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Factbox: What is happening in Sudan?
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( )   time to read: +4 min
Another is an investigation into the killings of pro-democracy protesters on June 3, 2019, in which military forces are implicated. Activists and civilian groups have been angered by delays in making the investigation's findings public. Sudan is in a volatile region, bordering the Red Sea, the Sahel, and the Horn of Africa. Several of its neighbours, including Ethiopia, Chad and South Sudan have been affected by political upheavals and conflict. Sudan is pushing, with Egypt, for a binding deal over the operation of a giant hydropower dam that Ethiopia is building near the Sudanese border.
Persons: Omar al, Bashir, Nafisa Eltahir, Aidan Lewis, Nick Tattersall, Robert Birsel Organizations: REUTERS, WHO, West, Sovereign Council, Authorities, Criminal Court, Rapid Support Forces, International Monetary Fund, Thomson Locations: Kartoum, Sudan, SUDAN, Darfur, of Africa, Ethiopia, Chad, South Sudan, Ethiopia's Tigray, Egypt
CNN's publication of these warnings from within Facebook comes seven months after a Facebook team initially shared an internal report entitled "Coordinated Social Harm." The report, distributed in March, said that armed groups in Ethiopia were using the platform to incite violence against ethnic minorities in the "context of civil war." Its two largest ethnic groups, the Oromo and Amhara, make up more than 60% of the population. "I've seen a lot of a lot of hate speech, that definitely does fuel ethnic violence in Ethiopia," Neguede said. A Facebook page with an INSA-affiliated administrator was also flagged in internal Facebook documents in March, but was not recommended for removal.
Persons: Frances Haugen's, Haugen, Africa's, Mark Zuckerberg, Abiy Ahmed, David Kaye, Ethiopia didn't, Kaye, PesaCheck, Amanuel Neguede, Neguede, Berhan, Hachalu Hundessa, Taye, Buldings, Hundessa's, TPLF, US Agency for International Development Samantha Power, Power, Alice Wairimu Nderitu, Abiy's, Abiy, Abiy Ahmed's Organizations: London, CNN, Facebook, US Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Congress, Wall, Ethiopian, United Nations, Amnesty International, UN, Intelligence, AFP, US Agency for International Development, Ethiopia's Information Network Security Agency Locations: Ethiopia, North America, Europe, Tigray, May, Amhara, Fano, Sudan, Egypt, United States, Myanmar, Somali, Addis Ababa, Um Rakuba, East Africa, Africa, stoke, Oromo, Nairobi
Ethiopia's Gidey breaks half marathon world record
  + stars: | 2021-10-24 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey and Kenya's Hellen Obiri in action during the women's 5000m Pool via REUTERS/Eric GaillardOct 24 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Letesenbet Gidey smashed the women's half marathon world record on Sunday, finishing in one hour, two minutes and 52 seconds at the Valencia Half Marathon Trinidad Alfonso EDP. The 23-year-old Gidey, who is also the world 5,000 metres (14:06.62) and 10,000 metres (29:01.03) record-holder, shaved more than a minute off the previous half marathon mark of 1:04:02 set by Kenya's Ruth Chepngetich this year. "I'm so happy to break the world record in my first half marathon and my first race for the NN Running Team. Gracias Valencia," Gidey, the Tokyo Olympics 10,000 metres bronze medallist, said. In the men's race, Kenya's Abel Kipchumba made a late charge to win in 58:07 minutes, moving him to sixth on the world all-time list.
Persons: Stade Louis II, Ethiopia's Letesenbet, Eric Gaillard, Gidey, Kenya's Ruth Chepngetich, Kenya's Abel Kipchumba, Kipruto, Daniel Mateiko, Shrivathsa Sridhar, Kim Coghill Organizations: Diamond League, Monaco, Stade, REUTERS, Valencia Half Marathon, Alfonso EDP, Gracias, Tokyo, Kenyan, Thomson Locations: Monaco, Valencia, Bengaluru
(CNN) The Ethiopian government's air force carried out two air strikes in the northern region of Tigray, government spokesperson Legese Tulu told CNN Sunday. One of the strikes hit a military command post and training center belonging to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) -- the region's ruling party -- in the city of Mai Tsebri, according to Legese. A second strike targeted the town of Adwa where Legese alleged the TPLF were manufacturing military equipment and fake Ethiopian National Defense Forces uniforms. The strikes are part of Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed major offensive against the TPLF, which began last year. TPLF denied that the Ethiopian air force had hit military targets in Tigray on Sunday, and instead said the strikes targeted a hospital and a textile factory.
