The Daily Populous

Wednesday November 3rd, 2021 night edition

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Tigrayan fighters make a new advance southwards as Ethiopian troops battle to secure the strategic city of Dessie.

Tigrayan forces said on Sunday they seized another strategic town in Ethiopia’s Amhara region.

The fighters captured Kombolcha and its airport, said Getachew Reda, a spokesperson for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

The capture of Kombolcha would be a strategic gain for the Tigrayan fighters against the Ethiopian military and its allies, who are trying to dislodge the Tigrayans from the Amhara region.

It suggested the TPLF was heading closer to the Ethiopian capital.

Government spokesman Legesse Tulu rejected the claim that the TPLF captured the two strategic northern towns, saying soldiers were still battling for control.

In a statement, the US urged both sides to begin ceasefire negotiations, saying “there is no military solution to this conflict”. »

Indigenous peoples to get $1.7bn in recognition of role in protecting forests

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In 2020, a record number of people were killed for protecting their land, with more than a third from indigenous communities.

Despite the important role they play in protecting forests, only a small fraction of these communities have secure rights to their land.

“The real key is follow-up: money going to indigenous communities and land titles being allocated to indigenous peoples post-Cop. »

Woman reaches into purse, accidentally fires gun at Madison basketball game

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(WLBT) - A woman has been given a $500 bond after accidentally firing a gun at a basketball game in Madison.

During the game, Kashaun Alexsis McRunells of Edwards reached into her purse to grab her phone but accidentally fired her gun.

However, she was charged with discharging a firearm within the city limits of Madison in violation of the City of Madison Ordinance. »