Ethiopia seems to be planning to renounce the accord that ended its border war with Eritrea so that it can renew hostilities, the latter’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, accusing some Security Council members of accommodating the interests of Ethiopia despite its repeated breaches of international law.Speaking at the Assembly’s annual high-level debate at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Osman Saleh said “the simple truth is that Ethiopia has refused to cooperate” since 2002 with the binding decisions of a boundary commission charged with demarcating the border between the two African countries.“In flagrant breach of international law, the Charter of the UN, and the Algiers Peace Agreement [which ended hostilities in 2000], Ethiopia continues to occupy sovereign Eritrean territories through military forces,” Mr. Saleh said, noting that unlawful Ethiopian settlements have been in place for five years.He said Ethiopia has been able to frustrate the implementation of the boundary commission’s decision – which were supposed to have been completed in 2003 – “because of the unwarranted positions of some UN Security Council Member States, and especially the United States of America, which has regrettably chosen to placate Ethiopia at the expense of international law and the interests of regional peace and security.”Mr. Saleh said Eritrea had learned of a letter from the Ethiopian Foreign Minister indicating his country intended to try to renounce the two Algiers Agreements.The Government in Addis Ababa, he said, “seems to be planning to use its unlawful attempt at renunciation… as a precursor for initiation of renewed hostilities.”Saying the boundary commission had reached a crossroads, Mr. Saleh called on the UN and the Security Council to exercise their “unequivocal legal and moral responsibilities” to ensure the final border decision is marked on the ground in accordance with earlier agreements.He added that “some powers with major interest in the region need to reassess their policies so that the peoples in the region can live in peace and harmony.”Using the right of reply, Ethiopia’s representative said his country was familiar with the “baseless accusations” of Eritrea, which he said was the obstacle to the full implementation of the Algiers Agreements and the boundary commission’s decision.Eritrea had moved its forces into the temporary security zone (TSZ) created by the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) as a demilitarized area, he said, and restricted the legitimate work of the UN mission. 1 October 2007Ethiopia seems to be planning to renounce the accord that ended its border war with Eritrea so that it can renew hostilities, the latter’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, accusing some Security Council members of accommodating the interests of Ethiopia despite its repeated breaches of international law.
Michigan enters its fifth season under Jim Harbaugh with the same questions lingering over the program. Harbaugh has brought steady success back to Ann Arbor. The Wolverines are 38-14 under Harbaugh — the eighth best record among Power 5 teams — and have three 10-win seasons in that stretch. The Wolverines, however, have yet to break through to win the Big Ten conference. Harbaugh is 0-4 against rival Ohio State. The latest loss — a 62-39 blowout in Columbus — led to some offseason coaching changes. MORE: Sporting news’ pre-preseason top 25 for 2019Josh Gattis, brought over from Alabama, is the new offensive coordinator. The Wolverines return Shea Patterson and playmaking receivers on offense, but Don Brown’s defense will have questions in 2019. Michigan is ranked No. 10 in Sporting News’ pre-preseason top 25 for 2019. What can we expect for another pivotal season in Ann Arbor?Michigan football schedule 2019DateOpponentLocationAug. 31Middle Tennessee StateAnn Arbor, Mich.Sept. 7No. 17 ArmyAnn Arbor, Mich.Sept. 14ByeOffSept. 21at No. 22 WisconsinMadison, Wisc.Sept. 28RutgersAnn Arbor, Mich.Oct. 5IowaAnn Arbor, Mich.Oct. 12at IllinoisChampaign, Ill.Oct. 19at No. 12 Penn StateUniversity Park, Pa.Oct. 26No. 8 Notre DameAnn Arbor, Mich.Nov. 2at MarylandCollege Park, Md.Nov. 9ByeOffNov. 16Michigan StateAnn Arbor, Mich.Nov. 23at IndianaBloomington, Ind.Nov. 30No. 5 Ohio StateAnn Arbor, Mich.Dec. 7Big Ten championshipIndianapolisBold denotes Big Ten games.MORE: Early predictions for 2019 seasonMichigan football recruiting 2019Michigan had the top recruiting class in the Big Ten and No. 8 overall haul in 2019, according to 247Sports’ Composite team rankings. Five-star safety Daxton Hill briefly committed to Alabama before flipping back to Michigan, and five-star defensive lineman Chris Hinton stayed committed the whole time. Both will have a chance to play — and perhaps start — as freshmen. Four-star running back Zach Charbonnet, the No. 4 back in the class, also could play right away. Harbaugh isn’t afraid to let young players make an impact early, and this might be his most talented class yet.Michigan football roster 2019Michigan’s football roster will be updated in the spring and fall here.MORE: Big Ten primerWhat to watch from Michigan in 20191. Will the offense open up? This is the biggest question in Ann Arbor. Harbaugh must ditch the conservative offense, and Gattis promises to run an up-tempo, pro-style spread offense like the one the Crimson Tide used last season with Tua Tagovailoa. There is no question Patterson — who had 2,600 yards and 22 touchdowns to seven interceptions — could thrive in that system with the talent Michigan has at receiver. