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Finger-pointing begins in Panama Canal row

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Work in progress: The impasse over the 100-year-old waterway could delay construction, which aims to double the canal's shipping capacity. - PHOTO: REUTERS

[PANAMA CITY/MADRID] A bitter dispute between the Panama Canal and a Spanish-led consortium of construction companies over the spiralling cost of expanding one of the world's busiest waterways was years in the making. The two sides are at odds over who should pay for US$1.6 billion in cost