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Extra! Lebanon's Waste Collection Crisis

Beirut has been facing a major trash collection crisis for nearly two weeks after the city's primary landfill site was declared full and closed. Without a place to dispose of the 3,000 tons of trash generated daily in Lebanon's capital, it's everywhere.

But as the situation begins to change, Lebenese daily Al-Mustaqbal"s Wednesday edition features two contrasting photos. A street filled with garbage is pictured alongside one of a street being cleaned up by employees of Sukleen, a private company in charge of garbage removal in the capital.

The beginning of cleanup comes after a week of relentless criticism against the government, which had been nable to find a permanent solution to the landfill's closure. Demonstrators blocked several roads, especially the one where the Environment Ministry is situated. But on Monday, Prime Minister Tammam Salam, who threatened to resign if no decision was made about the crisis, announced after heading a ministerial committee that trash collection would immediately resume and woud be distributed to undisclosed locations.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: Al-Mustaqbal ("The Future") is an Arabic language daily newspaper headquartered in Beirut. It was founded in 1995.

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Tracking The Asian Fishing "Armada" That Sucks Up Tons Of Seafood Off Argentina's Coast

A brightly-lit flotilla of fishing ships has reappeared in international waters off the southern coast of Argentina as it has annually in recent years for an "industrial harvest" of thousands of tons of fish and shellfish.

Photo of dozens of crab traps

An estimated 500 boats gather annually off the coast of Patagonia

Claudio Andrade

BUENOS AIRES — The 'floating city' of industrial fishing boats has returned, lighting up a long stretch of the South Pacific.

Recently visible off the coast of southern Argentina, aerial photographs showed the well-lit armada of some 500 vessels, parked 201 miles offshore from Comodoro Rivadavia in the province of Chubut. The fleet had arrived for its vast seasonal haul of sea 'products,' confirming its annual return to harvest squid, cod and shellfish on a scale that activists have called an environmental blitzkrieg.

In principle the ships are fishing just outside Argentina's exclusive Economic Zone, though it's widely known that this kind of apparent "industrial harvest" does not respect the territorial line, entering Argentine waters for one reason or another.

For some years now, activists and organizations like Greenpeace have repeatedly denounced industrial-style fishing as exhausting marine resources worldwide and badly affecting regional fauna, even if the fishing outfits technically manage to evade any crackdown by staying in or near international waters.

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