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black and Nico Collins all have NFL potential. Peoples-Jones, a former five-star receiver who had eight catching touchdowns last season, could be an All-American in this system if used properly. Peoples-Jones and Collins have missed the spring because of injuries. That’s something to monitor. Nick Eubanks, a tight end who averaged 19.6 yards per catch with limited targets last season, could be a breakout player. Mike Sainristil has impressed in spring practice. Patterson will have options to spread the football around. 2. Who is the running back? Michigan returns most of an offensive line that improved under Ed Warinner last season, but running back is an open competition with the loss of Karan Higdon, who rushed for 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns. Chris Evans is currently not on the team but could return for fall camp. That leaves an opportunity for Christian Turner, Tru Wilson and perhaps Charbonnet, an early enrollee who is not practicing this spring because of arthroscopic knee surgery. Turner is a good bet to get the first crack at the starting job if Evans does not return by the regular season.3. How will the defense be enhanced? Rashan Gary, Devin Bush, Chase Winovich and David Long are all gone to the NFL. Brown has huge holes to fill on defense, one that allowed an average of 51.5 points in the losses to Ohio State and Florida. Lavert Hill, Khaleke Hudson and Josh Metellus all returned. Josh Uche led the Wolverines with seven sacks last season, and defensive end Luiji Vilain is a breakout candidate generating buzz in spring practice. Devin Gil also and Josh Ross are solid linebackers with experience. Daxton Hill and Hinton could break in right away. This unit will be tested in September in different ways with Middle Tennessee State, Army and Wisconsin. We’ll see what Brown’s defense can do after last season’s disappointing finish.
View image | gettyimages.com Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Local Pakistanis and faith groups mourning the 145 victims—132 of them children—of a Taliban school attack are planning a candlelight vigil in Mineola on Wednesday evening.The brazen attack shocked the world on Tuesday as reports came in describing how ruthless Taliban gunman stormed the Army Public School and Degree College in Pashawar and indiscriminately sprayed bullets into uniformed children and their teachers.“I could not focus since I heard the news,” said Isma Chaudhry, the president-elect of the Islamic Center of Long Island, who was raised in Lahore. “What is most shameful is that this is all done in the name of religion and these are acts beyond any explanation, beyond any sense, beyond any human understanding.”Pakistani troops who responded to the school described a horrific scene of pools of blood and bullet-ridden bodies of lifeless children scattered on the floor. Some students recalled how the Taliban forced them to watch as their teacher was burned alive. None of the attackers survived the siege.The tragedy shocked Pakistani-born Long Islanders who have been struggling to come to terms with the brutal terrorist attack.“These were children,” Chaudhry added. “I have kids…I just cannot imagine such a horrific, heinous action toward anyone, especially kids.”Bashir Qamar, founder of Pakistani American Community of Long Island, a cultural and social organization, said his group will mourn the dead at a candlelight vigil at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building in Mineola at 6 p.m. Wednesday.“We were in sudden shock,” he said. “We were speechless. It was such a sad and tragic incident.” Qamar, who is from Karachi, said he was hoping that the Pakistani Army could put an end to the violence.According to reports, the attack was in retaliation for a Pakistani military offensive against the military group on the Afghan border.“There’s no justification, there is nothing,” added Chaudhry. “It’s something you cannot really comprehend.”When she lived in Pakistan, Chaudhry said her family would travel to Pashawar often. She described it as a “major city” that is home to children who take pride in their education. For some Pakistani children, however, school is not an option because families cannot afford the cost of education, she said.“It’s not something that comes in easy or is taken for granted,” she said. “You should see these kids the way they’re dressed up…because they have a lot of pride.” Chaudhry spoke to friends and family back home shortly after the attack. Everyone is “weeping a loss,” she said.She said interfaith groups from across the region have reached out to the ICLI and expressed deep sadness. An interfaith prayer service is expected to be held at the ICLI’s mosque in Westbury Wednesday afternoon to mourn the victims.The devastating attack came less than a week after Malala Yousafzai became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace prize. Yousafzai survived a Taliban assassination attempt in Pakistan after she was targeted for her pro-education advocacy.“I am heartbroken by this senseless and cold-blooded act of terror in Peshawar that is unfolding before us,” Yousafzai said in a statement. “Innocent children in their school have no place in horror such as this.” View image | gettyimages.com
Miralem Pjanic to transfer from Roma to FC Real! These are claims of agent Luis Vizzini.“I think that Pjanic will transfer to Real Madrid. He is a great player. Of course it is in the interest of every player to play in a team like Real Madrid,” stated Vizzini for Fichajes.com.Thus, Pjanic’s desire to play for his lifelong idol Zinedine Zidane would come true.Roma’s midfielder emphasized him as one of the people who changed his life.B&H midfielder has a contract with Roma until 2018, and Roma would let him go for 50 million EUR.(Source: fokus.ba)