Released from prison in January, Oromo activist Jawar Mohammed finally broke his silence in May by giving two interviews to Amharic- and Oromo-speaking audiences in Ethiopia and its diaspora.
To pursue its national defence industry plans, Egypt is preparing a new drone order with a key transfer of technology components and is looking at suppliers from the US, China and Italy.
Cyril Ramaphosa will hand over the rotating presidency of the African Union to the DRC's Félix Tshisekedi in January. Ethiopia's Abiy Ahmed Ali is hoping Ramaphosa will remain in charge of mediating the GERD negotiations.
Cairo and Addis Ababa, engaged in a bitter diplomatic squabble over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), are each seeking to win over as many countries as possible in the Nile Basin. South Sudan is currently the centre of their attention.
Egypt's Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Atti took advantage of President Kenyatta's refuelling stops on the way to Paris to talk about the GERD dispute with Ethiopia.
The pan-African organization has been struggling for a month to resolve the clash between Cairo and Addis Ababa. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi does not want to see Ethiopia have free rein in the management of Nile dam, but Abiy Ahmed Ali is refusing to accept any outside interference.
The heated Nile dam dispute is still top of Gedu Andargachew's list of concerns. The Ethiopian foreign minister took advantage of the presence of his envoys in Addis to add muscle to his diplomatic blitz.
With the filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam to start this month, Egyptian and Ethiopian diplomats are urging the African Union to help them calm the crisis this mega project has sparked.