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Some Haitians at U.S. border released, others deported as pressure builds on Biden

CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Amid deteriorating conditions in migrant camps on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. authorities on Wednesday tried to deal with thousands of the mostly Haitian migrants that...

Canaries volcano lava gushes towards sea, eruption goes on

LA PALMA, Spain, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Lava poured from an erupting volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma for a fourth day on Wednesday, blanketing houses and fields, a day after people with homes on the path of the molten rock were allowed back briefly to recover belongings. Towers of magma burst high...

Tom Hanks hails ‘magical art’ of movies at new LA film museum

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actors Tom Hanks and Anna Kendrick on Tuesday hailed a new museum in Los Angeles dedicated to filmmaking, calling it a celebration of an art form that has made a global impact. The museum was spearheaded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the organization that hands out the...

Matilda, Willy Wonka join Netflix catalog as it buys Roald Dahl’s works

Sept 22 (Reuters) – Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) has bought the works of Roald Dahl, including classics such as “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Matilda”, in its latest content deal as the streaming service faces stiff competition from Disney+ and HBO Max. The company did not disclose the financial terms of the deal, which will give it...

DiCaprio invests in cultivated meat start-ups Mosa Meat, Aleph Farms

Sept 22 (Reuters) – U.S. actor Leonardo DiCaprio is investing in and joining the advisory boards of Aleph Farms and Mosa Meat, the two cultivated meat start-ups said in a statement on Wednesday. “Mosa Meat and Aleph Farms offer new ways to satisfy the world’s demand for beef, while solving some of the most pressing...

22nd September

UK calls on China and Russia to agree Afghanistan strategy

LONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Britain will on Wednesday call for China and Russia to agree a coordinated international approach to prevent Afghanistan becoming a haven for militants, according to a statement by British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss at the United Nations. Foreign ministers from Britain, China, Russia, the United States and France will meet...

Angry scenes at Haiti airport add to Biden pressure over expulsions

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti/CIUDAD ACUNA, Mexico, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Angry scenes broke out at Haiti’s main airport on Tuesday among migrants sent home from a squalid Texas border camp, as U.S. President Joe Biden faced mounting pressure to stop an expulsions policy the U.N. refugee chief said may be illegal. Nearly 10,000 migrants, mainly Haitian, remain...

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes near Melbourne, tremors rattle southeast Australia

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE, Sept 22 (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near Melbourne on Wednesday, Geoscience Australia said, one of the country’s biggest quakes on record, causing damage to buildings in the country’s second largest city and sending tremors throughout neighbouring states. The quake’s epicentre was near the rural town of Mansfield in the state of...

Australian documents showed French submarine project was at risk for years

SYDNEY, Sept 21 (Reuters) – France should not have been surprised that Australia cancelled a submarine contract, as major concerns about delays, cost overruns and suitability had been aired officially and publicly for years, Australian politicians said. Paris has recalled its ambassadors from Canberra and Washington, saying it was blindsided by Canberra’s decision to build...

In climate pledge, Xi says China will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Chinese leader Xi Jinping said on Tuesday that China would not build new coal-fired power projects abroad, using his address at the United Nations General Assembly to add to pledges to deal with climate change. Xi provided no details, but depending on how the policy is implemented, the move...

Clock starts ticking for Canada’s Trudeau after bid for majority fails

OTTAWA, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed in his bid to win a Liberal majority government after a low-energy campaign in the middle of the pandemic, and party insiders see an increasing chance he will step down before the next vote. Trudeau, 49, called Monday’s election two years early seeking to...

Exclusive: Taliban names Afghan U.N. envoy, asks to speak to world leaders

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (Reuters) – The Taliban have asked to address world leaders at the United Nations in New York this week and nominated their Doha-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan’s U.N. ambassador, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday. Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi made the request in a letter...

R. Kelly trial nears end as singer’s lawyers defend against sex abuse claims

NEW YORK (Reuters) – R. Kelly’s sex trafficking trial entered the homestretch on Tuesday, with the presiding judge forecasting that closing arguments could begin the next day and jurors could soon deliberate the R&B star’s fate. Kelly, 54, has been on trial in Brooklyn federal court since Aug. 18 on charges he preyed on women...

Harry Styles, Celeste triumph at Ivor Novello songwriting awards

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Singers Harry Styles, Celeste and Lianne La Havas triumphed at the Ivor Novellos in London on Tuesday, winning prizes at the annual awards honouring songwriting and screen composers. More than half of the winners picked up their first Ivor at the ceremony, including La Havas who won best album for...

Disney’s Chapek says program production delayed as Delta variant spreads

Sept 21 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) Chief Executive Officer Bob Chapek said on Tuesday the resurgence of the Delta variant of the coronavirus was delaying production of some of its titles. Shares in the company, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic as theme parks and movie theaters were forced to shut down,...

