1) It is 1998 or 1999 in Ethiopia. The Ethiopians never accepted the modern Gregorian calendar and stuck with the previous Julian calendar, including its calculation of the beginning of the common era. 2) Noon in Ethiopia is actually six o'clock. The Ethiopian day is always pretty much 12 hours long and dawn is considered 12 and the hour after dawn is 1 et cetera. Sunset is, therefore 12:00 again.
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