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Funding evaporates for Nicaragua's $50 billion ocean-to-ocean canal

Managua - Nicaragua's ambitious dream of building a canal to rival Panama's famous waterway looks in peril as doubts pile up over whether its Chinese investor can cough up the $50 billion needed, analysts say.

Nicaragua renews environmental permit for Chinese canal project

Managua - Nicaragua has renewed an environmental permit for a Chinese company to go ahead with planned construction of a cross-country shipping canal to rival the one in Panama, a government document published Wednesday showed.

Fight against planned Nicaragua Canal goes to inter-American body

Managua - A rural movement in Nicaragua that opposes the government's plan to build a cross-country canal to rival Panama's on Wednesday said it has taken its fight to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Police block farmers' protest against planned Nicaragua canal

Juigalpa - Police in Nicaragua blocked thousands of farmers and rural residents from holding a march against a government plan to build a canal across the country, potentially carving up their land."They are closing off all the roads.

Anti-canal protesters accuse Nicaragua police of blocking convoy

Managua - Nicaraguan police fired teargas and rubber bullets at a convoy of people protesting a giant cross-country canal project that threatens to boot them off their land, according to organizers.

Iran interested in proposed Chinese-built canal in Nicaragua

Managua - Iranian firms want to participate in the construction of a massive canal across Nicaragua that a Chinese company has vowed to build, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said Wednesday.

Newly expanded Panama Canal opens for bigger business

Panama - Panama is preparing to officially open its canal this weekend to far bigger cargo ships after nearly a decade of expansion work aimed at boosting transit revenues and global trade.

Sights of spring along a Hertfordshire waterway Special

Stanstead - Spring, as they say, has sprung and what better time to explore the delights of the English countryside? Digital Journal's London-based reporter takes a wander along the River Lee.

Panama aims at end June for much-delayed canal expansion

Panama - Panama is aiming to inaugurate its newly expanded canal at the end of June, the head of the state canal authority said Wednesday, nearly two years behind schedule and $2 billion over budget.

Tens of thousands of fish moved as Paris canal gets clean-up

Paris - Paris authorities have moved tens of thousands of fish to clean up the Canal Saint-Martin, a popular waterway commissioned by Napoleon that attracts hordes of tourists and revellers.

Panama canal expansion to be complete 'around May': President

Panama - Panama's expansion of its century-old canal, which has suffered costly overruns and major delays, is now to be complete "around the month of May," President Juan Carlos Varela said Saturday.

A year after work starts, little sign of Nicaragua canal

Rivas - A year ago, to much fanfare, a Chinese consortium planning on building a canal across Nicaragua to rival the century-old one in neighboring Panama started inital work with a target completion date of 2020.

Builders vow to repair leak in Panama Canal

Madrid - Builders of a massive, trouble-plagued expansion of the Panama Canal said Thursday they will make repairs after the authorities there said it had sprung a leak.

Egypt's Sisi inaugurates 'new Suez Canal'

Ismailia - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi staged a lavish ceremony Thursday to unveil a "new" Suez Canal, seeking to boost the country's economy and international standing by expanding the vital waterway.

Facts about Egypt's 'new Suez canal'

Cairo - Egypt is to inaugurate an expansion of the Suez Canal on Thursday, which it is touting as a boost to world trade. Here are some facts about the project to increase the capacity of the key waterway connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.

Egypt seeks cash, prestige boost with 'new Suez Canal'

Cairo - Egypt is set to inaugurate a "new Suez Canal" waterway touted as an achievement rivalling the digging of the original, as it seeks to boost both its economy and international standing.

Water test begins for wider Panama Canal

Panama - Crews began flooding part of the widened Panama Canal for its first operational tests, the group responsible for the massive project said.

Wider Panama Canal set for water trial

Panama - Water will start rushing into the newly expanded Panama Canal on Thursday in one area that was widened, ahead of the waterway's April 2016 re-inauguration.

Florida dad catches 2-m shark in backyard canal where sons play

Miami - A South Florida dad was stunned when he caught a 2-meter shark he believes was a bull shark in the backyard canal where his sons often play. He captured the incident on his phone camera before he returned the fish to the water.

Mystery of 16ft python found dead in British canal

A 16ft-long reticulated python has been found floating in a canal in Lancashire, England, leading to a police appeal for information on how the dangerous animal came to be in the water.

Police deny two killed in Nicaragua canal protests

Managua - Police denied Wednesday that two demonstrators were killed in a crackdown on hundreds of Nicaraguan farmers protesting the construction of a $50 billion canal across their land.

Thousands protest in Nicaragua capital over planned canal

Managua - Thousands of small-scale farmers, youths and activists protested Wednesday in Nicaragua against a planned canal they say threatens to take their land and pollute Central America's largest freshwater lake.

