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Korean Air's Asiana buy on track as Seoul court refuses injunction
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Joyce Lee | ) + 0.56   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: A view of Asiana Airline's head office in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 8, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiSEOUL (Reuters) - A Seoul court on Tuesday allowed Korean Air Lines’ parent company to go ahead with a stock issuance, clearing the way for the flag carrier’s planned acquisition of indebted Asiana Airlines. The Seoul central district court declined a request to bar the airline’s parent, Hanjin Kal, from issuing new shares to state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), a court spokesman said. Shares in Asiana Airlines and Korean Air Lines rose on Tuesday after the ruling, which was welcomed by the carrier and KDB in separate statements, although KCGI did not offer immediate comment. “Korean Air will do its best to overcome the crisis, strengthen competitiveness and ensure the job security of employees,” the national carrier said.
Persons: Asiana, Kim Hong, Ji, Kal, Hanjin Kal, KCGI Organizations: REUTERS, Korean, Lines, Asiana Airlines, Korea Development Bank Locations: Seoul, South Korea, Ji SEOUL, Hanjin, Korean
FILE PHOTO: The logo of GM Korea is seen at an its plant in Incheon, South Korea, May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-JiSEOUL (Reuters) - General Motors Co, which has long struggled with labour relations in South Korea, will have to renegotiate a preliminary labour deal after a majority of union members voted against it. Only about 45% of members were in favour of an agreement reached with union negotiators last week for each member to receive a lump sum payment of 4 million won ($3,615) by early 2021, a union official said on Tuesday. GM has rejected employee demands to raise the retirement age by five years to 65 and to build more vehicles at one of its South Korean plants. This month, the automaker issued its strongest warning yet that the unrest could in the long term drive it out of the country.
Persons: Kim Hong, Ji Organizations: GM, REUTERS, General Motors Co, U.S, GM’s Locations: GM Korea, Incheon, South Korea, Ji SEOUL, GM’s Korea
Samsung may discontinue high-end Galaxy Note smartphones - sources
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Joyce Lee | Heekyong Yang | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd may discontinue its premium Galaxy Note phone next year, sources with knowledge of the matter said, a move that would reflect the sharp drop in demand for high-end smartphones due to the coronavirus pandemic. FILE PHOTO: Samsung Electronic's Galaxy Note 20 smartphone is seen on a display during a driving-through event for purchasers in Seoul, South Korea, August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Heo RanThe Galaxy Note, known for its large screen and a stylus for note-taking, is one of two Samsung premium phone series - the other being the more compact Galaxy S which draws in consumers with its state-of-the-art parts. At present, the South Korean tech giant does not have plans to develop a new version of the Galaxy Note for 2021, three sources said, declining to be identified as the plans were not public. The Galaxy Note 20 was launched in the United States this year with a $999 price tag, on par with the Galaxy S20 while the iPhone 12 starts at $799.
Persons: Heo, Tom Kang, Organizations: Samsung Electronics Co, Samsung, REUTERS, South, Galaxy, Apple Inc Locations: SEOUL, Seoul, South Korea, United States
FILE PHOTO: The logo of LG Chem is seen at its office building in Seoul, South Korea, October 16, 2020. LG Chem has already added production lines in South Korea this year mainly to meet demand from Tesla’s U.S. plant, the people said. “So LG Chem is going to more than double China output.”Tesla’s growth represents a boon for LG Chem, Panasonic and Chinese supplier Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL), with Chief Executive Elon Musk revealing plans in September to increase purchases. “We’re continuing to expand capacity for cylindrical battery cells in response to growing demand from automakers but we can’t comment on specific customers,” an LG Chem spokesman said. LG Chem’s China factory will also initially supply battery cells for Tesla vehicles in Berlin when production there begins, the person said.
Persons: Kim Hong, Ji, Tesla, Japan’s, “ Tesla, , Elon Musk, Musk, Tesla’s, “ We’re, Morningstar, CATL Organizations: LG Chem Ltd, Tesla Inc, LG Chem, REUTERS, Tesla’s, LG, Japan’s Panasonic Corp, U.S ., Panasonic, Amperex Technology Co, Chief, Tesla, Reuters Locations: SEOUL, China, Seoul, South Korea, Tesla’s Shanghai, Korea, Germany, United States, U.S, Shanghai, Nanjing, Berlin
FILE PHOTO: U. N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA) Mark Lowcock attends a news conference for the launch of the "Global Humanitarian Overview 2019" at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Decemer 4, 2018. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseNEW YORK (Reuters) - The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled a 40% increase in the number of people needing humanitarian assistance around the globe, the United Nations said on Tuesday, as it appealed for roughly $35 billion to help many of those expected to be in need next year. “If everyone who will need humanitarian aid next year lived in one country, it would be the world’s fifth largest nation,” U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock said. “The pandemic has wreaked carnage across the most fragile and vulnerable countries,” he added. He said this year donors gave a record $17 billion to fund humanitarian operations and data showed that aid reached 70% of the people targeted.
