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Nearly 500 dead pulled from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Rescue workers have unearthed 499 dead bodies since last week's devastating landslide near the Sierra Leone capital Freetown, the city's chief coroner told Reuters on Sunday.

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Diesel still needed to meet climate goals, Merkel says

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Sunday against a swift abandonment of diesel cars after a series of emissions scandals, saying the fuel is still needed if climate change targets are to be met.

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South African court grants rhino rancher permission to auction horns

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African court on Sunday ordered the government to allow the owner of the world's biggest private rhino herd to hold an online sale of rhino horn, which he aims to hold this week, his lawyer said.

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Pilot killed as helicopter crashes while fighting Portugal blaze

LISBON (Reuters) - A light helicopter that was taking part in firefighting efforts in northern Portugal crashed and exploded on Sunday, killing its pilot and further raising the death toll from the country's deadliest summer of wildfires, officials said.

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U.S. national monument review to test key land protection law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111-year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land.

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South Carolina aquarium to monitor animal behavior during eclipse

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Animals in the path of the first total solar eclipse to travel across the United States in 99 years have a big surprise awaiting them on Monday afternoon, biologists say.

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Eighteen semi trucks set on fire in southern Chile

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Eighteen semi trucks used to transport food were set on fire in a parking lot in the southern Chilean city of Temuco on Saturday, local authorities said.

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Car blast hits Syrian coastal city: Manar TV, monitor

AMMAN (Reuters) - A car bomb on Saturday hit the Syrian port city of Latakia with reports of injuries, the Lebanese Hezbollah group's al Manar television station and a monitor said.

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Earthquake of 6.4 magnitude strikes west of Tonga: USGS

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of 6.4 magnitude struck 500 km (310 miles) west of the Pacific island of Tonga on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.

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Congo landslide death toll likely to rise over 200: Ituri vice governor

DAKAR (Reuters) - A landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo likely killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged, the vice governor of affected Ituri province said on Friday.

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British Columbia extends wildfire state of emergency for third time

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - The Canadian province of British Columbia has extended a state of emergency for a third time until Sept. 1 because of wildfires raging across the region, the provincial government said on Friday.

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Ranchers in parched U.S. Northern Plains welcome hay lottery

(Reuters) - Hundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. Northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations.

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Sierra Leone buries 461 mudslide victims, more still missing

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Sierra Leone has buried 461 victims of a mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of the capital this week, an official at the central morgue said on Friday.

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Cities across Africa face threat of landslides like Sierra Leone

DAKAR (Reuters) - Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides.

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"What's 'smog' in Kazakh?" China language mix snags environment inspectors

BEIJING (Reuters) - With one national language often spoken poorly and thousands of regional dialects and ethnic minority tongues, China is having to employ multilingual officials as it embarks on its latest round of environment inspections across the country.

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Magnitude 6.7 quake strikes north of Ascension Island: USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 struck on Friday in the South Atlantic Ocean about 790 km (490 miles) north of Ascension Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Montana wildfire triggers hundreds of evacuations

(Reuters) - A lightning-sparked wildfire burning for more than a month in western Montana has flared anew, prompting the evacuation of nearly 750 homes on Thursday as firefighters braced for more hot and windy weather forecast for the weekend, authorities said.

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Norway authorities stop Greenpeace protests at Arctic well

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian coast guards stopped Greenpeace from protesting at a site of the country's northernmost exploration well drilled by Statoil, the environmentalist group said on Thursday.

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Tropical Storm Harvey forms in Atlantic Ocean: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Harvey became the eighth named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.

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Governor urges Trump to drop Virginia from offshore drilling plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe urged the Trump administration to exclude his state from a federal offshore oil and gas drilling plan, citing concerns about revenue sharing and environmental issues, in a letter that his office revealed on Thursday.

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Nearly 100 percent chance of cyclone east of Windward Islands: NHC

(Reuters) - A low pressure system located several hundred miles east of the

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Anti-poaching activist shot dead in Tanzania; motive unclear

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A prominent conservationist who worked on high profile ivory smuggling cases has been shot dead in Tanzania, colleagues said on Tuesday, although the motive for the killing was unclear.

