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FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen in Moscow, Russia November 19, 2020. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERSMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situations in Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh in a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, Russia’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The two men also discussed Moscow and Tehran’s commitment to ensuring the prompt return of all participants to fully observing obligations laid out in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has said he will take the United States back into the 2015 deal.
Persons: Sergei Lavrov, U.N ., Syria Geir Pedersen, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Joe Biden Organizations: Russian, Russian Foreign Ministry, REUTERS Locations: Syria, Moscow, Russia, REUTERS MOSCOW, Nagorno, Karabakh, Iran, United States
U.N. alarmed at military build-up around Tigray capital
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights chief voiced alarm on Tuesday at reports of a heavy build-up of tanks and artillery around the Tigrayan regional capital of Mekelle after the Ethiopian government’s ultimatum to surrender before a threatened attack. On the other side you have had the TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front) leadership say they are ready to die. This is the kind of rhetoric that is extremely worrying and that may provoke or may lead to serious violations of international humanitarian law,” Shamdasani said. If TPLF forces were to position themselves among civilians, this does not give the Ethiopian forces “carte blanche” to respond with the use of artillery in densely populated areas, Bachelet said. There may be ‘very severe, massive’ internal displacement in Tigray, amid a communications blackout, U.N. aid spokesman Jens Laerke said, adding that some 200 aid workers are “stuck” in Mekelle.
Persons: Michelle Bachelet, U.N, Bachelet, Ravina Shamdasani, Shamdasani, ” Shamdasani, Tigrayan, Babar Baloch, Jens Laerke Organizations: United Nations, Ethiopian, Human Rights Locations: GENEVA, Mekelle, Geneva, Tigray, Sudan
U.N. chief calls for Afghan ceasefire and inclusive peace
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 1.00   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., November 20, 2020. REUTERS/Eduardo MunozGENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Tuesday for an “immediate, unconditional ceasefire” in Afghanistan to create a conducive environment for Doha peace talks with the Taliban. “An inclusive process, in which women, young people and victims of conflict are meaningfully represented, offers the best hope of sustainable peace,” Guterres told an Afghanistan conference in Geneva. “Progress toward peace will contribute to the development of the entire region, and is a vital step towards the safe, orderly and dignified return of millions of displaced Afghans.”
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Eduardo Munoz, ” Guterres, Organizations: United Nations, U.N, REUTERS, Eduardo Munoz GENEVA, Doha, Locations: New York City , New York, U.S, Afghanistan, Geneva
NEW YORK (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to be his ambassador to the United Nations in New York will have to tackle Washington’s waning leadership at the world body in the face of a more assertive China, diplomats and analysts said on Monday. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoBiden nominated veteran U.S. diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield and restored the post to a Cabinet role. Thomas-Greenfield is a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service who has served on four continents, perhaps most notably in Africa. I’ve carried that lesson with me throughout my career in Foreign Service – and, if confirmed, will do the same as Ambassador to the United Nations,” Thomas-Greenfield tweeted on Monday. “A woman of color, a woman of substance and a woman of experience.
Persons: Joe Biden’s, African Affairs Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Jakaya Kikwete, Jonathan Ernst, Linda Thomas, Donald Trump’s, Nikki Haley, Kelly Craft, Thomas, , I’ve, ” Thomas, , Barack Obama’s, Richard Gowan, multilateralism, Jeffrey Feltman, ” U.N Organizations: YORK, United Nations, African Affairs, Africa, Summit, REUTERS, Biden, U.S . Senate, Thomas, U.S . Foreign Service, Service, U.N, World Health Organization, Human Rights, UNESCO Locations: New York, China, U.S, Washington, Africa, Rwanda, Saharan Africa, West Africa, Britain, France, Russia, United States, Western, Beijing, United, Greenfield, Asian, Gulf
Congo warlord sentenced to life for war crimes
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Fiston Mahamba | ) www.reuters.com + 1.00   time to read: +2 min
GOMA, Congo (Reuters) - A military court handed a life sentence on Monday to militia commander Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka for war crimes including murder, sexual slavery and child soldier recruitment in Democratic Republic of Congo. The two-year trial involving more than 300 victims is a landmark for Congolese justice, rights groups and the United Nations said. Authorities first issued a warrant for Sheka’s arrest in January 2011 but he remained at large until 2017, when he surrendered to U.N. peacekeepers. Sheka and Séraphin Zitonda, a commander from another militia, received life sentences at the trial in the city of Goma for crimes committed in Congo’s eastern province of North Kivu between 2010 and 2014. The army will continue military actions to bring perpetrators of crime to military justice, an army spokesman said.
