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World 17 Oct 2014 | 2:20 PM Premium

Pacific protesters in canoes, kayaks target Australian coal port

NEWCASTLE Australia (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters on Friday joined environmental activists from a dozen South Pacific countries attempting to halt shipping at the world's largest coal export terminal in eastern Australia by forming a blockade with canoes, surfboards and kayaks. The action at the entrance to the Port of Newcastle briefly interrupted ships heading to open waters under a police marine escort but failed to bring any coal vessels to a halt.