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        6/13/2013, Tammuz 5, 5773

      Ethiopia Votes to Use More Nile Water

      The Ethiopian parliament voted, Thursday afternoon, to approve a program to increase its use of water from the "Blue" branch of the Nile River. The vote is viewed as increasing a diplomatic crisis with Egypt, downstream, over the Addis Ababa government's intent to build a new dam on the river.

      Senior Egyptian officials have spoken out sharply against the dam in recent days, including threats of war. Egyptian army spokesmen have rejected talk of a military option, saying the crisis is in the diplomatic realm.