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Britain Suspends Aid to Ethiopia Over Post-Election Violence

Britain has suspended a planned increase in aid to Ethiopia over post-election violence that has left at least 36 people dead.

Britain's International Development Minister Hilary Benn says $35 million in aid has been put on hold while Britain waits to see how the situation in Ethiopia develops.

Mr. Benn, who is visiting Ethiopia, says he expressed Britain's concern about the violence to Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Last week, Ethiopian security forces opened fire on protesters who said the ruling party fixed parliamentary elections last month.

Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that police have arrested thousands of people across the country in response to the protests.

Preliminary election results show the ruling party has won a majority of seats, but the opposition also has claimed victory.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.