Aid agencies are scaling up the humanitarian response in remote areas of eastern Sudan, where more than 30,000 people fleeing the fighting have arrived in less than two weeks. The mostly Tigrayan refugees fled Ethiopia with few possessions and many spent days on the run before crossing into Sudan. Almost all those fleeing into Sudan have arrived at border crossing points, bringing first-hand accounts of the fighting. Video Transcript- Aid agencies are scaling up the humanitarian response in remote areas of Eastern Sudan, where more than 30,000 are people fleeing the fighting have arrived in less than two weeks. Almost all those fleeing into Sudan have arrived at border crossing points bringing firsthand accounts of the fighting.
November 21, 2020 12:22 UTC
Ethiopia's government said its forces have been advancing towards Tigray region on Saturday after PM Abiy Ahmed unleashed a military campaign against the Tigray People's Liberation Front(TPLF) on November 4. Watch:The Ethiopian forces said they had seized another town as they advance towards the capital of the northern Tigray region. Tigray forces had earlier accused the government of bombing a university in capital Mekelle. Earlier, Tigray forces had fired rockets at two airports in Amhara as the fighting escalated. "The overall safety and well-being of the people of Tigray is of paramount importance to the Federal government and we will do all that is necessary to ensure stability prevails in the Tigray region and that our citizens are free from harm and want," Abiy Ahmed asserted.
November 21, 2020 12:22 UTC
Rebels in north Ethiopia said on Saturday that nine people had died among heavy civilian casualties during an assault by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's federal troops on the town of Adigrat.Reuters could not verify their statement on Friday's events in Adigrat, 116 km (72 miles) north of regional capital Mekelle. The government and military could not immediately be reached for comment, but have previously denied targeting civilians.
November 21, 2020 10:52 UTC
UN chief Antonio Guterres called Friday for the opening of humanitarian corridors to assist civilians caught in fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region, noting that authorities had so far rejected attempts at mediation. "We are very worried about the situation in Ethiopia," the secretary-general told reporters in New York, warning of a "dramatic humanitarian impact" including in neighboring Sudan. "We have been asking for the full respect of international humanitarian laws, and also for the opening of humanitarian corridors to allow aid to be delivered in the areas of conflict", Guterres said. His appeal came as Ethiopian government forces continued their push into Tigray, seizing the strategic towns of Axum and Adwa, according to a government statement on Friday. A statement said the three former heads of state would travel to Addis Ababa in the “coming days.”
November 21, 2020 10:41 UTC
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November 21, 2020 10:30 UTC
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 21st November, 2020) Ethiopia's flag carrier � Ethiopian Airlines � has resumed regular flights from Addis Ababa to the Russian capital after a break over the coronavirus pandemic, Moscow's Domodedovo international airport said on Saturday. Russian airlines have not yet reported on their plans to fly to the African nation. "Domodedovo has received the first regular flight from Addis Ababa after the resumption of flights between Russia and Ethiopia. Starting November 21, Ethiopian Airlines operates flights every Saturday," the airport said. Russia suspended regular and charter flights with other countries in March due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
November 21, 2020 09:56 UTC
The fighting in Ethiopia's north erupted in early November, when the federal government accused the ruling party in the rebel Tigray region of attacking a local military base. The Ethiopian government has taken control of Adigrat, a town located in the Tigray Region, authorities said on Saturday, as quoted by Reuters. Adigrat lies 116 km north from Mekelle, the capital of Tigray Region, and 898 km north of the nation's capital Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian government is currently pushing its military further into the region to topple rebel forces following an eruption of violence on 4 November. The Ethiopian government has also accused Tigray forces of firing rockets at the direction of Bahir Dar and Gondar in Ethiopia's Amhara state.
November 21, 2020 08:41 UTC
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Shaken by the gunfire erupting around her town in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the woman decided to get out. As Ethiopia’s government wages war in its Tigray region and seeks to arrest its defiant leaders, who regard the federal government as illegitimate after a falling-out over power, the fighting that could destabilize the Horn of Africa is hidden from outside view. But the description of her passage through the Tigray capital, Mekele, to Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, fit with others that have trickled out from aid workers, diplomats, a senior university official and some of the more than 30,000 refugees who have fled into Sudan after the fighting began Nov. 4. ADVERTISEMENTAs borders, roads and airports swiftly closed after Ethiopia’s prime minister announced that Tigray forces had attacked a military base, the woman felt torn. “This is a catastrophe for me.”On Thursday, she said, she managed to speak with a university friend in Mekele.
