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United Nations and Ethiopia reach aid pact for war-hit Tigray
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia and the United Nations reached an agreement on Wednesday to channel desperately needed humanitarian aid to a northern region where a month of war has killed, wounded and uprooted large numbers of people. The pact, announced by U.N. officials, will allow aid workers access to government-controlled areas of Tigray, where federal troops have been battling the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and captured the regional capital. Aid agencies had sounded the alarm about a growing humanitarian crisis and been pressing for access, after hundreds of foreign workers were forced to evacuate. That defiance was one reason for the federal government’s military offensive against TPLF leaders. It accuses Abiy of “invading” Tigray, where federal troops captured the regional capital Mekelle at the weekend, sending TPLF leaders fleeing for the hills.
Persons: Cross, OCHA, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Africa’s, TPLF, Rashid Abdi Organizations: United Nations, U.N, International Committee, Federal Government, Reuters Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Mekelle, Tigray Region, Eritrea, ” Tigray, Abiy, Addis Ababa, Horn, Africa
But when it came, the Lagos State government's security camera footage of the Lekki toll gate shooting did not capture everything. The surveillance footage once again raises questions about the investigation into what happened at the Lekki toll gate protest -- and why surveillance video from the evening does not provide a more complete picture. The army has repeatedly said the soldiers deployed to the toll gate fired into the air and not at protesters directly. CNN's investigation had revealed the use of live ammunition at the toll gate, based on analysis carried out by ballistics experts and conversations with military sources. "It had nothing whatsoever to do with the Lekki toll gate," he said.
Persons: Ahmed Taiwo, Ogunlana, He's, Taiwo Organizations: CNN, Company, LCC, Nigeria Police Force, Twitter, Admiralty, Nigeria's Ministry, Information, Federal Government Locations: Lagos State, Lagos, Nigeria, United States, United Kingdom, Nigerian, Africa's, Oriental, Lekki, Reddington
President-elect Joe Biden's transition team welcomed moves from the Trump administration to begin a presidential transition. But many federal agencies have been reshaped and downsized since 2016, while many significant roles have never been filled by Senate-confirmed staff. It came in his transition team's reaction to the news that the federal government had allowed the transition process to begin, a move grudgingly recommended by President Donald Trump. In a statement on Monday from transition director Yohannes Abraham, Biden's transition team said the transition will bring "the resources and support necessary to carry out a smooth and peaceful transfer of power." Trump has altered the roles of agencies like the Environment Protection Agency, which has reversed many environmental protection rules.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Trump, Donald Trump, Yohannes Abraham, Biden's, Abraham, Joe Biden, Drew Angerer, Trump's, watchdogs Organizations: Trump, Senate, State Department, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Environment Protection Agency
REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc have been awarded a federal contract worth up to $810 million to offer their ride-hail services to public agencies and their more than 4 million employees and contractors across the country. She declined to say how much revenue Lyft expected from the contract, but said the U.S. government spends around $200 million on ground transportation each year. Lyft also hopes the government contract will open doors to further collaboration on public health and equity projects that require transportation. The GSA did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the agency in April announced the award to Uber and Lyft tentatively. Uber in a statement said working with the federal government was part of its Uber for Business program that serves large companies and organizations.
Persons: Uber, Mike Blake, Veronica Juarez, Juarez, Lyft, ” Ronnie Gurion Organizations: REUTERS, Technologies, Lyft Inc, General Services Administration, GSA, Uber, Business Locations: California, Los Angeles , California, U.S
NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia denied on Saturday that talks on the growing conflict in its northern Tigray region were imminent, just hours after three African former presidents were named to help mediate the two-week-old crisis. Tigrayan forces were not immediately available for comment. Destroyed buildings lined the main road in the town of Dansha, where the conflict broke out, the images showed. The African Union announced late on Friday the appointment of former presidents Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and Kgalema Motlanthe of South Africa as special envoys. The government has appointed an alternative interim government to run Tigray when troops take Mekelle.
Persons: Tigrayan, Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, , U.N, Antonio Guterres, , Abiy Ahmed Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Maxar Technologies, African Union, Ethiopian, Federal Government Locations: NAIROBI, ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Addis, Dansha, Sudan, Amhara, Eritrea, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa
Ethiopia pushes toward Tigray capital, rebuffs African mediation
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Saturday its forces had seized another town in their advance on the capital of northern Tigray region and rebuffed an African Union (AU) push to mediate in the war with rebel forces in the region. An overview of Dansha airport and destroyed buildings in Dansha, Ethiopia, is seen in this satellite image taken November 18, 2020 and supplied by Maxar Technologies. The conflict has spread beyond Tigray, whose forces have fired rockets at the neighbouring Amhara region and the nation of Eritrea, spurring concern of a wider war. There was no immediate response from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels who have promised “hell” for the advancing federal troops. Abiy denies that, saying he is seeking only to restore law and order and preserve the unity of Ethiopia and its 115 million people.
