Sudan’s military, civilian leaders sign deal to end political impasse

       

Sudanese civilian leaders lift documents following the signature of an initial deal with military powers aimed at ending a deep crisis caused by last year's military coup, in the capital Khartoum on Dec 5, 2022. (ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP) KHARTOUM – Sudan's military and civilian leaders on Monday signed a political framework agreement to end the political impasse and institute a two-year transitional civilian authority. …

Russia announces Kherson troop withdrawal

       

A boy prepares to saw wood for heating a house in the village of Osokorivka, in the Kherson region, on Wednesday. (VALENTYN OGIRENKO / REUTERS) Russia announced on Wednesday that it was withdrawing its forces to the eastern side of the Dnieper River in the Kherson region. The strategically important city of Kherson was the first regional capital in southern Ukraine to be captured by …

Obasanjo: Ethiopia govt, Tigray forces establish hotline following truce

       

African Union Horn of Africa envoy and former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo looks on ahead of a press conference regarding the African Union-led negotiations to resolve conflict in Ethiopia at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) offices in Pretoria on Nov 2, 2022. (PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP) NAIROBI – Ethiopia's government and Tigray forces have established a telephone hotline following a truce struck …

Tigrayan forces say ready to accept an AU-led peace process in Ethiopia

       

Men walk next to a convoy of trucks part of the World Food Programme (WFP) on their way to Tigray in the village of Erebti, Ethiopia, on June 9, 2022. (EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP) NAIROBI – Forces in northern Ethiopia's Tigray region that have been fighting the central government for nearly two years said on Sunday they are ready for a ceasefire and would accept …

Ethiopian, Eritrean forces clash with Tigrayan forces in north

       

A young man walks past a tank said to have belonged to Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) rebels near Debre Tabor, on Dec 6, 2021. (SOLAN KOLLI / AFP) NAIROBI – Ethiopian and Eritrean government forces launched an attack in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray on Thursday, targeting Tigrayan forces, a Tigrayan military spokesperson said, as a government statement blamed the Tigrayans for renewed fighting. …

Russia to enlarge armed forces by 10 percent

       

Russia's President Vladimir Putin reviews naval troops as he takes part in the main naval parade marking the Russian Navy Day, in St. Petersburg on July 31, 2022. (ALEXEY DANICHEV / SPUTNIK / AFP) MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Thursday to increase the size of the country's armed forces by 137,000, representing a 10-percent increase in troop numbers. Russian Defense …

Fighting erupts along border of Ethiopia’s Tigray region

       

In this May 8, 2021 file photo, Ethiopian government soldiers ride in the back of a truck on a road near Agula, north of Mekele, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia. (BEN CURTIS/AP) NAIROBI – Fighting between forces from Ethiopia's rebellious northern region of Tigray and central government forces has erupted around the town of Kobo, residents and the spokesman for the Tigrayan forces …

At least five people killed, 100 hurt in Somaliland protests

       

A general view of the city of Hargeisa, Somaliland, on Sept 18, 2021. (EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP) MOGADISHU – At least five people were killed and 100 injured in Somalia's breakaway Somaliland region when security forces clashed with protesters demanding presidential elections be held in November, a regional leader said late on Thursday. Somaliland broke away from Somalia in 1991 but has not gained widespread …

Ukrainian forces hit key bridge near hydroelectric power plant

       

A Russian military convoy is seen on the road toward the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station, in Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia region, in territory under Russian military control, southeastern Ukraine, on May 1, 2022. (PHOTO / AP) BEIJING – The Ukrainian military forces said on Wednesday that they hit a key bridge near the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant in the Russia-controlled territory in the Kherson region in southern …

NATO mulls pre-assigned forces for eastern flank members

       

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrives for a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, June 15, 2022. (OLIVIER MATTHYS / AP) BRUSSELS – Specific forces could be pre-assigned to specific countries on the eastern flank of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to reinforce the alliance's deterrence and defense in response to the Russia-Ukraine conflict, NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said here on Wednesday.  The …