In­ter­net black­out in Ethiopia is ended

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In­ter­net users in Ethiopia said yes­ter­day the gov­ern­ment ap­peared to have ended a three­month on­line black­out, rais­ing hopes of re­laxed re­stric­tions af­ter the elec­tion of a prime min­is­ter who promised re­forms. Mo­bile and broad­band in­ter­net ser­vices shut down in De­cem­ber in many re­gions out­side the cap­i­tal, which were hit by un­rest that threat­ened the rul­ing coali­tion’s hold. Hu­man rights groups ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of try­ing to stop them spread­ing news on­line and or­gan­is­ing ral­lies call­ing for land rights and other free­doms – charges the gov­ern­ment de­nied. Abiy Ahmed, 42, the new prime min­is­ter, has promised to ad­dress griev­ances and strengthen po­lit­i­cal and civil rights.

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