The spike in the death toll came as high-profile activist Jawar Mohammed accused PM Abiy Ahmed of acting like a dictator and suggesting he might challenge him in elections planned for next year.
Amnesty International says the death toll could increase as they investigated new reports of casualties. Jawar Mohammed, a former ally of PM Abiy Ahmed, told his supporters it was "not the time to kill each other", reminding them to stay alert.
Hundreds of supporters of prominent Ethiopian activist Jawar Mohammed set up camp around his house in Addis Ababa, one day after police fired gunshots and teargas to break up demonstrations that witnessed casualties.
The young and reformist leadership of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is facing the challenge of growing ethnic tensions, while the country's newly free media is facing accusations of peddling fake news.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has the momentum to strengthen Ethiopia's democratic institutions and restore trust in the system. The trick is to turn this goodwill into tangible policy change.
Oromo people have been asking for equal representation for decades. Now, with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (an Oromo) leading the country, they hope they can claim their rights.
The death of about 40 people in Ethiopia’s Oromia over the weekend is being blamed on the Liyu Police, a regional paramilitary force from the Somali region.
The conflict began in April around 400 kilometres (250 miles) south of the capital Addis Ababa. More than 1.2 million people have been forced to flee since, the UN report says.
Abiy Ahmed is the first ethnic Oromo to become Ethiopia's prime minister. The ruling coalition is looking to him to lead the country out of anti-government protests that have been raging since late 2015.
Ethiopia is experiencing ethnic and political tensions that could have far-reaching implications for its neighbors in the Horn of Africa, and beyond.
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn suddenly resigned to smoothen the path for political reforms. Africa's second most populous nation has been racked by violent unrest in recent years.
Ethiopia is slowly sleepwalking into ethnic war. Can it be averted?
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