Persons: Legese, Mai Tsebri, Abiy Ahmed, TPLF, Read Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian National Defense Forces, Ethiopia's Locations: Tigray, Mai, Adwa
Captive Ethiopian army soldiers get their water ration in a prison in the outskirts of Mekelle, the capital of Tigray region, Ethiopia, July 7, 2021. REUTERS/Giulia Paravicini/File PhotoADDIS ABABA, Oct 20 (Reuters) - An air strike hit the capital of Tigray region in northern Ethiopia on Wednesday morning, regionally controlled television said, reporting the second attack on the city of Mekelle this week. Ethiopia's government spokesman, Legesse Tulu, did not immediately answer a phone call requesting comment on the reported strike. The strike hit around 10:30 a.m., the source said. The report of a strike comes two days after two air strikes hit the city.
Persons: Giulia Paravicini, Mekelle, Will Davison, " Davison, Maggie Fick, Andrew Cawthorne, Timothy Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Tigrai Television, Reuters, Facebook, Addis, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, city's, Amhara, Brussels, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
Seventeen people killed in a road accident in Cairo
  + stars: | 2021-10-20 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
Africa · 2:31 PM UTCAir strike hits capital of Ethiopia's Tigray for third time this weekEthiopian government air strikes hit the capital of the northern Tigray region on Wednesday, the third such attack this week in a stepped up a campaign to weaken rebellious Tigrayan forces in an almost one-year-old war.
Organizations: Air, Ethiopian Locations: Africa, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray
(CNN) The capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region was covered in smoke on Wednesday as the city was hit by another day of airstrikes, eyewitnesses and authorities told CNN. The airstrikes on Mekelle were targeting weapons sites used by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said Billene Seyoum, an Ethiopian government spokesperson. Ethiopia's federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since. Seyoum added that one of these sites, Mesfin Industrial Engineering, has been "appropriated by the TPLF as a heavy weapons storage, manufacturing and repair site." Getachew Reda, spokesperson for the TPLF, responded on Twitter to the airstrike saying it "targeted a residential quarters in Mekelle causing injury to civilians and harm to property."
Persons: Billene Seyoum, Seyoum, Reda Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian, Engineering, Twitter Locations: Tigray, Mekelle
Three children killed in strike on Ethiopia's Mekelle - UN
  + stars: | 2021-10-19 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
GENEVA, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Three children were killed and one person was wounded in an air strike on the capital of the Tigray region in Ethiopia on Monday, the United Nations cited local health workers as saying. The health workers said the casualties were caused in the strike on the outskirts of Mekelle, Jens Laerke, spokesperson of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a briefing in Geneva on Tuesday. A second air strike in the city wounded nine people and damaged houses and a hotel, Laerke said. read moreEthiopia's government spokesman, Legesse Tulu, did not immediately respond to phone calls requesting comment on the U.N.'s report that the three people killed in Monday's air strike were children. Tigrai TV, controlled by the TPLF, said the attack on the city of Mekelle killed three civilians.
Persons: Jens Laerke, Laerke, Emma Thomasson, Stephanie Nebehay, Alex Richardson Organizations: United Nations, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Thomson Locations: GENEVA, Tigray, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Geneva, Nairobi
(CNN) Three children were killed and one person was injured in Monday's airstrikes in Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region, the United Nations said Tuesday. A spokesman for the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) accused Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday of targeting civilians in an attack on a busy market day. Ethiopia's federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since. The state-run Ethiopian Press Agency reported Monday that the Ethiopian Air Force "launched a successful offensive" against a TPLF communication network and facility in Mekelle. Airstrikes were "carried out with the utmost precision to prevent civilian casualties," the report said.
