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Passengers sing and dance during the first flight between the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and the Eritrean capital Asmara in twenty years. Photo: Michael Tewelde/AFP/Getty Images

The first commercial flight between Ethiopia and Eritrea in two decades took place today after a landmark agreement between the two countries earlier this month ended a prolonged and deadly border dispute.

The details: Passengers celebrated the historic event, taking selfies, as well as dancing and singing during the 60-minute flight, per BBC News. Some reportedly broke-down in tears upon their arrival in Asmara, as they met relatives and friends for the first time since the standoff started in 1998.

  • Local reports said tickets for the inaugural fight from Addis Ababa to Asmara on Ethiopian Airlines sold out within few hours.
  • The airline shared a photo on Twitter of two pilots in the plane's cockpit. "The clock is ticking for our historic flight to #Asmara. #Familyreunion #Ethiopia #Eritrea," the tweet reads.

The backdrop: Border tensions between the nations stem from Eritrea's secession from Ethiopia in 1993. A peace agreement was signed in 2000 to end the conflict, but hostilities persisted. The countries' leaders last week declared an end to the war.

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U.S. Capitol and stage are lit at sunrise ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. Photo: Patrick Semansky - Pool/Getty Images

President Trump has delivered a farewell speech and departed Washington for the last time on Air Force One, kicking off the day that will culminate with President-elect Joe Biden taking office.

The state of play: Biden and Vice President-elect Biden have arrived at the Capitol. Members of congressional leadership and VIPs will soon be introduced. Watch a livestream here.

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President Trump's outgoing antitrust chief Makan Delrahim on Tuesday endorsed a proposal from House Democrats that would put new limits on acquisitions by large companies, during comments made at a Duke University event.

Why it matters: Momentum is building for major antitrust reform, updating rules that were written for railroads instead of routers.

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President Trump and his family took off on Air Force One at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning for the final time en route to Florida.

The big picture: Trump's final hours as president were punctuated by his decisions to snub his successor's inauguration and grant pardons to many of his allies who have been swept up in corruption scandals.