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Samarco should be punished but not closed: Brazil mining minister

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Samarco, a joint venture between BHP Biliton Ltd and Brazil's Vale, should be punished but not closed over the 2015 collapse of a tailings dam that killed 19 people, Brazil's mining and energy minister said on Thursday.

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Normandy's D-Day beaches invaded by green algae

COURSEULLES-SUR-MER, France (Reuters) - Normandy's D-Day beaches, where Allied troops landed in June 1944 to free Europe of Nazi occupation, are being invaded by green algae.

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Wildfire-plagued Portugal declares public calamity as braces for more

LISBON (Reuters) - Parts of Portugal, beset by its deadliest summer of wildfires in living memory, were declared in a state of public calamity on Thursday as the government put emergency services on alert for further outbreaks.

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Shell says fire out at Deer Park, Texas JV refinery

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc said a fire was extinguished on Thursday morning at its 325,700 barrel-per-day (bpd) joint-venture Deer Park, Texas, refinery.

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South African rhino rancher asks court to permit horn sale

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The owner of the world's biggest private rhino herd took court action on Thursday to force South Africa's government to allow its first online sale of rhino horn, which he aims to hold next week.

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Forty killed in landslide in eastern Congo, vice governor says

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Forty people have been killed in a landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Pacifique Keta, the vice governor of Ituri province, said on Thursday.

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Fire breaks out at Petrochina chemical plant in Dalian: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - A fire broke out on Thursday at a chemical plant owned by state oil major PetroChina in Dalian, in northeast China's Liaoning Province, state news agency Xinhua reported.

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Hundreds still missing in Sierra Leone as search intensifies

FREETOWN, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Soldiers and volunteers equipped with shovels and pickaxes dug through the perilous site of a mudslide in Sierra Leone on Thursday in search of hundreds of bodies that may still be buried days after the incident.

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Forest rangers, fire crews brace for eclipse watchers to descend on U.S. West

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Forest rangers and fire managers across the U.S. West will be on high alert as motorists flock to Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming for next week's total solar eclipse, clogging roads and straining scarce resources at the height of summer wildfire season.

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NHC says 80 percent chance of cyclone east of Lesser Antilles

(Reuters) - A low pressure system about 550 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has an 80 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical cyclone over the next couple of days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday.

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Hyundai plans long-range premium electric car in strategic shift

SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co said on Thursday it was placing electric vehicles at the center of its product strategy - one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car as it seeks to catch up to Tesla and other rivals.

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Silver Run Acquisition strikes deal for two Oklahoma energy companies

HOUSTON, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Silver Run Acquisition II, a private equity backed oil and gas startup led by the former chief executive of Anadarko Petroleum Corp, has agreed to acquire two Oklahoma energy companies.

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Gert strengthens into Category 2 hurricane, moves off to sea: NHC

(Reuters) - Hurricane Gert, swirling away from land in the Atlantic Ocean off Nova Scotia, strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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U.S. forecaster says 40 percent chance of cyclone east of Lesser Antilles

(Reuters) - A low pressure system about 800 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 40 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical cyclone, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.

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Over 300 migrants rescued off Spanish coast

MADRID (Reuters) - Over 300 migrants were rescued in seven dinghies off Spain's southern coast after attempting to cross the sea from Morocco, the Spanish maritime rescue service said on Wednesday.

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Risk of disease as hundreds line up to identify Sierra Leone mudslide victims

FREETOWN, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Freetown residents queued on Wednesday to identify relatives killed in a mudslide on the edge of the Sierra Leone capital, as aid workers warned of an impending health crisis caused by nearly 400 corpses.

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Army helicopter with five aboard crashes off Hawaii: U.S. Coast Guard

(Reuters) - Emergency personnel on Wednesday were responding to reports of a downed Army Black Hawk helicopter with five crew aboard off the west coast of Hawaii, according to the United States Coast Guard.

