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Ethiopia's war still churns, but relief aid coming
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
One aid worker in touch with Tigray told Reuters that fighting continued to the north, south and west of the highland city of 500,000 people. WAR CHILDEthiopia’s government and the TPLF have both accused each other of targeting civilians - and both denied that. Food stocks are nearly empty for 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, aid agencies say, while medics in Mekelle are short of painkillers, gloves and bodybags. “Aid is needed now as there’s an acute shortage of food, medicine and other relief,” tweeted Norwegian Refugee Council head Jan Egeland, saying relief convoys were ready to go. The TPLF accuses their ex-military comrade and government coalition partner of trying to increase his personal power over Ethiopia’s 10 regions.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Abraham, , Hamdayet, , Atikilti Salem, Jan Egeland, Mulu Nega Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, REUTERS, Diplomats, United Nations, Norwegian Refugee Council, Marxist Locations: ADDIS, HAMDAYET, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tigray, Mekelle, Tigrayan, Humera, Sudanese, Africa
Aid coming to north Ethiopia, refugees recount war suffering
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian refugees sit on bags of food aid at the Village 8 refugees transit camp, which houses Ethiopian refugees fleeing the fighting in the Tigray region, near the Sudan-Ethiopia border, Sudan, December 2, 2020. “The war is a people’s war and will not end easily,” its spokesman Gebre Gebretsadkan said on Tigray TV, adding that fighting had continued round Mekelle. One aid worker in touch with Tigray said clashes had been taking place to the north, south and west of the city. Claims from all sides have been hard to verify while access to Tigray region was blocked and communications largely down, though internet and phone services were returning this week. Food stocks are nearly empty for 96,000 Eritrean refugees in Tigray, aid agencies say, while medics in Mekelle are short of painkillers, gloves and bodybags.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Abiy Ahmed, Gebre Gebretsadkan, Abraham, , Hamdayet, , Atikilti Salem, Jan Egeland, Mulu Nega Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, REUTERS, Ethiopian, United Nations, Norwegian Refugee Council, Humera, Marxist Locations: ADDIS, HAMDAYET, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tigray, Mekelle, Humera, Sudanese, Eritrea, Africa
U.N. panel says South Sudan blocking its missions to violence-hit areas
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Denis Dumo | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
The government disputed the findings, saying agencies had access to all areas and it was working to fix the economy. Oil-rich South Sudan erupted into civil war soon after securing independence from Sudan in 2011, leading to an estimated 400,000 deaths and one of the worst refugee crises on the continent since the 1994 Rwandan genocide. As fighting has erupted in areas across the country, the panel found that South Sudan People’s Defence Forces and National Security Service “routinely blocked the United Nations Mission in South Sudan and peace monitors from accessing conflict areas”. Deng Dau Deng, the deputy minister of foreign affairs, said the panel of experts themselves had been allowed entry into South Sudan, which shows “that the government of South Sudan is committed to meet the U.N. resolutions on South Sudan”. “South Sudan is cooperative,” he told Reuters on Thursday.
Persons: Salva Kiir, Riek Machar, Sudan People’s Defence Forces and National Security Service “, Deng Dau Deng Organizations: Reuters, Sudan People’s Defence Forces and National Security Service, United Nations Mission, Sudan ” Locations: JUBA, Sudan, South Sudan,
Tigrayan refugee takes comfort in music after fleeing to Sudan
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Seham Eloraby | Baz Ratner | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
HAMDAYET, Sudan (Reuters) - Like thousands of others fleeing to Sudan from the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, 20-year-old Girum left his family and many of his possessions behind. Like Girum, most have been ferried across the Tekeze river and into Sudan at Hamdayet, clutching few if any belongings. Girum said his instrument, which has strings stretched across a simple rectangular wooden frame, was retrieved after his home had been looted. Other Tigrayan refugees have said they fled attacks by government forces and allied militia. In a speech to parliament on Monday, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged those who fled into Sudan to return.