U.N. chief, UK PM increase pressure on leaders for climate change funds

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged leaders of the world’s major economies including the United States to deliver on their commitments toward a $100 billion per year climate fund with less than six weeks to go before a U.N. climate summit. Johnson and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres hosted a roundtable of world...

Canada’s main opposition party concedes defeat after PM Trudeau wins third term

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Erin O’Toole, the leader of Canada’s main opposition Conservative Party, conceded defeat on Tuesday after failing to block Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals from securing a third term. Speaking to supporters in his home electoral district outside Toronto, O’Toole said he had called Trudeau to congratulate him. TV networks predicted the Liberals...

Oil prices advance amid U.S. supply tightness signals

TOKYO (Reuters) -Oil prices rose on Tuesday as analysts pointed to signs of U.S. supply tightness, ending days of losses as global markets remain haunted by the potential impact on China’s economy of a crisis at heavily indebted property group China Evergrande. Brent crude gained 63 cents or 0.9% to $74.55 a barrel by 0340 GMT,...

Australia PM says no opportunity for meeting with French president in New York

CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday he will not speak with the French president at the United Nations this week even though French anger over cancellation of a $40 billion defence contract could threaten an Australian-EU trade deal. Australia last week scrapped a deal with France’s Naval Group to build...

Lawsuits against doctor to test constitutionality of Texas abortion law

(Reuters) – A San Antonio physician who announced he gave an abortion to a woman in defiance of a new Texas law was sued in Texas state court on Monday by two plaintiffs from other states who want to test the law’s constitutionality. Alan Braid said in an opinion piece published in The Washington Post...

Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways to sign $2 billion deal with GE for engines on Boeing jets

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways will sign a deal valued at nearly $2 billion with General Electric to purchase GEnx engines to power Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, the airline said on Tuesday. The deal will be signed in the United States later on Tuesday in the presence of Vietnam President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Bamboo...

External review finds deeper rot in World Bank ‘Doing Business’ rankings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Weeks before the World Bank scrapped its flagship Doing Business rankings following a damning independent probe, a group of external advisers recommended an overhaul of the rankings to limit countries’ efforts to “manipulate their scores.” An 84-page review, written by senior academics and economists, was published on the bank’s website on Monday, about...

Biden calls on U.S. Supreme Court to protect abortion rights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday not to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide in an upcoming case concerning a restrictive Mississippi law. The administration brief backs Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only abortion clinic in Mississippi, in its fight over...

21st September

Buckle up: Cambodian students build manned drone to aid community

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Inspired at first by a desire to beat their city’s notorious traffic, a group of Cambodian students have designed a prototype drone that they hope can eventually be used to ferry people around Phnom Penh and even help fight fires. With eight propellers and using a school chair for the pilot’s...

Four found dead near Polish-Belarus border, officials say

WARSAW (Reuters) – Three people have died after crossing into Poland from Belarus, and a fourth person has been found dead on the Belarusian side of the border following a surge in illegal migration that has caused a diplomatic row. Polish officials, who announced the three deaths inside Poland, gave no cause of death on...

U.S. to relax travel restrictions for vaccinated foreign air travelers in November

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the White House said on Monday, easing tough pandemic-related restrictions that started early last year. The decision, announced by White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients,...

Jeff Bezos pledges $1 billion to biodiversity, conservation efforts

(Reuters) -Amazon founder Jeff Bezos pledged on Monday to give away $1 billion in grants this year to focus on efforts around conservation. The pledge is a part of his previously announced the Bezos Earth Fund, which the Amazon founder started last year to execute his $10 billion commitment to fund scientists, activists and non-profit...

Amazon to create 1,500 jobs in UAE this year

DUBAI (Reuters) – Amazon said on Monday it plans to create 1,500 direct and indirect jobs in the United Arab Emirates this year as it expands its presence in the country. Job creation will come from expansion of delivery and storage facilities, it said in a statement. There were no details on how many of...

Hungary PM launches election campaign with $2 billion tax refund for families

BUDAPEST (Reuters) -Hungary’s government will refund $2 billion of income tax to families in early 2022 and also plans a big hike in the minimum wage, right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the opening session of parliament on Monday, setting the stage for next year’s election. Orban, who faces a parliamentary election that is shaping...

Twitter seeks to settle 2016 class action lawsuit for $800 million

(Reuters) -Twitter Inc said on Monday it would pay $809.5 million to settle a shareholder class action lawsuit accusing the social media company of deceiving investors about how often people used its platform. The settlement resolved a case that had been on the verge of going to trial. Jury selection had been scheduled to begin...

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