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Hundreds of Lankan refugees detained in Canada

VANCOUVER:  Canada’s independent Immigration and Refugee Board has ordered the continued detention of all 443 adult Tamil asylum seekers who arrived August 13 aboard the cargo ship MV Sun Sea.

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A 100-km traffic jam in China

BEIJING:  A massive traffic jam in north China that stretches for dozens of miles and hit its 10-day mark on Tuesday stems from road construction in Beijing that won’t be finished until the middle of next month, an official said.
 Bumper-to-bumper gridlock spanning for 100 kilometre with cars moving little more than a kilometre a day at one point has improved since this weekend, said Mr Zhang Minghai, director of Zhangjiakou city’s Traffic Management Bureau general office.

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Renewing settlement activity could derail talks, warns Abbas

JERUSALEM: As the Palestinian Authority prepares to resume direct negotiations with Israel, its chief Mr Mahmoud Abbas has warned that any effort to renew construction activities in the settlements would lead to the collapse of direct talks.

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33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 17 days found alive

COPIAPO:  All 33 Chilean miners trapped deep underground for 17 days have been found alive, Chile’s president confirmed on Sunday.
 But as relatives celebrated outside the San Jose mine at Copiapo, 800 kilometre, north of Santiago, rescue workers said it could take four months to get them out.

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Alarming shrinkage in mangroves worldwide

WASHINGTON: New satellite imagery shows an alarming shrinkage in mangrove forests worldwide.

The imagery reveals that approximately 1,37,760 sq km of mangroves exist, which is 12.3 per cent less than the previous estimates.

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