Persons: Girum, Um, , Abiy Ahmed Organizations: Reuters, Ethiopian Locations: HAMDAYET, Sudan, Ethiopia’s, Tigray, Ethiopia, Hamdayet, Um
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
HAMDEYAT, Sudan (Reuters) - A Syrian refugee living in Sudan, who says he wants to show how refugees can make a difference, is helping to supply clean water to Ethiopians fleeing conflict at home. Kanoush says his mission is to prove that refugees can bring about change and has devoted his free time to helping other refugees and people in need. “In Sudan I wanted to give an example that refugees are not really problems,” he told Reuters. Salam has also volunteered in other refugee camps during his time in Sudan and has founded an organisation in Sudan’s eastern Kassala state that empowers women and young people to start their own businesses. A month-long war in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has sent 45,000 refugees into neighbouring Sudan.
Persons: Student Salam Kanoush, Kanoush, , Salam Organizations: Reuters, Student, COOPI Locations: HAMDEYAT, Sudan, Syria, Aleppo, Damascus, Kassala, Ethiopia’s, Tigray
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
Ethiopians cross into Sudan to flee fighting
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Jeremy Schultz | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
Hundreds of black-clad protesters clashed with police at the end of a demonstration against police violence and a bill that would make it a crime to circulate images of police officers in certain circumstances, which opponents say would limit press freedom.
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
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,
WAM/Handout via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia agreed on Monday to let Israeli airliners cross its airspace en route to the United Arab Emirates after talks between Saudi officials and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, a senior Trump administration official said. Kushner and Middle East envoys Avi Berkowitz and Brian Hook raised the issue shortly after they arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks. “We were able to reconcile the issue,” the official told Reuters. The agreement was hammered out just hours before Israel’s first commercial flight to the UAE was planned on Tuesday morning. “This should resolve any issues that should occur with Israeli carriers taking people from Israel to the UAE and back and to Bahrain,” the official said.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Steve Mnuchin, Financial Affairs Obaid Humaid, Jared Kushner, Kushner, Avi Berkowitz, Brian Hook, , Israel, Prince Mohammed bin Salman Organizations: U.S, Treasury, UAE, State, Financial Affairs, Ben Gurion, REUTERS WASHINGTON, United, United Arab Emirates, Saudi, White House, Trump, Middle, Reuters, Gulf Cooperation Locations: Tel Aviv, Israel, Handout, Saudi Arabia, United Arab, UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, Kuwait, Qatar
UM RAKUBA CAMP, Sudan (Reuters) - Ethiopian farmer Berhan Halie came to Sudan 35 years ago to escape hunger. Ethiopian refugee Berhan Halie, 65, poses for a picture at the Um Rakuba refugee camp which houses refugees fleeing the fighting in the Tigray region, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Sudan, November 29, 2020. Berhan and his family spent days walking to the border crossing with Sudan, among more than 45,000 who have fled from fighting between the Ethiopian government and rebellious Tigray forces. After crossing two weeks ago, he was brought by bus to the Um Rakuba camp in Sudan’s Qadarif state -- the same site he came to when fleeing the famine that had ravaged northern Ethiopia in 1985. Conditions at Um Rakuba are harsh.
Persons: Berhan Halie, Baz Ratner, , , Berhan, Abiy Organizations: UM, Reuters, REUTERS, Ethiopian Locations: Sudan, Tigray, Ethiopia, Sudan’s Qadarif, Rayan, Mekelle
Violence, floods in South Sudan's Warrap state displace thousands
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Denis Dumo | ) www.reuters.com 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
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
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
Saudi and Israeli sources say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met covertly on November 22, the first such meeting between Israeli and Saudi leaders. Full normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel remains unlikely in the near term, but defense and intelligence cooperation will continue to advance in the coming months. Saudi Arabia, and in particular its high-profile development projects like Neom, are reliant on advanced technologies such as biotech, agricultural tech and cyber technologies to succeed. However, Saudi Arabia has not yet shown that it's prepared to make the jump to normalization with Israel without the formation of a Palestinian state. Domestic backlash in Saudi Arabia could also cause notable security concerns.
