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New warnings of famine and food shortages have been sounded for parts of the Horn of Africa.

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network says more than one-million people in south and southeast Ethiopia face "extreme food insecurity" due to the failure of normal late-year rains.

The U.S.-funded group says pre-famine conditions have emerged in several districts, including Afder, Liban and Gode).

The group says two million people need humanitarian aid in Somalia, mostly in the south, where the poor rainfall has led to widespread crop failure. It also warns of a food crisis in northern Kenya.

It says food aid has been dispatched to the affected regions but that the crisis will likely intensify during the dry season in early 2006.

The United Nations issued humanitarian appeals this month for Somalia and Kenya.

Western donors may withhold $375 million in aid to Ethiopia's government, following the crackdown on opposition leaders and journalists.

The World Bank, European Union and Britain plan to disburse the money through aid organizations, rather than directly to the government, to address the country's widespread poverty.

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

Recently the European Parliament and members of the U.S. Congress had urged their leaders to withhold money from the Ethiopian government to protest what they say are human rights abuses.

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