By SAMY MAGDY
CAIRO (AP) — Ethiopia has killed seven Sudanese soldiers and a civilian in a border area. It’s the latest sign of the deteriorating ties between the two east African nations. A Sudanese military statement late Sunday described the killings as a “cowardly act” and added that Khartoum will retaliate accordingly. The statement provided no details as to who the eight were or how they ended up in Ethiopian hands. Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the killings in what it described as “a tragic incident.” It said a Sudanese military unit crossed into Ethiopia with the support of rebels from the Tigray region. Ties between the neighbors have deteriorated in recent years amid a long-running border dispute.