Persons: Mark Lowcock, Denis Balibouse, Lowcock Organizations: Humanitarian Affairs, Emergency, United Nations, REUTERS Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nigeria, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of, Congo, Burkina Faso,
TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian factories continued to recover steadily in November thanks to a boom in economic powerhouse China, private surveys showed on Tuesday, offering hope the region was shaking off the drag from the COVID-19 crisis. A worker is seen during a government-organized tour of the Mengniu Dairy factory in Beijing, China, February 27, 2020. China’s factory activity accelerated at the fastest pace in a decade in November, a private survey showed on Tuesday, a sign the world’s second-largest economy is recovering to pre-pandemic levels. A steady recovery in global demand also helped Japan’s factory activity move a notch closer to stabilisation in November, and that of South Korea to accelerate at the fastest pace in nearly a decade. Factory activity also grew in Taiwan and Indonesia, a sign the pick-up in Chinese demand was underpinning the region’s economy.
Persons: Thomas Peter, , Wang Zhe, China’s, Takeshi Minami Organizations: REUTERS, , Caixin Insight, Jibun Bank, Jibun Bank Japan Manufacturing PMI, IHS, PMI, Norinchukin Research Locations: TOKYO, China, Beijing, South Korea, Jibun Bank Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia
TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian factories recovered further in November from the COVID-19 crisis, surveys showed on Tuesday, thanks to a boom in economic powerhouse China which has enabled the region to withstand the pandemic better than many of its peers. It was also in line with an official survey that showed activity at Chinese factories expanded at the fastest pace in more than three years in November. PATCHY RECOVERYThe surveys on Tuesday showed factory activity also grew in Taiwan and Indonesia, a sign the pick-up in Chinese demand was underpinning the region’s economy. The final au Jibun Bank Japan Manufacturing PMI hit 49.0 in November, up from the previous month’s 48.7 and a preliminary 48.3 reading. But India’s manufacturing recovery faltered in November as coronavirus fears weighed on demand and output, prompting firms to cut jobs for the eighth month in a row.
Persons: Thomas Peter, China’s, , Takeshi Minami Organizations: SMC, REUTERS, PMI, , Economics, International Monetary, Jibun Bank, Jibun Bank Japan Manufacturing PMI, IHS, Norinchukin Research, Locations: TOKYO, China, Beijing, U.S, Europe, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Jibun Bank Japan
South Korea's LG Chem plans to more than double the production capacity of battery cells it makes in China for Tesla electric vehicles (EV) next year, sources said, to keep up with its U.S. client's growth in the biggest car market. LG Chem has already added production lines in South Korea this year mainly to meet demand from Tesla's U.S. plant, the people said. "So LG Chem is going to more than double China output." Still, Musk said supplies were insufficient and announced Tesla's plans to make its own, cheaper battery cells — a prospect that could injure suppliers' pricing power. "We're continuing to expand capacity for cylindrical battery cells in response to growing demand from automakers but we can't comment on specific customers," an LG Chem spokesman said.
Persons: Tesla, Japan's, Elon Musk, Musk, Tesla's, We're Organizations: LG Chem Ltd, EV, Korea, Korea's LG, Tesla's, LG, LG Chem, Japan's Panasonic Corp, Panasonic, Amperex Technology, Chief Locations: Seoul, South Korea, China, Tesla's Shanghai, Korea, Germany, United States, U.S, Shanghai
Quentin and Stacy Blakley opened the “decontamination station” in their home garage as the coronavirus pandemic took root in Georgia in March and have never shut it down. Quentin I work at the busiest airport in the world, which means I come into contact with a lot of people. Stacy We all learned the term “frontline worker” during the pandemic. As soon as the pandemic started, we set up the garage for him. I had to sit the boys down and explain to them what the pandemic was.
Persons: Quentin, Stacy Blakley, Blakley, Quentin I, Stacy, Stacy Quentin, “ Dad, ” Stacy, we’ve, It’s Organizations: Douglas Consulting Group Locations: Georgia, Atlanta, South Fulton, Ga, Stacy
REUTERS/Issei KatoMSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 1.08% after closing the month 9% higher, the best November since 2001. MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe was 0.18% higher and E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 were up 0.9%. The progress on the COVID-19 vaccines and hopes of a swift economic rebound next year were adding to the optimistic sentiment in the market, analysts said. Oil prices were slightly lower on uncertainty about whether the world’s major oil producers would agree to extend deep output cuts at talks this week. U.S. crude eased back 35 cents to $44.99 a barrel on Tuesday, while Brent crude futures were 33 cents lower at $47.55.
