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Bianca Jagger leads Nicaragua canal protest
by Staff Writers
La Fonseca, Nicaragua (AFP) Aug 15, 2017


Celebrity rights activist Bianca Jagger lent star power on Tuesday to a protest against the building of a major canal in her native Nicaragua.

The 72-year-old is a former actress and ex-wife of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger.

She joined dozens of demonstrators who marched in La Fonseca, a remote village on a dirt track, where her visit caused a commotion.

They say La Fonseca and other places along the proposed canal route will be destroyed by the project.

"I am here to give them my support and to show them that they are not alone, that their cause is just," Jagger told AFP.

She called on Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega to scrap the project.

They were protesting against plans to build a major waterway that Nicaragua's leader hopes will rival the Panama Canal to the south.

Nicaragua has authorized Chinese firm HKND to build and operate the canal.

Activists estimate that between 30,000 and 120,000 people could be displaced from their land by the development.

They have challenged the project at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

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McDonald's to nearly double outlets in China
Beijing (AFP) Aug 8, 2017
Fast food giant McDonald's said Tuesday it would almost double the number of restaurants in China over the next five years as it refocuses on international markets amid slowing US sales. The Illinois-based burger chain will add 2,000 stores to its current 2,500 in China and aim for double-digit sales growth in each of the next five years, McDonald's said in a statement. In particular, it ... read more

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