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Special Report: Unfettered construction raises U.S. hurricane costs

PATTON VILLAGE, Texas (Reuters) - When Hurricane Harvey sent two feet of water rolling into this small community about 35 miles north of Houston, Alfredo Becerra had to flee his modest 1,500-square-foot house.


Alibaba redraws retail fault lines with bricks-and-mortar push

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - In a small village shop near the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, store owner Lu Qiwei uses his smartphone to place orders to refill stocks of instant noodles, rice and drinks.


Breast milk and soot mark Turkey's fading beauty

KIZILTEPPE, Turkey (Reuters) - When Ayse Yusufoglu was a girl, she and her friends in southeast Turkey tried to win the hearts of young men in their village using breast milk and soot.


Displaced by mining, Peru villagers spurn shiny new town

NUEVA FUERABAMBA, Peru (Reuters) - This remote town in Peru's southern Andes was supposed to serve as a model for how companies can help communities uprooted by mining.


INSIGHT-Displaced by mining, Peru villagers spurn shiny new town

NUEVA FUERABAMBA, Peru Dec 7 (Reuters) - This remote town in Peru's southern Andes was supposed to serve as a model for how companies can help communities uprooted by mining.


Restaurant Review: Instant Korean Ramen, Made the Hard Way

At Jeju Noodle Bar in the West Village, a chef pays tribute to just-add-water packaged soups with recipes that are anything but fast.

Town at center of Brexit tug-of-war fears border changes

Tucked away in the rolling hills of County Armagh in Northern Ireland lies a quiet village called Middletown. Its name couldn't be more apt. That's because Middletown stands amid a Brexit tug-of-war.


Quake hits southeast Iran, destroys homes; no fatalities reported

ANKARA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck southeastern Iran on Friday, injuring at least 42 people and destroying several homes in an area where most people live in villages of mud-walled homes. State media said no deaths had been reported.

Beautiful palaces you can stay in

Old Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan, the Himalayas -- India is full of contrasts and layers, diverse landscapes and notoriously hard-to-reach villages.


Playing with fire: tens of thousands refuse to leave Bali volcano homes

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of villagers on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali are refusing to evacuate a 10-km (six-mile) danger zone around an erupting volcano, putting their fate in the hands of the gods or simply staying put to protect homes and livestock.


Indonesia reopens Bali airport as wind clears volcanic ash

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - The airport on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali reopened on Wednesday as wind blew away ash and smoke spewed out by a volcano, giving airlines a window to get stranded tourists out and authorities more time to urge villagers to move to safety.


Tourists, authorities feel the heat as Bali volcano keeps airport closed

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia on Tuesday extended the closure of the airport on Bali as ash from a volcano swept the island, stranding thousands of tourists as authorities tried to persuade villagers to leave their homes near the erupting mountain.


Backlash as Beijing fire safety blitz forces exodus of city's underclass

BEIJING (Reuters) - In Xinjiancun, a ramshackle village of migrant workers on the far southern fringe of Beijing, demolition machinery tears into buildings as residents drag out the last of their belongings under the gaze of police and security staff.


Go, fish! Indonesian village shows how to clean up waterways

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Scores of bright orange-colored fish dart about in the clean waterways flowing through Indonesia's lush-green village of Wukirsari, in the ancient city of Yogyakarta.


In rural Belarus, villagers prefer hard work to city smoke

KHRAPKOVO, Belarus (Reuters) - Just a few hours drive from the Belarussian capital of Minsk, many villagers still live off the land - planting, harvesting and pickling crops according to the season...


Call It Splitsville, N.Y.: Hasidic Enclave to Get Its Own Town

Residents in the village of Kiryas Joel, in Orange County, and those in the Town of Monroe voted to part ways, ending years of conflict over zoning.


CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Indonesia evacuates villagers after shootings near Freeport copper mine

JAKARTA/TIMIKA, Indonesia, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Indonesia on Friday began evacuating villages that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists after a string of shootings near the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua.


Mladic still a hero in dying home village

BOZANOVICI, Bosnia (Reuters) - The sign nailed to a tree marking one of the few paved roads bears the name of the village's favorite son: "General Mladic Street".


Indonesia evacuates villagers after shootings near Freeport mine

JAKARTA/TIMIKA, Indonesia, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Indonesia on Friday began evacuating villages that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists after a string of shootings near the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua.


Bullets and burns: Portraits of injured Rohingya refugees

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - The two Rohingya Muslim brothers, six-year-old Mohamed Heron and four-year-old Akhter, held each other as they showed burns on their arms and torsos that their uncle says resulted from Myanmar's armed forces firing rockets at their village.