Persons: Issei Kato, we’ve, , John Woods, Australia’s, Stephen Miller, “ We’ve, Hamish Tadgell, , Steve Sosnick, pip Organizations: SYDNEY, Nikkei, REUTERS, Asia Pacific Chief, Credit Suisse’s Private Bank, , China PMI, GSFM Funds, SG Hiscock, Company, ” Moderna Inc, Interactive, U.S . Congress, Benchmark, U.S, Treasury, Brent Locations: Tokyo, Japan, Asia, Pacific, China’s, China, South Korea, U.S
“2020 is really just one big loss for the wedding industry,” said Steve Sendor, publisher of Sophisticated Weddings Magazine. “If nothing else, it’s a pretty safe bet that the vaccine will be in place by fall and that fall 2021 weddings are going to happen,” she said. “There’s less razmataz in pandemic weddings,” Blum said. She’s also surprised wedding guests with famous bands who have Zoomed in to virtual wedding receptions and serenaded the wedding couple with a favorite song. “The wedding industry is not dead yet.
Persons: Kleinfeld, , Jennette Kruszka, , ” Kruszka, “ We’re, Phillip Van Nostrand, ” Coronavirus, Steve Sendor, ” Sendor, Sendor, we’re, “ I’ve, Preston Bailey, Bailey, he’s, we’ve, ” Bailey, Marcy Blum, Blum, ” Blum, ‘ Let’s, Billy Joel, Lebron James, it’s, ” Blum’s, She’s, Amy Anaiz, Anaiz, ” Anaiz, she’s, Kruszka Organizations: Kleinfeld, NBC, , Brides Magazine Locations: Manhattan, New York City, New York, South Carolina
COVID R&D Alliance launches trial of Amgen, UCB, Takeda drugs
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Deena Beasley | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - Amgen Inc, UCB SA and Takeda Pharmaceuticals Inc on Monday launched a global trial to identify whether any of three different drugs can reduce the severity of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients by moderating the immune system’s response to the disease. The three compounds “have a plausible biologic rationale in terms of effect on immune response or the hyper-immune response that some people develop,” said Amgen research chief David Reese. The multiple candidates will be tested against a placebo with all trial patients also receiving standard care. Other drugs that work in a variety of ways, including antivirals, medicines that also modulate immune response and vascular agents may enter the study in coming months. The COVID R&D trial will enroll both hospitalized intensive care unit and non-ICU patients.
Persons: , David Reese, , COVID, Dhavalkumar Patel Organizations: Reuters, Inc, UCB SA, Takeda Pharmaceuticals Inc, Monday, Research & Development Alliance, Health Locations: overreacting, COVID, United States, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, South Africa
FILE PHOTO: A truck drives amongst workings at the De Beers Voorspoed Diamond mine near Kroonstad, South Africa May 3, 2017. REUTERS/James Oatway(Reuters) - Diamond mining giant De Beers on Monday outlined plans to ethically source its diamonds and be carbon neutral by 2030 due to growing investor pressure on companies to be environmentally and socially responsible. The initiative is the latest example of a miner setting sustainability goals in an industry blamed for depletion of natural resources, smuggling and child labor in supply lines. The company has tracked high-value diamonds from miner to retailer using blockchain to clear the supply chain of imposters and conflict minerals. Advocacy group Human Rights Watch had warned this month that major jewellery brands are still not doing enough to combat human rights and environmental abuses in their gold and diamond supply chains.
Persons: James Oatway, Beers, De Beers, De Organizations: De, REUTERS, Diamond, Human Rights Watch Locations: Kroonstad, South Africa, De, Canada, De Beers, kimberlite
U.S. reports over 10,000 coronavirus deaths last week
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Ivan Pierre Aguirre/File Photo(Reuters) - The United States recorded 10,000 coronavirus deaths and over 1.1 million new cases last week, although state and health officials have said the Thanksgiving holiday likely caused numbers to be under-reported. New cases fell 3.8% in the week ended Nov. 29, while deaths fell 3.9%, according to a Reuters analysis of state and county reports. They said that figures for cases and deaths this week may be abnormally high due to a backlog of data from last week. Hospitals, which were not closed due to holidays, may provide the most accurate data for last week. Illinois reported 831 COVID-19 deaths last week, the highest for any state, followed by Texas with 806 deaths.
