Tigrayan forces announce retreat to Ethiopia’s Tigray region – Al Jazeera

Forces from northern Tigray region announce withdrawal from neighbouring regions of Amhara and Afar. Tigrayan forces fighting the central government say they have withdrawn from neighbouring regions in northern Ethiopia, a step towards a possible ceasefire after 13 months of brutal war. “We trust that our bold act of withdrawal will be a decisive openingContinue reading “Tigrayan forces announce retreat to Ethiopia’s Tigray region – Al Jazeera”

Russia will act if Nato countries cross Ukraine ‘red lines’, Putin says

Deployment of weapons or troops in Ukraine by Nato would trigger strong response, Russian president says Vladimir Putin has warned Nato countries that deploying weapons or soldiers to Ukraine would cross a “red line” for Russia and trigger a strong response, including a potential deployment of Russian missiles targeting Europe. Nato countries have warned PutinContinue reading “Russia will act if Nato countries cross Ukraine ‘red lines’, Putin says”

Ukraine reports ceasefire violations in the east – Reuters

The Ukrainian military reported that two servicemen and one civilian were wounded in the country’s war-torn east, where government forces are fighting against Russian-backed separatists.

Egypt closes Gaza border amid tensions with Hamas

Rafah closure linked to Cairo’s efforts to broker a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Egyptian officials say. Egypt has closed its main border crossing point with the Gaza Strip amid tensions with the territory’s Hamas rulers, officials have said. It was the first time the Rafah crossing was shuttered during a workday since earlyContinue reading “Egypt closes Gaza border amid tensions with Hamas”

Ceasefire called after three Armenian soldiers killed in clashes with Azerbaijan

Armenia said on Wednesday that three of its soldiers had been killed in an exchange of gunfire with Azerbaijan and Interfax reported that both sides had later accepted a Russian ceasefire proposal to try to calm tensions. Armenia’s defence ministry said in a statement that Azeri forces had attacked Armenian positions near the border betweenContinue reading “Ceasefire called after three Armenian soldiers killed in clashes with Azerbaijan”

Palestinian woman shot dead by Israeli troops near Jerusalem

Mai Afanah, 29, from Abu Dis, was shot by Israeli forces and left bleeding at the scene, Palestinian media reported. Israeli forces have shot a Palestinian woman dead allegedly for attempting to carry out a car-ramming attack northeast of Jerusalem, according to the Israeli army. Palestinian media, which identified the victim as doctoral student MaiContinue reading “Palestinian woman shot dead by Israeli troops near Jerusalem”

Hungary blocks EU Hong Kong statement; Germany calls for change

The European Union must discuss ways of managing dissenting voices among its ranks, including qualified majority voting on foreign policy, according to Miguel Berger at the German Foreign Ministry. A German official on Friday took a dim view of Hungary’s recent moves to block European Union statements, and suggested reform was necessary to enable qualified majorityContinue reading “Hungary blocks EU Hong Kong statement; Germany calls for change”

Bennett tells party members he is headed for a “change government” that will oust Netanyahu

The leader of Israel’s right wing Yamina party, Naftali Bennett, told members of his party at a meeting Sunday he’s moving forward with joining opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a power sharing government that would oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Why it matters: A new “change government” would make Bennett prime minister and bring anContinue reading “Bennett tells party members he is headed for a “change government” that will oust Netanyahu”

Backed by Israeli police, Jewish settlers enter Al-Aqsa compound

The incident comes as a fragile ceasefire holds in besieged Gaza, days after the end of a 11-day Israeli bombing campaign. Dozens of Jewish settlers, flanked by heavily armed Israeli special forces, entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem in the early morning, further raising tensions hours after Palestinian worshippers were beaten andContinue reading “Backed by Israeli police, Jewish settlers enter Al-Aqsa compound”

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