Ethiopia grants amnesty to high-profile political detainees
Ethiopia’s government has announced an amnesty for some of the country’s most high-profile political detainees, including opposition figure Jawar Mohammed and senior Tigray party officials, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed spoke of reconciliation for Orthodox Christmas.
US: 'Massive' progress in Ethiopia talks could be outpaced
A United States envoy says he sees “massive progress” in talks with Ethiopia’s warring sides toward a cease-fire, but he fears it will be outpaced by “alarming” military developments in the yearlong war in Africa’s second-most populous country.
People fleeing Ethiopia allege attacks, forced conscription
People fleeing Ethiopia say a new round of deadly attacks and forced conscription has begun against ethnic Tigrayans who remain in an area now controlled by Amhara regional authorities in collaboration with soldiers from neighboring Eritrea.
Eye Opener: New vaccine rules for big companies
The Labor Department announces a new vaccination rule requiring companies with 100 or more employees to get their workers fully vaccinated or face weekly testing. Also, the House could finally vote today on President Biden’s agenda. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener.news.yahoo.com
Tigray, other groups form alliance against Ethiopian leader
Ethiopia’s Tigray forces are joining with other armed and opposition groups in an alliance against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to seek a political transition after a year of devastating war, organizers say. The signing in Washington on Friday includes the Tigray forces that have been fighting Ethiopian and allied forces, as well as the Oromo Liberation Army now fighting alongside the Tigray forces and seven other groups from around the country. The alliance is forming as U.S. special envoy Jeffrey Feltman is in Ethiopia’s capital meeting with senior government officials amid calls for an immediate cease-fire and talks to end the war that has killed thousands of people since November 2020.news.yahoo.com
Apparent military coup in Sudan places already fragile transition to democracy at risk
Sudan was slowly emerging from years of international pariah status under longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir, who was toppled by mass protests more than two years ago. It was being run by a transitional civilian-military government.cbsnews.com
EXPLAINER: Why Ethiopia's war crisis is deepening by the day
The United States says it's sending a special envoy to Ethiopia as the fast-moving conflict in the Tigray region has spread into neighboring regions and Ethiopia’s government calls on all able citizens to stop the resurgent Tigray forces “once and for all.”.
US envoy in Egypt for talks on Ethiopia’s dam dispute
The U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa on Wednesday met with the Egyptian president as part of Washington's new push to find a resolution to a regional decade-long dispute over Ethiopia's massive dam on the Nile River’s main tributary. Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Cairo on Tuesday on the first leg of a tour that includes stops in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan amid growing concerns the dispute could escalate into a military conflict, threatening the entire region. On Wednesday, Feltman met with Egyptian President President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, who reiterated his warnings that Cairo will not tolerate any moves by Addis Ababa that could reduce Egypt's share of water from the Nile because of the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam.news.yahoo.com