Egypt gets more than 90 percent of its water from the Nile. The new giant dam in Ethiopia has sparked concern that not enough Nile water will get through and the fertile plains along the river will dry out.
Egypt has long worried that Ethiopia's planned Grand Renaissance Dam will cut its share of the Nile River. Both countries tried to put fears of a water war to rest at a bilateral meeting in Cairo.
The chief engineer of Ethiopia's most ambitious project was shot dead in Addis Ababa. The project had raised tensions with Ethiopia's neighbors, who have feared that their access to the Nile River would be disrupted.
An Egyptian pop singer has been sentenced to prison for suggesting that drinking from the Nile leads to a parasitic illness. It's the latest case against artists in the country.
Four decades ago, Israeli and Egyptian leaders managed to end years of hostilities with the help of a US president. Their experiences with the horrors of violence led them to find peace in a broken region.
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