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RCEP trade deal a 'win-win' for Malaysia and other members, minister says
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com + 1.00   time to read: 1 min
RCEP trade deal a 'win-win' for Malaysia and other members, minister saysThe Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will give Malaysian companies access to a bigger market, says Mohamed Azmin Ali, the country's international trade and industry minister.
Persons: Mohamed Azmin Ali Locations: Malaysia
SINGAPORE — Top Glove, the world's largest medical glove maker, has shut 20 manufacturing sites in Malaysia after thousands of workers tested positive for Covid-19. A total of 2,684 Top Glove employees — most of them foreign workers — have tested positive as of Wednesday, local media reported, citing Malaysia's Senior Minister for Security and Minister of Defence Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Authorities in the country are testing all Top Glove workers in the affected factories and dormitories for the coronavirus. Minister of International Trade and Industry Mohamed Azmin Ali told CNBC on Thursday that the government hopes to "mitigate this problem within next two weeks." Azmin pointed out that Top Glove was one of companies allowed to continue with full operations throughout Malaysia's lockdown, given its importance to both the local and global markets.
Persons: Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Industry Mohamed Azmin Ali, CNBC's, Azmin Organizations: Malaysia's, Security, Authorities, of International Trade, Industry, CNBC Locations: SINGAPORE, Malaysia
Rules relaxed for ChristmasThe message that stricter autumn rules could lead to a more relaxed Christmas period has been repeated across Europe. German MPs are currently considering a draft proposal which would allow up to 10 people to celebrate Christmas and New Year together, CNN affiliate n-tv reported. But since the epidemic began, Passover, Easter, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, Rosh Hashanah and Diwali have all been celebrated across Europe. Oldfield also said governments know that a large number of people celebrate Christmas in Europe, compared to other religious days. If Europe does choose to celebrate Christmas with a softening of lockdowns, there may be a price to pay in the new year.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Giuseppe Conte, Sandra Zampa, Zampa, Leo Varadkar, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Eid, Rosh Hashanah, Anjana Singh, Singh, Amikal, Nadir Mohamed, Elizabeth Oldfield, Oldfield, YouGov, Mohamed, isn't, Susan Hopkins, Hopkins, Gabriel Scally, Epidemiologist Shikta Das, Scally, Das, it's, Mike Ryan, Ryan Organizations: CNN, Italy's Ministry of Health, RTE, Tate, Centre for Muslim, Research, Basel, University of Bristol, WHO's Locations: Europe, England, France, Paris, ICUs, Italian, Italy, Germany, Rosh, Berlin, Tate Britain, London, Britain, Belgium, German, Cologne, Austria, Strasbourg, Switzerland, Estonia, Canada, Canadian, Toronto
U.S. blacklists Libyan militia, leader after Russia stops U.N. sanctions
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States unilaterally blacklisted Libya’s Kaniyat militia and its leader on Wednesday after Russia last week prevented a U.N. Security Council committee from imposing sanctions over human rights abuses by the group. “Mohamed al-Kani and the Kaniyat militia have tortured and killed civilians during a cruel campaign of oppression in Libya,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. The United States and Germany earlier this month proposed that the U.N. Security Council’s 15-member Libya sanctions committee impose an asset freeze and travel ban on Kaniyat militia and al-Kani. Last month Libyan authorities dug up 12 bodies from four unmarked graves in Tarhouna, adding to the scores of corpses already discovered since June. Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt support the LNA.
