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Africa editor, BBC World Service
Eritrean activists have sued the European Union, demanding it stop funding a project which they say uses forced labour.
National service recruits were set to be used and the Foundation Human Rights for Eritreans (FHRE) says conscripts are "trapped for an indefinite period".
The group, which is based in the Netherlands, accused the EU of failing to conduct adequate checks before it provided more than $85m (£70m) to finance a road linking Eritrea with Ethiopia.
The European Commission said its actions were guided by the rule of law.
Eritrea has complained that the lawsuit, filed in Amsterdam, is part of a demonisation campaign by its opponents.
The UN has described the system of indefinite conscription in Eritrea as slavery.
BBC News Tigrinya
Former Eritrean diplomat Afwerki Abraha has died in the UK after contracting coronavirus, his family say.
The respected former liberation fighter, who was 71 years old and had been in intensive care in London for one month, did not have any underlying health issues, they say.
“Afwerki Abraha was a man who easily made the transition from a fighter to a professional and a loyal person,” his colleague and senior diplomat Haile Menkerios told the BBC.
Before joining the war of independence from Ethiopia, Mr Afwerki had studied political science and qualified as a chemist in Russia.
He went to the front in 1975 from Germany, where he had been living.
After the war he became the first Eritrean diplomat to be posted to Ethiopia.
He then moved on to London, where he was officially based from 1996 until 2001.
After his wife Fatina Ahmedin, an artist and former fighter, was knocked down by a car in London leaving her paralysed, the couple opted to stay in the UK.
One of his relatives told the BBC that Mr Afwerki was devoted to his wife’s care for 20 years “never leaving her alone”.
His friends too have described him as a very committed man who loved his family dearly.
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The president of Eritrea has flown to neighbouring Ethiopia for what officials say are talks about coronavirus and the locust infestation that has been destroying crops in the region.
Isaias Afwerki's arrival in Addis Ababa comes after a prolonged period when he had been not been seen in public at all, which prompted speculation about the state of his health.
It is not clear why the Eritrean leader chose to travel when most other meetings in the region have been conducted via video conference.
Mr Isaias has been leading Eritrea since independence in the early 1990s.
BBC News Tigrinya
Eritrea has begun a nationwide lockdown for 21 days to stem the spread of coronavirus.
The announcement came after the health ministry reported three new cases of the virus, putting the total number of infected individuals at 18.
One of them is a 13-year-old girl, who contracted the disease from her mother who had been abroad.
The other two patients had also arrived in the country before a ban on commercial flights, the health ministry said.
During the lockdown, all citizens in the one-party, highly militarised state, including public sector employees, must stay at home.
One member of each household is allowed to go out to buy essential food items during the day from grocery stores, which can remain open.
Pharmacies and banks are also continuing to provide services, but other trading activities and weekly markets have been stopped.
However, those living in rural areas engaged in farming are exempt from the lockdown as they are involved in food production.
Construction and trucking would also continue to function, the health ministry said.
The lockdown might “entail considerable hardships on the daily lives of citizens”, it admitted.
But the gravity of threat caused by the pandemic meant there was no other option, it said.
African nations are taking tough action to restrict the spread of coronavirus and are increasingly taking steps to protect their economies too.
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BBC News Tigrinya
The Eritrean government has announced it will quarantine visitors coming from China, Italy, South Korea and Iran, as part of its measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
These are some of the countries with the highest number of cases.
When it announced the guidelines, Eritrea’s health ministry said that were still no cases of the coronavirus in the country.
The ministry urged everyone to postpone their travel plans.