U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday called on the African Union and other international partners to help address a deepening crisis in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region as he condemned alleged atrocities in fighting there. Blinken's statement suggested growing frustration with the response so far from Ethiopia and neighboring Eritrea to what America's top diplomat described as a "worsening humanitarian crisis." His remarks came a day after Amnesty International released a report accusing Eritrean forces of killing hundreds of civilians in Tigray in a 24-hour period last year, an incident it described as a potential crime against humanity.
N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - At least two people were killed after security forces went to arrest Chad's opposition candidate Yaya Dillo at his home on Sunday morning, Dillo and the government said. Dillo, who plans to run against President Idriss Deby in a presidential election in April, told Reuters he was attacked at home by members of the presidential guard and that five family members were killed, including his mother. The government said in a statement that security forces went to Dillo's home to arrest him after he refused to respond to two judicial mandates and were met with armed resistance.
Italy's former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, a technocrat who had previously refused any direct party affiliation, on Sunday took on the task of reviving the fortunes of the 5-Star Movement as it struggles to find a way out of a political crisis. Its decision this month to support the new government of national unity led by former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi further divided and weakened it, triggering the defection of members who deemed it a betrayal of 5-Star's original anti-establishment identity. "Giuseppe Conte has accepted the task ... of drawing up a project to refound the 5-Star Movement," the party said after a Rome meeting between Conte and 5-Star's top brass including its founder, former comedian Beppe Grillo.
A bad week for Leicester City got even worse as manager Brendan Rodgers said winger Harvey Barnes needs knee surgery and will be unavailable for six weeks. The 23-year-old was carried off on a stretcher shortly after halftime in his side's 3-1 home defeat by Arsenal on Sunday. Barnes has been one of third-placed Leicester's most influential players this season and his absence will hurt them in their quest to nail down a place in the top four.
An Associated Press journalist has been detained by police while covering protests against the military coup in Myanmar. The journalist, Thein Zaw, 32, was taken into custody with a number of others on Saturday morning in Yangon, the country’s largest city. The arrest happened as police charged toward protesters gathered at the Hledan Center intersection, which has become a meeting point for demonstrators who then continue protesting elsewhere in the city.
Roadways were flooded in Campbellsville, Kentucky, after storms moved through the region on Sunday, February 28, officials said.The Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department said this footage shows flooding near Salem Church Road in Campbellsville on Sunday. The fire department urged drivers to be cautious as “several” roads were submerged in floodwater.The National Weather Service said flash flooding would likely affect several states on Sunday, including Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, and others. Credit: Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department via Storyful
South Africa has signed an agreement with Johnson & Johnson to secure 11 million COVID-19 vaccine doses and will ease restrictions due to a decline in new cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. South Africa has been the hardest-hit on the continent by the pandemic, recording almost half of the COVID-19 deaths and more than a third of reported infections. Ramaphosa said in a televised address that 2.8 million of the J&J doses would be delivered in the second quarter, with the rest spread throughout the year.
Dries Mertens scored on his first Napoli start since December as Gennaro Gattuso’s side earned a 2-0 win over Benevento to go sixth in Serie A. Matteo Politano bundled in a second after the break to seal a much-needed win. The three points will come as a relief to Gattuso, who has faced criticism following a run of three defeats in five Serie A games and a Europa League last-32 exit to Spanish side Granada.
Bayer Leverkusen's miserable run of form continued Sunday as they fell to a shock 2-1 home defeat to Freiburg thanks to a brilliant second-half performance from Lucas Hoeler.
The US should boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in China, former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley said Sunday, becoming the latest Republican to join a growing furor over the Games and Beijing's rights record.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office backed down on its plan to choose an investigator to review sexual harassment allegations against him, saying on Sunday it had instead asked the state's attorney general and a senior judge to pick a lawyer to conduct an independent review. Cuomo, one of the nation's most well-known Democratic politicians whose popularity soared during the early months of the pandemic, has faced a string of controversies in recent weeks including over his administration's handling of COVID-19 death toll data from the state's nursing homes. A second former aide came forward on Saturday to accuse Cuomo of sexual misconduct - just days after another former employee made similar accusations - sparking criticism from fellow Democrats that ranged from calls for his resignation to appeals for an independent probe into his behavior.
The United Nations on Sunday condemned an attack in Yemen's disputed Hodeidah governorate that killed five civilians including a woman and child. UNMHA, the mission overseeing a fragile peace deal in the Red Sea coastal area, did not specify the source of the attack that hit a house in Al Hawak residential area late on Saturday. It said in a statement that the district had witnessed increasingly intense exchange of fire in recent months between the Saudi-led military coalition that backs the internationally recognised government and the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.
Severe flooding submerged streets and vehicles in Murray, Kentucky, on Sunday, February 28, footage from the scene shows.The National Weather Service warned of “dangerous, life-threatening” flash flooding in the Murray area on Sunday, with major highways flooded and water entering homes and businesses.Stephanie Anderson livestreamed this video from Station 74 Apartments to The Murray State News Facebook page. In the footage, Anderson says some traffic lights are out of order and streets were blocked off due to flooding. Credit: The Murray State News via Storyful
South African clubs had vastly contrasting fortunes in the CAF Champions League Sunday with Mamelodi Sundowns romping to a four-goal victory and Kaizer Chiefs suffering a four-goal hiding.
Mass gatherings took place in Jerusalem on Sunday as Israelis celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim in violation of coronavirus restrictions. Authorities had been concerned about a repeat of last year, when Purim celebrations helped fuel an initial wave of the coronavirus in the earliest days of the global pandemic. The government urged people to celebrate at home this year, and police attempted to block traffic from entering Jerusalem and declared strict limits on public gatherings.
Relatives of more than 300 girls abducted by gunmen from their boarding school in northwest Nigeria endured an agonising wait for news amid rumours that they had been released, while security forces continued their search on Sunday. An armed gang kidnapped 317 girls from the Government Girls Science Secondary School in the town of Jangebe, in Zamfara state, at around 1 a.m. on Friday. Two Reuters' correspondents saw a heavy military presence in state capital Gusau on Sunday, with army trucks moving in convoy and police checkpoints on major roads.
Iran on Sunday ruled out holding an informal meeting with the United States and European powers to discuss ways to revive its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, insisting that Washington must lift all its unilateral sanctions. "Considering the recent actions and statements by the United States and three European powers, Iran does not consider this the time to hold an informal meeting with these countries, which was proposed by the EU foreign policy chief," Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, according to Iranian media.
“Tom and Jerry” squeaked in a narrow fifth in China with a $12.4 million debut, failing to capture viewers still flocking to local Chinese New Year holdover titles over the Lantern Festival holiday weekend. The Warner Bros. hybrid animated live-actioner skittered into the world’s largest film market with just $8,000 (RMB50,000) less than its closest […]
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United are being negatively influenced by opposition managers referring to their penalty record after being denied a spot-kick in a 0-0 draw at Chelsea on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho sang the praises of Gareth Bale after the Welshman's two-goal show in Tottenham Hotspur's 4-0 drubbing of Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday. The Tottenham manager gave Bale only his third league start since he returned on loan in September, and was rewarded with a dazzling display. Mourinho has seemed reluctant to trust Bale in the league, citing his lack of match fitness and injury problems.