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SEE NEW POSTSGeorge W. Bush volunteers to get coronavirus vaccine on camera Former President George W. Bush volunteered to help build public trust in a coronavirus vaccine by taking a shot on camera. Aide Freddy Ford said that the 43rd President would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." "Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera." Bush is joined by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in the awareness campaign to promote confidence in the effectiveness and safety of the Covid-19 vaccine. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: George W, Bush, Freddy Ford, Ford, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
George W. Bush volunteers to get coronavirus vaccine on camera
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
SEE NEW POSTSGeorge W. Bush volunteers to get coronavirus vaccine on camera Former President George W. Bush volunteered to help build public trust in a coronavirus vaccine by taking a shot on camera. Aide Freddy Ford said that the 43rd President would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." "Then, President Bush will get in line for his, and will gladly do so on camera." Bush is joined by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in the awareness campaign to promote confidence in the effectiveness and safety of the Covid-19 vaccine. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: George W, Bush, Freddy Ford, Ford, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
Russia sets new daily record in cases
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Virus-related restrictions vary from region to region but are largely mild. Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. MOSCOW — Coronavirus infections in Russia hit a new record on Thursday, as the country’s authorities reported 28,145 new confirmed cases — the highest daily spike in the pandemic and an increase of 2,800 cases from those registered the previous day. African health officials are taking heart in vaccine progress, but concerns are growing that the continent of 1.3 billion people will be near the end of the line in obtaining doses. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: Africa Centers for Disease Control, Kenya —, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: MOSCOW, Russia, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
Africa needs Covid vaccine for 60% in 2-3 years, official says
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
African health officials are taking heart in vaccine progress, but concerns are growing that the continent of 1.3 billion people will be near the end of the line in obtaining doses. Nkengasong isn’t sure whether vaccines will be available in Africa before the second quarter of next year. When will Americans actually get the Covid vaccine? Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots. FDA scientists are reviewing data on two vaccine candidates, made by Pfizer and Moderna.
Persons: John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: Africa Centers for Disease Control, Kenya —, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
World leaders slated to speak at special U.N. session
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
SEE NEW POSTSWorld leaders slated to speak at special U.N. session UNITED NATIONS — Nearly 100 world leaders and several dozen ministers are slated to speak at the U.N. General Assembly’s special session starting Thursday on the response to Covid-19 and the best path to recovery from the pandemic which has claimed 1.5 million lives, shattered economies in countries rich and poor. Aide Freddy Ford said Bush would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." "I will be taking it, and I may end up taking it on TV or having a film just so people know that I trust this science," Obama said. Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
Bill Gates says 'almost all the vaccines are going to succeed’
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Nbc News | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
On Wednesday, California counted 28,251 Covid-19 cases, the most any state has counted in a day. Aide Freddy Ford said Bush would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Nkengasong isn’t sure whether vaccines will be available in Africa before the second quarter of next year. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: California, U.S, Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
On Wednesday, California counted 28,251 Covid-19 cases, the most any state has counted in a day. Aide Freddy Ford said Bush would "do what he can to help encourage his fellow citizens to get vaccinated." Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Nkengasong isn’t sure whether vaccines will be available in Africa before the second quarter of next year. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: California, U.S, Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
California reports a record 28,000 Covid cases, the most in a day in any state yet On Wednesday, California counted 28,251 Covid-19 cases, the most any state has counted in a day. This comes amid the 200,000 cases and 2,700 reported deaths recorded countrywide. The U.S. has averaged 165,671 cases and 1,603 dead per day the last week, up from an average of 128,058 cases and 1,106 reported deaths per day four weeks ago. Russia’s total number of Covid-19 cases — nearly 2.4 million — remains the world’s fourth-highest. Health officials and public health experts have offered conflicting answers in recent days about when the first Americans will finally get Covid-19 vaccine shots.
Persons: General Assembly’s, Volkan Bozkir, Barack Obama, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Obama, he’ll, Freddy Ford, Ureña, Clinton, John Nkengasong, Alex Azar Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, SiriusXM Radio, Kenya —, Africa Centers for Disease Control, Health, Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, FDA, for Disease Control, CDC, Moderna, Human Services Locations: California, U.S, Illinois, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, Mexico, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Vermont, Covid, Russia, MOSCOW, Africa, NAIROBI, Kenya
Four aid workers killed in Ethiopia's Tigray, sources say
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
NAIROBI/GENEVA (Reuters) - Four Ethiopian aid workers employed by two separate foreign organizations were killed in Tigray near the border with Eritrea last month during a war in the northern region, a humanitarian and a diplomatic source said on Wednesday. There was no immediate comment from Ethiopia’s government or the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) who have been battling since Nov. 4. The aid organizations declined to comment because a communications blackout in Tigray meant relatives had not been reached nor the exact circumstances of their deaths verified. There were credible but unconfirmed reports that a fifth aid worker had also died in Tigray, another humanitarian source told Reuters in Europe. The conflict is believed to have killed thousands of people in Tigray, sent more than 45,000 refugees fleeing to Sudan, and forced several hundred foreign aid workers to leave the region for safety reasons.