Persons: Jens Laerke, Laerke, Abiy Ahmed, Read Organizations: CNN, United Nations, UN Office, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Ethiopian Press Agency, Ethiopian Air Force Locations: Mekelle, Tigray, Geneva
Oct 18 (Reuters) - Mekelle, the capital of northern Ethiopia's Tigray region, was hit by hit by air strikes on Monday, regionally controlled television reported. Tigrai Television, controlled by the region's Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), reported that the air strikes had injured several civilians. An aid worker and a diplomat also told Reuters that there were air strikes in Mekelle. Billene Seyoum, a spokeswoman for Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Reporting by Addis Ababa Newsroom; Editing by Alison WilliamsOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Billene, Abiy Ahmed, Alison Williams Organizations: Tigrai Television, Reuters, Ethiopian, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia's Tigray, Mekelle
A tank damaged during the fighting between Ethiopia's National Defense Force (ENDF) and Tigray Special Forces stands on the outskirts of Humera town in Ethiopia, July 1, 2021. Tigrai TV, controlled by the northern region's Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said the attack on the city of Mekelle killed several civilians. Mekelle is an Ethiopian city," he said. A Mekelle resident told Reuters one of the strikes on Monday hit close to a market behind the city's Planet Hotel around noon (1000 GMT). TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda tweeted: "#AbiyAhmed's 'Air Force' sent its bomber jet to attack civilian targets in& outside #Mekelle," referring to Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Persons: Stringer, Legesse, Getachew Reda, Abiy Ahmed, Alison Williams, Andrew Heavens Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Government, Reuters, Terrorists, Ethiopian, Air Force, Ethiopia's, Addis Ababa, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, NAIROBI, Mekelle, Ethiopian, Afar, Amhara
(CNN) The capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region was hit by at least two airstrikes on Monday, an eyewitness and a spokesman for forces fighting the country's central government told CNN. One resident of the city told Reuters one strike hit close to a market, behind a hotel. A spokesman for the Tigray People's Liberation Front accused Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of targeting civilians in an attack on a busy market day. Ethiopia's federal government launched a military offensive to oust the TPLF last November and fighting has been ongoing since. One of the targets of the airstrikes was the Planet Hotel where a "dozen or so humanitarian agencies used to have their employees," TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda claimed.
Persons: Mekelle, Abiy Ahmed, Getachew Reda Organizations: CNN, Reuters, Ethiopian Locations: Tigray, Haki
Kenya's Rotich, Ethiopian Memuye win Paris Marathon
  + stars: | 2021-10-17 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Athletics - Paris Marathon - Paris, France - October 17, 2021 Kenya’s Elisha Rotich celebrates after winning the elite men's race and setting a new record REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesPARIS, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Kenya's Elisha Rotich won the men's race and Ethiopia's Tigist Memuye topped the women's podium at the Paris Marathon on Sunday. Rotich set a course record as he crossed the line in two hours four minutes 21 seconds to finish ahead of Ethiopia's Hailemaryam Kiros. In the women's race, Memuye ran a time of two hours 26 minutes and 12 seconds after a late surge to seal the biggest win of her career. Memuye finished about three seconds ahead of Yenenesh Dinkesa with Fantu Jimma third as Ethiopians swept the podium. The Paris Marathon, featuring 60,000 participants from 145 countries, was initially scheduled for April this year, but was delayed by six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Persons: Elisha Rotich, Gonzalo Fuentes PARIS, Memuye, Rotich, Kenenisa, Kenya's Hillary Kipsambu, Fantu, Manasi Pathak, Ed Osmond Organizations: Paris, Paris Marathon, Kenyan, Thomson Locations: Paris, France, Ethiopia's, Bengaluru
REUTERS/Denis BalibouseGENEVA, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Katherine Tai, U.S. global trade representative, said Washington would "soon" decide on Ethiopia's status under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), an agreement which gives it duty-free access to the United States. What is happening in Ethiopia is a humanitarian crisis," said Tai, referring to fighting in northern Ethiopia and deepening famine in the region of Tigray. Ethiopia exported about $237 million worth of goods duty-free to the United States under AGOA in 2020, according to U.S. commerce department data. "Humanitarian crises don’t end by taking away jobs from low income women that AGOA enabled; rather the problem deepens. AGOA gives sub-Saharan African nations duty-free access to the United States if they meet certain eligibility requirements, such as eliminating barriers to U.S. trade and investment and making progress towards political pluralism.