Visit an Austrian Village, Replicated in China

Enter Hallstatt, Austria, a small town in the Alps, and its replica in southern China in 360 video. Explore the towns’ more-than-similar architectural features.


Inside the Truce Village Where a North Korean Soldier Defected

It’s the only spot in the DMZ where soldiers from the North and South stand just feet from one another. It’s also one of the few where someone could make a break for it.


China villagers hail first gas-fired heat for winter, but balk at higher bills

BEIJING (Reuters) - For 53-year-old Wang Ying, a resident of a rural village near Beijing, clean-burning fuel to take the chill off winter has finally arrived, but it comes at a higher cost.


‘I Am Alive’: Survivors of Iran Earthquake Mourn as Government Scrambles to Help

A New York Times correspondent visited villages in western Iran near the epicenter of Sunday night’s earthquake.


A Statue Stirs to Life in Washington Square Park

A man’s unusually small size, which invited the jeers of bullies in his youth, became a key to his role as a “living statue” in Greenwich Village.

Exclusive video tells of Rohingya massacre

Exclusive footage reveals accounts of carnage from the village of Tula Toli in Myanmar, where the army allegedly massacred Rohingya Muslims.

Children reported burned in Myanmar village

Discarded and left for dead, Mumtaz says she found herself on top of a mound of charred, entangled bodies.


Strong earthquake hits Iraq-Iran border area, six killed in Iran

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - A strong earthquake hit large parts of northern Iraq and the capital Baghdad on Sunday, and also caused damage in villages across the border in Iran where state TV said at least six people had been killed.


Chinese Village Keeps Alive a Tradition of Indigo Dyeing

In Dali, where nearly every family grows its own rice and indigo, “having a loom is just as important as having a cow.”


Indonesia delivers supplies to villages after Papua rebels' threat to Freeport

JAKARTA, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Authorities in Indonesia's eastern province of Papua are delivering food and aid to villages where security forces say an armed rebel group has blocked residents' movement, as police and military surround the area, a police official said on Sunday.


Indonesian forces prepare to storm Papua villages held by rebels

JAKARTA, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Indonesian security forces in the eastern province of Papua are preparing to storm five villages that they say are being held by an armed rebel group, police officials said on Saturday.

The Look: Eternal Youth in Tompkins Square Park

The photographer Daniel Weiss found versions of his teenage self in the East Village of Manhattan.


In China's 'democracy village', no one wants to talk any more

WUKAN, China (Reuters) - Surveillance cameras peer at residents from every major street corner. Informants are everywhere, villagers say. And more than a dozen villagers are languishing in prison or detention.


Indonesia's army plans tough response to separatists threatening mine

JAKARTA, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Indonesia's military is ready to take tough measures, if needed, to combat separatists who, it said, were holding civilian hostages in villages in the eastern province of Papua, but will pursue dialogue first.

A Virginia bus driver's dark journey to Raqqa

A solitary figure lurked in the distance outside the village of Golat in the Sinjar region of northern Iraq. Kurdish troops spotted the man at 4 a.m., shining projector lights across a field while patrolling the area on a late winter morning. They fired six warning shots overhead. The person hid in the tall grass until the Kurds approached at dawn.

Kidwell Burger, Otis

Character Study: A West Village Warrior Fights, and Writes, On

Otis Kidwell Burger, 93, holds a Sunday evening poetry salon in her homey West Village townhouse, where she has lived for nearly 60 years.

Local Government

An Upscale Hamlet Weighs Whether to Be a Village (or Not to Be)

The hamlet of Edgemont, N.Y., is seeking to become an incorporated village, citing land use decisions and costly settlements by the Town of Greenburgh.


‘We Are Everywhere’: How Ethiopia Became a Land of Prying Eyes

The governing party in this East African nation has a network of millions of loyalists and informers to watch each village and every neighborhood. Meet one of them, a farmer and enforcer.


Israeli military says ready to protect Druze village in Syria

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The Israeli military said on Friday it was ready to protect the Druze village of Hader on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights in light of escalation in the fighting in the area between Syrian factions.

New York City's Halloween parade goes on

Undeterred by a deadly attack hours earlier and just a few blocks away, New Yorkers gathered Tuesday night in Manhattan's West Village for Halloween festivities.


On a Night That Celebrates Horror, It Came Close

Blocks from where a truck was driven into pedestrians and cyclists, the annual Village Halloween Parade went on, its revelry tinged with determination.


Tribal blockade in Peru's oil block lifted after government deal

LIMA, Oct 31 (Reuters) - Indigenous villagers ended a 43-day protest that had halted production in Peru's largest oil block after signing a deal with the government, tribal leaders and officials said on Tuesday.


