would pick up again last weekend.Abiy’s government is preparing to issue two new telecoms licences that would break up Ethio Telecom’s monopoly, and officials want to eventually sell a 40-percent stake in Ethio Telecom, a move they hope will make the firm more efficient. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Third of Bangladesh underwater as monsoon drenches region Jul 15, 2020 0 416 Libya tensions rise after Egypt threat to intervene Jul 15, 2020 0 440 Russian, Turkish troops wounded in bomb attack in Syria’s Idlib Jul 15, 2020 0 500 House-to-house check on COVID-19 patients in Philippines DPA Manila Philippine police will go from house to house in search for COVID-19 patients who should be isolated in quarantine facilities to boost efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, an official said .. Indian state of Bihar to go into lockdown: Deputy chief minister New Delhi The northern Indian state of Bihar, which has a population around 125 million people, will go into a 15-day coronavirus lockdown to combat coronavirus, its deputy chief minister said Tuesday. “Bihar .. Three Pakistani soldiers killed in militant attack Islamabad Militants on Tuesday opened fire on Pakistani security forces, killing three soldiers and wounding eight others in the country’s troubled southwest, the military said. The incident took place near Gichak .. Two men executed in Iran after bomb attack Tehran Two men have been executed in Iran after a bomb attack in the city of Mahabad in West Azerbaijan province in 2010, the local judicial agency said, according to the ISNA news agency. Both were hanged in the provincial .. US forces pull out of five military bases in Afghanistan DPA Kabul American troops have withdrawn from five military bases in Afghanistan based on provisions of an agreement Washington signed with the Taliban late in February, both sides confirmed on Tuesday. The two sides .. Iran reports 179 new virus deaths Tehran Iran on Tuesday reported 179 new deaths from the novel coronavirus as authorities announced a decision to once more shutter some businesses in the capital to contain the virus’ resurgence. Health ministry .. Algeria reports 527 new coronavirus cases, highest daily record DPA Algiers Algeria has recorded 527 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, health authorities said, the highest single-day increase in the North African country. In recent weeks, the number of infections in ..