In this Oct. 6, 2017 photo, boats sail on the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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Tensions between Egypt and upstream Nile basin countries Sudan and Ethiopia flared up again Thursday over the construction and the effects of a massive dam being built by Ethiopia on the Blue Nile, the waterway's main tributary. A mostly desert nation of some 100 million people, Egypt fears the dam would reduce its vital share of the Nile waters and accuses Addis Ababa of not sufficiently cooperating on containing the dam's effects. Seeking to portray Egypt as a bullying neighbor, Ibrahim Ghandour, Sudan's foreign minister this week said Cairo was only unhappy about the dam because it would stop it from using some of Sudan's own share of the river's waters.To Egypt, the most alarming effect of the dam is the length of time it would take the Ethiopians to fill the large water reservoir behind it.
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