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A Maxar Technologies high-resolution satellite photo of China's third aircraft carrier, an unnamed vessel simply known as Type 003, under construction at Jiangnan Shipyard. A Maxar Technologies high-resolution satellite photo of China's third aircraft carrier under construction. (Click to enlarge) CSIS/Maxar Technologies 2021Work on the ship, which will be China's third aircraft carrier but its first modern flattop, began in 2018. The Chinese navy has had aircraft carriers for less than a decade. China is expected to build additional aircraft carriers, potentially pursuing a nuclear-powered carrier like the 11 flattops operated by the US Navy, though that remains to be seen.
Persons: Maxar, China's, Bobby Yip, Kitty Hawk, Matthew Funaiole Organizations: CSIS, Service, Privacy, China, Maxar Technologies, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Jiangnan Shipyard, Maxar, Department of Defense, Pentagon, US Navy's Nimitz, Ford, China Power, US Navy Locations: China, Shanghai, Washington, DC, Liaoning, Shandong
Morgan Stanley sees nearly 50% upside in this satellite stock
  + stars: | 2021-07-16 | by ( Michael Sheetz | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.99   time to read: 1 min
Maxar new high-resolution satellite imagery of the Suez canal and the container ship (EVER GIVEN) and tugboats that have the ship nearly unstuck north of the city of Suez, Egypt. Satellite image 2020 | Maxar Technologies | Getty Images
Organizations: Maxar Technologies Locations: Suez, Egypt
Richard Branson made it to space. Investors are thrilled
  + stars: | 2021-07-12 | by ( Julia Horowitz | Cnn Business | ) edition.cnn.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
You can sign up right hereLondon (CNN Business) Billionaire Richard Branson's successful trip to space is fueling enthusiasm among investors who see an industry primed for takeoff. Last month, Goldman Sachs initiated coverage of Maxar Technologies, which specializes in high-resolution Earth imagery, with a "buy" rating. Space tech startups raised $5.5 billion in VC funding last year. Didi's initial public offering raised $4.4 billion, marking the biggest US IPO by a Chinese company since 2014. Per the Goldman Sachs model, the Three Lions were expected to notch a 2-1 win in extra time.
Persons: Richard Branson's, Cowen, Jeff Bezos, Goldman Sachs, Goldman, Noah Poponak, Per, Laura, they're, Didi's, Didi, Didi isn't, Tencent's, ByteDance Organizations: CNN Business, Bell, Virgin Galactic, Vanda Research, Amazon, Origin, Maxar Technologies, Space, Companies, CNN, Cyberspace Administration, New York Stock Exchange, China, CAC, Administration of, Street, Italy, Lions Locations: London, PitchBook, Beijing, New York, China, Hong Kong, England, Italy, Belgium, Spain
A satellite view shows the collapsed Champlain Towers condo building, in Surfside near Miami Beach, Florida, U.S., July 3, 2021. @Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERSSURFSIDE, Fla., July 4 (Reuters) - Preparations for demolition work were underway on Sunday ahead of the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Elsa at the partially collapsed Miami-area condo where 24 are confirmed dead. As of Sunday morning, Tropical Storm Elsa was off the coast of Jamaica with winds of 60 miles per hour (100 km per hour). On Monday the storm was forecast to move across Cuba and make landfall on western Florida later on Monday or Tuesday. Miami Beach canceled its Independence Day celebrations.
Persons: Elsa, Daniella Levine Cava, Arthur Sorey, It's, Sorey, Francisco Alvarado, Lisa Shumaker, Daniel Wallis Organizations: Maxar Technologies, REUTERS, Dade, Residents, Miami Beach, North Miami Beach, Thomson Locations: Champlain, Surfside, Miami Beach , Florida, U.S, REUTERS SURFSIDE, Fla, Miami, Dade County, Jamaica, Cuba, Florida, Crestview Towers, North Miami
The photos show China's "substantial progress" on its new carrier, CSIS experts said. A new satellite photo shows China making "substantial progress" on its newest aircraft carrier, according to a new analysis. A Maxar Technologies high-resolution satellite photo shows China's third aircraft carrier under construction at Jiangnan Shipyard. A Maxar Technologies high-resolution satellite photo shows the "island" on China's third aircraft carrier, which is likely to house the ship's pilothouse and air traffic control station. "It is not a US carrier, as things are today," Funaiole recently told Insider, speaking of China's third aircraft carrier, "but it's still a huge step for China.
