A growing thirst for the Nile

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"Egypt is the gift of the Nile," commented the Greek historian Herodotus back in the 5th Century BC.

The world's longest river, which runs through this desert country, produced its ancient civilisation and remains its main source of water.

But now Egypt is defending its historic rights to extract more from the Nile than any other country against calls for change to long-existing agreements.

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