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The TPLF frames the conflict as a battle for the rights of Ethiopia's 10 regions against a premier bent on centralising power
The visit came after the reported death last week of a CIA officer in Somalia, where some 700 US troops are based to train Somali forces and launch attacks on the Al-Shabaab militant group
Thousands of people are already believed to have died amid air strikes and ground fighting since the war began on 4 November. The UN estimates 1.1 million Ethiopians will need aid as a result of the conflict
It is not clear whether President Donald Trump will order the withdrawal of the some 700 U.S. military forces from Somalia or whether the reported urge will pass before he leaves office in January
Tigray is the northernmost of Ethiopia's ten regions that is administered under the system of "ethnic federalism" which divides the country according to language and ethnicity
The fighting has its roots in street protests that toppled the previous Tigray-dominated government in 2018
African envoys went to Ethiopia to plead for peace on Wednesday, hours before an ultimatum for Tigray forces was to expire
The 84-year-old, Sudan's last democratically elected prime minister, died on Thursday, said the moderate Islamist National Umma Party
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's office said in a statement "We respectfully urge the international community to refrain from any unwelcome and unlawful acts of interference."
Chad, along with Niger and Cameroon, is struggling with a jihadist campaign that Boko Haram launched in northeastern Nigeria in 2009 and then took into the wider Lake Chad region.
Phone and internet connections to Tigray are down and access to the area is strictly controlled, meaning all sides' statements are hard to verify
Hundreds of people have been killed since fighting began on 4 November, more than 41,000 refugees have fled to Sudan and there are reports of militias targeting civilians
International pressure mounted on Ethiopia's warring parties to cease fighting and protect civilians in Tigray, where the army says it has encircled the capital ahead of a threatened bombardment
South Africa, Niger, Tunisia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines withdrew their request for the behind-closed-doors discussion because envoys have not yet travelled to Ethiopia, said one African diplomat
Almost half the refugees are children under 18. Around 700 women are currently pregnant, the United Nations says. At least nine have given birth in Sudan
Tigrayan forces said on Tuesday they had destroyed an Ethiopian army division in battles to control the northern region where a three-week-old war has killed hundreds and spread global alarm
There was no immediate response from the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which earlier said it had destroyed an important army division
The leader of Ethiopia's dissident Tigray region said Monday that his people were "ready to die" defending their homeland, rejecting Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's ultimatum that they surrender
Catherine Sozi told Reuters that she hoped for the guarantee of safety and security of aid workers and the 'protection of more than 525,000 civilian (non-combatants) who live in Mekelle'
Hundreds, possibly thousands, have been killed in fighting and air strikes that erupted on 4 November, sending about 40,000 refugees into neighbouring Sudan
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