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US shipping 85,000 more tons of food to Ethiopia

The United States is sending an additional 85,000 tons of food worth $37.5 million to drought-stricken Ethiopia, the chief of the US foreign aid agency said Friday.

M. Peter McPherson, administrator of the Agency for International Development , said the new assistance is part of an ''enormous outpouring'' of American food aid to African nations. He said the total stood at 537,000 tons of food worth $ 190 million in the past six weeks.

Emergency aid deliveries to a key airstrip in Ethiopia's Wollo Province were suspended Saturday, apparently because of rebel activity, Agence France-Presse reported.

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