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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tweeted Thursday that he's sent forces to the western Benishangul-Gumuz region, where gunmen killed more than 100 people a day earlier.

Why it matters: Wednesday's attack on the village of Bekoji is the latest massacre in Ethiopia as ethnic tensions escalate over land and other resources. The violence has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.

What they're saying: "The massacre of civilians in Benishangul-Gumuz region is very tragic," Abiy said in a Twitter post, translated by Reuters. "The government, to solve the root causes of the problem, has deployed a necessary force."

The big picture: Ethiopia has faced consistent outbreaks of deadly violence since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was appointed in 2018.

  • In the northern region of Tigray, Ethiopia’s military have been fighting the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a renegade political faction.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of Abiy's announcement.

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Why it matters: The probe follows the forced exit of Timnit Gebru, a prominent researcher also on the AI ethics team at Google whose ouster ignited a firestorm among Google employees.

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Why it matters: The president-elect is 78 years old and therefore a high risk for the virus and its worst effects, despite having received the vaccine. While President Trump's team was nonchalant about COVID protocols — leading to several super-spreader episodes — the new rules will apply to all White House aides in "high proximity to principals."

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The Department of Justice told Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Tuesday that it will not move forward with insider trading charges against him.

Why it matters: The decision, first reported by the New York Times, effectively ends the DOJ's investigation into the senator's stock sell-off that occurred after multiple lawmakers were briefed about the coronavirus' potential economic toll. Burr subsequently stepped down as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.