Human rights groups and the United States said U.N. Human Rights Council elections Friday gave abusive countries a seat at a table where they should be called out, as nations including the Philippines and Eritrea won an uncontested election.
It was one week after 9/11, and the world's attention was on New York City. The recent terrorist attack had changed the world forever, but in a small country in the Horn of Africa, things were about to alter even more drastically.
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki signed a peace agreement in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, the second peace deal reached since July between the once warring African countries.
The top U.S. diplomat for Africa welcomed a rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea ending two decades of hostility but said concerns over Eritrea's human rights record hindered cooperation with Washington.
The Latest on Ethiopia and Eritrea's diplomatic thaw (all times local): 6:05 p.m. Ethiopia's leader says troops on both sides will withdraw from the border with Eritrea, shortly after the countries officially opened the border following two decades of tensions.
The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea re-opened crossing points on their shared border on Tuesday for the first time in 20 years, clearing the way for trade between the former foes after a stunning reconciliation.
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