Persons: Ivan Pierre Aguirre, COVID Organizations: Examiner's Office, REUTERS, United, Iowa, World Health Organization Locations: El Paso County, El Paso , Texas, U.S, United States, Washington, California, New York, Illinois, Texas, Idaho, South Dakota
The episode triggered anger on South Korean social media. “Its total nonsense, what a thief stealing our culture!” a South Korean netizen wrote on, a widely popular web portal. “I read a media story that China now says Kimchi is theirs, and that they are making international standard for it, It’s absurd. South Korea’s agriculture ministry on Sunday released a statement saying mainly that the ISO approved standard does not apply to Kimchi. “It is inappropriate to report (about Pao Cai winning the ISO) without differentiating Kimchi from Pao Cai of China’s Sichuan,” the statement said.
Persons: Pao Cai, Korean netizen, I’m, , Kim Seol, China’s Organizations: International Organization for Standardization, Global, Twitter, Weibo, Sunday Locations: SEOUL, Sichuan, Korean, Beijing, China, , Seoul, Weibo, South Korea, South
U.S. pending home sales unexpectedly fall in October
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
The National Association of Realtors said on Monday its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed last month, decreased 1.1% to 128.9. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast pending home contracts, which become sales after a month or two, would rebound 1.0% in October. Compared to a year ago, pending homes sales jumped 20.2% in October. The monthly decline in contracts suggests a moderation in sales of existing home sales after they accelerated in October to their highest level since November 2005. In October, pending home sales edged up 0.1% in the South.
Persons: Lucas Jackson, Freddie Mac Organizations: REUTERS, WASHINGTON, National Association of Realtors, Reuters Locations: York County , South Carolina, U.S, West, Northeast, Midwest
Barkin: No 'huge drop' yet in real time measures of economy
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Thomas Barkin poses during a break at a Dallas Fed conference on technology in Dallas, Texas, U.S., May 23, 2019. REUTERS/Ann Saphir/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. recovery is facing near term risks from the surging number of coronavirus cases and the end of unemployment benefits for many workers, but there are better medium term prospects with a vaccine on the horizon, Richmond Federal Reserve bank president Thomas Barkin said on Monday. “Lets see what happens,” Barkin said when asked if the Fed needed to step in with more monetary stimulus, perhaps by changing its bond purchase program. “The virus is definitely escalating,” he said in webcast remarks to the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, but “it is hard to find a huge drop” in real time measures of consumer spending and other data.
Persons: Thomas Barkin, Ann Saphir, , ” Barkin, , Darla Moore Organizations: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Dallas Fed, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, Richmond Federal Reserve, of Business, University of South Locations: Dallas , Texas, U.S, University of South Carolina
South Korea reports bird flu outbreak on duck farm: OIE
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
PARIS (Reuters) - South Korea has confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu on a duck farm in the southwestern part of the country, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday. The outbreak, which occurred in the town of Girin-ri, killed 19,000 ducks, the OIE said in a website alert, quoting the South Korean agriculture ministry. Some 392,000 chickens and ducks at a total of six farms were killed preventively, the ministry also said.
Persons: preventively Organizations: PARIS, Organisation for Animal Health Locations: South Korea, Girin
U.S. arms sales to UAE draw fire from 29 rights groups
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Mike Stone | ) sentiment -0.96   time to read: +2 min
U.S. Air National Guard/Miss Julie M. Shea/Handout via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twenty-nine arms control and human rights organizations have signed a letter opposing the sale of $23 billion worth of missiles, fighter jets and drones to the United Arab Emirates and asking the U.S. Congress to block the deal. “The hope is to stop these sales altogether,” said Seth Binder, advocacy officer at the Project on Middle East Democracy, who spearheaded the effort. U.S. law covering major arms deals allows senators to force votes on resolutions of disapproval. However, to go into effect the resolutions must pass the Republican-led Senate, which rarely breaks with Trump. The letter, which will be sent to lawmakers and the U.S. State Department, said, “The planned arms sales to the UAE, a party to the conflicts in Yemen and Libya, would fuel continued civilian harm and further exacerbate these humanitarian crises.”Signatories to the letter include human rights organizations from the region, including the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) and Mwatana for Human Rights.
