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, city (1986 pop. 190,579), capital of Aswan governorate, S Egypt, on the Nile River at the First Cataract. It is one of the driest cities in the world.
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Aswan, Assuan, Assouan
an ancient town in SE Egypt, on the Nile, just below the First Cataract. Pop.: 249 000 (2005 est.)