Organizations: Reuters Locations: NAIROBI, GENEVA, Tigray, Eritrea, Europe, Sudan
Ethiopia's PM shifts focus from Tigray war to 2021 vote
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s prime minister met political parties on Wednesday to plan next year’s election and shift attention away from a month-long war in the north that was sliding into a messy guerrilla conflict. That defiance was one reason for the federal government’s military offensive against TPLF leaders from Nov. 4. He took Ethiopia’s top job after nearly three decades of a TPLF-led national government, which had become increasingly repressive, jailing opponents and banning opposition parties. There was no immediate comment from TPLF leaders. TPLF leaders say they are continuing to fight from surrounding mountainous areas.
Persons: Abiy, Africa’s, TPLF, Rashid Abdi, Jawar Mohammed, , , Will Davison Organizations: ADDIS, Abiy, Crisis Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Eritrea, ” Tigray, Mekelle, Abiy, Addis Ababa, Bole, Horn, Africa, Oromia, Ethiopia
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
Ethiopia war may turn into guerrilla insurgency
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Asked about ongoing fighting, TPLF head Debretsion Gebremichael said in a text: “Yes. Though outnumbered and expelled from their capital, the Tigrayans can exploit their mountainous terrain and long borders with Sudan and Eritrea. REFUGEESThe U.N. refugee agency appealed for access to 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, where food was thought to be running out. In a speech to parliament on Monday, Abiy urged the more than 45,000 Ethiopians who fled into Sudan to return. Refugees were saying that Ethiopian militia and soldiers were trying to impede them, he said.
Persons: Baz Ratner Fighting, Abiy, TPLF, Debretsion Gebremichael, Rashid Abdi, Babar Baloch, , Tigrayans Organizations: REUTERS, Federal, Reuters, . Government, United, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mekelle, United Nations, Horn, Africa, Geneva, Asmara
Ethiopia war may turn into guerrilla insurgency, experts say
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
Asked about ongoing fighting, TPLF head Debretsion Gebremichael said in a text: “Yes. Though outnumbered and expelled from their capital, the Tigrayans can exploit their mountainous terrain and long borders with Sudan and Eritrea. REFUGEESThe U.N. refugee agency appealed for access to 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, where food was thought to be running out. In a speech to parliament on Monday, Abiy urged the more than 45,000 Ethiopians who fled into Sudan to return. Refugees were saying that Ethiopian militia and soldiers were trying to impede them, he said.
Persons: Baz Ratner Fighting, Abiy, TPLF, Debretsion Gebremichael, Keria Ibrahim, Rashid Abdi, Babar Baloch, , Tigrayans Organizations: REUTERS, Federal, Reuters, of Federation, . Government, United, Ethiopian Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mekelle, United Nations, Horn, Africa, Geneva, Tigrayan, Asmara
NBC News spoke to more than 80 current and former Uber drivers in Kenya who say they are all struggling financially after signing up to drive for the company. The ridesharing giant moved into the market in 2015, and signed up drivers who believed they could make a living from the job. NBC News interviewed more than 80 current and former Uber drivers in the Kenyan cities of Nairobi and Mombasa and found every one of them to be struggling financially and barely making it. Munala told NBC that he began to struggle to make ends meet, and he and his family were eventually evicted from their home in August. Munala told NBC.
Persons: Uber, Alissa Orlando, Read, Harrison Munala, Munala Organizations: NBC, NBC News, Kenyan, Uber Locations: Kenya, Kenyan, Nairobi, Mombasa, East Africa, California
Somalia expels Kenyan envoy in latest row between neighbours
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia ordered the expulsion of Kenya’s ambassador after accusing neighbouring Kenya of interfering in the electoral process in Jubbaland, one of Somalia’s five semi-autonomous states, the latest dispute between the two countries. Somalia also recalled its ambassador from Nairobi. The statement did not elaborate on the interference or the agreement the Jubbaland president had reneged on. Last year, Kenya recalled its ambassador after Mogadishu decided to auction oil and gas exploration blocks at the centre of a maritime territorial dispute. Early on Monday, the militants attacked an army base in central Somalia, Major Nur Mohamud, told Reuters, adding that five soldiers had been killed.