Persons: Libya’s, “ Mohamed al, Steven Mnuchin, Kani, Khalifa, Muammar Gaddafi Organizations: YORK, United, Russia, Security, Global, National Accord, Libyan National Army, NATO, United Arab Locations: U.S, Libya, ” U.S, United States, Germany, Kani, Russia, Libyan, Tarhouna, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Egypt
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
U.S. Blacklists Militia, Leader for Alleged Human Rights Abuse in Libya
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Mengqi Sun | ) www.wsj.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The U.S. imposed sanctions on a militia and its leader, alleging the group was responsible for torturing and murdering civilians in Libya, the U.S. Treasury Department said. The sanctions levied Wednesday under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act come as the U.S. increasingly uses sanctions as a tool to target corruption and alleged human rights abusers—a trend policy observers expect to continue under President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. It was signed into law in 2012 and was intended to only target human rights abusers in Russia. Under the Global Magnitsky sanctions program, alleged human-rights abusers face visa restrictions in entering the U.S. and their U.S. assets are blocked. “As more countries have their own Global Magnitsky sanctions programs, we expect more coalition-style sanctions for human rights violators.”Write to Mengqi Sun at mengqi.sun@wsj.com
Persons: Joe Biden’s, Mohamed al, “ Mohamed al, Steven Mnuchin, Sergei Magnitsky, Biden, , Cari Stinebower, Winston, Strawn Organizations: U.S . Treasury Department, Treasury, Magnitsky, Global, U.S, Dow Jones Risk, Wall Street, Dow Jones & Co, Saudi, European Union, Strawn LLP, Locations: Libya, U.S, Kani, Tarhouna, United States, Moscow, Russia, Russia’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
As winter approaches, Egypt braces for second coronavirus wave
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 5 images )Official warnings about a second wave of coronavirus infections are widely dismissed. Egypt’s first wave of COVID-19 subsided in the summer and restrictions on movement were gradually relaxed. Up to now the population of more than 100 million appears to have been spared the surge in infections seen in European countries. Egypt responded with a stimulus package of 100 billion Egyptian pounds ($6.4 billion) to support its economy, where most are employed informally. People live day by day.”Despite the threat of 4,000 Egyptian pound ($255) fines for ignoring the rules, many in shops, public offices, buses and metro carriages still go bare-faced.
Persons: , , Alaa Adel, Mohamed Sabry, Mohamed Mahmoud Locations: CAIRO, Cairo, Egypt, Moqattam
Ethiopia says foes surrendering, Tigray forces report battle win
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
FILE PHOTO: Tents belonging to Ethiopian refugees fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, are seen at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File PhotoHundreds have died, more than 41,000 refugees have fled to Sudan, and there has been widespread destruction and uprooting of people from homes in the northern Tigray region. “Using the government’s 72-hour period, a large number of Tigray militia and special forces are surrendering,” a government taskforce said. The U.N. Security Council was to hold informal talks later on Tuesday over Tigray, according to a U.N. source and an email. MYRIAD ETHNIC GROUPSHis predecessor, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, criticised international mediation efforts by “well-intentioned outsiders” in a piece for Foreign Policy magazine.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, al, Abiy Ahmed’s, , Getachew Reda, Billene Seyoum, Abiy, Hailemariam Desalegn, , Debretsion Gebremichael, Michelle Bachelet Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, Washington, African Union, . Security, Policy Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, al Qaeda, Raya, United States, France, Britain, Paris, London, Amhara, Geneva,
The commission accused local forces of colluding in the “massacre”. The war has spread to Eritrea, where the Tigrayans have fired rockets, and also affected Somalia where Ethiopia has disarmed several hundred Tigrayans in a peacekeeping force fighting al Qaeda-linked militants. ‘TRAGIC CONFLICT’The battle-hardened TPLF, which had ruled the region of more than 5 million people, gave a different version, saying their troops were keeping federal forces at bay and scoring victories. Abiy, whose parents are from the larger Oromo and Amhara groups, denies any ethnic overtones to his offensive, saying he is pursuing criminals who ambushed federal forces. On the other side you have had the TPLF leadership say they are ready to die,” said Michelle Bachelet.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy Ahmed’s, al, Getachew Reda, Billene Seyoum, Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, Hailemariam Desalegn, , , Michelle Bachelet Organizations: REUTERS, Human Rights, Amnesty, Reuters, Washington, African Union, . Security Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mai Kadra, Amhara, colluding, Eritrea, Somalia, al Qaeda, Raya, United States, France, Britain, Paris, London, Geneva,
Ethiopia's Tigray forces claim battle win, global alarm grows
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Tigrayan forces said on Tuesday they had destroyed an Ethiopian army division in battles to control the northern region where a three-week-old war has killed hundreds and spread global alarm. FILE PHOTO: Tents belonging to Ethiopian refugees fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, are seen at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. But the battle-hardened TPLF say their troops are keeping the federal army at bay and scoring some big victories. He has given Tigrayan forces until Wednesday to surrender or face an assault on the highland city of Mekelle, home to about half a million people. The TPLF says he wants to subdue Tigray to amass more personal power.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy, Getachew Reda, Billene Seyoum, al, ” Abiy, Debretsion Gebremichael Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Mekelle, Tigray TV, Reuters, African Union, U.S, Citizens Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Raya, Eritrea, Somalia, al Qaeda, United States, U.S, Eritrea’s, Asmara, France, Amhara
Thousands flee fighting in Ethiopia, cross border to Sudan
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Dave Lucas | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
Ethiopian refugees fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, are seen at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. Picture taken November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin AbdallahEthiopian refugees fleeing from the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, are seen at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in the Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 23, 2020. Picture taken November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin AbdallahClose
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah Organizations: REUTERS Locations: Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah Ethiopian
Factbox: As mediation calls mount, who has leverage in Ethiopia?
