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Panama Canal turns 100 tomorrow

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Vital passage: The Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal, which opened on Aug 15, 1914 with the passage of the steamship Ancon. A hundred years later, more than a million ships have crossed the 80-kilometre canal, which today handles 5% of the world's maritime trade. - PHOTO: AFP

[PANAMA CITY] The Panama Canal, one of the 20th century's greatest engineering triumphs, celebrates 100 years tomorrow, facing competition from rival projects and delays in the expansion aimed at ensuring its 21st century relevance. The product of decades of failed efforts and a final 10 years