BRIEF-Village Bank and Trust Financial reports Q3 EPS of $0.11‍​

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Suspected Boko Haram raid kills at least 10 in Cameroon village

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 10 villagers in northern Cameroon on Sunday night in what army and local officials said was revenge for attacks by Cameroon's army.


In Kenya, polarizing election re-run rekindles ethnic tensions

MUHORONI, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenya's repeat presidential election, boycotted this week by millions, has reignited long-running tensions between ethnic communities in some areas, leading inhabitants of one small village in the west to pick up traditional arms on Saturday.

Biological and Chemical Warfare

U.N. Investigative Panel Says Syria Used Sarin on Village

The finding was likely to be disputed by Russia and could lead to a new fight over whether the panel has been politicized and should be disbanded.


Club 57, Late-Night Home of Basquiat and Haring, Gets a Museum-Worthy Revival

The basement club, which for five years served as the louche headquarters for the East Village 1980s art movement, time-travels to the Museum of Modern Art.


Three killed, one missing after torrential rains in Bulgaria

SOFIA (Reuters) - Three people were killed and one is missing after torrential rains lashed low-laying parts of Black Sea port city of Bourgas and flooded several surrounding villages in southeastern Bulgaria early on Wednesday, local authorities said.


Peruvians take Glencore to court over police abuse allegations

(Reuters) - Peruvian villagers suing miner Glencore will argue in London's High Court next week that the company should be held liable over their allegations they were abused by Peruvian police, the law firm representing them said on Tuesday.


Opinion: My Parents’ Country, in the Grip of the Shabab

This year, I felt compelled to travel to Mogadishu, the city of my father’s youth. Along the way, I saw order, puritanism, fear and villages without men.


Bloody spectacle: Indonesian villages pit wild boars against dogs

CIKAWAO, Indonesia (Reuters) - A gory fight to the death between snarling dogs and captured wild boars.


'Vanishing village' looks to Japan's LDP for survival

NANMOKU, Japan (Reuters) - Chikara Imai, 73, is quick to dismiss the new parties in Sunday's national election in Japan, saying old ties with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party is...


U.S. takes aim at Yemeni Islamic State for first time

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States said it launched its first attack on Islamic State's deadly Yemen branch on Monday with a series of nighttime airstrikes that residents said targeted two villages and killed several people.


Nine dead as wildfires ravage northern Portugal, Spain

LISBON/MADRID (Reuters) - At least nine people died as hundreds of wildfires ravaged northern Spain and Portugal, scorching farmland and forcing the evacuation of towns and villages, authorities said on Monday.


Zambian villagers win right to sue Vedanta in English courts

LONDON (Reuters) - Nearly 2,000 Zambians can sue Vedanta Resources in the English courts over alleged pollution of their village after an appeal court on Friday threw out the miner's attempt to block their legal action.


Military helicopter teams bring aid to Puerto Rico

Sixteen days after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, Maria de Lourdes Sandoval heard helicopters over her village of Bajura.


Zambian villagers can sue Vedanta in the UK: London's Court of Appeal

LONDON (Reuters) - Nearly 2,000 Zambian villagers can pursue a claim for damages in English courts for environmental pollution after London's Court of Appeal on Friday rejected an appeal by diversified miner Vedanta.


Xi propaganda kicks into overdrive ahead of China Communist Party congress

BEIJING (Reuters) - Inside the packed exhibition hall in central Beijing is a showcase of China's recent achievements: the country's first operational aircraft carrier; a gleaming fleet of high-speed trains; happy villagers lifted from poverty.


Trapped Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar get first substantial food aid in months

YANGON (Reuters) - Rohingya Muslim villagers cut off from food and threatened by Buddhist neighbors in Myanmar's violence-racked Rakhine state received their first substantial food supplies in months on Wednesday after international pressure on the government to help.


'Cynical' Myanmar army operation aimed at preventing Rohingya return, U.N. says

GENEVA (Reuters) - Myanmar security forces have brutally driven out half a million Rohingya from northern Rakhine state, torching their homes, crops and villages to prevent them from returning, the United Nations human rights office said on Wednesday.

Gotz Kubitschek

Feature: The Prophet of Germany’s New Right

From a tiny village in the country’s rural east, a leading nationalist intellectual builds a vision for the future of his movement across Europe.


Execution Still Haunts Village, 50 Years After Che Guevara’s Death

Residents of a tiny Bolivian hamlet vividly recall the day the guerrilla leader was shot at their school. “For us, this was a time of suffering,” says a woman who brought him soup.


