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Red Cross ambulances arrive with patients who were injured in a deadly airstrike on a market. Photo: YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images.

As many as 900,000 in Ethiopia's Tigray region are facing famine conditions and millions more are at risk, Samantha Power, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, said Friday, per AP.

Why it matters: Tigray is experiencing the world's worst hunger crisis in a decade, while the prime minister has said there is "no hunger" in the region, according to AP.

  • The new USAID analysis more than doubles previous estimates issued earlier this month by the United Nations and aid groups.

The big picture: The real number of people facing famine conditions is unknown as fighting persists and restrictions keep aid workers from entering the region.

  • Earlier this week, Ethiopia's military took responsibility for a deadly airstrike on a marketplace in Tigray that killed at least 64 people.

What they're saying: “Conditions will worsen in the coming months, particularly as Tigray enters the July-to-September lean season, unless humanitarian assistance reaches the populations most in need,” the new USAID analysis says, per AP.

Go deeper: Ethiopia holds a vital, flawed election

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Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Sep 8, 2021 - Health

COVID didn't lead to a pandemic of hunger in the U.S.

Data: U.S. Department of Agriculture; Chart: Axios Visuals

New data shows rates of hunger among U.S. households didn't spike in 2020, despite the effects of the pandemic.

The big picture: Economic downturns as sharp as the one experienced during the worst of COVID-19 last year usually result in devastating spikes in hunger. 1 in 10 households are still food insecure, but massive increases in aid helped avert much worse.

Gaming CEO calls on industry to help fight climate change

"Catalyst Black." Screenshot: Super Evil Megacorp

Gaming CEO Kristian Segerstrale is calling on leaders in his industry to take action on climate change, after completing a $1.4 million fundraising campaign this summer.

Why it matters: Gaming's pandemic-fueled boom creates an opportunity, and maybe even an obligation, to do some good.

3 hours ago - World

U.S. releases updated vaccination, testing rules for foreign travelers

Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

Foreign travelers will be allowed entry to the U.S. beginning Nov. 8 if they can provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with a shot authorized by the World Health Organization and a negative test within three days of departure, the White House announced Monday.

Why it matters: The updated guidance, which exempts children under the age of 18 from the vaccine requirement, is intended to provide further clarity for airlines and foreign nationals who have been restricted from traveling to the U.S. since early 2020.