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Indian tycoon Adani’s mega port hangs in the balance as a fishing community protests

VIZHINJAM, India, Nov 23 (Reuters) – On the main road to billionaire Gautam Adani’s planned Vizhinjam mega port on the southern tip of India, a shelter built by the coastal region’s Christian fishing community blocks the entrance, preventing further construction. The simple 1,200 square-feet structure with a corrugated-iron roof has since August stood in the …

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Bankers bet billions on new wave of debt-for-nature deals

More countries are linking debt costs to conservation goals Seychelles, Belize, Barbados among those to strike deals Ecuador swap could be the biggest yet at $800 million Cape Verde, Sri Lanka and others are also exploring deals SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The Galapagos Islands, whose thousands of unique species inspired Darwin’s theory …

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Exclusive: Germany steps up emergency cash plans to cope with blackout

FRANKFURT, Nov 15 (Reuters) – German authorities are stepping up preparations for emergency cash deliveries in case of a blackout to keep the economy running, four people involved said, as the nation braces for possible power cuts arising from the war in Ukraine. The plans include the Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank, hoarding extra billions to …

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Ten ways China has changed under Xi Jinping

BEIJING, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Xi Jinping emerged from the 20th Communist Party Congress with a precedent-breaking third leadership term and a Politburo Standing Committee made up entirely of loyalists, cementing his place as China’s most powerful ruler since Mao Zedong. Under Xi’s decade in power, China has undergone profound changes, both domestically and within …

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Ukrainian forces push towards Kherson, Kyiv orders electricity curbs

Nationwide restrictions limited to one day for now New damage to critical infrastructure, Zelensky says Battle for the southern city of Kherson looms Oct 20 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s military tightened the noose around Russian forces occupying the southern city of Kherson on Thursday as the government ordered nationwide curbs on electricity use because of Russian …

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Gunmen kill 11 at Russian army base in new blow to Moscow’s Ukraine campaign

Ukraine official: religious dispute led to base shootings Fighting rages in eastern Ukraine, southern Kherson region Ukrainian forces damage administration building in Donetsk KYIV, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Russia has opened a criminal investigation after gunmen shot dead 11 people at a military training ground near the Ukrainian border, authorities said on Sunday, as fighting …

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Japan reopens to tourists with shuttered souvenir shops, hotel staff shortage

From Tuesday, Japan will reinstate visa-free travel to dozens of countries, ending some of the world’s strictest border controls to slow the spread of COVID-19. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is counting on tourism to help invigorate the economy and reap some benefits from the yen’s slide to a 24-year low. Arata Sawa is among those …

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Prayers, sorrow at temples as Thailand mourns children slain in massacre

PM concerned about community’s trauma Killer calm as he emerged from child massacre – witness King meets wounded, expresses deep sadness Five children survived nursery attack – police Police interviewing 180 people over killings UTHAI SAWAN, Thailand, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Hundreds gathered in temples in northeast Thailand on Saturday, offering candles, toys and prayers …

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Families traumatized by Thailand attack cling to slain children’s toys

Ex-policeman killed 34 at daycare center using knife and gun After the attack, he killed his wife and son, turned the weapon on himself Police depict attacker as stressed by marital, money worries Thai flags fly at half-mast on buildings to mourn attack UTHAI SAWAN, Thailand, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Grief-stricken relatives sobbed and clutched …

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France’s Ernaux, who long scrutinized himself, wins the Nobel literature prize

Ernaux is the writer of many largely autobiographical books Works examine disparities of gender, language, class Literature award is the fourth of this year’s Nobels STOCKHOLM/PARIS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – French author Annie Ernaux won the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for “the courage and clinical acuity” in her largely autobiographical books examining …

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