Chinese Village Where Xi Jinping Fled Is Now a Monument to His Power

On the cusp of China’s leadership shake-up, a village where President Xi Jinping spent seven years as a youth now draws pilgrims and a propaganda drive.

Fashion and Apparel

Sunday Routine: How Lauren Bush Lauren, C.E.O. of Feed, Spends Her Sundays

Ms. Bush Lauren, who lives in the West Village, spends a lot of time on the playground with her toddler, and likes to brunch locally.


Destroyed bridge imperils Puerto Rican village cut off by hurricane

SAN LORENZO, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - In the Puerto Rican village of San Lorenzo, where Hurricane Maria destroyed the two-lane concrete bridge connecting residents with the outside world, 95-year-old Rosa Maria Torres waits to be rescued.


Between Berlin and Bavaria: Merkel's uneasy allies

WEGSCHEID, Germany (Reuters) - Two years ago, Wegscheid was on the front lines of Europe's refugee crisis. When Germany voted last week, the village, like many along the Austrian border, swung hard to the far right, straining Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative alliance.

Rebounding after tragedy: Will site of Las Vegas massacre reopen?

As Americans mourn the victims of Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, questions will inevitably arise about the future of the Las Vegas Village, now the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.


Special Report: The bankrupt utility behind Puerto Rico’s power crisis

SALINAS, Puerto Rico/NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the rural village of Salinas in southern Puerto Rico, frayed electric lines hanging from a utility pole blew in the breeze last week near the town square.

Chicago (Ill)

Frugal Traveler: Through Three Neighborhoods, Revisiting Chicago’s Charms

Exploring Lincoln Square, Beverly and Roscoe Village as a way of rediscovering the city that played such a large part of our columnist’s childhood.


IOC eyes Olympic villages for cost reductions

TOKYO (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee is looking at various areas to cut costs for hosting the Games including the "level of service" in Olympic villages, IOC Vice President John Coates told Tokyo 2020 organizers on Tuesday.


Air strikes in Syria's rebel-held Idlib kill 28: Observatory

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes killed 28 people in a village in rebel-held Idlib province overnight, including four children.


Nebraska court's ruling ends beer sales near South Dakota reservation

LINCOLN, Neb. (Reuters) - Nebraska's Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an appeal involving four stores that wanted to resume beer sales in a small border village near a South Dakota American Indian reservation that has struggled with alcohol abuse problems.


Hot and sweet and red all over, Serbian village hangs peppers out to dry

DONJA LOKOSNICA, Serbia (Reuters) - The village of Donja Lokosnica has turned red, as the pepper harvest hanging out to dry on almost every wall brings a wash of intense color to this Serbian farming...


Government will take over burnt Myanmar land: minister

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's government will manage the redevelopment of villages torched during violence in Rakhine state that has sent nearly half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, a minister was reported on Wednesday as saying.


Eating leaves to survive in Myanmar's 'ethnic cleansing' zone

MAUNGDAW, Myanmar (Reuters) - Along the main road that stretches nearly 40 kilometers north from Maungdaw town in Myanmar's violence-riven Rakhine State, all but one of the villages that were once home to tens of thousands of people have been turned into smouldering ash.


Government will take over burned Myanmar land: minister

YANGON, Septa 27 (Reuters) - Myanmar's government will manage the redevelopment of villages torched during violence in Rakhine state that has sent nearly half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, a minister was reported on Wednesday as saying.


Villagers After the Quake: ‘They’re Left With Nothing’

With hundreds of houses destroyed and President Trump vowing to limit Mexican immigration, a rural village whose workers flocked to the U.S. wonders how it will rebuild.


Myanmar finds more bodies in mass grave; U.N. seeks rapid aid increase

YANGON/DHAKA (Reuters) - Myanmar's army unearthed the bodies of 17 Hindu villagers on Monday, taking to 45 the number authorities suspect were killed by Muslim insurgents last month at the onset of a wave of violence that has sent 436,000 refugees fleeing to Bangladesh.


Vietnam uses water cannon to disperse protest at global fashion brands supplier

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnamese authorities on Monday used water cannon and electric rods to end a five-month long protest by villagers blockading a textile plant that serves global fashion brands, an official and a villager said.

Travel and Vacations

A Visit to Italian Villages That Inspired the Term ‘Riviera’

Liguria is a place of unvarnished beauty, where the draw is the simplicity of its timeless way of life.


Myanmar says bodies of 28 Hindu villagers found in Rakhine State

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar government forces found on Sunday the bodies of 28 Hindu villagers who authorities suspected were killed by Muslim insurgents last month, at the beginning of a spasm of violence that has sent 430,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh.


