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Abune Mathias, Patriarch of Ethiopian Orthodox Church attends the Meskel Festival to commemorate the discovery of the true cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified on, at the Meskel Square in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, September 26, 2016. Picture taken September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian Orthodox Church head says genocide is taking place in Tigray

The head of Ethiopia's Orthodox Church has said that atrocities amounting to genocide are being committed in Tigray, in his first comments on the conflict in the region that broke out in November and has killed thousands.
Africa Development Bank (AfDB) is planning to invest $10 billion for the expansion of renewable energy projects in the continent, over the next five years.

AfDB provides $31.2 million to Ethiopia to boost nutrition and end child stunting

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund has approved a grant of $31.2 million to the Ethiopia government to increase access to multi-sectoral nutritional services for children under-five years.
Sudanese Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Yasir Abbas issued the threat in a tweet.

Sudan threatens to sue Ethiopia, Italian firm over Nile dam

Sudan has threatened to sue the Italian company implementing the Nile dam and the Ethiopian government if the second filling of the dam is conducted without a legal deal.
The Red Cross voiced alarm Thursday over "horrific" accounts of sexual violence in Ethiopia's conflict-hit Tigray region, amid fears that rape was being used as a weapon of war.

Red Cross condemns ‘horrific’ sexual violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray

The Red Cross voiced alarm Thursday over "horrific" accounts of sexual violence in Ethiopia's conflict-hit Tigray region, amid fears that rape was being used as a weapon of war.
Chad’s longtime President Idriss Deby has died of wounds suffered on the front line in the country’s north, where he had gone to visit soldiers battling rebels, the armed forces said.

Africa youth parliament mourns Idriss Deby, hails AU mediation in Somalia

The Democracy Africa Youth Parliament has mourned the tragic death of President Idriss Deby Itno of the Republic of Chad, who died on Monday.

Two killed in blast in Ethiopian capital blamed on hand grenade

Two people died and a third was critically injured in an explosion in Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday, Addis Ababa’s police said.
Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region gather to receive relief aid at the Um-Rakoba camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan December 17, 2020. REUTERS-Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Eritrea admits presence in Ethiopia’s Tigray, tells U.N. withdrawing

Eritrea told the United Nations Security Council on Friday that it has agreed to start withdrawing its troops from Ethiopia's Tigray region, acknowledging publicly for the first time the country's involvement in the conflict.
FILE PHOTO: An Ethiopian woman who fled war in Tigray region carries a jerrycan of water as she walks at the Um-Rakoba camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border in Al-Qadarif state, Sudan November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File Photo

Health official alleges ‘sexual slavery’ in Tigray; women blame soldiers

The young mother was trying to get home with food for her two children when she says soldiers pulled her off a minibus in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, claiming it was overloaded.
Subject to the ratification by the General Manager of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Yussuf Alli, Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibei has emerged as the new champion of the World Athletics Silver Label race.

Kenyan, Ethiopian win Lagos City Marathon again

Subject to the ratification by the General Manager of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Yussuf Alli, Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibei has emerged as the new champion of the World Athletics Silver Label race.
Department spokesman Ned Price told a news briefing that the United States is “gravely concerned” about accounts last week by CNN and the BBC of a massacre in the region by Ethiopian forces.

U.S. looks into reports of atrocities in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

The United States is looking into reports of human rights abuses and atrocities in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the U.S. State Department said on Monday.
Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia agreed on Sunday to hold further talks this month to resolve their long-running dispute over the Addis Ababa’s huge dam on the Blue Nile, Sudan’s water ministry said.

Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan launch new Nile dam talks in DRC

A new round of African Union-mediated talks between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan has begun aimed at resolving a years-long dispute over a massive dam built by Addis Ababa on the Blue Nile, a main tributary of the Nile river.
Asmara, 11, holds her one-year-old brother Barakat at the doorway to a classroom now used as their living space, at the Tsehaye primary school, which was turned into a temporary shelter for people displaced by conflict, in the town of Shire, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 15, 2021. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

G7 countries urge independent probe into alleged rights abuses in Ethiopia’s Tigray

The United States, Germany, France and other G7 countries called on Friday for an independent and transparent investigation into alleged human rights abuses during the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region.