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German court rules Chile sect doctor should be jailed

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court has ruled that a doctor who was part of a secretive sect set up by an ex-Nazi from Germany in a remote part of Chile should go to prison for aiding and abetting the sexual abuse that took place.

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Swiss, EU move closer to linking emissions trading systems

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland and the European Union have moved closer to linking their carbon emissions trading systems (ETS) after the European Commission and Swiss government gave their backing for a deal.

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Firefighters contain destructive wildfire near Athens

ATHENS (Reuters) - Firefighters on Wednesday contained a wildfire burning for nearly four days near Athens after it destroyed thousands of hectares of pine forest and dozens of homes.

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Hurricane Gert strengthens, expected to weaken by Thursday: NHC

(Reuters) - Hurricane Gert, the second of the 2017 Atlantic season, strengthened slightly on Wednesday as it accelerated through the Atlantic Ocean in a northeasterly direction, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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China to ban primary mercury mining by 2032 as convention comes into force

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will ban the production and trade of a range of products containing mercury by 2020, including thermometers and blood pressure monitors, and ban primary mercury mining by 2032, as a global pact to cut pollution from the metal comes into effect.

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Northern China air quality worsens in January-July: ministry

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Air quality worsened in China's northern region of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei in the first seven months of this year, piling pressure on authorities to crack down on firms in their efforts to meet politically crucial 2017 pollution targets.

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Flash floods hit Freeport Indonesia's mining operations

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Flash floods have left one worker missing and caused extensive damage to a power plant at U.S.-owned miner Freeport Indonesia's operations in the eastern-most province of Papua, company officials said on Wednesday.

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U.S. court strikes down two Republican-drawn Texas congressional districts

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. court struck down two Republican-drawn U.S. congressional districts in Texas on Tuesday, calling them discriminatory and ordering a remedy ahead of elections in 2018, court papers showed.

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Trump orders faster permitting on infrastructure projects

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order to speed approvals of permits for highways, bridges and other major building efforts as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure.

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Hurricane Gert strengthens, moving faster toward north-northeast: NHC

(Reuters) - Gert, the second hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, became a little stronger and was moving faster toward the north-northeast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday.

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Spanish migrant rescue ship threatened by Libyan coastguard: witness

ABOARD THE GOLFO AZZURRO, Mediterranean (Reuters) - The Libyan coastguard intercepted a humanitarian rescue ship in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, ordering it to sail to Tripoli or risk being targeted, a Reuters photographer aboard said.

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EPA erred in denying renewable fuel hardship exemption: courts

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used too strict of a test when it wrongfully denied Sinclair Oil's request for an exemption from the country's biofuel regulations, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

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U.S. NHC sees 20 percent chance of cyclone east of Lesser Antilles

(Reuters) - Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with an elongated area of low pressure located more than a thousand miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 20 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Tuesday.

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Nearly 400 bodies uncovered from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Rescue workers have uncovered nearly 400 bodies so far from a mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, its chief coroner Seneh Dumbuya told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Second crude spill hits one mile of Kuwait coast: agency

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwaiti authorities said on Tuesday they were battling a new crude oil spill in the Abu Fatira area, a day after containing an initial leak that contaminated southern waters.

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Monsoon floods kill more than 200 people across South Asia

KATHMANDU/DHAKA (Reuters) - Heavy monsoon rains in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have killed more than 200 people in the last week, officials said on Tuesday, as rescue workers rushed to help those stranded by floodwaters.

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Two swans found with bird flu H5N8 in Switzerland

ZURICH (Reuters) - Two new cases of bird flu have been reported in western Switzerland, the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) said in a statement on Tuesday.

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German green group to pursue diesel bans as agreed steps inadequate

BERLIN (Reuters) - German efforts to overcome a diesel scandal were dealt a blow on Tuesday after prosecutors widened a Volkswagen probe and a key environmental group said steps proposed by automakers to cut pollution remained inadequate.

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Germany awards licenses to increase onshore wind capacity by 1 GW

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany will increase its onshore wind energy capacity by more than 1 gigawatt, equal to that of a nuclear plant, under new licenses awarded on Tuesday, its network regulator said.