Volcano on Indonesia's Bali island at highest alert level, thousands evacuated

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Thousands of residents were evacuated from villages near an active volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali, officials said on Friday, as the alert status was raised to the highest level, meaning an eruption could be imminent.


Mexico quake's homeless gather in tent village, toll reaches 286

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Desperate residents left homeless by Mexico's deadliest earthquake in a generation gathered in a tent village in the south of the capital on Friday, as the death toll climbed to 286 and signs of exhaustion gripped rescuers three days after the tremor.


Thousands evacuated as volcano rumbles on Indonesian holiday spot Bali

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Thousands of residents were evacuated from villages near an active volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali, officials said on Friday, as seismic tremors rattled some areas and smoke rose above one of the world's most popular tourist spots.


Indigenous protesters seize oil wells in Peruvian Amazon -chief

LIMA, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Villagers in the Peruvian Amazon have shut down at least 50 oil wells operated by Frontera Energy Corp to protest talks over a new contract even as past pollution lingers, the leader of an indigenous federation said on Wednesday.


More than 60 years on, Japan's mercury-poison victims fight to be heard

MINAMATA, Japan (Reuters) - Shinobu Sakamoto was just 15 when she left her home in the southern Japanese fishing village of Minamata to go to Stockholm and tell the world of the horrors of mercury poisoning.


Nine elephants accidentally electrocuted in Botswana

Gaborone (Reuters) - Nine elephants were electrocuted in central Botswana in a freak accident near the village of Dukwi.


Rohingya Muslims trapped after Myanmar violence told to stay put

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Thousands of Rohingya Muslims trapped by hostile Buddhists in northwestern Myanmar have enough food and will not be granted the safe passage they requested from two remote villages, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

Rohingya Muslims flee burning villages

Bangladesh border guards take a CNN crew on patrol to witness Rohingya villages burning on the Myanmar side of the country's border. Alexandra Field reports.

Bakeries and Baked Products

In Alaska’s Far-Flung Villages, Happiness Is a Cake Mix

The store-bought box, one of the few dependable food items in a place of scarcity, is tricked out for dinners and fund-raisers by many a “cake lady.”


Exclusive: 'We will kill you all' - Rohingya villagers in Myanmar beg for safe passage

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Thousands of Rohingya Muslims in violence-racked northwest Myanmar are pleading with the authorities for safe passage from two remote villages that are cut off by hostile Buddhists and running short of food.

Rights groups accuse Myanmar of 'ethnic cleansing' in Rohingya crackdown

A day after Amnesty International accused Myanmar's military of deliberately torching Muslim-minority Rohingya villages near the Bangladesh border in a campaign of "ethnic cleansing," another rights group is leveling the same charge.


Rare White Giraffes Cause a Stir in Kenya

A conservancy captured video footage of the mother and child after a villager tipped off rangers.


Saviors or profiteers? Bangladesh fishermen rescue Rohingya, for a price

SHAMLAPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - For tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, an informal fleet of small wooden fishing boats has meant deliverance from what they say is an indiscriminate assault on their villages by the Myanmar army.


In the weeds: How top official got tangled in Nigerian aid scandal

WACHAKAL, Nigeria (Reuters) - When millions of people in northeast Nigeria faced hunger and attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in March 2016, the government acted: it decided to spend $1.4 million cutting down weeds around the village of Wachakal in order to stop flooding.


Draining the swamp: Hard-hit Everglades town mops up after Irma

EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. (Reuters) - As Hurricane Irma raged through Everglades City, a tiny fishing village in a vast alligator-infested swamp, Howie Grimm hunkered down inside his house with his 88-year-old mother, a useless cell phone and a new job title.


Guardia Sanframondi Journal: Religious Rite Takes Hamlet Back in Time Every Seven Years

An ancient Catholic procession featuring hooded faithful and parades attracts thousand of tourists to a village in Italy’s south.


Five suspected al Qaeda militants killed in Yemen drone strikes

DUBAI (Reuters) - Five suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in drone strikes on two villages in Yemen's al Baida governorate on Saturday, a local official and residents said.

Romani People

Slovak Village Prospers in Partnership With Roma Residents It Once Shunned

As other villages in Slovakia have withered and vanished, Spissky Hrhov is thriving, along with the Roma residents it has worked hard to integrate into the community.

Pulitzer Prizes

Sunday Routine: How Henry Threadgill, Composer, Spends His Sundays

The longtime East Village resident wakes early, avoids the brunch crowd, and looks for inspiration in books, trees, art shows and dance performances.