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World IN BRIEF : ETHIOPIA : Rebels Claim to Hold Two More Towns

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Rebels claimed to have seized two more towns in a 5-day-old offensive that has pitched the country into what the government says is a “dangerous and critical situation.” However, Western diplomats in Addis Ababa said at least two of three major highways stretching north from the capital appeared to be open, contrary to earlier reports. Traffic seemed to be moving on the country’s main north-south artery, which is vital to famine relief in the province of Tigre, the diplomats said.


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