Killings in Axum by Eritrea troops ‘may amount to war crimes’

The killings of hundreds of civilians by Eritrean troops in the ancient Ethiopian town of Axum in November last year amounted to “a series of human rights and humanitarian law violations”, according to Amnesty International. The killings in Axum, located some 187km (116 miles) north of Mekelle, capital of the Tigray region, occurred during the […]

At least 14 killed at religious site in CAR: Amnesty

Rights group calls for investigation amid clashes between Central African Republic security forces and armed groups. At least 14 people have been killed at a religious site in the Central African Republic (CAR) amid clashes between armed groups and security forces, according to material gathered by rights group Amnesty International. Following the analysis of satellite […]

Justice has failed Sri Lanka civil war victims: UNHCR

Efforts to ensure justice for victims have failed, Michelle Bachelet says while introducing her report on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council. Twelve years after the end of armed conflict in Sri Lanka, domestic efforts to ensure justice for victims have failed, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said […]

Hutu rebels accuse DRC, Rwanda after Italian ambassador killed

Luca Attanasio died of his wounds after a World Food Programme convoy came under fire near the eastern city of Goma. Rwandan Hutu rebels denied allegations they were behind the killing of the Italian ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and instead accused the armies of the DRC and Rwanda of responsibility. Luca […]

Violence against Afghan civilians surges since peace talks began

US-brokered negotiations began in September but progress has since slowed and violence has risen sharply. Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have escalated sharply since peace talks between the government and the Taliban armed group began last year, the United Nations says in a report calling for a ceasefire as negotiators met for the first time after […]

Afghan peace talks resume in Doha as US reviews Taliban deal

Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan gov’t resume in Doha after weeks of delays and change in US diplomatic leadership. Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government have resumed in the Qatari capital Doha after weeks of delays, escalating violence and a change in US diplomatic leadership as the Biden administration […]

Four Pakistani female aid workers shot dead by assailants

At least four female development workers killed after unidentified assailants fired at their vehicle in restive North Waziristan, police official says. Islamabad, Pakistan – At least four female development workers have been killed in a targeted attack in the northwestern Pakistani district of North Waziristan, police say, the latest attack in an escalation of violence […]

India, China complete troop pullout from disputed border

The two nuclear-armed rivals agree to ‘disengage’ after months of heightened tensions raised the spectre of a full-fledged war. India said that its troops, along with their Chinese counterparts, have withdrawn completely from a disputed part of their Himalayan border after months of heightened tensions raised the spectre of a full-fledged war between the two […]

‘Unforgivable’: Sudan, Ethiopia trade barbs over border dispute

Clashes erupted last year between both forces over Al-Fashqa, an area of fertile land settled by Ethiopian farmers. Sudan has accused Ethiopia of an “unforgivable insult” in its sharpest statement yet since a decades-old border dispute flared late last year. Clashes erupted between Sudanese and Ethiopian forces over Al-Fashqa, an area of fertile land settled by Ethiopian farmers […]

Three separate Kabul explosions kill 5, wound 2: Afghan police

It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts but a majority of attacks in recent months have been sticky bombs. Three separate explosions in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least five people and wounded two others amid a surge in violence in the war-torn country. Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said the first […]

Trump ally Erik Prince violated Libya arms embargo: UN report

Confidential report finds Prince supplied renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar with weapons and foreign mercenaries. Private security contractor Erik Prince, a close ally of former US President Donald Trump, violated a United Nations arms embargo on Libya, UN investigators have found in a report detailed by US media. The confidential report to the Security Council, […]

Born out of conflict: How cricket is helping heal Rwanda’s wounds

For Rwandese cricketer Diane Ishimwe, every passing day brings about a sense of gratitude and gratefulness. In 1994, when her pregnant mother was about to leave home to deliver Ishimwe, she had a miraculous escape after a stray bullet fired by an armed fighter flew just inches above her head. “They almost killed her,” Ishimwe […]

China admits it lost four soldiers in 2020 India border clash

Beijing for the first time publicly concedes its side suffered casualties in deadly brawl that also killed at least 20 Indian soldiers. China’s military said on Friday that four of its soldiers were killed during a bloody Himalayan border clash with Indian forces last June, the first time Beijing has publicly conceded its side suffered […]

‘Wake up call’: Deadly Iraq rocket attack puts pressure on US

Sulaimaniyah, Iraq – It was the most serious attack on the US-led coalition since the Biden administration took power with questions swirling about who was responsible for the rare rocket barrage on Erbil city. A volley of projectiles targeted the main military base inside Erbil’s airport, which hosts foreign troops deployed as part of the […]

Nigerian students abducted by ‘armed bandits’: Reports

An unspecified number of children were reportedly abducted at dawn by armed men from a secondary school in Niger state. Abuja, Nigeria – Armed men have kidnapped an as-yet unconfirmed number of children from a secondary school in central Nigeria’s Niger state, according to local media and officials. Ibrahim Matane, Niger State government secretary, told […]

UN chief: CAR peacekeeping force needs 3,700 reinforcements

The UN chief says 2,750 military reinforcements and 940 additional police are needed to help the peacekeeping mission. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is recommending an increase of nearly 3,700 soldiers and police to bolster the UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR), saying the conflict-torn country is at “a critical juncture”. The […]

ECHR backs Germany over probe into lethal Kunduz air attack

Strasbourg-based court rejects complaint by Afghan citizen over Germany’s handling of investigation into 2009 incident. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Germany thoroughly investigated a 2009 NATO bombing in Afghanistan that was ordered by a German commander and killed dozens of people. The decision by the Strasbourg-based court on Tuesday rejected […]

Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict and the battle to control information

The eruption of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region 100 days ago has pitted journalists wanting to report on the conflict against a government seeking to maintain total narrative control. The government-imposed lockdown of the northern region and communications blackout affecting the internet, mobile phones and landlines has made access and assessment for aid agencies dealing […]

Pakistan accuses India of stoking conflict in Indian Ocean

Pakistani foreign minister criticises Indian military expansion, as his country holds naval drills with 45 countries in the Arabian Sea. Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s foreign minister has accused eastern neighbour India of adopting “belligerent and aggressive policies” to raise the chances of conflict in the Indian Ocean, the Pakistani state news agency reported. Shah Mehmood […]

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi faces second charge by military

Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged under the country’s natural disaster management law, according to her lawyer. Myanmar’s military regime has hit deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi with a second charge, this time under the country’s natural disaster management law. “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been charged with an extra [violation] … […]

Chad deploys 1,200 troops to quell Sahel violence

Chad plans to deploy 1,200 troops to combat armed groups in a violence-wracked Sahel border zone as France eyes a reduction of its military presence in the vast, volatile region. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and France are holding talks on the future of their military campaign against violent groups in the Sahel, which […]

Syrian air defences ‘intercept Israeli aggression over Damascus’

Syrian army says Israeli military jets flew over the Golan Heights to hit targets on the edge of Damascus. Syria’s army said on Monday the country’s air defences intercepted “Israeli aggression” over the capital, Damascus, in the latest stepped-up bombing of Iranian targets inside the country over the last two months. State media did not […]

Thirteen Turkish civilians killed as anti-PKK operation ends

Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq killed 13 Turkish civilians as military operations against the group began last week, Turkey’s military chief has said. Turkish forces completed a military operation in the area with 48 Kurdish fighters and three Turkish soldiers killed during three days of clashes, according to Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar. In […]