Addis Ababa again fills reservoir for its huge dam on Blue Nile river, announces PM Abiy –– a process that continues to irk downstream neighbours Egypt and Sudan.
Oromo Liberation Army denies its fighters killed over 400 Amhara civilians, the East African country's second-largest ethnic group after the Oromo.
Parliament's announcement comes as African Union calls for a probe into killings in Oromia state's western area, where OLA rebels are accused of killing hundreds of people.
Abiy Ahmed and Abdel Fattah al Burhan meet on the sidelines of a regional conference in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
"Citizens living in the Qellem Wollega zone of Oromia state have been massacred," Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed says, vowing to "eradicate" Oromo Liberation Army.
PM Abiy Ahmed announces formation of a working group led by deputy PM that "will study how we will conduct talks" with Tigrayan rebels to end nearly two-year conflict in Africa's second-most populous nation.
The announcement comes a day after the Ethiopian government declared a surprise truce to enable humanitarian access to Tigray and "pave the way for the resolution of the conflict" in the north of the country.
Set to be the largest hydroelectric scheme in Africa, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is expected to boost Addis Ababa’s electricity power supply.
Tigray rebels launch "robust" military operations in neighbouring Afar, a decision Addis Ababa says is aimed at "cutting off the primary artery of humanitarian aid to Tigray".
General Abebaw Tadesse, Ethiopian Defence Forces' Deputy Army Chief, has said the country will not be at peace until the Tigray People's Liberation Front is eliminated.
The leaders have discussed ways to accelerate dialogue for a negotiated ceasefire and the necessity of addressing the human rights concerns in Ethiopia's Tigray region.
The hospital in the town of Shire where victims were taken reported at least 55 people dead and 126 injured, according to an official in Tigray's capital Mekele.
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