Sudan summons Ethiopian envoy over suspected cross-border attack

Sudan summoned the Ethiopian Chargé d’Affaires on Saturday over a border attack by suspected Ethiopian militias that killed and wounded several Sudanese army personnel as well as civilians. (AFP)
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Updated 30 May 2020

Sudan summons Ethiopian envoy over suspected cross-border attack

  • Thursday’s attack targeted a camp in the eastern city of Al-Qadarif

KHARTOUM: Sudan summoned the Ethiopian Chargé d’Affaires on Saturday over a border attack by suspected Ethiopian militias that killed and wounded several Sudanese army personnel and civilians, it said in a statement.
Thursday’s attack targeted a camp in the eastern city of Al-Qadarif, the official SUNA news agency said.
A Sudanese military spokesman blamed militias “supported by Ethiopia” for the attack, according to SUNA.
There was no immediate comment from Addis Adaba.
Some Ethiopian groups have used farmland in the Sudanese al Fashqa border region for decades. The former Sudanese government of deposed veteran leader Omar Al-Bashir turned a blind eye, but the current transitional authorities in Khartoum are trying to expel the groups.
Sudan’s foreign ministry statement said the attack killed and wounded “a number of officers and personnel of the armed forces and Sudanese citizens, including children.” No other details were given.
The attack happened while Khartoum was preparing for a meeting of a high-level joint committee on border issues, the statement said.


GOP’s Romney, long a Trump critic, voted — but not for Trump

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GOP’s Romney, long a Trump critic, voted — but not for Trump

  • It was the latest chapter in the bitter history between the two men

WASHINGTON: Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he’s voted in the Nov. 3 election — but not for the leader of his party.
“I did not vote for President Trump,” the Utah senator told CNN. He did not say whom he did vote for.
It was the latest chapter in the bitter history between the two men, who represent two wings of the modern Republican Party. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, has said publicly that the New York real estate magnate is unfit for the presidency. In 2016, Romney wrote in the name of his wife, Ann, rather than vote for Donald Trump, the GOP presidential nominee.
Then, President-elect Trump appeared to court Romney for secretary of state, culminating in a now-famous photo of the two eating dinner in New York. Trump later said he was trying to humiliate Romney, and the Cabinet post instead went to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson.
In the Senate, Romney was the lone Republican to vote for Trump’s impeachment earlier this year.