Satellite images show Eritrea military buildup near Tigray
New satellite imagery of one of the world’s most reclusive nations shows a military buildup inside Eritrea near the border with Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, backing up witness accounts of a new, large-scale offensive. Eritrea has fought alongside Ethiopia against Tigray forces. Witnesses in Eritrea this month told The Associated Press that people including students and public servants are being rounded up across the nation and sent to fight in the new offensive.news.yahoo.com
Eritrea’s president visits Sudan amid tensions over Ethiopia
President Isaias Afwerki landed at Khartoum’s international airport and was received by Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of Sudan's ruling sovereign council. The two leaders then began closed-door talks on cooperation and ways to develop ties between the two countries, according to a statement from the Sudanese sovereign council. It said the two also discussed regional issues in apparent reference to the border tensions between Ethiopia and Sudan and a decade-long dispute over a massive dam Ethiopia is building over the Blue Nile.news.yahoo.com
Eritrea disputes AP story detailing massacre in Tigray
(AP Photo)NAIROBI – Eritrea’s government is rejecting as “outrageous lies” a story by The Associated Press in which witnesses describe a massacre of several hundred people carried out by Eritrean soldiers in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel criticized Thursday’s story on the massacre in Ethiopia’s holy city of Axum in a series of Twitter posts on Friday. Gebremeskel has not responded to AP questions throughout the months-long Tigray conflict,AdEritrea's government has not confirmed the presence of reportedly thousands of its soldiers in Tigray. The Tigray region borders Eritrea, and witnesses have described seeing truckloads of loot pass through on their way toward the country. Eritrea, one of the world’s most secretive nations, has long been an enemy of the now-fugitive former leaders of the Tigray region, who dominated Ethiopia’s government for nearly three decades.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wins 2019 Nobel Peace Prize
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to achieve peace with neighboring Eritrea. A statement from the office of the Prime Minister Ahmed said since coming to power in 2018 he had made "peace, forgiveness and reconciliation key components of his administration." New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was also a contender, lauded for her response to the Christchurch shooting earlier this year. This year's peace prize was the 100th to be awarded. According to the Nobel Institute there were 301 nominees in the running for this year's peace prize, the fourth highest on record.cnbc.com