News 16 may — 14:47

Philippines recalls envoy, consuls from Canada over rubbish row

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The Philippines has recalled its ambassador and consuls from Canada in an escalation of a festering diplomatic row over tonnes of rubbish shipped to the Southeast Asian nation, Al Jazeera reports.

Ties have been deteriorating since a Canadian company sent about 100 shipping containers that included rotting rubbish wrongly labelled as recyclable to Philippine ports in 2013 and 2014.

Manila set a May 15 deadline for Canada to take it back, after President Rodrigo Duterte criticised Ottawa over the issue last month.

Canada has since said it is working to arrange for the containers' return, but has not said when exactly that might happen.

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