Persons: Stringer, Matthew Funaiole, James Bermudez Jr, Brian Hart, Kitty Hawk, Funaiole Organizations: Jiangnan Shipyard, Center for Strategic, International Studies, Maxar Technologies, CSIS, Maxar, Liaoning REUTERS, Shandong Getty, Nimitz Locations: China, Shanghai, Washington, DC, Liaoning, Shandong, Chinese
H&R Block — Shares of H&R Block sunk about 9% after the tax preparation company missed Wall Street's fourth-quarter revenue expectations. On Tuesday, the company reported revenue of $2.33 billion, lower than analysts' $2.35 billion estimate. However, H&R Block reported adjusted earnings of $5.16 per share, slightly higher than analysts' $5.13 per share projection. The furniture company reported adjusted earnings of 87 cents per share, beating analysts' earnings expectations of 74 cents per share, according to FactSet. The company also reported revenue of $519.5 million compared with the Street's $498.5 million projection.
Persons: Mary Barra, CNBC's, Wall, Mark Mason, Roblox, , Rosenblatt, Jamie Dimon, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Squarespace, Mizuho's Siti Panigrahi, Yun Li, Maggie Fitzgerald, Tanaya Macheel, Jesse Pound Organizations: General Motors Company, GM Global Headquarters, General Motors — GM, Citigroup — Citi, Bloomberg, Oracle —, Oracle, Cruise Line Holdings, Wolfe Research, Kindred Biosciences, Elanco, Research Group, JPMorgan Chase, Technologies, Maxar Technologies, Mizuho, & $ Locations: Detroit , Michigan, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian
Iran had been fighting a brutal war with Iraq since September 1980, and although Iran reclaimed territory lost early in the war, by 1983 it was a stalemate. In 1984, Iraq began attacking Iranian oil tankers and facilities in an attempt to damage Iran's economy. The IRGCN's swarms of Boghammers and other small, armed fast-attack boats, along with sea mines and attacks from Iranian Navy frigates, were taking their toll. (By the end of the war, Iran had attacked some 190 ships from 31 countries, killing at least 63 sailors.) Last year, an Iranian Navy exercise included an attack on a barge designed to look like a US aircraft carrier.
Persons: Samuel B, Roberts, NORBERT SCHILLER, Ronald Reagan, Bravo, SAG Charlie, Joshan, John Hyp Joshan, Wainwright, Boghammers, Joseph Strauss, Sahan, Paul Hamilton, Iran's Organizations: Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy, Persian Gulf, US, Navy, reflagged, Getty, Iraq, Iranian, US Navy, Iran, Action, Bravo, UH, SAG Bravo, SAG, Marines, SAG Delta, USS Enterprise, TOW, SEAL, IRIS, US Marine Corps, Enterprise, IRIS Sabalan, Reuters, Iranian Navy, Maxar Technologies, AP Iran's Navy Locations: Iran, Persian, reflagged Kuwaiti, Iraq, States, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Persian Gulf, Delta, Strait, Hormuz, Bandar, Gulf of Oman, Iranian, Mubarak, Bandar Abbas, Makran, Saudi
The Ever Given once stuck in the Suez Canal is in an artificial lake with its 18,000 containers. In the meantime, a backlog of 422 ships has resumed traffic in the Suez Canal. Three days after the Ever Given container ship was dislodged from the Suez Canal, it remains anchored in an artificial lake, its future route uncertain. In the meantime, traffic along the Suez Canal has resumed, though the Suez Canal Authority chairman told reporters on Monday the backlog of 422 ships would take several days to clear. Satellite image ©2021 Maxar TechnologiesThe Ever Given initially got stuck in the canal due to high winds from a sandstorm.
