Ethiopia’s Abiy warns time is up for a Tigray ceasefire

Ethiopia’s Abiy warns time is up for a Tigray ceasefire

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Tuesday that a three-day window extended to Tigray forces in the country’s northern border region has expired, setting the stage for the Ethiopian military to end the ongoing conflict by force in the coming days. Abiy’s warning comes amid regional and international calls for…

UN’s Bachelet warns Tigray attack may amount to war crimes

UN’s Bachelet warns Tigray attack may amount to war crimes

The United Nations human rights chief warned Friday that allegations about mass killings in the northern Tigray region of Ethiopia, if confirmed, may amount to war crimes. Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for a full inquiry as the fighting between the Ethiopian military and Tigray’s…

Ethiopia’s Tigray say they’ll fight Abiy government

Ethiopia’s Tigray say they’ll fight Abiy government

The Ethiopian government traded accusations with Tigray leaders on Thursday, fueling concerns of escalation in the northern region targeted with military action by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Debretsion Gebremichael, above, president of the region and longtime leader with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), told local media based in Mekelle…

HRW: Irreecha festival may prove a flashpoint in uneasy Ethiopia

Human rights campaigners are appealing for calm and restraint in Ethiopia, as the Oromo people celebrate the Irreecha harvest festival this weekend amid ongoing political divisions. “This year’s festival, on October 3 and 4, occurs against the backdrop of escalating tensions and unrest in Oromia,” said Laetitia Bader, the Horn…

New locust outbreak adds to southern Africa’s woes

Another locust outbreak is threatening southern Africa, this time with the potential to affect some 7 million people in four more countries. Botswana has seen smallholder farmers lose entire crops, with the growing region of Pandamatenga and its key sorghum crops at risk as the country seeks to step up…

Africa celebrates success of 24-year effort to end wild polio

Africans celebrated the end of wild poliovirus on the continent on Tuesday, making good on an international promise that dates to 1996 and the Nelson Mandela era. “This is a momentous milestone for Africa. Now future generations of African children can live free of wild polio,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti,…

African leaders extend assistance, condolences after Lebanon blast

African leaders joined their counterparts from across the globe on Wednesday as they extended condolences and assistance to the people of Lebanon following Tuesday’s massive explosion in Beirut. President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, current holder of the African Union presidency, expressed concern for the many Lebanese families who lost…

AU to review Nile dam talks as Ethiopia, Egypt remain at impasse

There has been little progress in the stalemate over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), according to the Ethiopian government as it continues lengthy and oft-contentious negotiations with Egypt and Sudan. Ethiopia’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that the three nations have been unable to resolve their differences over access to…

Amnesty calls for inquiry into Ethiopian musician’s death

Human rights activists are pressing Ethiopian authorities to properly investigate the shooting of a popular Oromo singer whose death has sparked protests in parts of the country. Hachalu Hundesa, who spoke out publicly last week on the tense political situation in Ethiopia, was shot around 9:30 p.m. Monday in Addis…

Report: Ethiopian troops shot down COVID relief plane in Somalia

The plane that crashed in Somalia last week while delivering humanitarian supplies to support the coronavirus pandemic response was accidentally shot down by Ethiopian forces, according to statements from AMISOM and the Ethiopian military. The African Express 711 aircraft was flying from Baidoa to a camp at Bardale, according to…

Africa records at least 229 COVID cases in 23 nations

There are now at least 229 positive cases of the novel coronavirus on the African continent, according to health officials, with the first confirmed cases in Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania, Rwanda and Seychelles among them. The Department of Health on Seychelles said two of its citizens returned to the Indian Ocean…

Africa records at least 159 COVID cases in 17 nations

There are now at least 159 positive cases of the novel coronavirus on the African continent, according to health officials, with the first confirmed cases in Ethiopia and Kenya among them. The Ethiopian case involves a 48-year-old Japanese citizen who traveled from Burkina Faso on March 4 but is isolated…