Persons: Katherine Tai, Denis Balibouse GENEVA, Billene Seyoum, Katharine Houreld, Hugh Lawson, Giles Elgood Organizations: Trade, Geneva, Institute, World Trade Organization, Conference, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Katherine Tai , U.S, Washington, United States, Ethiopia, Tigray, Government, Amhara
REUTERS/StringerNAIROBI, Oct 13 (Reuters) - An air and ground offensive by Ethiopian troops and their allies against rebellious forces from the northern Tigray region is intensifying, a spokesperson for the Tigrayan forces said on Wednesday, claiming "staggering" casualties. Getachew Reda of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) told Reuters by phone that the Ethiopian military and allies from the Amhara region were fighting the Tigrayan forces on several fronts, in both the Amhara and Afar regions which neighbour Tigray. A spokesperson for the Ethiopian military did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Tigrayan forces were initially beaten back, but recaptured most of the region in July and pushed into the neighbouring Amhara and Afar regions, displacing hundreds of thousands more people. Another humanitarian worker citing witnesses said Eritrean forces were fighting Tigrayans in Berhale, a town in the Afar region.
Persons: Stringer, Getachew, Abiy Ahmed, Yemane Gebremeskel, Maggie Fick, Katharine Houreld, Nick Macfie Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, Eritrean, U.S . State Department, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer NAIROBI, Amhara, Weldiya, Afar, of Africa, Eritrea, Western Tigray, Sudan, Berhale
REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - The United States is considering the full range of tools at its disposal, including the use of economic sanctions, to respond to the worsening crisis in northern Ethiopia, State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters on Tuesday. Ethiopia's national army launched a ground offensive against forces from the northern region of Tigray on Monday, the region's ruling Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) said. Washington, the EU, France, Germany and the UK called on the parties to immediately enter into negotiations toward a ceasefire and end abuses. Washington has repeatedly called for a negotiated end to the conflict in the northern region of Tigray between federal forces and those aligned with the TPLF. Fighting spread in July from Tigray into the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar, displacing hundreds of thousands of people.
Persons: Stringer, Ned Price, Antony Blinken, Price, Washington, Humeyra Pamuk, Kanishka Singh, Simon Lewis, Daphne Psaledakis, Jonathan Oatis, Peter Cooney Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, State, African, European Union . Washington, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, United States, African Union, Sudan, France, Germany, EU, Amhara, Afar
REUTERS/StringerNAIROBI, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's national army launched a ground offensive against forces from the northern region of Tigray on Monday, the region's ruling Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) said. TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda told Reuters by phone that the army, alongside allied forces from the northern Amhara region, had launched the offensive to push Tigrayan forces out of Amhara on Monday morning. "The government of Ethiopia will continue to counter the TPLF’s destruction, violence and killings in the Amhara region and elsewhere," she added, without elaborating. In June, Tigrayan forces took back control of most of Tigray, forcing the national military to withdraw. Getachew said ground fighting had begun on Monday.
