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Demonstrators hold signs during a protest against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 14, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Smaller protests in Myanmar as junta deploys more soldiers, armoured vehicles

Protesters in Myanmar kept up demands on Monday for the release of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and an end to military rule, undaunted by the junta’s deployment of armoured vehicles in several parts of the country and more soldiers on the streets.
FILE PHOTO - Demonstrators hold up signs during a protest against the military coup and demanding the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 13, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer-File Photo

Myanmar protesters undaunted; Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to judge

Protesters in Myanmar kept up demands on Monday for the release of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and an end to military rule, undaunted by the deployment of armoured vehicles in several parts of the country and tougher laws aimed at cowing dissent.
A nurse show the three-finger salute as she takes part in a protest against the military coup and to demand the release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in Yangon, Myanmar, February 8, 2021. REUTERS-Stringer

Monks, nurses join nationwide protests against Myanmar coup

Police fired a water cannon at protesters in the Myanmar capital on Monday as tens of thousands of people joined a third day of nationwide demonstrations against the military’s removal of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi a week ago.
Ethiopian migrants who fled intense fighting in their homeland of Tigray, gather at the border reception centre of Hamdiyet, in the eastern Sudanese state of Kasala, on 14 November, 2020. Ebrahim HAMID - AFP

UN warns situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray now ‘extremely alarming’

Life for civilians in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region has become “extremely alarming and continues to deteriorate rapidly” as hunger grows and fighting remains an obstacle to aid reaching millions of people, the United Nations has said.
Myanmar's powerful military has taken control of the country in a coup and declared a state of emergency, following the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior government leaders in early morning raids Monday.

Military coup in Myanmar as soldiers detain Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s military seized power on Monday in a coup against the democratically elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained along with other leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in early morning raids.
FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny takes part in a rally to mark the 5th anniversary of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov's murder and to protest against proposed amendments to the country's constitution, in Moscow, Russia February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Alexei Navalny, WHO, Greta Thunberg among nominees for Nobel Peace Prize

Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, the World Health Organization and climate campaigner Greta Thunberg are among those nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, all backed by Norwegian lawmakers who have a track record of picking the winner.
Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya poses with the Sakharov Prize, European Union's annual human rights award, during a ceremony at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium December 16, 2020. John Thys-Pool via REUTERS-File Photo

Lithuanian president nominates Belarus opposition leader for Nobel prize – sources

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has nominated Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya for the Nobel Peace Prize, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Saturday
Cardinal Pietro Parolin at a reception offered by the Cameroon government. Yaounde, Jan. 29, 2021. (Moki Edwin Kindzeka-VOA)

Cameroon rejects separatist calls to boycott Pope envoy

English-speaking Cameroonians have ignored calls by separatists to close their businesses and protest a visit by an envoy of the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal Pietro Parolin called for reconciliation among disgruntled Cameroonians and their government, though separatists accuse the church of being indifferent to their plight.
Obiageli Ezekwesili.

Oby Ezekwesili joins Women Political Leaders’ board

Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili is now a member of the board of Women Political Leaders, where she will bring her experience in both the private and public sectors to bear.
FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis wearing a face mask attends an inter-religious prayer service for peace along with other religious representatives in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, a church on top of Rome's Capitoline Hill, in Rome, Italy, Oct. 20, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo

Pope urges more nations to join U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged more nations to join a U.N. treaty banning nuclear weapons, saying their prohibition is badly needed to promote peace today

PFN tasks Christian leaders on bad governance

The Vice President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in South-south region, Bishop Simeon Okah, has challenged Christian leaders to rise against bad governance by always speaking up against it whenever necessary.
South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has urged fellow ciizens not to fear being vaccinated against Covid-19 as the country prepares to carry out mass vaccination.

Desmond Tutu in coronavirus vaccine pledge amid scepticism

South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has urged fellow ciizens not to fear being vaccinated against Covid-19 as the country prepares to carry out mass vaccination.
A photograph taken from the family album shows Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu as he arrives to cover a breaking news assignment in Bishoftu, Ethiopia March 10, 2019. Picture taken March 10, 2019. Family Album-Handout via REUTERS

Reuters cameraman detained in Ethiopia has seen no evidence against him – lawyer

Reuters cameraman Kumerra Gemechu has been held in solitary confinement for nearly a week without charge or being given any evidence of wrongdoing, his lawyer said.
World Health Organization chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu has been at the helm of the fight against COVID-19 but he said a war in his home region of Tigray in Ethiopia is a personal pain for him.

WHO chief says he is in ‘personal pain’ over Tigray conflict

World Health Organization chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu has been at the helm of the fight against COVID-19 but he said a war in his home region of Tigray in Ethiopia is a "personal pain" for him.
Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-2019), in Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020. REUTERS-Denis Balibouse-File Photo

Tigray conflict: My country is in trouble – WHO chief

In rare, personal comments, World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has spoken of his "personal pain" about the "worsening" conflict raging in his home country of Ethiopia.

First foreign aid convoy reaches capital of Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray

The first international aid convoy arrived Saturday in the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region since fighting broke out more than a month ago, triggering a refugee crisis and humanitarian disaster.
The World Food Program (WFP) Thursday accepted its Nobel Peace Prize for the agency’s efforts to fight world-wide hunger during a small ceremony at the U.N. agency's headquarters in Rome.

World Food Program receives its 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

The World Food Program (WFP) Thursday accepted its Nobel Peace Prize for the agency’s efforts to fight world-wide hunger during a small ceremony at the U.N. agency's headquarters in Rome.
Tigrayan forces fighting Ethiopian government troops are standing firm on the southern front and engaging soldiers round the town of Adigrat to the north, said Debretsion Gebremichael, head of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, via text message.

Protests break out in captured Ethiopian city – Tigrayan leader

The leader of Ethiopia's rebellious Tigrayan forces said on Friday that protests were breaking out in the regional capital which fell to federal troops days ago in their month-long war.
FILE PHOTO- Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a question and answer session with lawmakers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 30, 2020. REUTERS-Tiksa Negeri

United Nations, Ethiopia reach aid pact for war-hit Tigray

Ethiopia and the United Nations reached an agreement on Wednesday to channel desperately needed humanitarian aid to a northern region where a month of war has killed, wounded and uprooted large numbers of people.
Rebel forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region claimed they shot down a military plane and retook a town from federal forces on Sunday, a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory in the northern region.

Tigray forces say they shot down Ethiopian plane, retook Axum

Rebel forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region claimed they shot down a military plane and retook a town from federal forces on Sunday, a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory in the northern region.
A member of the Amhara Special Forces looks on as he holds his rifle at the 5th Battalion of the Northern Command of the Ethiopian Army in Dansha, Ethiopia. EDUARDO SOTERAS - AFP

Ethiopia says military operation in Tigray region is over, hunt for Tigray leaders begins

The police late on Saturday issued arrest warrants for 17 more military officers charged with crimes in connection with the conflict that include treason and embezzlement of public properties, state-affiliated Fana TV reported. They add to the 117 warrants issued for senior military officers it says are connected to TPLF since the conflict broke out.
The Tigray regional government said Saturday that Ethiopian government forces are already conducting a military offensive to capture the regional capital, Mekelle.

Ethiopian forces conducting offensive to capture Mekelle – Tigray leader

The Tigray regional government said Saturday that Ethiopian government forces are already conducting a military offensive to capture the regional capital, Mekelle.

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