Eritrean troops disguised as Ethiopian military are blocking critical aid in Tigray

Axum, Ethiopia — Eritrean troops are operating with total impunity in Ethiopia’s war-torn northern Tigray region, killing, raping and blocking humanitarian aid to starving populations more than a month after the country’s Nobel Peace Prize winning leader pledged to the international community that they would leave.A CNN team traveling through Tigray’s central zone witnessed Eritrean …

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‘I thought I would die.’ Myanmar protesters describe torture they suffered in detention

The 19-year-old’s eyes are so swollen he cannot open them properly. His face is marked with big purple welts and bruises. Etched into his shoulders and back are long, dark lacerations that have yet to heal over — wounds, he said, that were inflicted when Myanmar military officers who had detained him whipped him repeatedly with cable …

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‘You don’t belong’: land dispute drives new exodus in Ethiopia’s Tigray

This time, it is due not to the fighting, but to regional forces and militiamen from neighbouring Amhara seeking to settle a decades-old land dispute The dusty buses keep coming, dozens a day, mattresses, chairs and baskets piled on top. They stop at schools hurriedly turned into camps, disgorging families who describe fleeing from ethnic …

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Sanaa Seif: Egypt rights activist jailed for ‘spreading false news’

A court in Egypt has sentenced the prominent human rights activist Sanaa Seif to 18 months in jail after finding her guilty of “spreading false news”. Seif was detained in June as she tried to file a complaint about an assault that she had allegedly suffered. Prosecutors later accused her of making unfounded claims about …

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First Russia poisoned him. Now this is the prison camp for Alexey Navalny

A ferocious-looking dog on a short leash barked its warning as the guards checked our passports before ordering us to leave the notorious site where Russia’s main opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, has been sent for the next two-and-a-half years. Life inside is hidden from view, behind high metal fences and barbed wire surrounding this dilapidated-looking facility, …

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With no successor in sight, Xi Jinping heads to major Party meeting with more power than ever

In March 2020, the annual meeting of China’s national legislature in Beijing was delayed for the first time in decades, as Chinese President Xi Jinping attempted to gain control over what would fast become a global pandemic. One year on, the high-profile event is due to start on Friday, in line with pre-pandemic traditions, in …

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