Persons: Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, Séraphin, , Leila Zerrougui, , Daniele Perissi Organizations: Democratic, United Nations, Authorities, NDC Locations: GOMA, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, U.N, Goma, Congo’s, North Kivu, DRC, Walikale, Yuma
LONDON/MADRID (Reuters) - A slew of international commitments to cut carbon emissions including from U.S. President-elect Joe Biden point to a bright future for the fight to save the environment, former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres said. FILE PHOTO: Former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres speaks during a debate in the United Nations General Assembly between candidates vying to be the next U.N. Secretary General at U.N. headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mike SegarOne of the architects of the 2015 Paris agreement under which nearly 200 countries pledged to curbing emissions, Figueres said she had witnessed “a remarkable geopolitical shift” this year. She listed a European Union decision to tie environmental criteria to recovery funds for economies ravaged by the coronavirus, China’s pledge to reach carbon neutrality by 2060 and similar pledges by Korea, Japan and South Africa. “How could I not be optimistic, the direction of travel is set,” she told the Reuters Events Energy Transition Europe summit.
Persons: Joe Biden, Christiana Figueres, Mike Segar, Figueres, , , Donald Trump, Biden, John Kerry, Biden’s, Jair Bolsonaro, ” Bolsonaro Organizations: United Nations, United Nations General Assembly, REUTERS, Union, Reuters, Energy, U.S, Corporations Locations: MADRID, U.N, Manhattan , New York, U.S, Paris, Korea, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, decarbonisation
LONDON/MADRID (Reuters) - A slew of international commitments to cut carbon emissions including from U.S. President-elect Joe Biden point to a bright future for the fight to save the environment, former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres said. FILE PHOTO: Former United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres speaks during a debate in the United Nations General Assembly between candidates vying to be the next U.N. Secretary General at U.N. headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Mike SegarOne of the architects of the 2015 Paris agreement under which nearly 200 countries pledged to curbing emissions, Figueres said she had witnessed “a remarkable geopolitical shift” this year. She listed a European Union decision to tie environmental criteria to recovery funds for economies ravaged by the coronavirus, China’s pledge to reach carbon neutrality by 2060 and similar pledges by Korea, Japan and South Africa. “How could I not be optimistic, the direction of travel is set,” she told the Reuters Events Energy Transition Europe summit.
Persons: Joe Biden, Christiana Figueres, Mike Segar, Figueres, , , Donald Trump, Biden, John Kerry, Biden’s, Jair Bolsonaro, ” Bolsonaro Organizations: United Nations, United Nations General Assembly, REUTERS, Union, Reuters, Energy, U.S, Corporations Locations: MADRID, U.N, Manhattan , New York, U.S, Paris, Korea, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, decarbonisation
Biden rolls out foreign policy and national security team
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.84   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to reporters following an online meeting with members of the National Governors Association (NGA) executive committee in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden picked a number of people for top Cabinet and White House posts on Monday, including Antony Blinken to be secretary of state, Jake Sullivan as national security adviser and Avril Haines to be director of national intelligence, his transition team said. Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will act as “climate czar,” while Alejandro Mayorkas will be nominated for Homeland Security secretary and Linda Thomas-Greenfield for U.N. ambassador, it said in a statement.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner, Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Avril Haines, John Kerry, , Alejandro Mayorkas, Linda Thomas, Greenfield Organizations: National Governors Association, REUTERS, WASHINGTON, White, Former U.S, Homeland Security Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, U.N
Officials working with a United Nations human rights group said Monday that former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn should receive both “compensation” and “other reparations” from the Japanese government for its handling of his November 2018 arrest and subsequent detention. Ghosn was arrested shortly after arriving in Tokyo and charged with a series of financial crimes, including the concealment of millions of dollars in income. Since then, a number of people alleged to have assisted his escape have been arrested, including two Americans facing extradition to Japan. At the time of his arrest, he also served as head of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The U.N. panel said it would refer Ghosn's case to the U.N.'s rapporteur on torture and degrading treatment.