Persons: Stringer, Getachew Reda, Billene Seyoum, Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, Getachew, George Obulutsa, Gareth Jones, William Maclean Organizations: Ethiopia's National Defense Force, Tigray Special Forces, REUTERS, Reuters, Ethiopian, Twitter, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Humera, Ethiopia, Stringer NAIROBI, Amhara, Western Tigray, Amhara region's Wegeltena, Wurgessa, Haro, Afar
Ethiopia's Tura holds off Rupp to win Chicago Marathon
  + stars: | 2021-10-10 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Oct 10 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Seifu Tura won the men's Chicago Marathon in 2:06:12 on Sunday, after breaking away from the pack late in the race and battling through warm and windy weather. It was the first major title for Tura, who held off 2017 champion Galen Rupp through the final stretch to finish 23 seconds ahead of the American. The temperature hovered around 73 degrees Fahrenheit(22.8°C) when the elite field started, as the marathon returned this year after being cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is part of a tight autumn racing schedule, with two other world marathon majors - in London and Boston - pushed back from their usual April dates to Oct. 3 and Oct. 11, respectively. Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York, editing by Ed OsmondOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Seifu Tura, Galen Rupp, Shifera Tamru, Amy Tennery, Ed Osmond Organizations: Chicago Marathon, Thomson Locations: Tura, London, Boston, New York
Members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) prepare to head to mission in Sanja, Amhara region, near a border with Tigray, Ethiopia November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Tiksa NegeriNAIROBI, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Airstrikes against Tigrayan forces in Ethiopia's northern region of Amhara have intensified, a spokesman for the Tigrayan forces said on Friday, which he said could presage a ground push against the Tigrayan forces by the Ethiopian military and its allies. The Ethiopian military and its allies have been fighting forces from the northern region of Tigray for 11 months. Tigrayan forces pushed into Amhara region, whose forces have been fighting alongside the government, in July. A diplomatic source confirmed to Reuters that there had been airstrikes near Wurgessa.
Persons: Wegel, Africa's, Gizachew Muluneh, Katharine Houreld, Frances Kerry Organizations: Ethiopian National Defense Force, REUTERS, Ethiopian, Reuters, United Nations, Diplomats, Thomson Locations: Sanja, Amhara, Tigray, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri NAIROBI, Ethiopia's, Wurgessa, Afar
It is the first time this weapons trade between the former foes has been documented during the nearly year-long war in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region. A separate senior administration official told CNN that the White House was looking into the allegations detailed in its report. "That may require fines to be imposed, it may require individual sanctions against Ethiopian Airlines executives. The war between Ethiopia's military and forces loyal to the TPLF, which controls Tigray, broke out in November 2020. International criticisms have been growing over the role of the Ethiopian government and its allies in restricting critical humanitarian aid in Tigray.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden, Tom Malinowski, Malinowski, Abiy Ahmed, Isaias Afwerki, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, Ethiopia's, Jen Psaki, Psaki Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian Airlines, Wednesday CNN, Chicago Convention, White, Ethiopian, National, International, Ethiopia Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines executives, Biden Administration, National Defense, UN, General, United Nations, Addis Ababa Locations: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Tigray, Ethiopia's, Addis, Asmara, Massawa, New Jersey
(CNN) Ethiopia's government has used the country's flagship commercial airline to shuttle weapons to and from neighboring Eritrea during the civil war in Ethiopia's Tigray region , a CNN investigation has found. Air waybill showing transportation of 'RIFFLE & DFS' -- in reference to rifles and dry foodstuffs per airline sources -- on an Ethiopian Airlines flight on November 12. Air waybill showing 'military refill' being transported on an Ethiopian Airlines flight on November 13. Ethiopian Airlines told CNN in its statement that no employees had been suspended or terminated due to their ethnic background. CNN has confirmed that these Emirates SkyCargo straps have been used on other Ethiopian Airlines flights.
