Estonia plans snap military exercise, razor wire along Russian border

The Estonian government summoned 1,700 reserve soldiers on Wednesday for an unannounced exercise which will include installing a razor wire barrier along 40 km of its border with Russia, as the migration crisis in nearby Belarus intensifies. The EU has accused Belarus of flying inthousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa and pushingContinue reading “Estonia plans snap military exercise, razor wire along Russian border”

Over 1,000 people, mostly Tigrayans, detained in Ethiopia in a week – UN

At least 1,000 people, mostly ethnic Tigrayans, have been detained in cities across Ethiopia in the past week, the United Nations said on Tuesday. Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on Nov. 2, a year after the conflict erupted between the federal government and forces aligned with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the politicalContinue reading “Over 1,000 people, mostly Tigrayans, detained in Ethiopia in a week – UN”

New coronavirus cases top 50,000 in Germany for the first time

Record comes as coalition hopefuls face criticism for COVID-19 measures to be debated in parliament. New coronavirus cases in Germany topped the 50,000 mark for the first time, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said today, adding pressure on the next government to push through more ambitious containment measures. Germany’s public health body reported 50,196 new cases within theContinue reading “New coronavirus cases top 50,000 in Germany for the first time”

‘No more negotiation’: Ethiopians denounce U.S. at rally – Reuters

Ethiopians rallied in Addis Ababa in support of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the military campaign against the Tigrayan forces in the north of the country. Demonstrators also denounced the U.S., which called for a ceasefire in the year-long conflict.

Germany urges unity as crisis worsens for migrants at Poland-Belarus border

German interior minister says Poland needs support to deal with ‘hybrid threat’ of politically organised migration Germany needs to get the “whole of the democratic world” onboard to support orderly immigration to Europe, its interior minister has said, amid a worsening crisis at the Poland-Belarus border. Horst Seehofer accused Belarus and Russia of exploiting refugeesContinue reading “Germany urges unity as crisis worsens for migrants at Poland-Belarus border”

Hundreds of migrants and refugees camped at Belarus-Poland border – Al Jazeera

Hundreds of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa remain gathered at Belarus’s border with Poland in an escalating crisis. The Polish government has called a crisis meeting and deployed troops to the region. Poland has closed part of its border with Belarus, accusing it of urging the migration flow, in retaliation againstContinue reading “Hundreds of migrants and refugees camped at Belarus-Poland border – Al Jazeera”

Ethiopia’s PM says enemies will be buried ‘with our blood’ – Reuters

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed pledged on Wednesday to bury his government’s enemies “with our blood” as he marked the start of the war in the Tigray region one year ago.

Ethiopia declares state of emergency as Tigrayan forces gain ground

Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after forces from the northern region of Tigray said they were gaining territory and considering marching on the capital Addis Ababa. The announcement on state-affiliated media came two days after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged citizens to take up arms to defend themselves from the Tigray People’sContinue reading “Ethiopia declares state of emergency as Tigrayan forces gain ground”

Moldova receives first non-Russian gas delivery as it grapples with severe energy crisis

Moldova has received its “first” delivery of non-Russian gas as the country grapples with a severe energy crisis. The delivery of one million cubic metres of natural gas was supplied by Poland’s PGNiG. Chisinau said the “sample purchase” from Poland is meant “to test the ability to import gas from alternative sources and balance theContinue reading “Moldova receives first non-Russian gas delivery as it grapples with severe energy crisis”

Dozens arrested as Indigenous people lead mass Ecuador protests

Demonstrators are unhappy at the economic policies of the country’s conservative president and want fuel price hikes reversed. As dawn broke in the early hours of October 26, Ecuador’s Indigenous communities had already started the most recent “paro nacional”, or national shutdown in English, by bringing main transit arteries to a halt in the countrysideContinue reading “Dozens arrested as Indigenous people lead mass Ecuador protests”

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