Persons: Carlos Ghosn, Ghosn, , Roland Adjovi, Japan’s, ” Ghosn, Michael L, Taylor, Peter M, Donald Trump Organizations: United, Nissan, United Nations, Rights, Renault, Mitsubishi Alliance, Tokyo Detention Center, Green, Correctional Center Locations: United Nations, Tokyo, Brazilian, Lebanon, Japan, Turkey, Norfolk, Massachusetts
India seeks to implicate Pakistan in dossier to U.N. Security Council members
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India on Monday handed a dossier to the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council about a major attack that it said militants from Pakistan had attempted in the Indian part of Kashmir last week, government officials said. The four militants, belonging to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad, infiltrated into Indian Kashmir through a tunnel in the Samba area, the government said. The heavily armed men carried radio sets, a mobile phone, medicines and foods all made in Pakistan, it said. India says Pakistan gives material support to the militants fighting its rule in Muslim majority Kashmir, a charge that Islamabad denies. Last week’s incident was part of Pakistan’s ongoing terror campaign in Kashmir, Shringla told the envoys.
Persons: Harsh Shringla, Shringla Organizations: . Security Council, Security, Indian Locations: DELHI, India, Pakistan, Kashmir, Samba, Nagrota, United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, Islamabad
President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Jake Sullivan as his national security adviser and Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, multiple sources familiar with the plans told NBC News. Sullivan served in the Obama administration as national security adviser to then-Vice President Biden before serving as director of policy planning at the State Department and as deputy chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Thomas-Greenfield served as the assistant secretary of state for Africa from 2013 to 2017 under former President Barack Obama. NBC News reported Sunday that former deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken is expected to be named secretary of state. Ambassador will be elevated to a Cabinet-level position in a Biden administration, two sources told NBC News.
Persons: Joe Biden, Jake Sullivan, Linda Thomas, Sullivan, Obama, Biden, Hillary Clinton, Greenfield, Barack Obama, Ron Klain, Antony Blinken, Trump, Nikki Haley, Kamala Harris, Donald Trump, Greg Fischer, Harris, ” Trump Organizations: United Nations, NBC News, State Department, White, NBC, Biden, U.S . Conference of Mayors, Republicans, Independents Locations: Greenfield, U.S, Africa, Liberia, Wilmington , Delaware, Louisville , Kentucky
Surge in greenhouse gases sustained despite Covid-19 lockdowns, U.N. says
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
GENEVA — Greenhouse gas concentrations climbed to a new record in 2019 and rose again this year despite an expected drop in emissions due to Covid-19 lockdowns, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday, warning against complacency. “...In the short-term the impact of the Covid-19 confinements cannot be distinguished from natural variability,” the WMO’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin said. Like other scientific bodies, the WMO said it expects annual global carbon emissions to fall this year due to Covid measures, and ventured a preliminary estimate of between 4.2-7.5 percent. Such a drop would not cause atmospheric carbon dioxide to go down, but would slow the rate of increase temporarily on a scale that falls within normal variations, it said. That can make its atmospheric levels harder to predict than carbon dioxide.
Persons: Petteri Taalas Organizations: World Meteorological Organization, WMO, Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, NBC Locations: GENEVA, Geneva, Tasmania, Hawaii
Surge in greenhouse gases sustained despite COVID lockdowns: U.N.