November 21, 2020 08:26 UTC
JOHANNESBURG - African Union chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa is addressing the conflict in Ethiopia. Ramaphosa appointed three Special Envoys to assist in finding solutions to the increasing instability in the country. The envoys are former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe, former Mozambique president Joaquim Chissano and former Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. Ramaphosa says the AU is concerned about the violence in the country. Fighting escalated earlier this month when the Ethiopian government ordered military operations against the ruling party in the northern Tigray region.
November 21, 2020 07:41 UTC
A ANAIROBI/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.
November 21, 2020 07:18 UTC
Addis Abeba, November 21/2020 – In statement released this morning, Ethiopia’s State of Emergency Fact Check office said PM Abiy Ahmed “will be receiving the AU Chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa’s envoys to speak with them one on one.”The statement also dismissed “news circulating that the envoys will be traveling to #Ethiopia” to mediate between the Federal Government and #TPLF’s criminal elements in fake.”The State of Emergency Fact Check Office statement is issued in response to last night’s statement by the current AU Chairperson and President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, on appointing three envoys to travel to Ethiopia. “The Envoys will travel to Ethiopia with a view to helping to mediate between the parties to conflict in the sister Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia,” office of the AU Chair said. “The primary task of the Special Envoys is to engage all sides to the conflict with a view to ending hostilities, creating conditions for an inclusive national dialogue to resolve all issues that led to the conflict, and restoring peace and stability to Ethiopia.”The AU Chairman’s Office also said President Ramaphosa has expressed his gratitude to His Excellency Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for accepting this initiative, and affirming the cooperation of the Ethiopian government in facilitating the work the Special Envoys.”However, Ethiopia said when it comes to negotiations with TPLF, the federal government’s stand has never changed. ASDear readers, for the record, below is the entire screenshot from the AU Chair’s Official twitter handle:
November 21, 2020 06:22 UTC
'90 Day Fiancé': Ariela Is Extremely 'Uncomfortable' About Her Baby's Baptism (Exclusive)The big day is finally here. After plenty of fighting between Ariela and Biniyam on this season of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way over their son, Avi, getting baptized -- Ariela is Jewish and doesn't believe in it, but it's extremely important to Biniyam, who is Christian Ethiopian Orthodox -- Avi gets baptized in this exclusive clip from Sunday's new episode. Ariela is clearly anxious in the clip, noting that Biniyam has not told her how to prepare or what to expect. Ariela is visibly baffled during the baptism, especially when a priest holds a Bible to her face. 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way airs Sundays at 8 p.m.
November 21, 2020 03:33 UTC
The board game, inspired by the anti-government protests that swept Lebanon in October 2019, is an exercise in witty seriousness and black humor. “I then organized board game nights. Wasta players compete using points-weighted cards, each depicting a different facet of Lebanese society. There is even an “external political influence” card — another echo of Lebanon’s entrenched clientelism, which allows you to swap cards between players. And of course, there’s the “wasta” card.
November 20, 2020 22:07 UTC
Mere hours after an embarrassing press conference, President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani suggested that someone should “cut the head off” Democrat leaders. “Somebody’s gotta cut the head off,” Giuliani said as he made the gesture on the show, aired Thursday night. Critics roast Rudy Giuliani for apparent hair dye mishap: 'Hire union hair and makeup professionals'A day after the conference, his son and a Trump staffer, Andrew Giuliani, tested positive for COVID-19. Giuliani added: "Somehow the Democrat party was hijacked by Clinton and since then it's gone more corrupt.”Soon after, Hannity cut Giuliani off mid-sentence — and quickly apologized: “I’m not trying to cut you off.”Follow Joshua Bote on Twitter: @joshua_bote. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rudy Giuliani suggested someone 'cut the head off' Democratic leaders in Fox News interview
November 20, 2020 22:05 UTC
The statement was released after talks between President Sahle-Work Zewde and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. President Sahle-Work briefed President Ramaphosa. about the conflict in Ethiopia between Tigray and the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia. President Ramaphosa expressed his deep desire that the conflict should be brought to an end through dialogue between the parties. In her engagement with the AU Chair, President Sahle-Work underlined the special relationship between Ethiopia and South Africa.
November 20, 2020 21:11 UTC