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Why Macron? Biden state dinner highlights France’s US appeal

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s welcoming of French President Emmanuel Macron at the first White House state visit on Thursday since the US Democrat took power in early 2021, is being celebrated by officials from both countries as a recognition of France’s status as America’s oldest ally. The visit also highlights the …

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Welders wanted: France steps up recruitment drive as nuclear crisis deepens

PARIS, Nov 29 (Reuters) – French power giant EDF ( EDF.PA ) is looking to recruit a new generation of welders, pipe-fitters and boiler makers to fix its aging nuclear reactors and build more of them, as Europe’s energy crisis rekindles the allure of atomic power. The problem is that in France such skilled workers …

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Analysis: Out of fashion: Gucci faces daunting task to replace top designer

PARIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) – The abrupt departure from Gucci of Alessandro Michele, the flamboyant designer who was a favorite of Harry Styles and Lady Gaga, increases pressure on owner Kering ( PRTP.PA ) as it faces slowing revenue growth at the Italian fashion house. News of the creative director’s exit after seven years comes …

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COP27 negotiators still far apart on strong climate deal

G20 leaders expressed support for climate action Lula boosts COP27 with ‘Brazil is back’ message But countries struggle for climate deal in Egypt SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Countries were far from agreeing the contours of a climate deal at the COP27 summit in Egypt on Wednesday, with the host country urging negotiators …

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Key takeaways from the G20 summit in Bali

Nov 16 (Reuters) – Leaders of the world’s Group of 20 (G20) wealthiest nations concluded a two-day summit on the Indonesian island of Bali on Wednesday deploring Russia’s aggression in Ukraine “in the strongest terms”, among other highlights. Here are key takeaways from the meeting: CONDEM’S RUSSIAN AGGRESSION Meetings of G20 ministers earlier this year …

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G20 summit deplores war in Ukraine ‘in strongest terms’

G20 says ‘most members’ condemn war in Ukraine Threat of use of nuclear weapons ‘inadmissible’ – declaration Agreement to calibrate monetary tightening NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) nations deplored Russia’s aggression in Ukraine “in the strongest terms” on Wednesday and demanded its unconditional withdrawal in a …

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World making little progress on food waste, a big climate problem

Nov 15 (Reuters) – Every Thursday, California resident Richard Redmond takes a gallon-sized container of food scraps to the farmers market in the city of South Pasadena where it is collected and composted for use in gardens – an effort to reduce the amount of household waste he sends to landfill. “It’s just stunning,” the …

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Division at G20 over bid to condemn Russia’s Ukraine invasion

Most G20 members could strongly condemn Ukraine war Zelensky urges G20 to help end war under his plan Indonesia urges action on global economic problems China’s Xi to hold meetings with several other leaders NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Disagreement emerged at a Group of 20 (G20) summit on Tuesday as the United …

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Explainer: Blood, treasure and chaos: the cost of Russia’s war in Ukraine

LONDON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine has left tens of thousands of dead, displaced millions and spread economic strife across the world. Following are the main impacts of the war, now in its ninth month: * DEATH The war has sown death on a level not seen in Europe since …

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EXCLUSIVE Looped in ‘line by line’, Hezbollah shows pragmatic side in Lebanon-Israel deal

Pragmatism seen trumping ideology as Hezbollah approves deal US clinched landmark compromise between Israel, Lebanon Offshore gas would provide Lebanon with badly needed FX BEIRUT, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Before Lebanon’s government approved a US-brokered deal settling a decades-long maritime boundary dispute with Israel, the powerful Hezbollah had scrutinized the final draft line by line …

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