Ethiopia hosts African Union Summit to discuss poverty, human rights

Delegates attend the opening session of the 33rd African Union (AU) Summit at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. (AP)
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Updated 10 February 2020

Ethiopia hosts African Union Summit to discuss poverty, human rights

  • This year’s theme is “Silencing the Guns,” but the two-day summit is also focusing on gender equality, climate change and human rights

CAIRO: African leaders met on Sunday in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa for the 33rd African Union (AU) Summit.
The annual summit gathers African leaders to discuss their future plans, and is responsible for conflict resolution on the continent.
This year’s theme is “Silencing the Guns,” but the two-day summit is also focusing on gender equality, climate change and human rights.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who is attending the summit, met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Bassam Rady, spokesman for the Egyptian presidency, said El-Sisi welcomed the meeting with Guterres, and stressed Egypt’s keenness to continue strengthening cooperation with UN organizations in various fields, including international peace and security.

We need fair globalization so that Africa no longer suffers from unfair trading and financial rules.

António Guterres, UN chief

Guterres said the partnership between the AU and the UN is strengthening. “We need fair globalization so that Africa no longer suffers from unfair trading and financial rules, subsidies and other policies and market distortions that perpetuate inequality and make it harder for Africa to compete and prosper,” he added.
Guterres said the impact of the climate crisis on African peace and development can be traced back to locust swarms that are currently affecting East Africa. The UN and the AU “are working together” to help Sudan’s new government “keep its commitments,” he added.


Syria lifts overnight curfew, ban on movement between governorates

Updated 11 min 18 sec ago

Syria lifts overnight curfew, ban on movement between governorates

  • The government will suspend repatriation flights until further notice
  • Shops will be allowed to operate for longer hours

DUBAI: Syria’s Council of Ministers has agreed to lift the overnight curfew and ban on inter-governorate movement aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus, state news agency SANA reported.
The curfew will be lifted on Wednesday, May 26. Group transportation will also be allowed between governorates and shops can operate for longer hours, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.
The government will also suspend repatriation flights until further notice, the report said. The council will discuss renewing repatriation service for nationals stranded abroad after all previous arrivals finish their quarantine.
Syria recorded its highest daily increase in known coronavirus cases on Tuesday after confirming 20 new infections. There have been a total of 106 known cases of people infected and four fatalities due to the disease.
The health ministry attributed recent increase in new cases to the return of Syrians from abroad.