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Gert strengthens to hurricane force, second of 2017 Atlantic season: NHC

(Reuters) - Storm Gert has strengthened into the second hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Monday.

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Walmart Chile signs deal with workers, avoiding strike

SANTIAGO, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Lider, Wal-Mart Stores Inc's main supermarket chain in Chile, has signed a new work contract with its employees, averting a possible strike, the union said on Monday.

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Canada's British Columbia to ban grizzly bear trophy hunting

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - British Columbian plans to stop all grizzly bear trophy hunting throughout the western Canadian province as of Nov. 30, a government minister said on Monday.

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Tropical Storm Gert strengthens, expected to become hurricane late Monday

(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Gert continued to strengthen and is expected to develop into the second hurricane of the Atlantic season by late on Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory on Monday.

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Kuwait contains oil spill, power and water output normal - agency

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait has contained a crude oil spill in the country's southern waters in the Gulf and is cleaning up contaminated parts of the shore, state news agency KUNA reported on Monday, citing the oil minister.

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Canadian lumber producers hit by BMO downgrade as NAFTA talks loom

TORONTO (Reuters) - Shares of Canadian lumber producers slumped on Monday after BMO Capital Markets downgraded much of the sector on concerns that punitive U.S. duties, a stronger Canadian dollar and ongoing litigation would hurt the sector.

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Sierra Club sues U.S. Energy Department over power grid study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Environmental group the Sierra Club sued the U.S. Energy Department on Monday in hopes of forcing it to reveal the groups it has consulted in conducting an eagerly awaited study on the electricity grid.

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Tropical storm Gert expected to become hurricane by late Tuesday: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Gert is expected to strengthen into the second hurricane of the Atlantic season by late Tuesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an advisory on Monday.

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Back from holiday, Merkel shifts gear on diesel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany must eventually follow other European countries in banning new diesel cars from the roads, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, conceding for the first time that diesel's days were numbered in the wake of the emissions scandals.

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Vanguard to focus on corporate climate risk disclosure

BOSTON (Reuters) - Top mutual fund manager Vanguard Group said on Monday it has "prioritized climate risk" in its talks with companies, and urged them to disclose potential business risks from environmental shifts.

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NHC sees 20 percent chance of cyclone near Cape Verde Islands

(Reuters) - A broad trough of low pressure southwest of the Cape Verde Islands has a 20 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday.

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Hundreds feared buried in Sierra Leone mudslide

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Hundreds of people are feared buried in a mudslide on Monday in the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital, witnesses said.

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Norway's $975-billion wealth fund should improve ethical stance: NGO report

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's $975-billion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, should be more forceful in promoting its ethical agenda and influencing the thousands of companies it invests in, a report commissioned by non-governmental organizations said on Monday.

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China overall water quality improves in H1, but some regions worsen

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Overall water quality in China improved in the first six months of this year, though five regions saw an increase in substandard samples over the period, the environment ministry said on Monday.

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Firefighters battle spreading wildfire near Athens, homes damaged

ATHENS (Reuters) - Firefighters on Monday battled to contain a wildfire northeast of Athens as high winds caused the blaze to spread overnight after it damaged dozens of homes at a coastal village northeast of the Greek capital.

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Tourists rescued by elephants from flooded Nepal safari park

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Elephants were pressed into service to rescue hundreds of foreign tourists trapped in a Nepal jungle safari park, officials said on Monday, as the death toll from flash floods and landslides after four days of heavy rains rose to 70.

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Tropical storm Gert could become hurricane by Wednesday: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Gert, located about 485 miles (785 km) west-southwest of Bermuda, could strengthen into a hurricane by Wednesday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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Approval of Peru's Kuczynski falls to new low amid strikes

LIMA (Reuters) - Approval of Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski fell five points to a record low this month on a weak economy and a rash of labor strikes, a poll showed on Sunday.

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Wildfire near Athens damages homes and forces residents to flee

Athens (Reuters) - A wildfire close to a village near Athens damaged houses and caused people to flee their homes on Sunday, officials said.

