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Mekelle struck, residents flee Amhara as Ethiopia battle intensifies

Humanitarian sources and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the northern region, said the airstrike hit a university in the regional capital Mekelle.Government spokesperson Legese Tulu confirmed an airstrike to CNN but denied it hit the university. According to Tulu, the strike targeted a communication center being used by the TPLF on a…

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Humanitarian sources and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the northern region, said the airstrike hit a university in the regional capital Mekelle.Government spokesperson Legese Tulu confirmed an airstrike to CNN but denied it hit the university. According to Tulu, the strike targeted a communication center being used by the TPLF on a military base in Mekelle.Reuters was not able to confirm either account independently. Tigrai TV, controlled by the TPLF, reported that 11 civilians were wounded in the strike, at least the fourth day Mekelle has been targeted this week.Humanitarian sources said a UN plane was forced to abort a scheduled landing in Mekelle due to the air strike. The government’s critics have accused it of trying to cut off access to Tigray, which it denies.’The whole city is panicking’The government has stepped up airstrikes on the Tigray capital as fighting has escalated in Amhara, a neighboring region where the TPLF has seized territory that the government and allied armed Amhara armed groups are trying to recover.Residents in Dessie, a major city in Amhara, told Reuters people were fleeing, a day after a TPLF spokesperson said its forces were within artillery range of the town.”The whole city is panicking,” a resident said, adding that people who could were leaving. He said he could hear the sound of heavy gunfire on Thursday night and into the morning, and that the bus fare to the capital Addis Ababa, about 385 km (240 miles) to the south, had increased more than six-fold.There are now more than 500,000 internally displaced people in the Amhara region, Atalel Abuhay the Director of Communications for the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, told Reuters.Seid Assefa, a local official working at a coordination center for displaced people in Dessie, said 250 people had fled there this week from fighting in the Girana area to the north.”We now have a total of 900 (displaced people) here and we finished our food stocks three days ago.”Leul Mesfin, medical director of Dessie Hospital, told Reuters two girls and an adult had died this week at his facility of wounds from artillery fire in the town of Wuchale, which both the government and the TPLF have described as the scene of heavy fighting over the past week.The nearly year-long conflict between the government and forces allied to the TPLF has killed thousands of people and displaced more than 2 million.The TPLF dominated Ethiopian politics for decades as the most powerful group in a multi-ethnic coalition, but has clashed with the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who took power in 2018. Abiy sent central government troops who drove the TPLF out of Mekelle late last year. But forces allied to the TPLF launched a counter-attack this year, recapturing Mekelle and nearly all of Tigray, and seizing swathes of Amhara.

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At least 2 dead as Storm Arwen thrashes UK

The Met Office said Northumberland in northern England, was hit by overnight gusts of wind of 98 mph (157 km/h) and Devon in the southwest also experienced winds of 92 mph. Rare red weather warnings were issued on Friday after the Met Office described conditions as “horrendous.” The red warnings expired on Saturday but amber…

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The Met Office said Northumberland in northern England, was hit by overnight gusts of wind of 98 mph (157 km/h) and Devon in the southwest also experienced winds of 92 mph. Rare red weather warnings were issued on Friday after the Met Office described conditions as “horrendous.” The red warnings expired on Saturday but amber and yellow warnings remain in place and people in many areas are being advised to travel only if “absolutely necessary.”PA Media reports that a man in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, died on Friday when his car was struck by a falling tree and also reported that Cumbria Police said a man from Lancaster died in Ambleside after a tree fell on him just before 11 p.m. GMT (6 p.m. EST) on the same day.The Met Office warned Britons to stay safe along coastlines, especially along the east coast of Scotland and northeast coast of England while the Royal National Lifeboat Institution named Storm Arwen their first winter storm of the year and said the “severe weather could make our seas and coastlines particularly dangerous.”Train networks across the UK have reported disruptions due to Arwen, as ScotRail services were disrupted between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street, Dunblane and Stirling after a barn was blown on to the line near Falkirk. TransPennine Express services between Newcastle and Edinburgh have also been canceled.Many were left without power on Friday night, as Northern Powergrid said severe winds had caused cuts for more than 55,000 customers mainly in Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear.The Met Office said that the storm will “continue to bring strong winds” across many parts of the nation and “the cold air combined with the strong winds will give a very cold day right across the country.”Snow has been falling and settling on roads across southern England and the Midlands but the Met Office said it should ease and move away to the south, as some areas experience a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow.