Persons: Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, it's Organizations: Evergreen Marine Corporation, Evergreen, Maxar Technologies, Shipping, Empire Locations: Suez, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Satellite images show renewed activity at a North Korean nuclear facility, suggesting that Kim Jong Un's regime is preparing to start or has already started reprocessing plutonium for nuclear weapons, experts say. A plume of steam or smoke emanates from exhaust stack and full storage pens at the thermal plant in North Korea on Tuesday. The U.N. Security Council held a closed-door meeting about North Korea on Tuesday, but the discussions produced no immediate outcome. And it is deeply concerning where North Korea wants to go," Studeman said at a virtual event. If North Korea has started reprocessing, "then that could put us into a different level of tension with Korea going into 2021," he said.
Persons: Kim Jong, Rafael Mariano Grossi, Victor Cha, George W, Bush, Kim, Joe Biden's, Moon Jae, Cha, They're, Trump, Obama, Biden, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Kim Yo Jong, North, Moon, Jen Psaki, Psaki, Michael Studeman, Studeman Organizations: Maxar Technologies, Center for Strategic, International Studies, International Atomic Energy Agency, Maxar, South, State Department, Defense Department, Georgetown University, Trump, . Security, North, Biden, Pacific Command Locations: Korean, Korea, North Korea, Asia, Japan, South Korea, China, Pyongyang, Hanoi, Vietnam, U.S, New York, Washington, America
Oil falls as traffic in Suez Canal resumes
  + stars: | 2021-03-29 | by ( Bozorgmehr Sharafedin | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) -Oil fell on Monday as a container ship that has blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week was refloated and traffic in the waterway resumed, while fuel demand in Europe remained weak amid renewed lockdowns to curb a new wave of coronavirus infections. A view shows Ever Given container ship in Suez Canal in this Maxar Technologies satellite image taken on March 28, 2021. Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERSBrent oil fell 63 cents, or 1%, to $63.94 a barrel by 1337 GMT. However, disruptions in the global shipping industry could take weeks and possibly months to clear, top container shipping lines said. “Now that the Suez mini crisis is being resolved the oil market is left to its own fundamental devices again,” said PVM Oil Associates analyst Tamas Varga.
Persons: , Tamas Varga, , Jeffrey Halley, England’s Organizations: Technologies, Maxar Technologies, Suez, PVM Oil, OANDA, of, Petroleum, OPEC, Reuters Locations: Suez, Europe, Brent, Russia
Tugs, dredgers still struggle to free ship blocking Suez Canal
  + stars: | 2021-03-28 | by ( Yusri Mohamed | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Suez Canal salvage teams were alternating between dredging and tugging on Sunday to dislodge a massive container ship blocking the busy waterway, while two sources said efforts had been complicated by rock under the ship’s bow. A view shows Ever Given container ship in Suez Canal in this Maxar Technologies satellite image taken on March 28, 2021. At least 369 boats are waiting to transit the canal, Rabie said, including dozens of container ships, bulk carriers, oil tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels. About 15% of world shipping traffic transits the Suez Canal, which is a key source of foreign currency revenues for Egypt. The SCA has said it can accelerate convoys through the canal once the Ever Given is freed.
