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Belated acknowledgment: Ethiopia confirms Eritrean soldiers’ role in Tigray conflict

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has confirmed for the first time that troops from Eritrea entered Tigray during the recent conflict in the northern Ethiopian region. The conflict in Tigray erupted after forces loyal to the then-governing regional party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), attacked army bases across the region in early November last year, triggering a retaliatory offensive by federal...

Africa should dictate terms of its relationships with U.S.

U.S. President Joe Biden has dispatched Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) to Ethiopia to meet with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to express the administration’s “grave concerns” about the humanitarian crisis in the country’s Tigray region. Sudan and Egypt, because of their water dependence on the Nile River, asked the Biden administration, the UN and the African Union to intervene...

Venezuelan teen sells drawings on Twitter to buy food

BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela—Samuel Andrés Mendoza carefully chooses from dozens of colored pencils spread out on his kitchen table, humming a reggaeton song as he deftly applies contrast to the Dragon Ball anime character taking shape on his sketch pad. It is not just a pastime anymore for the 14 year old. Without his mother’s knowledge, he began selling his drawings on...

Activists call for end to ‘China’s genocide’ against Muslim ethnic group

“Act now America ... Act now to stop China’s genocide ...  Act now to save Uyghurs ... Act now to free East Turkistan.” Protesters chanted in front of the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., as Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan prepared to meet with Chinese officials in Anchorage, Alaska on March...

No winners but fewer losers in global economy from Covid than expected

The Covid-19 pandemic seriously impacted all economies around the world last year, with trillions of dollars of lost earnings, UN trade and development experts UNCTAD said on March 18, before highlighting how several countries also showed unexpected resilience, too. According to trade and development body UNCTAD, the global economy posted its sharpest annual drop in output since records began to be aggregated in...

UN agency raises alarm over ‘targeted’ violence against women in Myanmar protests

The United Nations entity dedicated to protection of women’s rights has voiced deep concerns over “targeted and disproportionate” violence against women being recorded during the crackdown against peaceful protesters in Myanmar.  In addition, women in detention are also reportedly experiencing sexual harassment and violence, UN-Women said in a statement in mid-March.  “Women have long played a celebrated and vital role in the history of Myanmar....

Disgruntled Haiti police raid stations, free jailed comrades

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti—Masked officers who said they belonged to a disgruntled sector of the Haitian police force known as Fantom 509 stormed several police stations in Port-au-Prince on March 17, freeing jailed comrades accused of participating in an alleged coup against embattled President Jovenel Moise in February. The group of officers, along with some civilians, set a police station ablaze and...

Armenia to hold early parliamentary election in June

YEREVAN, Armenia—Armenia’s prime minister on March 18 set an early parliamentary election for June as he sought to defuse the country’s political crisis. The opposition pushing for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s resignation has demanded that he step down before the vote. In a Facebook statement that followed his talks with the leader of an opposition faction in parliament, Mr. Pashinyan said...

Explosive German child abuse investigation reveals 200+ perpetrators, 300+ victims in Catholic Diocese of Cologne

After five months of investigation, hundreds of alleged child abusers and victims have been identified in an 800-page independent report on abuse in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cologne, Germany, spanning decades. According to the investigation, as many as 243 members of the clergy and laity were identified as abusers of minors, with around 50 percent of the incidents—between 1946 and...

UK to lift nuclear stockpile cap; looks to Asia post-Brexit

LONDON—Britain’s government said March 16 the UK will prioritize diplomatic engagement with Asian countries in the coming decade and lift its own cap on the size of its nuclear stockpile, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a major shift in the country’s foreign policy and defense priorities after Brexit. Setting out a vision of a “Global Britain,” the government’s new...