In 1953, the United States awarded a Silver Star for gallantry to a young Ethiopian soldier. Captain Mamo Habtewold distinguished himself in the Korean War while his battalion served alongside the US army.
Famine has swept through much of Ethiopia in the past year, but a new project will see a Saudi Arabian country convert one of the most fertile areas to produce rice for export. The idea is it's better to have people employed and making money.
Tens of thousands of people in South Sudan are spending New Year's Day hiding in the bush as violence spreads across the country. A political squabble has degenerated into ethnic clashes. But there is some hope as envoys have arrived in neighboring Ethiopia to try to thrash out a peace deal.
Politics and music have not always mixed well in Ethiopia. But governments change -- and the music survives, and evolves. A fine example is a new project that highlights the work of Ethiopian musicians today.