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6th October

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...

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...

Will Smith’s first movie since Oscars slap to be released in December

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Will Smith’s first movie since he slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards, a historical thriller called “Emancipation,” will debut in cinemas in December, a move that makes the film eligible for next year’s Oscars. Distributor Apple Inc announced the timing in a statement and released a...

Ian McKellen hopes to bring some laughs with pantomime ‘Mother Goose’

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian LONDON (Reuters) – Veteran actor Ian McKellen hopes to bring some laughs to audiences around Britain with a new extended pantomime production of “Mother Goose”. The 83-year-old will play the titular character, who together with husband Vic, portrayed by comedian John Bishop, runs an animal sanctuary inside an abandoned department store that...

Ukraine estimates $35 billion in environment damage from Russia invasion

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Environmental damage in Ukraine caused by Russia’s invasion was estimated at around 36 billion euros ($35.3 billion), with millions of hectares of natural reserves under threat, Ukraine’s environment minister said on Monday. One fifth of protected areas in Ukraine is at risk of destruction and about 2,000 cases of environmental damages have...

Norwegian Cruise Line to eliminate COVID-19 testing, masking requirements

(Reuters) – Norwegian Cruise Line said on Monday it was easing COVID-19 safety measures on its ships by dropping requirements for testing, masking and vaccination, as the pandemic loosens its grip on the world. The decision by the cruise line comes after several countries lifted testing requirements for international air travelers as people return to...

Pet weddings highlight animal blessing ceremony in the Philippines

By Adrian Portugal MANILA (Reuters) – Pomeranians Michi and Mochi were among 15 four-legged couples that tied the knot at a pet wedding ceremony in the Philippines on Sunday that was held along with a special blessing of pets to mark World Animal Day. Owners Ianne De Guia and Bryan Largo, who joined hundreds of...

Brazil election enters runoff as Bolsonaro dashes Lula’s hope of quick win

By Lisandra Paraguassu and Maria Carolina Marcello SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – The second round of Brazil’s presidential campaign kicked off Monday after right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro outperformed polling and robbed leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of an outright victory in the first round of voting. The unexpectedly strong showing by Bolsonaro on...

Japan PM vows to combat rising utility bills, benefit from weak yen

By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday vowed to take steps to cushion the blow from rising electricity bills and maximise the benefits to the economy from a weak yen such as by resuscitating inbound tourism. Dealing with rising inflation and the fallout from the yen’s recent sharp falls...

Seventeen children among the dead in Indonesian soccer stampede

By Prasto Wardoyo and Ananda Teresia MALANG, Indonesia (Reuters) – Seventeen children were among at least 125 people killed in a soccer stampede in Indonesia at the weekend, officials said, as pressure builds on the Southeast Asian nation to explain how one of the world’s worst stadium disasters unfolded. Violence and hooliganism have long been...

3rd October

Indonesia soccer stampede kills 125 after police use tear gas in stadium

By Stanley Widianto, Stefanno Sulaiman and Yuddy Cahya Budiman MALANG, Indonesia (Reuters) – A stampede at a soccer stadium in Indonesia has killed 125 people and injured more than 320 after police used tear gas to quell a pitch invasion, authorities said on Sunday, in one of the world’s worst stadium disasters. Officers fired tear...

Race for mayor of Peru’s capital is neck and neck among two conservatives

LIMA (Reuters) – An Opus Dei businessman and a retired military officer accused of murdering a journalist entered a technical tie in Sunday’s run to become Lima’s next mayor, according to an exit poll carried out by the firm Ipsos for Peru’s local elections. Rafael Lopez Aliaga, a hotel businessman who claims to practice celibacy...

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