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Report: Donors to Withhold $375 Million From Ethiopia

A published report says donors plan to withhold $375 million in aid from Ethiopia in light of the government's response to recent opposition-led protests.

The Financial Times newspaper quotes the World Bank's director in Ethiopia Ishac Diwan as saying the World Bank, the European Union, Britain and other donors will consider disbursing funds in other ways to address the country's massive poverty.

At least 46 people were killed and thousands detained during clashes between security forces and opposition protesters last month. The violence erupted during anti-government protests against alleged fraud in last May's parliamentary elections won by Ethiopia's ruling party.

Wednesday, an Ethiopian judge ordered a group of 131 opposition leaders, journalists and others detained during the protests to remain in custody after most boycotted a bail hearing.

Those detainees have been charged with treason and genocide.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.