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Kuwait to finish cleaning up oil spill this week: report

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait will finish cleaning up a crude oil spill in the country's southern waters in the Gulf this week, a Kuwaiti newspaper report said on Sunday, quoting the country's oil minister.

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Portugal asks for help from Europe to fight fires

LISBON (Reuters) - More than 3,000 firemen struggled to put out forest fires across Portugal on Sunday, after the country requested assistance from Europe to fight blazes that threaten to spread with more hot weather in the coming days.

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Death toll in Nepal floods, landslides rises to 49

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Torrential rain battered Nepal on Sunday, causing widespread flooding and landslides and raising the death toll from three days of severe weather to 49 people, according to officials.

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Philippines warns against killing of migratory birds amid avian flu outbreak

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines on Sunday warned citizens not to kill or poach migratory birds that usually fly in from China, the possible source of a virus that triggered the Southeast Asian nation's first outbreak of avian flu, to avoid worsening the situation.

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Quake of magnitude 6.5 strikes off Indonesian island of Sumatra: USGS

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck west of Indonesia's island of Sumatra on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said.

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Storm near Turks and Caicos expected to become cyclone: NHC

(Reuters) - A broad low pressure area over the Caribbean Sea has an 80-percent chance of developing into a cyclone, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Saturday.

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Doctors Without Borders Suspends Migrant Rescue Patrols Off Libyan Coast

The aid group said threats from Libyan Coast Guard vessels posed a risk to the crew of its rescue ship.

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Kuwait says responding to oil spill in Ras al-Zour area

(Reuters) - Kuwaiti authorities on Saturday were working on containing and cleaning up a crude oil spill in the country's southern waters in the Gulf, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) said in a statement.

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Oregon coastal city at 'double ground zero' braced for eclipse

DEPOE BAY, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon's Depoe Bay is preparing for the first total eclipse to traverse the continental United States in a century as if a natural disaster was bearing down on the small coastal city.

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Flooding and landslides kill more than 30 in Nepal: officials

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have left more than 30 people dead in Nepal in the past 24 hours, authorities said on Saturday.

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Magnitude 5.9 quake strikes off Chile coast: USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude 5.9 quake struck off the coast of Chile, 102 km west-southwest of Coquimbo, at depth of 10 km (6 miles), on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Elephant blamed for 15 deaths in eastern India shot dead

SAHIBGANJ, India (Reuters) - An elephant blamed for killing more than a dozen people in the eastern Indian states of Jharkhand and Bihar was shot dead on Friday, after an elaborate hunt that involved dozens of forest officials and a sharpshooter.

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Generating Green Energy in a Chilean Desert

Chile is advancing in its goals for reliance on renewable energy, with South America’s first geothermal plant and a constellation of solar and wind farms.

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Chile’s Energy Transformation Is Powered by Wind, Sun and Volcanoes

Once energy dependent, Chile is on track to become a renewables powerhouse with the potential to export electricity.

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Storms disrupt Beijing flights, authorities warn of flash flooding, landslides

BEIJING (Reuters) - Thunderstorms lashed Beijing on Saturday, disrupting hundreds of flights at one of the world's largest airports, while authorities warned that rain and wind could cause landslides in the area where a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck this week.

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Deadly tornado hits northern China, killing five

BEIJING (Reuters) - A tornado struck northern China, lashing it with rain, killing five people, injuring more than 50 and destroying homes in a major city in Inner Mongolia, state media said on Saturday.

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One dead after 5.6 magnitude quake causes Peru landslides

LIMA (Reuters) - A 5.6-magnitude undersea earthquake struck the Pacific Ocean off of Peru's southern coast on Friday, triggering landslides on local roads that killed one person and wounded two, a regional governor said.

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NHC says 40 percent chance of cyclone near Turks and Caicos

(Reuters) - A low pressure area located about 300 miles (480 km) east of the Turks and Caicos Islands has a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Friday.