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Emma Farge | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
GENEVA (Reuters) - Greenhouse gas concentrations climbed to a new record in 2019 and rose again this year despite an expected drop in emissions due to COVID-19 lockdowns, the World Meteorological Organization said on Monday, warning against complacency. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File PhotoMany scientists expect the biggest annual fall in carbon emissions in generations this year as measures to contain coronavirus have grounded planes, docked ships and kept commuters at home. The annual increase is larger than the previous year and beats the average over the last decade. Like other scientific bodies, the WMO said it expects annual global carbon emissions to fall this year due to COVID measures, and ventured a preliminary estimate of between 4.2-7.5%. That can make its atmospheric levels harder to predict than carbon dioxide.
Persons: Toby Melville, Petteri Taalas, Oksana Tarasova, Organizations: World Meteorological Organization, Bournemouth, REUTERS, WMO, Greenhouse Gas Bulletin Locations: GENEVA, Bournemouth, England, Geneva, Tasmania, Hawaii
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
Biden expected to name Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.N. ambassador: reports
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Joe Biden is expected to name Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, media outets reported Sunday, citing Democratic sources close to Biden. Thomas-Greenfield served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa under Obama, from 2013 to 2017. She led U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa during tumultuous events such as the massive Ebola outbreak in West Africa. After leaving the State Department, Thomas-Greenfield took a senior leadership position at former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s global strategy company, Albright Stonebridge Group. She is currently on leave from the company, according to her page on its website.
Persons: Joe Biden, Linda Thomas, outets, Biden, Thomas, Greenfield, Barack Obama, , State Madeleine Albright’s Organizations: WASHINGTON, United Nations, CNN, U.S, Obama, State Department, Thomas, State, Albright Locations: Greenfield, U.S, Africa, Saharan Africa, West Africa
U.N. Panel Rebukes Japanese Prosecutors in Handling of Ghosn Case
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Mark Maremont | Peter Landers | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Japan’s detention of Carlos Ghosn for more than four months with limited access to legal counsel was arbitrary and violated the former automobile titan’s human rights, a United Nations panel concluded in a rebuke of Japanese prosecutors involved in the case. Mr. Ghosn was arrested in Japan in Nov. 2018 on suspicion of financial crimes while he was chairman of Nissan Motor Co. , then rearrested three more times and held in prison under repeated questioning by prosecutors until April 2019, with a one-month break between the third and fourth arrests. “The revolving pattern of detention was an extrajudicial abuse of process,” said a report dated Nov. 20 by the U.N. Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. The report, which is nonbinding, called for Japan to pay reparations to Mr. Ghosn, and called on the Japanese government to conduct an investigation of the matter and “take appropriate measures against those responsible for the violation of [Mr. Ghosn’s] rights.”The U.N. panel also broadly criticized aspects of Japan’s criminal-justice system as overly reliant on confessions and exposing detainees to potential coercion and torture.
Persons: Carlos Ghosn, Ghosn, , Ghosn’s Organizations: United, Nissan Motor Co Locations: United Nations, Japan
NAIROBI/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia denied on Saturday that talks on the growing conflict in its northern Tigray region were imminent, just hours after three African former presidents were named to help mediate the two-week-old crisis. Tigrayan forces were not immediately available for comment. Destroyed buildings lined the main road in the town of Dansha, where the conflict broke out, the images showed. The African Union announced late on Friday the appointment of former presidents Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and Kgalema Motlanthe of South Africa as special envoys. The government has appointed an alternative interim government to run Tigray when troops take Mekelle.
Persons: Tigrayan, Joaquim Chissano, Ellen Johnson, Kgalema, , U.N, Antonio Guterres, , Abiy Ahmed Organizations: ADDIS ABABA, Reuters, Maxar Technologies, African Union, Ethiopian, Federal Government Locations: NAIROBI, ADDIS, Ethiopia, Tigray, Addis, Dansha, Sudan, Amhara, Eritrea, Mozambique, Liberia, South Africa
Russia stops U.N. blacklisting of Libya militia, leader
  + stars: | 2020-11-21 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Russia on Friday stopped a U.N. Security Council committee from blacklisting a Libyan militia group and its leader for human rights abuses because it said it wanted to see more evidence first that they had killed civilians. The United States and Germany proposed that the council’s 15-member Libya sanctions committee impose an asset freeze and travel ban on the al-Kaniyat militia and its leader Mohammed al-Kani. Such a move has to be agreed by consensus, but Russia said it could not approve. Libya descended into chaos after the NATO-backed overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. In addition, UNSMIL verified numerous summary executions at Tarhouna Prison conducted by the al-Kaniyat militia on September 13, 2019,” the proposal read.