Persons: Jubbaland, Cyrus Oguna, Nur Mohamud Organizations: Reuters, Kenyan, Somali Foreign Ministry, Facebook, African Locations: MOGADISHU, Somalia, Kenya, Jubbaland, Nairobi, , Mogadishu, African Union, al Qaeda
Somalia expels Kenyan ambassador over 'interference'
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Abdi Sheikh | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia expelled Kenya’s ambassador and recalled its own envoy from Nairobi after accusing its neighbour of interfering in the electoral process in Jubbaland, one of Somalia’s five semi-autonomous states. Somalia did not go into further details on the alleged interference, while Kenya denied any wrongdoing and dismissed what it called “unsubstantiated allegations”. Kenya’s foreign ministry said on Monday it had not received any official communication from Somalia about the expulsion of its ambassador. In February last year, Kenya recalled its ambassador after Mogadishu decided to auction oil and gas exploration blocks at the centre of their maritime rights dispute. Early on Monday, militants attacked an army base in central Somalia and killed five soldiers, Major Nur Mohamud of the Somali army said.
Persons: Jubbaland, , al, Major Nur Mohamud Organizations: Reuters, Kenya’s, Kenya, Kenyan, Facebook Locations: MOGADISHU, Somalia, Nairobi, Jubbaland, Mogadishu, Kenya, Kismayo, Somali, African Union, al Qaeda
War not over, says Ethiopia's Tigrayan forces leader
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 2019. The war in Tigray region has killed hundreds and probably thousands, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, impacted a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, and heightened frictions between Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he said. Debretsion added that his soldiers had captured some Eritreans fighting alongside the Ethiopian federal forces. Claims from all sides are difficult to verify since phone and internet links to Tigray region have been largely down and access tightly controlled since the war began on Nov. 4.
Persons: Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, , Debretsion, Billene Seyoum, Abiy Ahmed Organizations: Tigray Regional, REUTERS, Tiksa, Ethiopian, Reuters, Federal Locations: Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Mekelle, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, Asmara
Ethiopia's war is not over, says leader of Tigrayan forces
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri“I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message, which the government dismissed as a deluded claim. The war in Tigray region has killed hundreds and probably thousands, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, impeded a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, and heightened frictions between Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. Both sides have spoken of hundreds of dead in the Tigray war, and diplomats believe the toll is in the thousands. The battle-hardened TPLF helped to topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountainous terrain and borders with Sudan and Eritrea.
Persons: ” Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, Debretsion, Billene Seyoum, Debretsion’s, , TPLF, Ethiopia’s, al Organizations: Tigray Regional, REUTERS, Negeri, Negeri “ I’m, Reuters, Federal, U.S . State Department, Diplomats, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Negeri “, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, al Qaeda
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded his troops on Monday for ousting a rebellious northern movement, but the leader of Tigrayan forces said they were still resisting amid fears of a protracted guerrilla conflict. FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. Michel Euler/Pool via REUTERSThe nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. The battle-hardened TPLF helped topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea. The government blamed the killings on a Tigrayan youth group with the aid of local forces, but the TPLF denied any collusion.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, Michel Euler, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, Redwan Hussein, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, Tigrayans, Mai Kadra Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Ethiopian, REUTERS, Federal, American, Reuters, Diplomats, Republican Guard, Cross Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Paris, France, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Ethiopia, Abiy, Mai
The nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. The United States expressed concern about continued fighting and called for a complete end to hostilities and for dialogue. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he told Reuters in a text message. The battle-hardened TPLF helped topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea. The government blamed the killings on a Tigrayan youth group with the aid of local forces, but the TPLF denied any collusion.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, Redwan Hussein, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, Tigrayans, Mai Kadra, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, Antonio Guterres, General Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Federal, American, Washington, United Nations, Reuters, Diplomats, Republican Guard, Cross, State Department Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, States, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Ethiopia, Abiy, Mai
Leader of Ethiopia's Tigrayan forces says he is fighting near Mekelle
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President, attends the funeral ceremony of Ethiopia's Army Chief of Staff Seare Mekonnen in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 219. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - The leader of Ethiopia’s rebellious northern forces said on Monday he was still fighting close to the regional capital of Mekelle after it was captured by government troops. Debretsion Gebremichael, who heads the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), also told Reuters in a text message that some Eritrean soldiers fighting alongside the Ethiopian federal forces had been taken prisoner by his side. There was no immediate comment from the Eritrean government, though at the start of the more than three-week conflict it had denied involvement. Claims from all sides are difficult to verify since phone and internet links to Tigray region have been largely down and access tightly controlled since the war began on Nov. 4.