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia has rebuffed attempts at international mediation since conflict erupted in its northern Tigray region on Nov. 4. The AU fired its own security chief, an ethnic Tigrayan, after the Ethiopian government raised concerns over his loyalty. Regional experts have suggested that Sudan could use its control over key border crossings as leverage to press both sides in Ethiopia to talk. The Ethiopian foreign ministry said Redwan “commended China for understanding Ethiopia’s stance not to internationalize the undergoing operation in Tigray ... Ethiopia summoned the U.S. ambassador to seek clarification after President Donald Trump said Cairo could end up “blowing up that dam”.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Redwan Hussein, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Redwan “, , Abu Dhabi’s, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Abdullah bin Zayed, Donald Trump, Antony Blinken, Joe Biden, Blinken, Barack Obama, Susan Rice, Gayle Smith, Meles Zenawi, Yoweri Museveni, Addis Ababa, Museveni Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, African Union, Monday, AU, Eritrean, ” UNITED, United Arab Emirates, Reuters, UNITED, United, U.S, USAID, European Union Locations: NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Tigray, Sudan, Hamdayet, Kassala, SUDAN, Sudanese, CHINA, Beijing, Addis Ababa, China, EMIRATES, UAE, Assab, Eritrea, of Africa, Africa, Egypt, U.S, Cairo, United States, Eritrea’s, Asmara, UGANDA, Addis, EUROPE, Oslo
REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin AbdallahNAIROBI (Reuters) - The United Nations urged Ethiopia on Monday to ensure the protection of civilians, a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gave Tigrayan forces 72 hours to surrender before a military offensive on the regional capital of Mekelle. Hundreds, possibly thousands, have been killed in fighting that erupted on Nov. 4 between Ethiopian federal forces and Tigray’s regional army, sending more than 30,000 refugees into neighbouring Sudan. Catherine Sozi, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Ethiopia, told Reuters that she hoped for the guarantee of safety and security of aid workers and the “protection of more than 525,000 civilian (non-combatants) who live in Mekelle”. On Sunday, Abiy gave Tigrayan regional forces 72 hours to surrender before the military begins an offensive on Mekelle. “We urge you to surrender peacefully within 72 hours, recognising that you are at the point of no return,” Abiy said in a message posted on Twitter on Sunday.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy Ahmed, Catherine Sozi, , Abiy, ” Abiy Organizations: REUTERS, United, Ethiopian, Reuters, Twitter, ” Rebels Locations: Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Hamdayet, Kassala, Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah NAIROBI, United Nations, Mekelle ., , Amhara, Eritrea
REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin AbdallahNAIROBI (Reuters) - The United Nations urged Ethiopia on Monday to ensure the protection of civilians, a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gave Tigrayan forces 72 hours to surrender before a military offensive on the regional capital of Mekelle. Hundreds, possibly thousands, have been killed in fighting that erupted on Nov. 4 between Ethiopian federal forces and Tigray’s regional army, sending more than 30,000 refugees into neighbouring Sudan. Catherine Sozi, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Ethiopia, told Reuters that she hoped for the guarantee of safety and security of aid workers and the “protection of more than 525,000 civilian (non-combatants) who live in Mekelle”. On Sunday, Abiy gave Tigrayan regional forces 72 hours to surrender before the military begins an offensive on Mekelle. “We urge you to surrender peacefully within 72 hours, recognising that you are at the point of no return,” Abiy said in a message posted on Twitter on Sunday.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy Ahmed, Catherine Sozi, , Abiy, ” Abiy Organizations: REUTERS, United, Ethiopian, Reuters, Twitter, ” Rebels Locations: Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Hamdayet, Kassala, Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah NAIROBI, United Nations, Mekelle ., , Amhara, Eritrea
