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Conflicting Reports Issued Over Ethiopia Filling Mega-dam

  • AP cites minister denying that dam’s gates have been closed
  • Egypt has warned filling of dam threatens regional security
This satellite image taken July 12, 2020, shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia.
This satellite image taken July 12, 2020, shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia.Maxar Technologies via AP Photo
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Ethiopia began filling the reservoir of its giant Nile dam without signing an agreement on water flows, the state-owned Ethiopian Broadcasting Corp. reported, citing Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister Seleshi Bekele -- a step Egypt has warned will threaten regional security.