Persons: refills, Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's, Benno Baksteen, DEGAS, Abiy, Flightradar24, Dan Kaszeta, Emirates SkyCargo, AmSafe Bridport, Pablo Mendes de Leon, Mendes de Leon, Katherine Tai, Tai Organizations: CNN, Ethiopian Airlines, Star Alliance, National, International, Government, DFS, Ethiopian, Dutch, Group Aviation Safety, Eritrean, Boeing, Toyota, Ethiopian Airlines aircraft, Employees, Freighter, Royal United Services Institute, Bulgarian, Emirates, TSO, Convention, International Civil Aviation, Chicago Convention, The Hague, US, Emirates SkyCargo Locations: Eritrea, Ethiopia's Tigray, Addis, Asmara, Massawa, Tigray, United States, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Eritrea's, Tigrayans, Axum, Dengelat, Bole, Belgium, Brussels, Shanghai, Flightradar24, London, Russia, Bulgaria, Bulgarian, Emirates, Bahir Dar, The, American, Ethiopian
U.N. urges Ethiopia to allow unhindered aid as famine looms
  + stars: | 2021-10-06 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
Ethiopian porters unload food aid bound for victims of war after a checkpoint leading to Tigray in Mai Tsebri town, Ethiopia June 26, 2021. Picture taken June 26, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoUNITED NATIONS, Oct 6 (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Ethiopia's government on Wednesday to allow the world body to deliver humanitarian aid to millions in the country's north "without hindrance." During a U.N. Security Council meeting, Guterres urged Ethiopia's government to allow "unrestricted movement of desperately needed fuel, cash, communications equipment and humanitarian supplies" into Tigray, Amhara and Afar. Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Leslie AdlerOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Stringer, Antonio Guterres, Guterres, Ethiopia's, Michelle Nichols, Leslie Adler Organizations: REUTERS, UNITED NATIONS, United Nations, Security, Thomson Locations: Tigray, Mai Tsebri, Ethiopia, Amhara, Afar
Ethiopia's Lemma wins men's London Marathon
  + stars: | 2021-10-03 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Sisay Lemma won the men's London Marathon in a time of two hours four minutes and one second after breaking away from the leading pack late in the race on Sunday. Lemma, who finished on the podium last year, crossed the line 27 seconds ahead of Kenya's Vincent Kipchuma with Mosinet Geremew third. Defending champion Shura Kitata came sixth. Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru, editing by Ed OsmondOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Kenya's Vincent Kipchuma, Mosinet, Shura Kitata, Hritika Sharma, Ed Osmond Organizations: Thomson Locations: Bengaluru
NAIROBI, Oct 2 (Reuters) - A former senior official in an interim government for Ethiopia's Tigray region appeared in court on Saturday over allegations of inciting conflict between the Tigrayan people and the central government, and possessing an illegal gun, his lawyer said. War erupted in Nov. 2020 in the northern region of Tigray between the federal government and forces aligned with the region's ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). Soon after, the federal government seized the Tigray capital and appointed an interim administration for Tigray. Abraha Desta served in that federally-appointed administration as the head of the Bureau of Social Affairs of Tigray. He is the highest-ranking official from the interim administration to be arrested.
Persons: Abraha Desta, Abraha, Addis, Jeylan Abdi, Ayenat, Peter Graff Organizations: of Social Affairs of Tigray, Arena, Facebook, Reuters, Ethiopian, Police, U.S ., Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
(CNN) The United Nations has rebuffed Ethiopia's decision to expel seven senior UN officials as the country's war-torn northern Tigray region descends into famine, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday. "If the current trajectory continues, I fear for the future of many Ethiopian lives, and indeed for the stability of the country and the region. The UN denounced Ethiopia's decision to eject its officials from the country on Friday, and vowed to continue its humanitarian work. If the Ethiopian order goes ahead, it would mark one of the most significant expulsions of senior UN humanitarian officials from any country. Earlier this month, UNOCHA said there was a "de facto humanitarian aid blockade" into Tigray, where at least 400,000 people are facing famine conditions, according to the agency's latest figures.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Guterres, UNOCHA, Martin Griffiths, Abiy, Griffiths, William Davison, Ethiopia's, Jens Laerke, Joe Biden, Jen Psaki, Psaki, We're, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, David Beasley Organizations: CNN, United Nations, UN, UN Security, Security, UN's, Fund, UNICEF, Humanitarian Affairs, Ethiopian, Reuters, International Crisis, Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, White, Ethiopian Human Rights, UN Human Rights, Food Programme, WFP Locations: Tigray, Ethiopia, Mekele, Geneva, Tigrayan, Wukro, UN, Axum, Eritrea
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