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‘Clean out our insides’: Ethiopia detains Tigrayans amid war

NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia has swept up thousands of ethnic Tigrayans into detention centers across the country on accusations that they are traitors, often holding them for months and without charges, the AP has found. The detentions, mainly but not exclusively of military personnel, are an apparent attempt […]

‘Stop the madness,’ Tigray leader urges Ethiopia’s PM

NAIROBI, Kenya — The fugitive leader of Ethiopia’s defiant Tigray region on Monday called on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to “stop the madness” and withdraw troops from the region as he asserted that fighting continues “on every front” two days after Abiy declared victory. Debretsion Gebremichael, in a […]

U.N. urges civilian protection after Ethiopia’s 72-hour deadline for Tigrayan forces

NAIROBI – The United Nations urged Ethiopia on Monday to ensure the protection of civilians, a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gave Tigrayan forces 72 hours to surrender before a military offensive on the regional capital of Mekelle. Hundreds, possibly thousands, have been killed in fighting that […]

‘Save yourselves’, Ethiopia tells Tigrayans in push on rebel capital

ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI – Advancing Ethiopian troops plan to surround the Tigray region’s rebel-held capital with tanks and may shell the city to force surrender, a military spokesman said on Sunday, urging civilians to save themselves. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which is refusing to surrender its rule […]

People go hungry in Ethiopia’s Tigray as conflict marches on

NAIROBI, Kenya — People are going hungry in Ethiopia’s rebellious northern Tigray region as roads are blocked, airports are closed and the federal government marches on its capital in a final push to win a two-week war. But residents are afraid to leave for fear of being killed, an internal […]

Peace was swift in Ethiopia under Abiy. War was, too.

NAIROBI, Kenya — Abiy Ahmed left Ethiopians breathless when he became the prime minister in 2018, introducing a wave of political reforms in the long-repressive country and announcing a shocking peace with enemy Eritrea. The young prime minister was cheered as he toured Ethiopia in his feverish first […]

Air strikes in Ethiopia’s Tigray region will continue, PM says

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed vowed further air strikes after jets bombed the northern Tigray region on Friday amid reports that Tigrayan forces had seized control of federal military sites and weapons. The military conflict, which has raised fears of civil war, broke out on […]

Ethiopia blasts Trump remark that Egypt will ‘blow up’ dam

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia on Saturday denounced “belligerent threats” over the huge dam it has nearly completed on the Blue Nile River, a day after U.S. President Donald Trump said downstream Egypt will “blow up” the project it has called an existential threat. Without naming Trump or […]

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