Ethiopian PM rejects Tigray conflict talks in AU meeting

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has again ruled out dialogue with the leaders of the defiant Tigray region but said he was willing to speak to representatives “operating legally” there during his meeting. That came in a meeting Friday with three African Union special envoys trying to end the deadly conflict between federal troops and the region’s forces. The talks occurred as people continued to flee the Tigray capital in fear of an imminent assault after Abiy said the army had been ordered to move in for the “final phase” of an offensive to arrest the defiant Tigray People’s Liberation Front leaders.