Officials in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office and a government task force on Tigray did not answer calls seeking comment.Tiksa Negeri/File Photo/Reuters
Forces in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region have released around 1,000 government soldiers captured during recent fighting, the head of its ruling party said, as both sides prepared for a showdown over contested land in the West of the region.
Debretsion Gebremichael, leader of the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), told Reuters by satellite phone late on Friday that they have released 1,000 low-ranking soldiers.
“More than 5,000 (soldiers) are still with us, and we will keep the senior officers who will face trial,” he said.
He said the soldiers had been driven to Tigray's southern border with the Amhara region on Fri...
Shi’ite Muslim Iran has been a foe of the hardline Sunni Muslim Taliban for decades, but for the past few years it has been openly meeting Taliban leaders.
Iran on Wednesday told Taliban and Afghan government representatives it stood ready to help end the crisis in Afghanistan, urging the country's people and politicians to make "difficult decisions" about its future.
Hosting a meeting of Afghan government representatives and a high-level Taliban political committee, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said "committing to political solutions is the best choice."
"Iran is ready to assist the dialog process between the existing factions in Afghanistan to resolve the current conflicts and crises in that country," Iranian state media quoted Zarif as saying.
8 suspected collaborators of armed group lynched in Ituri province, says army
At least 22 civilians were killed in two separate but related incidents in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army and a local civil society group that monitors violence in the eastern part of the country said Monday.
The Kivu Security Tracker (KST), an NGO, said 14 people were killed last Friday in three areas of Djugu territory in Ituri province by assailants from an armed group known by its acronym CODECO-URDPC.
The CODECO militia, one of a myriad of armed groups that roam eastern DR Congo, is an armed political-religious sect claiming to defend the Lendu ethnic group, largely farmers who have had historic differences with their Hema community counterparts, who are mainly herders.
Ten people were killed on Wednesday night in the Rwangoma neighbourhood southeast of Beni, North Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Congolese army said the killing occurred in an attack by the Allied Democratic Forces, an armed group believed by some -- as per United States' intel, to be affiliated with the jihadist Islamic State organisation.
Kizito Bin Hang, the representative of civil society from Beni, shared his thoughts about the recent incident.
"During their operation, the ADF massacred more than ten people, burned houses and caused other damage, which as civil society we deplore.
"We believe that the authorities must always take into consideration the alerts given by the population."
Beni and its surrounding areas have been targeted ...