Persons: Abdel Fattah al, Sisi, Osama Rabie, Egypt’s, Rabie, Smit, ” Rabie, , Organizations: Technologies, Maxar Technologies, REUTERS, Suez Canal Authority, Reuters, Shipping Locations: ISMAILIA, Egypt, Suez, Good
Photos: Container ship stuck in Suez Canal This satellite image from Maxar Technologies shows the cargo ship MV Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt, Sunday, March 28. Hide Caption 3 of 17 Photos: Container ship stuck in Suez Canal A tugboat operates on the Ever Given container ship on March 28. Hide Caption 6 of 17 Photos: Container ship stuck in Suez Canal The massive ship can hold up to 20,000 containers. Hide Caption 8 of 17 Photos: Container ship stuck in Suez Canal Ships are anchored outside the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt, on Thursday. Hide Caption 14 of 17 Photos: Container ship stuck in Suez Canal This satellite image shows the blocked canal on Thursday.
Persons: SANA, Ossama Rabei, salvors, SMIT, Osama Rabie, Rabie, Abdul Fattah El, Martijn Schuttevaer, Boskalis, Gabriel Paun Organizations: CNN, Suez, Evergreen, Port Said, Syria's Ministry of Petroleum, Mineral Resources, SANA, Empire, Maxar Technologies, Suez Canal Authority, Ships, Nippon, Evergreen Marine, Egypt's Extra, United Arab Emirates, Animals Locations: Cairo, Egypt, Syria, Port, Suez, Egyptian, Ismailia, Suez Canal, United States, China, Greece, EU
Photos: Container ship stuck in Suez Canal This satellite image from Maxar Technologies shows the cargo ship MV Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt, Sunday, March 28. Hide Caption 2 of 17 Photos: Container ship stuck in Suez Canal Work continues to free the Ever Given, which ran aground in the Suez Canal. Hide Caption 3 of 17 Photos: Container ship stuck in Suez Canal A tugboat operates on the Ever Given container ship on March 28. Hide Caption 6 of 17 Photos: Container ship stuck in Suez Canal The massive ship can hold up to 20,000 containers. Hide Caption 8 of 17 Photos: Container ship stuck in Suez Canal Ships are anchored outside the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt, on Thursday.
Persons: salvors, SMIT, Osama Rabie, Ossama Rabei, Rabie, Peter Berdowski, Berdowski, Gabriel Paun, Paun, Georgios Hatzimanolis, Lars Jensen, Toshiaki Fujiwara, Shoei Kisen, Fujiwara Organizations: CNN, Empire, Suez, Suez Canal Authority, Nippon, Evergreen, Maxar Technologies, Ships, United Arab Emirates, US Navy, Shipping, Traffic, Animals, Marine, Egyptian Ministry of Health, Sea Intelligence Consulting, Indian Ministry of Commerce, Industry, North, Shoei Kisen KK, Shoei, KK Locations: Cairo, Egypt, Suez, Egyptian, Ismailia, Suez Canal, United States, China, Greece, Europe, Asia, EU, Romania, Colombia, South Africa, North America, South America
The big boat stuck in the Suez Canal is still stuck. Satellite images show the inspiring, but futile, efforts of the tiny tugboats trying to dislodge it. A comically large container ship has been blocking the Suez Canal and disrupting global supply chains for more than 72 hours now, with no sign of budging anytime soon. Several tugboats can be seen alongside the Ever Given, along with a dredger using suction to help dig the ship out. The Suez Canal is one of the world's most vital trade arteries, connecting Europe to Asia via Egypt.
Persons: It's, They're Organizations: Evergreen Marine Corporation, Empire, Maxar Technologies Locations: Suez, Europe, Asia, Egypt, Africa
Maxar Technologies' WorldView-2 satellite captured high-resolution images on Friday morning, with a close-up look at the dredging operations underway to free the ship. The ship is fully blocking the Suez Canal, through which an average of about 52 ships pass through per day, according to the Suez Canal Authority. Imagery captured by the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite showed shipping traffic backing up in the Gulf of Suez. Planet Labs Satellite image showing shipping traffic halted due to the Ever Given container ship run aground (top left) in the canal. A synthetic aperture radar image captured by a Capella satellite on the evening of March 25 shows the Ever Given ship surrounded by support boats in the Suez Canal.
