Ethiopia, Israel-Palestine, Myanmar.
Today's three stories you should know.
For the first year of Proximities, there was no other story mentioned as much as the criminally underreported war in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. A year ago this month, a peace deal was signed between the government and Tigrayan forces. But there are still huge problems. According to aid agencies, people are still being killed, people are still being raped and people are still going hungry. Today, the Ethiopian government said it was going to hold a referendum to settle a territorial dispute between Tigray and the neighboring Amhara region - a dispute that, were it to spiral out of control, could return the country to full-scale conflict. Ethiopia remains one to watch.
More from BBC here.
Today marks a month of carnage. Since 1,400 Israelis were killed by Hamas on October 7 and 240 kidnapped, Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip has killed more than 10,300 Palestinians, including more than 4,100 children. Today, the UN’s World Health Organization said the level of death and suffering has been “hard to fathom.” "An average of about 160 children are killed every day. Nothing justifies the horror being endured by the civilians in Gaza," WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said. As always, the best place to following developments as they happen is Al Jazeera.
More from Al Jazeera here.
An interesting one. Myanmar and Russia are holding joint naval exercises as the two countries - both relatively isolated on the world stage - draw closer. A civil war has raged in Myanmar since its military toppled a democratically-elected government and threw its leaders in prison in February 2021. Rebels last week captured an important town on the border with China. Shunned in the region, the burgeoning relationship with Russia is a potentially significant boost for Myanmar’s rulers.
More from AP here.