Thousands join Ethiopia-Eritrea peace run


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Thousands of Ethiopians and Eritreans took part in a 10-kilometre reconciliation run Sunday in Addis Ababa in the first joint sporting event since the former bitter foes launched a rapid diplomatic thaw in July.

The peace run through the Ethiopian capital caught a new positive mood after years of “cold war”.

The two countries fought a war from 1998-2000 that left an estimated 80,000 people dead on both sides.

Reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took over in Addis Ababa in April and kicked off peace moves, agreeing to hand back disputed areas to Eritrea.

The neighbours have restored diplomatic ties, trade and phone links, resumed flights and re-opened their common borders.

Sunday was the first athletics event for the new friends and Ethiopian Mohammed Ahmed said he took…

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