Organizations: Maxar Technologies, Evergreen Marine, Maxar Technologies Shipping, Authority, Copernicus, Copernicus Sentinel, Space Agency Ships, Planet Labs, Capella Space, Capella, Airbus Locations: Suez, Gulf, Africa, Amsterdam, Africa's, Good
(This story is for CNBC PRO subscribers only.) Maxar Technologies is one of a small number of pure-play space stocks and, following a multi-year turnaround effort under CEO Dan Jablonsky, the company is poised to reap the benefits of its core satellite imagery business and its position as a revenue-generating company in the growing space economy. "We pride ourselves on leveraging innovation to deliver on our commitments to customers while generating healthy returns for our shareholders," Jablonsky said during an investor presentation in December.
Persons: Dan Jablonsky, Jablonsky Organizations: CNBC
Virgin Galactic, Maxar Technologies — Shares of the space stocks jumped on news that Cathie Wood's Ark Invest is launching a space-exploration ETF. Shares of commercial spaceflight pure play Virgin Galactic surged 16% and satellite communications stock Maxar Technologies jumped 27%. Chipotle Mexican Grill — Shares of the restaurant chain gained 3% after RBC upgraded the stock to outperform from sector perform. GameStop – The video game company's stock soared another 17% after a 57% rally in the previous session. The company's ecommerce sales jumped nearly 61% year over year.
Persons: General Motors, Nordstrom, Chewy, Ryan Cohen, Bob Swan, Pat Gelsinger, Gelsinger, Morgan Stanley, Cowen, Ethan Allen, Ethan Allen's, FactSet Organizations: Virgin Galactic, Maxar Technologies, Delta Air Lines, Delta, General, Investment, Argus, RBC, BlackRock –, BlackRock, GameStop, Intel –, Wall Street, VMWare, BMO, Signet
Ark Invest, which operates the largest actively managed exchange-traded fund, plans to add a "Space Exploration ETF" under the ticker ARKX, according to a securities filing on Wednesday. Investor interest in space companies has continued at heightened levels, despite only a few publicly-traded companies. But more space companies plan to enter public markets in the year ahead, with both traditional IPOs and SPAC deals expected in 2021. Ark divided the industry into four categories: orbital aerospace, suborbital aerospace, enabling technologies, and aerospace beneficiary. Suborbital Aerospace Companies are companies that launch, make, service, or operate platforms in the suborbital space, including drones, air taxis and electric aviation vehicles.
Persons: Cathie Wood, Ark, Maggie Fitzgerald Organizations: Virgin Galactic, Maxar Technologies, Invest, Innovation, CNBC, Exploration, Space Exploration, Aerospace Companies, Technologies Companies, Aerospace, CNBC PRO
China flew its biggest warplane, the Y-20 transporter, to Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed South China Sea on December 25, satellite images show. "However, without more info on the cargo it's just speculation as to what mission the airlifter conducted [at Fiery Reef]," he said. China might have been using the deployment to show the PLA's "expeditionary power projection ability", particularly its ability to transport troops and equipment to far-flung outposts in the South China Sea. Song Zhongping, a former PLA military instructor, said the Y-20 could boost the China's rapid response in the South China Sea. According to the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative, a think tank in Beijing, nine US Navy vessels passed within 12 nautical miles of land claimed or occupied by China in the South China Sea in 2020 – the most for five years.
Persons: Ken Joyce, China's, Jason Lee, Collin Koh, John S, McCain Organizations: LinkedIn, Maxar Technologies, Aviation Industry Corporation, Aviation, Xian Aircraft Industry Corporation, Rajaratnam, of International Studies, Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, PLA, US, South China Locations: Spratly, Hainan, China, American, 1,200km, Shandong, Beijing, South China, United States, Vietnam, South
Strapped to the Falcon 9 was SiriusXM's digital-audio radio satellite, which will beam down more than 8,000 watts of content to the broadcasting company's subscribers in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean. Elon Musk's SpaceX on Sunday blasted off a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a new radio satellite that will broadcast to Sirius XM subscribers in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean from orbit. A SXM-7 digital audio radio satellite was strapped to the rocket and taken into orbit for American broadcasting company Sirius XM. SiriusXM, which provides satellite radio and online radio services, confirmed Sunday in a statement the SXM-7 satellite was "performing properly." The SXM-7 satellite will beam down more than 8,000 watts of content to SiriusXM subscribers across the US, Canada, and the Caribbean, the company said.
