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Jeers, scuffles as trial of 2013 Spanish train disaster that killed 80 begins

MADRID (Reuters) -The trial of a Spanish train driver and a former head of traffic safety at national rail-infrastructure operator Adif over a train disaster that killed 80 people in the summer of 2013 kicked...

France to turn off hot water in public offices to save energy

PARIS (Reuters) -France will turn off the hot water in the toilets of public buildings and order municipalities to reduce water temperatures at public swimming pools by 1 degree Celsius as part of broader plans to reduce energy consumption, the energy ministry said. President Emmanuel Macron’s government is due to announce sector-by-sector energy saving measures...

About 101,000 still without power in Puerto Rico two weeks after Hurricane Fiona

(Reuters) – An estimated 101,000 homes and businesses were still without power in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, more than two weeks after Hurricane Fiona caused an island-wide outage for its 3.3 million people. Fiona hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 18, about five years after Hurricane Maria also knocked out all power on the island. After...

Finding their bodies: Indonesian fan’s desperate search for family after soccer stampede

MALANG, Indonesia (Reuters) -Andi Hariyanto says he will never watch a football match again after his wife, two teenage daughters and a cousin were crushed to death in a stampede at an Indonesian stadium last week. Watching local team Arema FC play on Saturday was a special outing for soccer fan Andi’s family, including his...

Europe must show ‘far greater ambition’ on climate -UN

NICOSIA (Reuters) – Europe should show “far greater ambition” on climate change because its overall greenhouse gas emissions are still rising, and so countries must embrace recycling, tighten air quality and spend more on the environment, a U.N. report said on Wednesday. Cuts in emissions mostly in western European countries have been offset by rises...

Morocco issues first permits for cannabis production

RABAT (Reuters) – A Moroccan state agency has issued the first 10 permits for the use of cannabis in industry and medicine and for export, it said, the result of a law passed last year. Farmers who organise into cooperatives in the northern mountain areas of Al Houceima, Taounat and Chefchaouen will be gradually allowed...

Trial date set for man accused of threatening to kill Queen Elizabeth

LONDON (Reuters) – A man accused of making a threat to kill the late Queen Elizabeth after being arrested at her Windsor Castle home on Christmas Day last year will go on trial next year, London’s Old Bailey Court heard on Wednesday. Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, who has been charged under Britain’s Treason Act, is...

Russian cosmonaut hitching ride with SpaceX as part of next space station crew

By Joe Skipper and Steve Gorman CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX was due to launch the next long-duration crew of the International Space Station into orbit on Wednesday, with a Russian cosmonaut hitching a ride with two Americans and a Japanese astronaut as part of the mission. The SpaceX launch...

Ukraine opposes Belarus bid to lead conflict diamond organisation

By Helen Reid JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Ukraine has accused Russia of trying to push its ally Belarus to the top of an international diamond certification body to protect Moscow’s gems from being branded conflict diamonds following its invasion. Some members of the Kimberley Process, a coalition of governments, industry and civil society that certifies diamonds,...

Cate Blanchett on film ‘TÁR’: ‘We were standing on the edge of a cliff every day’

By Hanna Rantala LONDON (Reuters) – Acclaimed Australian actor Cate Blanchett says the themes of her new drama “TÁR” galvanised its cast and crew, making the film shoot “the most stimulating” she had ever been on. Blanchett plays Lydia Tár, a world-renowned gay conductor of a Berlin orchestra whose high-flying career comes tumbling down with...

Actress, activist Nazanin Boniadi speaks out after Mahsa Amini death, Iran protests

(Reuters) – Iranian-born Hollywood actress and activist Nazanin Boniadi said more has to be done to protect the rights of women in Iran as security forces crack down on protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody. Amini, 22, died in September after being arrested by morality police for “unsuitable attire”, sparking...

Measuring Hurricane Ian’s toll on Florida’s ‘forgotten’ neighborhoods

By Rod Nickel FORT MYERS, Fla. (Reuters) – Betty and Hubert Toney have lost count of all the hurricanes they’ve lived through since moving into their house in the modest Dunbar neighborhood of Fort Myers, Florida, in 1958. But they had never before experienced anything like Ian. The powerful Category 4 hurricane sheared the roof...

5th October

Angelina Jolie accuses ex-husband Brad Pitt of abuse in court filing

By Jack Queen (Reuters) – Angelina Jolie detailed what she described as abusive behavior by ex-husband Brad Pitt in a court filing on Tuesday, escalating a legal battle over a French winery the former couple once shared and revealing new details about the dissolution of their marriage. The filing in a Los Angeles court alleges...

Pavilion Energy, Mitsui O.S.K to launch LNG bunker vessel in Q1 2023

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s Pavilion Energy and Japan-based Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL) said on Wednesday they would launch a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker vessel in the first quarter of 2023, a move that would increase Singapore’s supplies of the fuel for ships. The Singapore-flagged vessel named Brassavola is 116.5 meters in length and 22...

