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US removes Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea from duty-free trade programme over alleged rights violations and recent coups.

  The United States has cut Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea out of a duty-free trade programme over alleged human rights violations and recent coups. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="413"]People walk to get food distributed in Tigray. US says it is 'deeply concerned' by the gross human rights violations being perpetrated by the government of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other parties in northern Ethiopia [File: Ben Curtis/AP Photo][/caption]In a statement on Saturday, the US Trade Representative (USTR) said it terminated the three countries from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) “due to actions taken by each of their governments in violation of the AGOA Statute”.
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