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Peng Shuai: WTA remains ‘deeply concerned’ about Chinese tennis star

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She speaks to CNN Sport about her dream run in New York.”,”descriptionText”:”2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu became the first tennis player — male or female — to win a grand slam as a qualifier. She speaks to CNN Sport about her dream run in New York.”},{“title”:”Patrick Mouratoglou on Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu”,”duration”:”03:10″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:””,”videoCMSUrl”:”https://www.cnn.com/video/data/3.0/video/sports/2021/09/10/patrick-mouratoglou-leylah-fernandez-emma-raducanu-us-open-tennis-spt-intl.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”sports/2021/09/10/patrick-mouratoglou-leylah-fernandez-emma-raducanu-us-open-tennis-spt-intl.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/210910003850-emma-raducanu-leylah-fernandez-tennis-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”https://www.cnn.com/videos/sports/2021/09/10/patrick-mouratoglou-leylah-fernandez-emma-raducanu-us-open-tennis-spt-intl.cnn/video/playlists/intl-sports-tennis/”,”description”:”Top coach and tennis mentor Patrick Mouratoglou raves about the talent and excited tennis that teenage sensations Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu are displaying at the US Open.”,”descriptionText”:”Top coach and tennis mentor Patrick Mouratoglou raves about the talent and excited tennis that teenage sensations Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu are displaying at the US Open.”},{“title”:”Daniil Medvedev on the 2021 US Open”,”duration”:”03:24″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:””,”videoCMSUrl”:”https://www.cnn.com/video/data/3.0/video/sports/2021/09/01/daniil-medvedev-us-open-tennis-2021-djokovic-spt-intl.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”sports/2021/09/01/daniil-medvedev-us-open-tennis-2021-djokovic-spt-intl.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/210901140143-medvedev-us-open-2021-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”https://www.cnn.com/videos/sports/2021/09/01/daniil-medvedev-us-open-tennis-2021-djokovic-spt-intl.cnn/video/playlists/intl-sports-tennis/”,”description”:”2019 US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev speaks to CNN Sports about the last grand slam of 2021 and whether or not he’s the player to stop Novak Djokovic from achieving the calendar slam.”,”descriptionText”:”2019 US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev speaks to CNN Sports about the last grand slam of 2021 and whether or not he’s the player to stop Novak Djokovic from achieving the calendar slam.”},{“title”:”US tennis star to miss Olympics after positive Covid-19 test”,”duration”:”01:52″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”https://www.cnn.com”,”videoCMSUrl”:”https://www.cnn.com/video/data/3.0/video/sports/2021/07/18/cori-coco-gauff-coronavirus-tokyo-olympics-scholes-nr-vpx.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”sports/2021/07/18/cori-coco-gauff-coronavirus-tokyo-olympics-scholes-nr-vpx.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/210718154557-cori-coco-gauff-covid-19-olympics-spt-trnd-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”https://www.cnn.com/videos/sports/2021/07/18/cori-coco-gauff-coronavirus-tokyo-olympics-scholes-nr-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/intl-sports-tennis/”,”description”:”American tennis hopeful u003ca href=”http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/sports/2019/06/28/cori-coco-gauff-youngest-ever-wimbledon-qualifier-french-open-usa-tennis-spt-intl-lon-orig-gbr.cnn.html” target=”_blank”>Cori “Coco” Gauff u003c/a>will miss the Tokyo Olympics after announcing on Twitter she u003ca href=”https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/18/us/cori-coco-gauff-covid-19-olympics-spt-trnd/index.html” target=”_blank”>tested positive for coronavirusu003c/a>. 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Osaka take on new meaning”,”duration”:”02:36″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:”https://edition.cnn.com/”,”videoCMSUrl”:”https://www.cnn.com/video/data/3.0/video/sports/2021/06/02/naomi-osaka-mental-health-tennis-2018-photos-kavitha-davidson-intvw-amanpour-vpx.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”sports/2021/06/02/naomi-osaka-mental-health-tennis-2018-photos-kavitha-davidson-intvw-amanpour-vpx.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/191219192924-81-decade-in-pictures-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”https://www.cnn.com/videos/sports/2021/06/02/naomi-osaka-mental-health-tennis-2018-photos-kavitha-davidson-intvw-amanpour-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/intl-sports-tennis/”,”description”:”CNN’s Bianna Golodryga talks to sports writer Kavitha Davidson about tennis player Naomi Osaka after the world No. 2 u003ca href=”https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/01/tennis/naomi-osaka-sport-mental-health-cmd-spt-intl/index.html” target=”_blank”>withdrew from the French Open citing her mental healthu003c/a>. 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French Open was like “a punch to the gut” and that the tennis world needs to pay attention to what she’s saying and “try to help her as much as possible.””},{“title”:”Time Out: Naomi Osaka draws and tries to come out of her shell”,”duration”:”03:11″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:””,”videoCMSUrl”:”https://www.cnn.com/video/data/3.0/video/sports/2020/05/12/naomi-osaka-time-out-tennis-workouts-drawing-jay-z-beyonce-spt-intl-lon-orig-cmd.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”sports/2020/05/12/naomi-osaka-time-out-tennis-workouts-drawing-jay-z-beyonce-spt-intl-lon-orig-cmd.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/191006083557-osaka-trophy-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”https://www.cnn.com/videos/sports/2020/05/12/naomi-osaka-time-out-tennis-workouts-drawing-jay-z-beyonce-spt-intl-lon-orig-cmd.cnn/video/playlists/intl-sports-tennis/”,”description”:”Two-time grand slam winner Naomi Osaka tells Christina Macfarlane that she is using lockdown to draw more and to learn how to come out of her shell and stop being shy.”,”descriptionText”:”Two-time grand slam winner Naomi Osaka tells Christina Macfarlane that she is using lockdown to draw more and to learn how to come out of her shell and stop being shy.”},{“title”:”Novak Djokovic is the no. 1 of number ones”,”duration”:”03:44″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:””,”videoCMSUrl”:”https://www.cnn.com/video/data/3.0/video/sports/2021/03/09/novak-djokovic-number-1-us-open-disqualification-jelena-tennis-spt-intl.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”sports/2021/03/09/novak-djokovic-number-1-us-open-disqualification-jelena-tennis-spt-intl.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/210221110426-djokovic-trophy-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”https://www.cnn.com/videos/sports/2021/03/09/novak-djokovic-number-1-us-open-disqualification-jelena-tennis-spt-intl.cnn/video/playlists/intl-sports-tennis/”,”description”:”20-time grand slam winner Novak Djokovic caught up with CNN on a range of topics, from the journey of a young boy in a war-torn country, meeting his wife as college students to where he is today as the number one of no.1’s.”,”descriptionText”:”20-time grand slam winner Novak Djokovic caught up with CNN on a range of topics, from the journey of a young boy in a war-torn country, meeting his wife as college students to where he is today as the number one of no.1’s.”},{“title”:”Hsieh Su-Wei: Taiwanese tennis star reflects on memorable Australian Open”,”duration”:”03:20″,”sourceName”:”CNN”,”sourceLink”:””,”videoCMSUrl”:”https://www.cnn.com/video/data/3.0/video/sports/2021/02/23/hsieh-su-wei-taiwan-tennis-star-australian-open-food-spt-intl.cnn/index.xml”,”videoId”:”sports/2021/02/23/hsieh-su-wei-taiwan-tennis-star-australian-open-food-spt-intl.cnn”,”videoImage”:”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/210223084642-su-wei-hsieh-tease-large-169.jpg”,”videoUrl”:”https://www.cnn.com/videos/sports/2021/02/23/hsieh-su-wei-taiwan-tennis-star-australian-open-food-spt-intl.cnn/video/playlists/intl-sports-tennis/”,”description”:”After a 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Malawi defends decision to ask Mike Tyson to be its cannabis ambassador

