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Daily news – February 10, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Brookings, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Global Times, Reuters, The Jamestown Foundation AFRICA Africa needs smarter investment in digital infrastructure: Strategies for enticing the private sector. Tara Nathan, Brookings: Weak infrastructure is widely accepted as a fundamental limitation to growth in Africa. Governments in the region struggle to meet […]

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Cyber Security, Digital Transition, Technology Geopolitics & Worlds Global Topics In-Defense

Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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Daily news – February 3, 2022 a.m.

AFRICA Artificial intelligence creeps on to the African Battlefield. Nathaniel Allen, Marian “Ify” Okpali, Brookings: Even as the world’s leading militaries race to adopt artificial intelligence in anticipation of future great power war, security forces in one of the world’s most conflict-prone regions are opting for a more measured approach. In Africa, AI is gradually making its […]

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UN boss cites ‘demonstrable effort’ for Ethiopia peace after call (Al Jazeera)

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has said there is a “real opportunity” for an end to more than 14 months of fighting between government and Tigrayan forces, following a call with the African Union’s special envoy. Guterres’s statement on Wednesday gave no details about his conversation with Olusegun Obasanjo, which followed the envoy’s latest visit to  Ethiopia’s […]

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Nobel panel: Abiy has ‘special responsibility’ to end Tigray war (Al Jazeera)

The panel that awards the Nobel Peace Prize said Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali, who won the honour in 2019, bears a “special responsibility” to end the ongoing bloodshed in the Tigray region. “As prime minister and winner of the Peace Prize, Abiy Ahmed has a special responsibility to end the conflict and contribute […]

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Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on Ethiopia (The White House)

Via Teleconference 3:12 P.M. EST MODERATOR: Thank you very much. And good afternoon, everyone. And thank you for joining the NSC press call on Ethiopia. As a reminder, this call will be on background, attributed to a “senior administration official,” and the contents are embargoed until the conclusion of the call. For everyone’s awareness but […]

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Biden raises concerns about Ethiopia conflict in call with Abiy (Al Jazeera)

United States President Joe Biden has spoken with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed about the continuing conflict in the country and raised concerns about detentions under the state of emergency, the White House said. Biden also raised concerns about civilian deaths in recent air raids and reaffirmed US commitment to work alongside the African Union […]

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Release of detainees a ‘significant confidence-building step’ in Ethiopia: UN chief (UN News)

The Ethiopian Government on Friday freed several high-profile political detainees, a move UN Secretary-General António Guterres hailed as a “significant confidence-building step”. Release of detainees a ‘significant confidence-building step’ in Ethiopia: UN chief | | UN News

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Two children among 3 Eritrean refugees killed in Tigray air raid (Al Jazeera)

An air raid has struck a refugee camp in Ethiopia’s war-hit Tigray region, killing three Eritreans, including two children, the United Nations said. Wednesday’s attack on Mai Aini refugee camp, near the southern Tigrayan town of Mai Tsebri, wounded four other refugees but their lives were not at risk, the UN said in a statement […]

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Ethiopia detaining Tigrayans deported from Saudi Arabia, rights group says (Al Monitor)

Thousands of ethnic Tigrayans deported from Saudi Arabia have been detained, mistreated and forcibly disappeared in Ethiopia, Human Rights Watch said in a new report Wednesday. Ethiopia detaining Tigrayans deported from Saudi Arabia, rights group says – Al-Monitor: The Pulse of the Middle East

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US removes Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea from AGOA trade programme (Al Jazeera)

The United States has cut Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea out of a duty-free trade programme over alleged human rights violations and recent coups. In a statement on Saturday, the US Trade Representative (USTR) said it terminated the three countries from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) “due to actions taken by each of their governments […]

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Is the international community failing Ethiopia? (Al Jazeera)

Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed promised the conflict in Tigray would be resolved quickly. However, 13 months later, the fighting has intensified amid multiple reports of torture, rape and other atrocities taking place in Tigray. The conflict has created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. The UN’s Human Rights Council has […]