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Go-ahead for artificial isles

The Israeli government has approved a $3bn (£1,885bn) scheme to build two artificial islands in the Mediterranean Sea. One island off the coast of Tel Aviv will serve as an alternative site for the city's Sde Dov Airport while the second will provide housing off the coast of Bat Yam. Work on the airport is expected to begin in 2004, with the residential island due to start in 2005.

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