Games-Golf, BMX, coastal rowing to debut at 2026 Commonwealth Games

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Golf, BMX and coastal rowing will make their Commonwealth Games debuts when Australia’s southern state of Victoria hosts the 2026 edition, organisers said on Wednesday. Shooting has also returned to the programme after being dropped for the 2022 Birmingham Games. Coastal rowing, which is pushing to be included in the 2028 Los...

Athletics-Kipchoge eyes third straight Olympic marathon gold at Paris

(Reuters) – Eliud Kipchoge became only the third man to win back-to-back Olympic marathon crowns at the Tokyo Games last year but the 37-year-old Kenyan said he wants the record all to himself and will go for gold once again at Paris 2024. “I trust that all things will carry me well up to 2024...

Solomon Islands leader to travel to Australia on fence-mending visit

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare will visit Australia on Thursday as both countries look to mend ties which soured after the Pacific nation struck a security pact with China in April. The agreement raised concern for the United States and Australia, who have for decades seen the Pacific region as largely...

Musk reverses course, again: he’s ready to buy Twitter, build ‘X’ app

By Anirban Sen and Tom Hals (Reuters) – Billionaire Elon Musk is proposing to proceed with his original $44 billion bid to take Twitter Inc private, security filings showed on Tuesday, calling for an end to a lawsuit by the social media company that could have forced him to pay up, whether he wanted to...

Soccer-Liverpool saunter past Rangers 2-0 in Champions League

By Andrew Cawthorne LIVERPOOL (Reuters) – Liverpool put their recent stutters behind them to comfortably beat Rangers 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday and move into second spot in Group A. The win, thanks to a sumptuous first-half free kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold and a second-half penalty by Mohamed Salah, put the six-times European...

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes near Khowy, Iran – USGS

(Reuters) – A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck near Khowy in Iran’s West Azerbaijan on Wednesday, with no initial reports of damage. The quake was about 11.6 km (7.2 miles) from the village of Khowy and at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), the United States Geological Survey said. The GFZ German Research Centre for...

From stubs to soft toys, an Indian factory reprocesses cigarette ends

By Sunil Kataria NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Sitting on the floor of a house on the outskirts of New Delhi, women smile and chat as they fill brightly coloured toy bears with white stuffing made from a product more commonly found in a trash can. The material is composed of cigarette stubs, separated into fibres...

Lawyers overwhelmed by requests to help Russians avoid fighting in Ukraine

(Reuters) – Swamped by panic-stricken requests for help to avoid being drafted, Russian lawyers say they are working flat out to offer advice to those at risk of being sent to fight in Ukraine. Lawyers and civil society groups say they have been overwhelmed by demands for support since President Vladimir Putin announced on Sept....

Nestle revamps coffee sustainability plan as climate challenges mount

By Maytaal Angel LONDON (Reuters) – Food giant Nestle pledged on Tuesday to spend over 1 billion Swiss francs ($1.01 billion) by 2030 on efforts to source coffee sustainably, more than double its previous pledge, as challenges linked to climate change pose particular risks for the bean. Study after study has shown that by 2050...

Britain’s weakened Truss faces fight for credibility

By Elizabeth Piper, Andrew MacAskill and Alistair Smout BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Liz Truss had hoped her governing Conservative Party’s annual conference would be her crowning glory, but instead she was forced into a humiliating U-turn that has left her, and her team, fighting for credibility. After less than a month in...

Saudi Arabia wins bid to host 2029 Asian Winter Games at NEOM

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it has won a bid to host the 2029 Asian Winter Games at a planned mountain resort in the Gulf Arab state’s $500 billion flagship NEOM project. The TROJENA development is expected to be completed in 2026 and will offer outdoor skiing, a man-made freshwater lake and...

4th October

U.S. FAA upgrades Malaysia’s air safety rating

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed on Monday it upgraded Malaysia’s air safety rating nearly three years after it took action to restrict the country’s airlines from adding new flights to the United States. In November 2019, the FAA lowered Malaysia from Category 1 to Category 2, meaning Malaysian airlines were...

U.S. CDC ends country-specific travel health notices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday it had ended its COVID-19 country travel health notices as fewer countries reported enough data for accurate assessments. In April, CDC dropped its “Do Not Travel” COVID-19 recommendations for about 90 international destinations, saying it would its reserve Level 4 travel health...

Global recession can be avoided with right fiscal policies -IMF’s Georgieva

By Aziz El Yaakoubi RIYADH (Reuters) – Global recession can be avoided if governments’ fiscal policies were consistent with monetary policy tightening, but likely there would be countries falling into recession next year, the International Monetary Fund’s managing director said on Monday. In the context of monetary policy tightening, fiscal policy cannot stay idle because...

Brazil polling firms among big losers in election

By Maria Carolina Marcello BRASILIA (Reuters) – The first round of Brazil’s presidential election has come and gone with no final victor, but some big losers have emerged: opinion pollsters. Surveys in Brazil had leftist challenger Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva up anywhere from 7 to 17 percentage points over right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro in...

Policy commitments made by Pakistan to continue to apply -IMF representative

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The resident representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Monday that policy commitments made by Pakistani authorities to resume the support programme continue to apply. “Policy commitments made by the Pakistani authorities as part of the Seventh and Eighth review under their IMF-support program continue to apply,” IMF representative in...

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