Panama Canal expansion uncovered paleontological treasures

Panama City - Panama Canal expansion work has uncovered an unexpected trove of archeological and paleontological treasures, scientists said, as the massive construction project winds down.

A century of hard work on the Panama Canal

Panama City - From painter Paul Gauguin's illness-ridden misadventure in the Central American rainforest to tugboat captain Eileen Vinueza's purple nail polish and sneakers, working on the Panama Canal has changed considerably in the past century.

'Spotless' next up on Canal's quest for international audience

Canal Plus, greenlit the crime drama “Spotless.” The new show is one of many the French pay-cable giant recently added to its lineups, with one distinction: The show was created by an American and a Brit, and is intended for an international audience.

Deal reached resolving Panama Canal row

Panama City - A row over $1.6 billion in cost overruns on construction to widen the Panama Canal has been resolved, the parties said Friday, ensuring completion of the massive project.The Panama Canal Authority and the consortium "Grupo Unidos por el Canal" (GUPC) a...

Spain-led group says deal struck on Panama Canal row

Madrid - A Spanish-led consortium said on Friday it had struck a deal resolving a financial dispute over its expansion of the Panama Canal, which handles five percent of world maritime trade.The multi-billion-dollar project to build extra locks on the 80-kilome...

Work resumes to expand Panama Canal

Panama City - A Spanish-led consortium resumed work to expand the Panama Canal, which handles five percent of global seaborne trade, after an acrimonious two-week stalemate over $1.6 billion in cost overruns.Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), which sent its workers b...

Work to resume on widening of Panama Canal     

Panama City - Work to widen the Panama Canal will resume on Thursday, an official said, two weeks after the huge project was suspended over $1.6 billion in cost overruns.Canal administrator Jorge Quijano told AFP that the consortium involved, Grupo Unidos por el Can...

A canal across Nicaragua: is this for real?

Managua - It would be an engineering feat of gargantuan proportions -- a $40 billion Chinese-built canal across Nicaragua to boost the flow of ships between the Caribbean and the Pacific.Proponents point to jobs galore, a huge rise in GDP and other juicy benefit...
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Looking up the Welland Canal from Lock 3 heading toward Port Dalhousie on Lake St. Clair in Ontario ...
Looking up the Welland Canal from Lock 3 heading toward Port Dalhousie on Lake St. Clair in Ontario, Canada.
The canals of Amsterdam originally served for defense  water management and transport. Today they ar...
The canals of Amsterdam originally served for defense, water management and transport. Today they are mainly used for tourism.
Ducks on the bank of the canal  early in the morning as the sun comes up.
Ducks on the bank of the canal, early in the morning as the sun comes up.
A view of the River Lee  just after lock number 4.
A view of the River Lee, just after lock number 4.
A large laker heads out of the Welland Canal  Lock 3  in St. Catherines  heading toward Lake St. Cla...
A large laker heads out of the Welland Canal, Lock 3 in St. Catherines, heading toward Lake St. Clair as another large Comercial laker waits to enter from the other direction to be lowered toward Lake Ontario.
Venice  Italy 2011
Venice, Italy 2011
Venice  Italy 2011
Venice, Italy 2011
A slight weathered canal boat  brought to life with a small garden atop.
A slight weathered canal boat, brought to life with a small garden atop.
Venice  Italy 2011
Venice, Italy 2011
Venice: Shore View
Venice: Shore View
The water fills raising the large laker above the lock walls at Lock 3 on the Welland Canal.
The water fills raising the large laker above the lock walls at Lock 3 on the Welland Canal.
Venice  Italy 2011
Venice, Italy 2011
A woman in the distance  walking along the side of the River Lee.
A woman in the distance, walking along the side of the River Lee.
Amwell Nature Reserve is situated south of Ware and is managed by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust...
Amwell Nature Reserve is situated south of Ware and is managed by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
The River Lea on a late winter s morning.
The River Lea on a late winter's morning.
Venice  Italy 2011
Venice, Italy 2011
Looking West toward the railway Bridge at Lock 29 on the Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park Trail. Ju...
Looking West toward the railway Bridge at Lock 29 on the Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park Trail. June 19, 2013
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A shot of the River Lee in springtime.
A shot of the River Lee in springtime.
Stanstead Lock (No4) is a lock on the River Lee Navigation close to the villages of Stanstead Abbott...
Stanstead Lock (No4) is a lock on the River Lee Navigation close to the villages of Stanstead Abbotts and St Margarets.
A large laker waits to lock through Lock 3 of the Welland Canal.
A large laker waits to lock through Lock 3 of the Welland Canal.

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