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Is Peace Possible in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region?



Since it erupted in 2020, the fighting has led to thousands being killed, forced millions into displacement and has also pushed parts of the Tigray region into famine like conditions.

Since it erupted in 2020, the conflict in Ethiopia, which is Africa’s second most populated country with a 115 million people

The fighting has led to thousands being killed and forced millions into displacement and has also pushed parts of the Tigray region into famine like conditions.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that his government is preparing to negotiate with Tigrayan forces.

Abiy Ahmed’s ruling Prosperity Party has called for the African Union to mediate the crisis and bring it to a peaceful end.

The government also says that it’s ready to take action, if the violence continues.

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front or TPLF is a former rebel army which has now become a political party and was quoted as saying that it will indeed participate in the negotiations.

The African Union has begun conducting shuttle diplomacy and meeting both sides.

And all are eyes on the diplomats now.

And everyone is asking the same question:

Will Abiy Ahmed the Nobel Peace Prize winner, bring peace to Ethiopia?

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York



Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video



An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”



Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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