Blinken, a longtime adviser to President Joe Biden who has vowed to repair US alliances, is approved by a vote of 78-22.
There was no immediate comment from Ethiopia’s government, which has been fighting the Tigray regional forces since a November 4 attack on a military base there.
The explosion went off shortly after the convoy of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah entered Gaza through a crossing with Israel. Hamdallah is reported to be unharmed after the blast.
Washington complains to Moscow about accusations of increasing incidents of harassment of diplomats from the US and other western countries in Russia over the past two years.
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