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(both: ä`dəwä), Ital. Adua, town (1994 pop. 24,519), Tigray region, N Ethiopia. Lying on the highway between Aksum and Adigrat, Adwa is an agricultural trade center. Adwa was the most important commercial center of Tigray in the 19th cent., but declined in the 1870s as a result of the dislocation caused by the fighting between Ethiopia and Egypt. In 1896, Adwa was the site of the battle in which Menelik IIMenelik II
, 1844–1913, emperor of Ethiopia after 1889. He was originally ras (ruler) of Shoa (central Ethiopia). After the death (1868) of Emperor Tewodros II, Menelik, with Italian support, gained strength steadily. He seized the throne after Emperor Johannes IV died.
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 decisively defeated Italian invaders and forced them out of Ethiopia.


See R. Jonas, The Battle of Adwa (2011).

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Yar' Adua is the first Nigerian leader in 40 years to be university educated.
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The 1st ISC International Conference on Cancer Therapeutics, Molecular Targets, Pharmacology and Clinical Applications will be held at Palazzo dei Congressi, Piazza Adua 1, 50123 Firenze, Italy (http://www.
The tenor's former wife, Adua Veroni, and her current companion, Nicoletta Mantovani, sat farther back, along with some other relatives, according to reports.
Even his cruelly-discarded wife, Adua, is refusing to divorce him - although that may have as much to do with the measly pounds 20million settlement Luciano is offering her.
Last month, Pavarotti and his manager-wife, Adua, agreed to a separation after 35 years of marriage.
The FCT Administration has given the National Defence College, Abuja, two years to complete and move to their permanent site along the Umaru Musa Yar Adua Expressway (Airport Road).
The most recent was the case of the military assault in Gbaramatu kingdom of Delta state ordered by the president Yar Adua.
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