Persons: Abiy, Adigrat, TPLF, Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Tigrayans Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, African Union, Maxar Technologies, REUTERS, , Federal Government, United Nations, U.S Locations: NAIROBI, ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Dansha, Sudan, Amhara, Eritrea, Mekelle, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa
NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The Ethiopian government rebuffed an African effort to mediate on Saturday, saying its troops had seized another town in their march towards the rebel-held capital of northern Tigray region. Hundreds, possibly thousands, have died and more than 30,000 refugees have fled to Sudan since the conflict erupted on Nov. 4. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels said nine civilians had died among heavy casualties in artillery hits on Adigrat. Eritrea denies TPLF allegations it has sent soldiers over the border to back Abiy’s offensive against the Tigrayan forces, who are also an old foe of Eritrea’s. “We will do all that is necessary to ensure stability prevails in the Tigray region and that our citizens are free from harm and want,” the prime minister tweeted on Saturday.
Persons: Abiy, Adigrat, Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Tigrayans, , Jens Hesemann Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, African Union, Federal Government, Maxar Technologies, United Nations, UNHCR Locations: NAIROBI, ADDIS, Tigray, Mekelle, Sudan, Amhara, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Dansha
NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - The Ethiopian government rebuffed an African effort to mediate on Saturday, saying its troops had seized another town in their march towards the rebel-held capital of northern Tigray region. Hundreds, possibly thousands, have died and more than 30,000 refugees have fled to Sudan since the conflict erupted on Nov. 4. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels said nine civilians had died among heavy casualties in artillery hits on Adigrat. Eritrea denies TPLF allegations it has sent soldiers over the border to back Abiy’s offensive against the Tigrayan forces, who are also an old foe of Eritrea’s. “We will do all that is necessary to ensure stability prevails in the Tigray region and that our citizens are free from harm and want,” the prime minister tweeted on Saturday.
Persons: Abiy, Adigrat, Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Tigrayans, , Jens Hesemann, jerry Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, African Union, Federal Government, Maxar Technologies, United Nations, UNHCR Locations: NAIROBI, ADDIS, Tigray, Mekelle, Sudan, Amhara, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Dansha, Hamdayet
Christopher Krebs, who led the federal government's election cybersecurity efforts, has been fired by President Donald Trump via Twitter. "I'm proud of the work we did at CISA," Krebs told NBC News on Tuesday night after the firing. He also won over state election officials from both parties, hosting national joint election security walkthroughs and persuading every state to install cyberthreat information-sharing sensors. A senior agency official called Krebs' firing "a sad day" for the agency and said he had resisted calls to echo misleading claims. Another CISA official said Krebs' being fired for refuting false claims about the election was "an absolute badge of honor."
Persons: Christopher Krebs, Donald Trump, Krebs, Trump, He's, CISA, Matthew Travis, Brandon Wales, Chris Krebs, Travis, Wales, Chad Wolf, Chris didn't, Obama, Chris, rFZ4qNRaCJ, Alex Stamos, Michael Gwin, Donald Trump's, Sen, Mark Warner, Richard Burr, Warner, Burr, Amy Klobuchar, Jim Langevin, Langevin, Alex Padilla, Organizations: Twitter, Infrastructure Security Agency, Trump, NBC, Commission, Voting, Voting Systems, Department of Homeland Security, White, MIT, DHS, Microsoft, CISA, Senate Intelligence Committee, Federal Governments, Republicans, Democrats, Homeland Security, Cyberspace Locations: CISA, Krebs, Wales, R, State, U.S, California
Meadows said Wednesday he "can't guarantee" the federal government will avoid a shutdown in December. "Obviously, we want to keep the government funded," Meadows said per a Capitol Hill pool report. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said on Wednesday he "can't guarantee" the federal government will avoid a shutdown in December. While not ruling out a shutdown, Meadows said both parties are trying to reach an agreement to finance government agencies and keep them open. "Obviously, we want to keep the government funded," Meadows said, per a Capitol Hill pool report.
Persons: Meadows, White, Mark Meadows, Trump, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, McConnell Organizations: Foundation, Wednesday, Democrats, Capitol, House Locations: Mexico
"We're trying to do that as a state, we did a one-time plus up of $375 of unemployment insurance," said Polis. "But we know that the capability of the state is nothing like the capability of the federal government." There have been more than 2,200 Covid deaths in Colorado, and 6% of the total deaths from the pandemic have been added in November. At least 26 states have hit all-time highs for hospitalizations last week, according to the Covid Tracking Project. More than 1,100 deaths are being reported each day on average in the U.S. because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Persons: Jared Polis, Polis, Shepard Smith, it's, that's, We've, John Hopkins Organizations: Colorado Gov, CNBC, Gov, Denver Post Locations: Colorado, Covid, United States, U.S
Colorado Governor Polis: We really need the federal government to step up
  + stars: | 2020-11-16 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.90   time to read: 1 min
Colorado Governor Polis: We really need the federal government to step upColorado Governor Jared Polis (D) on how his state is dealing with the pandemic as it hits record highs for cases and hospitalizations.
Persons: Jared Polis Organizations: Colorado
The battle between the federal government and the state of CaliforniaJane Wells joins Shep Smith to talk about the conflict between the Trump administration and the state of California. She also discusses tax rules in the state.
Persons: California Jane Wells, Shep Smith, Trump Locations: California
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