The first telephones were brought by Ras Makonnen from Italy in 1890, and connected between the Palace and the Imperial treasury; the sound of disembodied voices frightened the local priests, who thought it was the work of demons. The Emperor Menelik II responded to their protests with disdain, and later used the telephone to give orders to his provincial governors. Emperor Haile Selassie had begun the process of introducing radio transmitters to the country for civilian and military use in the years before the Italian invasion.
The Ethiopian dial plan changed on September 17, 2005. City codes (i.e., internal prefixes) changed from two digits to three (or, from outside Ethiopia, one digit to two). Phone numbers changed from six digits to seven. A web-based program which converts old telephone numbers to new numbers is available here
Female guards give orders to detainees; Guantanamo Bay: Women also help provide medical care to some former Taliban fighters
Jan 27, 2002; GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Taliban fighters wouldn't allow women to study in Afghanistan and punished them if a veil...