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Why nerves are jangling on the border between Ethiopia and Sudan

Why nerves are jangling on the border between Ethiopia and Sudan

Conflict over farmland in al-Fashaga threatens to spark a war

(Economist)–At first sight it looks an unremarkable place. Open savannah scattered with thatched-roof homesteads. Bumpy and unpaved roads. Upturned soil that appears rocky and blackened.

But then come Sudanese soldiers. One is on a tractor. Another walks through a field, cigarette in one hand, rifle in the other. Tanks face east towards Ethiopia.

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