Persons: Julie M, Shea, Handout, , Seth Binder, Biden, Atomics, Lockheed Martin, Donald Trump, Organizations: Vermont Air National Guard Base, . Air National Guard, REUTERS WASHINGTON, United Arab Emirates, U.S, Congress, East Democracy, Lockheed, Lockheed Martin Corp, Raytheon, Republican, Trump, Democratic, Representatives, U.S . State Department, Cairo Institute for Human Rights, Human Rights Locations: United States, South Burlington , Vermont, U.S, UAE, Yemen, Libya
U.S. Blacklists Chinese Defense Firm for Sales to Venezuela
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Ian Talley | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON—The Trump administration on Monday blacklisted a major Chinese government-owned defense company it said sold goods to Venezuela that aided political repression by the regime of President Nicolás Maduro. The U.S. Treasury Department said goods sold by China National Electronics Import & Export Corp., or CEIEC, helped the Maduro government restrict internet service and conduct digital surveillance and cyber operations against political opponents. The sanctions precede a Dec. 6 parliamentary election in Venezuela that the U.S. says will be fraudulent. The Trump administration says the Maduro government fixed previous elections and maintains an illegitimate hold on power through repression of the political opposition. The U.S. views the Maduro government as a major security threat, citing its relationships with Iran, China, Russia and South American drug cartels.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Trump, Nicolás Maduro, Juan Guaído Organizations: U.S . Treasury Department, China National Electronics Import & Export Corp Locations: Venezuela, U.S, Washington, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Iran, China, Russia, South American
Britain tells EU not to politicise financial market access
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) + 0.53   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: John Glen, local Member of Parliament for Salisbury and South Wiltshire, talks to the media in Salisbury, Britain, April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - The City of London’s access to the European Union after Brexit should not be politicised by the bloc, given that Britain will maintain high regulatory standards in future, the UK’s financial services minister said on Monday. The EU has said it wants details from Britain on how it would diverge from EU rules before granting financial market access for the UK after full Brexit on Dec. 31. UK financial services minister John Glen said Britain often goes beyond the EU in applying new rules. “Our reputation globally is based on the highest standards, and not a race to the bottom,” Glen told a House of Lords committee.
Persons: John Glen, Hannah McKay, Brexit, ” Glen Organizations: REUTERS, European Union, EU Locations: Salisbury, South Wiltshire, Britain
Violence, floods in South Sudan's Warrap state displace thousands
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Denis Dumo | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
WARRAP STATE, South Sudan (Reuters) - James Athian and his nine children have been living in a makeshift camp in South Sudan’s Warrap state for two months since floods destroyed their house. FILE PHOTO: A displaced woman crosses a flooded area in Manager Ajak village, in South Sudan, November 27, 2020. Before the flooding, oil-producing South Sudan had already gone through five years of civil war, which ended in 2018 with a fragile peace deal. The worst rains in living memory have meant that roughly half of South Sudan’s 78 counties have large swathes of land under water, the U.N. says. “If people don’t get food from the government of the World Food Programme by February, many will die of hunger.”
Persons: James Athian, Denis Dumo Athian, ” Athian, Mangar Ajak, Aleu Akol, ” Moses Athian Paul, Organizations: STATE, Reuters, REUTERS, United Nations Office, Affairs, Nationwide, Relief and Rehabilitation Locations: South Sudan, South Sudan’s, Ajak, Warrap, Mangar, Sudan, Tonj County
Mortgage boom risks coming home to roost for Brazil's banks
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Carolina Mandl | ) + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
Buying is now far more competitive and each percentage point drop in interest rates brings a mortgage within reach of 2.8 million more families, Brazil’s construction association says. So those individuals not hit by the pandemic kept their acquisition plans,” Cristiane Portella, head of Brazil mortgage association, Abecip, said. But banks and homebuilders say those mistakes will not be repeated amid low interest rates and new rules on repossession. Unlike the last real estate crisis, housing prices and interest rates are at a low,” analyst Fabio Fonseca, a partner at JGP Gestão de Recursos, said. “Low interest rates have made house financing so much cheaper that demand is huge even considering only very good payers,” Albuquerque said.
Persons: Sao Paulo, Fernando do Prado, Jenifer Ferreira, Pilar Olivares, ” Jenifer, Jenifer, Fernando, Itau, ” Danilo Caffaro, ” Cristiane Portella, Abecip, Rafael Menin, Sandro Gamba, Fabio Fonseca, Recursos, Romero Albuquerque, Albuquerque Organizations: SAO PAULO, Reuters, REUTERS, Banco Bradesco, Banco Santander Brasil, Itau, Caixa Economica, Mortgage, Santander Brasil, Brazil Realty SA Locations: Sao, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America’s, Chile, U.S, Brazilian, Sao Paulo, Brooklin
War not over, says Ethiopia's Tigrayan forces leader
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) 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 | ) + 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
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