Persons: Staff Seare Mekonnen, ADDIS, Debretsion Gebremichael, Billene Seyoum, Abiy Ahmed, Organizations: Tigray Regional President, Ethiopia's Army, Staff, REUTERS, Tiksa, Reuters, Ethiopian Locations: Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Mekelle
FILE PHOTO: Debretsion Gebremichael, Tigray Regional President, attends the funeral ceremony of Ethiopia's Army Chief of Staff Seare Mekonnen in Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia June 26, 219. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File PhotoThe nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, affected a peacekeeping mission in Somalia, and deepened divisions between Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message. There was no comment from the Asmara government, though at the start of the war it denied involvement. Both sides have spoken of hundreds of dead in the Tigray war, and diplomats believe the toll is in the thousands.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigray’s, Staff Seare Mekonnen, ” Abiy, , , Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, ” Debretsion Gebremichael, Abiy, , Billene Seyoum, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, it’s, Will Davison, al Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Tigray Regional President, Ethiopia's Army, Staff, REUTERS, Tiksa, American, Reuters, Crisis, U.S . State Department, Diplomats, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Mekele, Tigray Region, Ethiopia, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Somalia, Mekelle, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, al Qaeda
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed lauded his troops on Monday for their victory over a rebellious northern movement, but the leader of Tigrayan forces said they were still resisting amid fears of a protracted guerrilla conflict. The nearly month-long war has killed hundreds and probably thousands of people, sent refugees into Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, and stirred rivalries among Ethiopia’s myriad ethnic groups. Drones were used to watch the TPLF, but federal forces declined to use rockets in Tigray, Abiy said. “I’m close to Mekelle in Tigray fighting the invaders,” he told Reuters in a text message. The battle-hardened TPLF helped to topple Ethiopia’s Marxist dictatorship in 1991 and knows how to exploit its mountains and borders with Sudan and Eritrea.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Tigrayan, ” Abiy, , , Mekelle, Abiy, Debretsion Gebremichael, “ I’m, Billene Seyoum, TPLF, Ethiopia’s, it’s, Will Davison, al, Mai Kadra Organizations: Ethiopia’s, Federal, American, Reuters, Diplomats, Crisis, African Union peacekeeping Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Sudan, enmeshed Eritrea, Mekelle, Tigray, South Sudan, Eritrea, Wukro, Asmara, Ethiopia, al Qaeda, Somalia, Mai
Interviews with more than 80 current and former drivers in Nairobi and the port city of Mombasa show that, in Kenya's biggest markets, untold numbers of Uber drivers are drowning in debt. But Uber drivers in Kenya are not alone in their experiences. Some Uber drivers have adapted their vehicles for alternative uses, saying they earn more selling fruit and vegetables than driving with the app. At the outset, Uber drivers were making 60 shillings per kilometer — about 97 cents a mile. Onduru, the Uber spokesperson, said that "in order to partner with Uber, drivers are asked to review and agree to Uber's terms and conditions."
Persons: Uber, Harrison, he'd, Munala, Harrison Munala, Nichole, Louis, Noah Edwardsen, Paul Oyer, Lorraine Onduru, Onduru, Peter Mwinga, Toyota Fielder, Julie Zollmann, Izwe —, Raymondu Gitau, Emmanuel Bitok, Suiyanka, Lempaa, Alissa Orlando, Orlando, Huber Horan, Patrick Ombongiga, Wycliffe Alutalala, David Mutera, Loic Amada, Cornelius Schmahl, Schmahl, Amada, Hamza Tufail, repossessions, Suzuki Organizations: Kenya —, Toyota, NBC News, NBC, U.S . Federal Trade Commission, Washington University, Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, Uber, British, Young, Tufts University, Private, Bolpak, Katiba Institute, Kenyan, Sidian Bank, Zohari Leasing, Drivers, Uber's, American Affairs, Saharan Africa, Digital Partners Society, Nobel Motors, Stanbic Bank, Twitter Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Nairobi, East, Izwe, Mombasa, Kenya's, St, United States, Africa, New York, Gitau, Saharan, Orlando, Johannesburg, Sidian
NAIROBI (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Sunday that hospitals in Mekelle, capital of the Ethiopian region of Tigray, are running low on supplies to care for the wounded, a day after the government announced military operations were complete in the region. A referral hospital in the city is lacking body bags for the dead and is running low on basic supplies such as gloves, the ICRC said in a statement. The situation in the city of 500,000 people was “quiet” on Sunday, it said. The government has not said if there were casualties in its offensive to take the city on Saturday. Claims from all sides are difficult to verify since phone and internet links to Tigray have been down and access tightly controlled since the fighting began.
Persons: Cross Organizations: International Committee, ICRC Locations: NAIROBI, Mekelle, Ethiopian, Tigray
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