Gunmen kill 30 people in attack in western Ethiopia – witnesses

Gunmen killed 30 people in an attack on a village in the west of the Ethiopian region of Oromiya late on Tuesday, witnesses said.

‘Horrific event’ as Ethiopia troops murder civilians – MSF witnesses

International medical charity Doctors Without Borders has said its staff witnessed Ethiopian soldiers executing four civilians in the country's embattled Tigray region.
An Ethiopian refugee, who fled the Tigray conflict, walks in the Tenedba camp in Mafaza, eastern Sudan on January 8, 2021. (Ashraf Shazly, AFP)

Ethiopian rights body says over 100 killed in Tigray massacre

The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission said on Wednesday that Eritrean soldiers killed over 100 civilians in a November massacre in war-torn Tigray that may amount to crimes against humanity.
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaks at a news conference during a visit to Berlin, Germany, February 14, 2020. REUTERS-Hannibal Hanschke-File Photo

Sudan’s cabinet backs UAE mediation in disputes with Ethiopia

Sudan's transitional cabinet has backed an initiative by the United Arab Emirates to mediate in a border dispute with Ethiopia, as well as over a controversial large dam built by Addis Ababa on the Blue Nile River.
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) during Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, DC U.S., February 22, 2021. Demetrius Freeman-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

U.S. dispatches senator to Ethiopia over humanitarian crisis, gives additional aid

U.S. President Joe Biden is sending Senator Chris Coons to Ethiopia to meet with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and convey Biden’s “grave concerns” over the humanitarian crisis in the Tigray region, where thousands have died following fighting.
A healthcare personnel receives the first dose of the AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine at the EKA Kottebe hospital as vaccination process begins in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 13, 2021.

Ethiopia starts coronavirus vaccine jabs amid ‘alarming’ rise in cases

Ethiopia gave out its first coronavirus vaccine doses on Saturday, as the health ministry warned of an "alarming" increase in cases.
The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it arrested 178 illicit drugs offenders in Sokoto State, out of which 29 persons were convicted in 2018.

NDLEA recovers cocaine, heroin from Anambra monarch’s palace

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has recovered about 58.5 grammes of cocaine and 13.9 grammes of heroin from the palace of a prominent traditional ruler in Anambra state.
Ethiopians who fled the ongoing fighting in Tigray region gather to receive relief aid at the Um-Rakoba camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan December 17, 2020. REUTERS-Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

U.S. presses Ethiopia to end Tigray violence, protect civilians

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on Tuesday pressed Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to end hostilities in the northern Tigray region, citing a “growing number of credible reports of atrocities and human rights violations and abuses.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday called on the African Union and other international partners to help address a deepening crisis in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region as he condemned alleged atrocities in fighting there.

US calls on AU to exert pressure over worsening crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday called on the African Union and other international partners to help address a deepening crisis in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region as he condemned alleged atrocities in fighting there.
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White House: Joe Biden discusses crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region with Kenyan leader

U.S. President Joe Biden, in a call with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday, discussed the crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the White House said.

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The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has condemned any attempt to pay the legislators of the 9th National Assembly a whopping sum of 19.8 billion naira as welcome package.

ACF opposes ransom payment to bandits, backs negotiation

Apex northern socio-cultural body, the Arewa Consultative Forum, has expressed reservations about paying money to secure abductees.

Feminist group raises the alarm over rising violence against women, girls

The Nigerian Feminist Forum has expressed concern at the rising level of insecurity, despair, and bloodshed across the country even as it called on governments at all levels to put measures in place to protect women and girls.
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Kaduna debunks claims salaries of political appointees gulp personnel cost

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Sports minister sees off Nigeria relay teams to US

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Abia governor distributes business name certificates to SMEs

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