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At least 32 people are dead and dozens more injured after two suicide bombers blew up a market in Baghdad on Thursday morning. No group has yet taken credit for the attack—the first of its kind in Baghdad in several years—but Iraqi military officials are attributing it to the Islamic State.
The House and Senate both approved a waiver on Thursday allowing former Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as Defense Secretary, despite retiring from military service in 2016, less than the requisite seven years ago. Austin is expected to be confirmed to his post later today.
Humanitarian groups who have finally been permitted access to parts of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, which was convulsed by civil war late last year when the federal government attacked the former local ruling party, say the conflict has created a severe humanitarian crisis. “Every time we reach a new area, we find food, water, health services depleted, and a lot of fear among the population,” an official with Doctors Without Borders told Reuters. “Everybody is asking for food.” The region has been a black hole of information since the government shut down internet and phone access to the area in early November.