Ethiopia

An air strike killed dozens of people in a the town of Tagogon in Ethiopia's Tigray region, an eyewitness and a medical official told Reuters on Wednesday, a day after residents said new fighting had flared in recent days north of the regional capital Mekelle.

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has denied that there is hunger in the country's war-torn Tigray region.

Ethiopia's elections chief said complaints by the opposition of irregularities in two regions risked tarnishing polls on Monday billed by the government as the country's first free and fair vote after decades of repression.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed says the government wants a "peaceful, democratic" election and urges for unity during the inauguration of the rebuilt Meskel Square ahead of the country's approaching election.

The northern highlands of Ethiopia became a global byword for famine in the mid-1980s, when drought and conflict combined to create a disaster that killed as many as one million people. Now hunger is stalking the Tigray region again, and a senior UN official alleges that starvation is being used as a weapon of war.

The northern highlands of Ethiopia became a global byword for famine in the mid-1980s, when drought and conflict combined to create a disaster that killed as many as one million people.

Millions more across Tigray require urgent food and agriculture support to avert further slides towards famine, analysis says.

UN humanitarian chief warns the lives of hundreds of thousands of people are at risk, with famine imminent.

UN’s World Food Programme says hunger levels are increasing in the northern Ethiopian region as it appeals for $203m to scale up the response.

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