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Suez canal reopens after blockage
The Suez canal has reopened after tug boats moved a cargo ship which had blocked the canal on Wednesday.

Traffic in one of the world's busiest waterways is now moving again.

The 93,000-metric ton Hong Kong-flagged ship drifted from its path and became wedged across the canal as it travelled from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.

The canal is among Egypt's highest revenue-earners - lost income is estimated to be several million dollars for each day that the canal is closed.

The incident happened at 1100 local time (0900 GMT) on Wednesday near the town of Ismailiya, Egyptian officials said.

They said strong winds may have been a factor.

Some 7.5% of world sea trade passes through the canal, which is 190km long (118 miles) and 300m wide (984ft) at its narrowest point.

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