The conflict has spread beyond Tigray, with the TPLF firing rockets into both neighbouring Amhara region and across the border to Eritrea. HERITAGE TOWNThe broadcaster Fana said TPLF troops had destroyed the airport at Axum, which lies northwest of Mekelle and is a popular tourist draw and UNESCO World Heritage site. The TPLF says Abiy has “invaded” their region to dominate them and is inflicting “merciless” damage on Tigrayans. “We are people of principle and are ready to die in defence of our right to administer our region,” TPLF leader Debretsion added in a text message to Reuters. In Amhara region, next to Tigray, residents reported a rocket strike around dawn on Monday.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy Ahmed, Debretsion Gebremichael, Fana, TPLF, of Sheba, Catherine Sozi, Abiy, , Debretsion Organizations: Forces of, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, United Nations, UNESCO, Communist, Addis Ababa University, United Arab Emirates, UAE Locations: NAIROBI, Tigray, Axum, Sudan, Ethiopia, Hamdayet, Kassala, Mekelle, Amhara, Eritrea, Africa, Europe, , Bahir Dar,
Ethiopia says Tigray capital encircled after surrender ultimatum
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopian federal forces were encircling the Tigray region’s capital from around 50 km (31 miles) on Monday, the government said, after giving the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) a 72-hour surrender ultimatum. An Ethiopian woman who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region, carries her child near the Setit river on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Hamdayet village in eastern Kassala state, Sudan November 22, 2020. The conflict has spread beyond Tigray, with the TPLF firing rockets into both neighbouring Amhara region and across the border to Eritrea. Redwan told Reuters by text that federal forces were ringing Mekelle at a distance of about 50 km (30 miles). “We are people of principle and are ready to die in defence of our right to administer our region,” TPLF leader Debretsion added in a text message to Reuters.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah “, , Redwan Hussein, Abiy Ahmed, Debretsion Gebremichael, Redwan, of Sheba, Abiy, Debretsion, Catherine Sozi Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, Bahir Dar, UNESCO, Communist, Addis Ababa University, African Union, United Nations Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Hamdayet, Kassala, of Africa, Amhara, Eritrea, Bahir, AXUM, Axum, Mekelle,
Allianz's El-Erian: European economic contraction is an indicator for the U.S.Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor at Allianz and president of Queens' College, Cambridge, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss what the latest positive vaccine data means for markets and how the recent coronavirus outbreak is affecting the global economy.
Persons: Allianz's, Mohamed El Organizations: Allianz's El, Allianz, Queens ' College , Cambridge
British investor Jeremy Grantham reflected on the dot-com bubble, trumpeted green investments, and criticized Americans' response to the pandemic in a RealVision interview released on Monday. The chief investment strategist of asset-manager GMO also praised Pfizer's partner BioNTech and Moderna for developing extremely effective COVID-19 vaccines in record time. Scroll down to read his 10 best quotes from the interview. Veteran investor Jeremy Grantham discussed dot-com fever, the "greening" of the global economy, and the disastrous US response to the coronavirus pandemic in a RealVision interview published on Monday and filmed last week. Here are Grantham's 10 best quotes from the interview, condensed and lightly edited for clarity:1.
Persons: Jeremy Grantham, BioNTech, van Otterloo, Alan Greenspan, Warren Buffett, GOLDMAN SACHS, — Grantham Organizations: British, BioNTech, Procter, Gambles Locations: Moderna, Grantham, Mayo
FILE PHOTO: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a news conference with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar (not pictured), in Cairo, Egypt November 8, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-GhanyPARIS (Reuters) - France’s foreign minister said on Sunday he shares U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s view that President Donald Trump’s challenge to the Nov. 3 presidential election result is irresponsible. Biden on Thursday called Trump’s efforts to reverse the result “totally irresponsible”. “We are attuned to what Joe Biden said of Donald Trump showing ‘incredible iresponsability’. I share Joe Biden’s view,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told LCI television.
