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Ethiopia: The hyenas of Harar

Emmanuel Igunza reports from the ancient city of Harar in Ethiopia, where it appears man and hyena have evolved a mutually beneficial - if unlikely arrangement.

Unesco take Ethiopia's Simien park off danger list

Unesco has tweeted that it has taken Ethiopia's famous Simien Park off the list of endangered world heritage sites following the government's decision to build an alternative road around it:

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The park was added to the danger list in 1996 due to the impact of a new road across it.

In a statement, Unesco said:

The World Heritage Committee welcomed Ethiopia’s commitment in building an alternative road to alleviate the disturbance of traffic on the main road that crosses the property, reduce cattle overgrazing and visitor impact.

The committee furthermore welcomed the stabilization of the site’s endemic animal populations of, notably, Walia ibex and Gelada baboons."

The park was placed on the danger list in 1996.

We reported earlier that Unesco had also taken Ivory Coast's Comoe National Park off the list after elephants and monkeys started reproducing again on the site.

Ethiopia's Somali people "ravaged by malnutrition, sickness"

Malnutrition at alarming levels but "just the tip of the iceberg"

The medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières is highlighting an acute humanitarian emergency in Ethiopia's Somali region. The country is trying to cope with the worst drought in decades -- it's been especially bad across southern and south eastern Ethiopia. Tara Newell, Médecins Sans Frontières Emergency Manager, has just returned from the region. Photo: Women displaced by Ethiopia's drought in the Somali region - taken earlier this month. Credit: AFP photo/Christ Stein/Getty Images.

Ethiopia coffee farming under threat

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A woman from the Hamar tribe makes traditional coffee in Ethiopia's southern Omo Valley region near Turmi on September 20, 2016. T
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Coffee is a major source of income for many Ethiopians

Scientists are warning that climate change poses a threat to coffee farming in Ethiopia.

Computer modelling carried out by a team at Britain's Royal Botanic Gardens concluded that almost two-thirds of Ethiopia's existing coffee plantations could become unsuitable for growing the crop by the end of the century.

But the team found that other parts of the country, at high altitudes, would be ideal and recommended early action to prevent damage to the industry, and perhaps even leading better tasting brews.