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Ethiopian Inflation Tops 35% in December as Food Costs Surge

  • Annual consumer prices up from 33%; food index increased 41.6%
  • Price pressures exacerbated by civil war in northern region
A woman waits for customers in Mekele.

A woman waits for customers in Mekele.

Photographer: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

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Ethiopia inflation accelerated to the highest level in almost a decade in December as the cost of food surged amid a civil war in the Horn of Africa nation.