Persons: Mohammed al, Kani, Khalifa, Muammar Gaddafi, Organizations: YORK, Security, Reuters, National Accord, Libyan National Army, NATO, United Arab, Tarhouna Locations: Russia, United States, Germany, Libya, Russian, Libyan, Tarhouna, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Egypt
FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an interview with Reuters at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., September 14, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File PhotoUNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Friday that “the developing world is on the precipice of financial ruin and escalating poverty, hunger and untold suffering” as the world struggles to combat the coronavirus pandemic. His message came ahead of a meeting of the leaders of the Group of 20 rich nations and big emerging powers this weekend.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Mike Segar, Organizations: United Nations, Reuters, REUTERS, UNITED NATIONS Locations: U.N, New York City , New York, U.S
U.N. chief warns Yemen in imminent danger of famine
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Friday that Yemen “is now in imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen for decades.”“In the absence of immediate action, millions of lives may be lost,” Guterres said in a statement.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, ” “, ” Guterres Organizations: YORK Locations: Yemen
FILE PHOTO: A view shows a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Marib, Yemen October 2, 2020. REUTERS/Ali OwidhaNEW YORK (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that war-torn Yemen is in “imminent danger of the worst famine the world has seen for decades,” warning against any unilateral moves as the United States threatens to blacklist Yemen’s Iran-allied Houthi group. I don’t think we should rock the boat at the present moment,” Guterres told reporters when asked about U.S. plans. The United Nations describes Yemen as the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with 80% of its population in need of help. U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock has said the United Nations has received less than half of what was needed this year - about $1.5 billion - for its humanitarian operations in Yemen.
Persons: Ali Owidha, Antonio Guterres, ” Guterres, ” “, , Mark Lowcock Organizations: REUTERS, Washington, Foreign Terrorist Organization, United, United Nations Locations: Marib, Yemen, United States, Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Nations, Western
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
REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin AbdallahTwo weeks into the conflict, the United Nations said it was making plans for as many as 200,000 refugees fleeing into neighbouring Sudan. Tigrayan refugees have told Reuters the Amhara militiamen are 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. On Thursday, Tigray forces accused the government of bombing a university in the Tigray capital Mekelle. A week ago, Tigray forces fired rockets at two airports in Amhara.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Abiy Ahmed, Bahir, Bahir Dar, queued, Yohannes Gor, , Axel Bisschop, Abdullah Fadil, , Abiy Organizations: UM RAKUBA, Reuters, Ethiopian, REUTERS, United Nations, UNHCR, Rights, Amnesty, Refugees Locations: ADDIS ABABA, Etiopia, Sudan, Ethiopia’s Tigray, Amhara, Tigray, Ethiopia, Al, Bahir Dar, , Bahir, Ethiopian, Humera, Geneva, Mekelle, Eritrea
U.N. aid agencies call for ceasefire in Ethiopia, seek $200 million aid
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
An Ethiopian woman and her children who fled war in Tigray region, carry their belongings as they arrive at the Um-Rakoba camp, on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin AbdallahGENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations aid agencies called on Friday for an immediate temporary ceasefire in Ethiopia and the setting up of humanitarian corridors that would enable access to civilians after two weeks of fighting. “A temporary ceasefire with immediate effect is needed to allow humanitarian corridors to be established,” Babar Baloch, spokesman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a Geneva briefing. U.N. aid agencies are seeking $200 million to cover food, shelter and other urgent needs for a growing exodus into Sudan, where they said 200,000 Ethiopian refugees might be expected over six months.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah GENEVA, , ” Babar Baloch Organizations: Ethiopian, REUTERS, United, Refugees, UNHCR Locations: Tigray, Sudan, Ethiopia, Al, United Nations, Geneva
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