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Dire Italian drought worsening, breaking records, water authority says

ROME, June 23 (Reuters) – Drought conditions are rapidly spreading through Italy, with rivers and reservoirs drying up and the forecast of higher temperatures likely to make things worse, the country’s irrigation authority warned on Thursday. Several Italian regions have already declared a state of emergency, looking to free up funds to counter the growing …

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Exclusive: Inside the hangar at the center of the $1 billion Airbus-Qatar jet dispute

DOHA, June 22 (Reuters) – Two high-tech Airbus A350 jets sit idle with their windows taped and engines covered in a floodlit hangar in the Gulf, hobbled by an international legal dispute between European industrial giant Airbus (AIR.PA) and Qatar’s national carrier. From a distance, the planes might seem like any other long-haul jetliners crowding …

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Canada to ban making, importing many single-use plastics from Dec

A customer leaves a Sobeys grocery store carrying plastic bags in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Wattie Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register June 20 (Reuters) – The government of Canada on Monday published final regulations to prohibit “harmful” single-use plastics, with a ban on manufacturing and importing most of …

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Wildfires ravage woods in Spain’s Catalonia as heat-wave bites

ARTESA DE SEGRE/TOLEDO, Spain, June 16 (Reuters) – Three wildfires have laid waste to 1,600 hectares (3,950 acres) of pines and bushes in eastern Spain since Wednesday as a heatwave pushes temperatures close to record highs, regional firefighters said on Thursday . Hundreds of firemen were on the ground battling the blazes with 120 trucks …

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Rare Yellowstone closure from historic floods spells hardship for ‘gateway’ towns

CODY, Wyo., June 14 (Reuters) – Emergency crews scrambled on Tuesday to reopen roads and restore utilities in rural communities of Montana and Wyoming cut off by historic floods in the first natural disaster to force a summertime closure of Yellowstone National Park in 30 years. Major sections of the park’s northern half are expected …

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The Saudi investment king who no longer rules alone

Saudi wealth fund bought nearly 17% of Prince Alwaleed’s firm Sovereign fund likely to an active investor – sources PIF may benefit from Alwaleed’s investing style – analysts DUBAI, June 15 (Reuters) – The prince who’s the international face of Saudi business may no longer be able to call all the shots. For years, Prince …

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