Persons: Elon Musk's, Lee Rosen, SiriusXM Organizations: SpaceX, Sunday, Cape Canaveral Space Force, Elon Musk's SpaceX, Sirius XM, SpaceX's, Falcon, Customer Operations, Integration, Maxar Technologies Locations: Cape, Canada, Caribbean, Florida
Some 42,000 refugees have fled over the border to Sudan and TPLF rockets have hit neighbouring Eritrea. Tigrayan forces have fired rockets at the airport of Eritrea’s capital Asmara, while Ethiopian soldiers have been pulled from peacekeeping missions in Somalia and South Sudan. The U.N. mission in South Sudan said it was aware of the three soldiers’ repatriation. Although Ethiopia is ultimately responsible for the conduct and movement of its 2,000 troops in South Sudan, the statement said, discrimination due to ethnicity could violate international law. Ethiopia has described the Tigray fighting as an internal law enforcement matter.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy, , Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Joe Biden’s, Jake Sullivan, “ I’m, al, ” Billene Seyoum, Mai Kadra, Tigrayans, of Sheba, Grant Harris Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Maxar Technologies, Union, United Nations Security, Ethiopian, Covenant, National Security Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Kassala state, Mekelle, Eritrea, Amhara, Dansha, Adwa, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Addis Ababa, Africa, Eritrea’s, Asmara, Somalia, South Sudan, al Qaeda, Ethiopia’s, Mai, Axum, Barack Obama’s
African envoys head for Ethiopia as ultimatum expires for assault
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
Thousands of people are already believed to have died and there has been widespread destruction from aerial bombardment and ground fighting since the war began on Nov. 4. If confirmed, the presence of Eritrean ground forces would amount to a major escalation of the conflict. In Tigray, satellite images showed Ethiopian troops in the ancient town of Axum and trenches dug across the local airport’s runway. Axum’s history and ruins give Ethiopia its claim to be one of the world’s oldest centres of Christianity. Abiy repeated his position on Wednesday that the Tigray fighting was an internal law enforcement matter.
Persons: Abiy, , Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, Joe Biden’s, Jake Sullivan, “ I’m, Grant Harris Organizations: Rights Watch, Reuters, Union, Maxar Technologies, Ethiopian, National Security Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Mekelle, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia’s Amhara, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Axum, Barack Obama’s
Ethiopia war destabilising east Africa, warns EU
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
A 72-hour government deadline for Tigray forces to surrender is due to expire on Wednesday evening. Tigrayans forces have fired rockets at the neighbouring country of Eritrea, and Ethiopian soldiers have been pulled from peacekeeping missions in Somalia and South Sudan. The U.N. mission in South Sudan said it was aware of the three soldiers’ repatriation, and that its human rights division was following up. Although Ethiopia is ultimately responsible for the conduct and movement of the roughly 2,000 troops it had in South Sudan, the statement said, discrimination due to ethnicity could violate international law. Long lines of cars were forming in front of gas stations in Mekelle, the Tigray regional capital, according to satellite images taken on Nov. 23 and provided to Reuters by Maxar Technologies.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, , ” Josep Borrell, Abiy Ahmed, , Borrel, Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, al, UNMISS, ” Billene Organizations: European Union, REUTERS, African Union, United Nations Security, Reuters, Maxar Technologies Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Horn, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kassala state, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa, Addis Ababa, Niger, Tunisia, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, al Qaeda, Ethiopia’s, Mekelle, Axum
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
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