Malawi legalized the growing and processing of cannabis for medicinal purposes last year, although it stopped short of decriminalizing recreational use.This week, Malawi’s agriculture minister Lobin Low sent a letter to Tyson — who has been involved in the cannabis industry in the US through various ventures — inviting him to become the face of…

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Malawi defends decision to ask Mike Tyson to be its cannabis ambassador

Malawi legalized the growing and processing of cannabis for medicinal purposes last year, although it stopped short of decriminalizing recreational use.This week, Malawi’s agriculture minister Lobin Low sent a letter to Tyson — who has been involved in the cannabis industry in the US through various ventures — inviting him to become the face of the country’s cannabis industry in a bid to attract investors and create more opportunities for tourism.The ministry did not say whether Tyson, who became the youngest heavyweight champion in history in 1986, had accepted its offer. CNN has contacted Tyson’s representatives and the US Cannabis Association, which the ministry said was involved in the deal, for comment.The move has raised controversy, with Malawian think tank the Centre for Public Accountability (CPA) accusing the government of ignoring Tyson’s past convictions.The 55-year-old boxer was jailed in 1992 after being convicted of raping Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant, in a hotel room. He was released in 1995.Kondwani Munthali, acting director of the CPA, said in a statement sent to CNN Friday that appointing a convicted rapist would be “wrong,” adding: “Yes he paid his debt three years he was in jail, but we are saying to be the face of a nation is something beyond reformatory. We would want (a) less controversial character than Tyson.”However, Ministry of Agriculture spokesperson Gracian Lungu dismissed the criticism in a statement to CNN Friday, saying: “Malawi as a nation believes that Mr. Tyson is a right and reformed person as he was released on parole.” Lungu added that “the moral appeal by some quarters, to continue holding Mr. Tyson to a wall of moral incapacity doesn’t hold water.” Minister of gender, Patricia Kaliati, echoed Lungu’s sentiments.She told CNN Friday that she did not see there being a problem with the government’s choice of ambassador as Tyson is a prominent businessman with a good knowledge of the cannabis business.”It’s about business, (and) economic business of cannabis,” Kaliati said, adding: “We look for the prominent people, the decision makers who can say a thing which can be recognized internationally.”She said that his role would be focused on business and “he’s not going to be working with the minister of gender on issues to do with women and children.”

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