Persons: Benjamin Netanyahu, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Mike Pompeo's, Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince, Yossi Cohen, Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump, Abu Dhabi's, Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Evan Vucci, Joe Biden, Biden, Saudi Arabia's, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, it's, King Salman, Prophet Muhammad Organizations: Saudi, Reuters, Street, Saudi Crown, Iran, United, United Arab, Trump White House, AP, Congress, Trump, Saudi Press Agency, Handout, United Arab Emirates, Initiative Locations: Saudi Arabia, Israel, Saudi, Neom, United States, Arab Gulf, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, Riyadh, Evan Vucci Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabian, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Palestinian, France
Trump senior aide Kushner and team heading to Saudi Arabia, Qatar
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Steve Holland | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his team are headed to Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week for talks in a region simmering with tension after the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman escorts White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and his wife White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump at the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 21, 2017. U.S. officials believe enticing Saudi Arabia into a deal with Israel would prompt other Arab nations to follow suit. The official said Kushner met at the White House last week with the Kuwaiti foreign minister, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which comprise the GCC, cut diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017 and imposed a boycott over allegations that Qatar supported terrorism, a charge it denies.
Persons: Jared Kushner, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, White, Ivanka Trump, Jonathan Ernst, Kushner, Avi Berkowitz, Brian Hook, Adam Boehler, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Fakhrizadeh, Benjamin Netanyahu, bin Salman, Mike Pompeo, Bin Salman, Netanyahu, Biden, Barack Obama’s, Trump, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al, Mohammad Al Organizations: WASHINGTON, White House, Saudi Arabia's, White, Global Center, REUTERS, Saudi, Middle, U.S . International Development Finance Corporation, United Arab, U.S, Reuters, Gulf Cooperation Council, United Arab Emirates, GCC, Qatar Locations: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Riyadh, Saudi, Neom, Israel, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Tehran, Iranian, Iran, Sabah . Kuwait, Egypt
Sudan inflation soars, raising spectre of hyperinflation
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Patrick Werr | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
CAIRO (Reuters) - Inflation in Sudan has risen to one of the highest levels in the world, and the country risks slipping into hyperinflation unless it gets its budget deficit and money supply under control, economists say. He placed Sudan among the five countries with the highest inflation. “It’s pretty scary,” he said, adding that it was hard to predict what direction inflation would go from here. The programme is designed to provide a track record that would qualify Sudan for debt relief from its official creditors. The reforms should reduce fuel subsidies to 2.2% this year, the IMF said, but imported fuel will further stretch people’s resources as a collapsing currency pushes up its local price.
Persons: Umit, Idrees Abdelmoniem, , Steve Hanke, Omar al, Bashir, Ibrahim Elbadawi, , I’ve, Huda Khalid Organizations: REUTERS, Johns Hopkins University, International Monetary Fund, Gross, IMF, Locations: CAIRO, Sudan, Khartoum, Central, U.S, Oman
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 29, 2018. However, TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message on Saturday evening that TPLF forces would fight on, raising the prospect that the conflict could drag on. The flow of refugees and attacks by the TPLF on neighbouring Eritrea have also threatened to destabilize the wider Horn of Africa region. They add to the 117 warrants issued for senior military officers it says are connected to TPLF since the conflict broke out. EXPLOSIONS IN ERITREA’S CAPITALSix explosions were reported in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, on Saturday night, the U.S. State Department said, although it was not immediately clear if they were related to the Tigray conflict.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Michel Euler, Abiy, TPLF, , Debretsion Gebremichael, , Debretsion, ” Debretsion, Mengistu Haile Mariam, Mengistu Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, Reuters, Fana TV, Abiy, U.S . State Department, State Department Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Paris, France, Mekelle, Sudan, Eritrea, Africa, Asmara
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