Persons: Jean, Yves Le Drian, Sheikh Ahmed al, Egypt's Al, Azhar, Mohamed Abd El, Joe Biden’s, Donald Trump’s, Biden, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, ” Jean, , Trump Organizations: REUTERS Locations: Egypt's, Cairo, Egypt, PARIS, France
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s army plans to surround the rebel-held capital of Tigray region with tanks and may use artillery on the city to try to end a nearly three-week war, a military spokesman said on Sunday, urging civilians to save themselves. FILE PHOTO: An Ethiopian woman who fled war in Tigray region, receives treatment at the Fashaga camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 20, 2020. They (are) sending waves after waves but to no avail.”Reuters could not verify the latest statements on the war. The rebels say his government has marginalised and persecuted Tigrayans since taking office two years ago. The Nobel Peace Prize committee urged peace after his offensive against the Tigrayan leaders began.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy, , Dejene Tsegaye, Debretsion Gebremichael, , Tigrayans, Redwan Hussein Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation, Reuters, International Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Al, Amhara, Eritrea, Africa, Europe, Mekelle, Adigrat, Dansha
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Advancing Ethiopian troops plan to surround the Tigray region’s rebel-held capital with tanks and may shell the city to force surrender, a military spokesman said on Sunday, urging civilians to save themselves. FILE PHOTO: An Ethiopian woman who fled war in Tigray region, receives treatment at the Fashaga camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 20, 2020. ‘NO MERCY’Slideshow ( 4 images )“The next phases are the decisive part of the operation, which is to encircle Mekelle using tanks,” military spokesman Colonel Dejene Tsegaye told state-run Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation. Redwan Hussein, spokesman for the government’s taskforce on Tigray, said there was still time for TPLF leaders to surrender. The taskforce added that the army had also taken the small town of Idaga Hamus on the road from Adigrat to Mekelle.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy, , Dejene Tsegaye, , Debretsion Gebremichael, ” Abiy, Redwan Hussein, , Redwan Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Al, Amhara, Eritrea, Mekelle, Adigrat, Dansha, Oslo, Idaga
“The sniper kept on firing,” Mohamed Abyad, the uncle of the child also named Mohamed, told NBC News. Mohamed Faisal,10, was killed in a sniper attack last month in Yemen, his uncle said. Mohamed was only 10 when a suspected Houthi sniper killed him. That was in October — the deadliest month for Yemeni children and their families so far this year, according to Save the Children. And as the Yemeni war continues, the chance for respite for Yemeni children feels remote.
Persons: ” Mohamed Abyad, Mohamed, Mohamed Faisal, Abyad, Mohamed’s, , Houthi, , , Jamal Khashoggi, Xavier Joubert, Mohammed Huwais, ” Michael Page, Charlene Gubash, Saphora Smith Organizations: NBC News, NBC, , Saudi, Associated Press, United, United Arab Emirates, Getty, International Committee, Human Rights Watch, Reuters Locations: Saudi, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sanaa, Riyadh, Dali province, New York City, London, United Arab, AFP, York, Cairo
UM RAKUBA, Sudan (Reuters) - At the Um Rakuba settlement in Sudan, refugees queue for helpings of cornflour porridge and put up makeshift shelters under scrubland trees, their lives upended by fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region. Slideshow ( 2 images )Aid agencies are racing to scale up the humanitarian response in remote areas of eastern Sudan, where more than 30,000 people fleeing the fighting have arrived in under two weeks. The mostly Tigrayan refugees fled with few possessions and many spent days on the run before crossing into Sudan. Almost all those fleeing into Sudan have arrived at the border crossing points of Hamdayet and Luqdi, bringing first hand accounts of the fighting. UNHCR, the U.N. refugee agency, is still verifying what caused them to flee, said Jens Hesemann, the agency’s assistant representative in Sudan.
Persons: jerry, “ I’ve, , Yohannes Gor, Jens Hesemann, we’re Organizations: UM, Reuters, United Nations, Aid, Ethiopian, UNHCR Locations: UM RAKUBA, Sudan, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Ethiopian, Humera, Ethiopia, Sudan’s, Nile
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Rebel forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region fired rockets on Friday at the distant capital of the neighbouring Amhara region, Amhara authorities said, raising worries the conflict could spill into a wider war. Tigrayan refugees have told Reuters the Amhara militia is fighting on the government side, and the two regions have a border dispute. The conflict erupted two weeks ago after what the government called a TPLF attack on army forces stationed in the region. Tigray forces accused the government of bombing a university in the Tigray capital Mekelle on Thursday. A week ago, Tigray forces fired rockets at two airports in Amhara.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy Ahmed, Bahir, Bahir Dar, ” U.N, agency’s, Axel Bisschop, Abdullah Fadil, , Abiy, Tigrayans Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Ethiopian, REUTERS, United Nations, Amhara, Amnesty, Refugees, Communist Locations: ADDIS, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Amhara, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Al, Bahir Dar, , Bahir, UNHCR, Geneva, Mekelle, Eritrea, Africa
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