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Ethiopia ratifies disputed pact on Nile

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Ethiopia’s Parliament on Thursday ratified an accord that replaces colonial-era deals that awarded Egypt and Sudan the majority of the world’s longest river.

The vote comes amid a bout of verbal jousting between Ethiopia and Egypt after Ethiopia last month started to divert Nile waters for a massive hydroelectric dam.

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Ethiopia’s growing economy frequently suffers from power outages and needs more capacity. But Egypt fears the dam will mean a diminished share of the Nile.

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