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UN raises over $US600 million to boost aid to Ethiopia

Geneva, Switzerland Reuters The United Nations on Tuesday received financial pledges for about two-thirds of the $US1 billion it was seeking to raise to boost humanitarian aid to Ethiopia, which has been hit by conflict, drought and floods. A UN-hosted pledging event, organised along with the governments of Ethiopia and the United Kingdom and held […]

Myanmar’s “watermelons”: Soldier on the outside, rebel inside

Former Myanmar police officer, Yan, 24, poses during an interview with Reuters at an undisclosed location, on 22nd November, 2023.

Reuters For about two years, says 24-year-old Yan, a former Myanmar police officer, he risked his life pretending to serve the military junta while secretly spying for the armed resistance. “I freed myself from unfair orders,” he told Reuters from a room in a town near the Myanmar border where he said he was taking […]

Ethiopia’s Oromiya region accuses OLA rebels of killing “many” people

Women walk in Dubluk camp for the people internally displaced by drought in Dubluk town, Oromiya region, Ethiopia on 6th March, 2023

Addis Abab, EthiopiaReuters The government of Ethiopia’s largest region, Oromiya, on Saturday accused the Oromo Liberation Army rebel group of killing “many civilians” in attacks that followed the failure of peace talks in Tanzania.  At least 36 people were killed when unidentified attackers struck three villages in Oromiya’s Shirka district on 24th and 27th November, […]

US, UK, Norway condemn escalating violence in Sudan’s Darfur – statement

Washington DC, USReuters The United States, United Kingdom and Norway on Friday condemned escalating violence and human rights abuses in Sudan, especially in the Darfur region, the three countries said in a statement. The countries cited attacks by Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces, a paramilitary force drawn largely from Arab groups and allied Arab militias known as […]

Ukrainian group says more than 30,000 troops have died in Russia’s invasion

Ukrainian servicemen fire a Partyzan small multiple rocket launch system toward Russian troops near a front line, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine on 7th November, 2023.

Kyiv, UkraineReuters A Ukrainian civic group said it has confirmed the deaths of nearly 25,000 Ukrainian soldiers since Russia’s February, 2022, invasion by using open sources, and puts the total toll at more than 30,000.  Ukrainian servicemen fire a Partyzan small multiple rocket launch system toward Russian troops near a front line, amid Russia’s attack […]

EU condemns Darfur violence and warns of “another genocide”

Reuters The European Union condemned on Sunday an escalation of violence in Sudan’s Darfur region, warning of the danger of “another genocide” after conflict there between 2003 and 2008 killed some 300,000 people and displaced more than two million. A war since April between Sudan’s regular army and Rapid Support Forces paramilitary has destabilised the […]

UN warns violence in Sudan “verging on pure evil”

Clementine Nkweta-Salami, then the UN's Refugee Agency director for East Africa, Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes speaks during an interview with Reuters in Nairobi, Kenya, on 16th June, 2020

United NationsReuters Violence against civilians in Sudan is “verging on pure evil,” a senior United Nations official warned on Friday, as a humanitarian crisis in the country worsens and ethnic violence escalates in the western region of Darfur.  A war erupted on 15th April between the Sudanese army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces after weeks […]

Ukrainian forces hold line in shattered eastern town of Avdiivka – military

A view shows the area of Avdiivka town in the course of Russia-Ukraine conflict, as seen from Yasynuvata in the Donetsk region, Russian-controlled Ukraine, on 13th October, 2023.

Reuters Russian forces, their numbers swelled by reserves, tightened their vise around the shattered eastern city of Avdiivka on Wednesday, but Ukrainian forces are holding defensive lines, Ukrainian military officials said. The Russian military has focused on eastern Ukraine after failing to advance on Kyiv in the early days of Russia’s February, 2022, invasion and […]