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Sudanese protesters take part in a protest in Port Sudan in the east of the country to demand the government's transition to civilian rule, on Oct. 21. Photo: Ibrahim Ishaq/AFP via Getty Images

Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman conveyed U.S. support for a democratic transition in Sudan during talks with the head of its ruling council and the prime minister, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum wrote Saturday on Twitter.

Driving the news: "Feltman emphasized U.S. support for a civilian democratic transition in accordance with the expressed wishes of Sudan’s people," the embassy wrote.

  • Feltman also "urged all actors to recommit to working together to implement the constitutional declaration and Juba Peace Agreement."
  • Sudan's constitutional declaration was signed after a 2018-2019 uprising that resulted in the removal of former President Omar al-Bashir, Reuters reports.

The big picture: Feltman's visit to Sudan comes amid what Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has called the "worst and most dangerous" crisis of Sudan’s transition to democracy, Axios' Dave Lawler reports.

  • Approximately 2,000-3,000 people participated in a sit-in in Khartoum earlier this week after protesters convened to urge the military to overthrow the government.

State of play: After the uprising in 2019, a joint military-civilian council assumed power to lead a 3½ -year transition toward democratic elections.

  • The increasing turmoil is threatening the transition and underscores the tensions between civilians and the generals, Lawler reports.

Go deeper: U.S. envoy to visit Sudan as "most dangerous" crisis intensifies

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State Dept. urges all U.S. citizens to leave Ethiopia "as soon as possible"

Ethiopian soldiers training with a heavy machine gun at an undisclosed camp in September. Photo: Amanuel Sileshi/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia urged Americans to "leave the country as soon as possible" on Friday in response to rebel forces from the northern region of Tigray converging near the capital of Addis Ababa, calling the situation "very fluid."

Why it matters: Ethiopia's government declared a state of emergency on Wednesday over the presence of rebel forces, allowing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to impose curfews, order citizens into military service and restrict the news media.

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Massage, facial, pedicure... intravenous drip?

A salon on the Upper East Side of New York that offers IV drip therapies. Photo: Jennifer A. Kingson/Axios

IV drips — the kind you might get if you're rushed to the hospital — are trending as a spa treatment, thanks in part to endorsements by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Madonna.

Why it matters: Like other "wellness" trends with a whiff of medical imprimatur, IV nutrient drips can be harmless or mildly restorative — or go awry, particularly in the wrong hands.

U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.