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Chilean judge takes second stab at resolving murder of ex-president

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A Chilean judge formally accused six people on Friday of assassinating a former president during the country's 1973 to 1990 dictatorship, marking the second time in a decade he has moved to resolve the enduring murder case.

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Damaged drainage system in flooded New Orleans is nearly repaired

(Reuters) - A damaged turbine that contributed to flooding in New Orleans should be working again later on Friday, but more back-up power is needed and dozens of extra generators are being brought in for the rest of the hurricane season, the mayor said on Friday.

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Al Gore says Trump driving, not weakening, climate change momentum

LONDON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said on Friday that President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate change agreement was fueling, rather than weakening, momentum among environmental activists.

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New Brazil ethanol policy should boost demand, M&A

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - An overhaul of Brazil's biofuels policy in coming days, aimed at cutting the country's carbon emissions, should boost demand for cleaner fuels, stabilize the volatile industry and accelerate a recent wave of mergers and acquisitions in the sector.

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Canada orders ships to reduce speed to prevent whale deaths

TORONTO (Reuters) - Certain ships are being ordered to reduce speed because of the deaths of at least 10 North Atlantic right whales in Canada's Gulf of St Lawrence during the past two months, the government said on Friday.

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Keeping tabs on the birds in Slovenia

VRHNIKA, Slovenia (Reuters) - Scientists in an area of woodland in Slovenia are studying the migratory patterns of birds with the aid of a couple of big nets - and a lot of small rings.

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Arctic Ocean thaw helps Russian shipping as old ice blows west

OSLO (Reuters) - Russian shipping in the Arctic is benefiting from winds that are driving the oldest and thickest sea ice towards North America, further opening a remote region that is thawing amid global warming, scientists say.

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U.S. Airstrikes in Afghanistan Are Said to Kill 16 Civilians

Officials in Kabul blamed American warplanes targeting Islamic State militants for the deaths in eastern Afghanistan.

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Huge pipes wash up on British beach

LONDON (Reuters) - Four gigantic Norwegian-made plastic pipes up to 480 meters (1575 ft) long were discovered washed up on the English coast, officials said on Friday.

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Germany believes European Commission will propose electric cars quotas

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany believes the European Commission will propose quotas for electric cars in it next review of measures to cut emissions, a spokesman for the German environment ministry said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Energy XXI Gulf Coast reports Q2 loss per share of $0.71

* Energy XXI Gulf Coast announces second quarter 2017 financial and operational results

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Magnitude 6.2 quake hits Philippine island of Luzon, jolts buildings

MANILA (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hit the Philippines' northern island of Luzon on Friday and was felt in the capital Manila, shaking buildings and forcing the evacuation of offices and schools.

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Hong Kong scoops up 158 tonnes of palm oil; may reopen some beaches

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong may reopen some of its 13 beaches closed since last Sunday following a palm oil spill, after authorities collected more than 150 tonnes of acrid-smelling clumps in one of the Chinese territory's worst environmental disasters.

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New Orleans braces for more rain, watchful for flash floods

(Reuters) - The governor of Louisiana and the mayor of New Orleans declared a state of emergency for the city on Thursday due to torrential rains that overwhelmed a municipal drainage system already diminished by power shortages.

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Climate change disrupts timing of river floods in Europe: study

OSLO (Reuters) - Climate change has shifted the timing of flooding in European rivers in the past 50 years, causing deluges earlier in the northeast and later around parts of the Mediterranean, scientists said on Thursday.

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Climate change helped fuel record heat in 2016: U.S. government report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global warming helped fuel the hottest year on record in 2016, with greenhouse gas concentrations reaching a new high, a U.S. government report released on Thursday said.

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Trump EPA lags behind in environmental enforcement: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - During the first six months of the Trump presidency, the Environmental Protection Agency has lagged behind three previous administrations in environmental enforcement, collecting 60 percent less in civil penalties from polluters, a report released on Thursday said.

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Cooking gas shortages force Venezuelans to turn to firewood

PUERTO ORDAZ/CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan homemaker Carmen Rondon lives in the country with the world's largest oil reserves, but has spent weeks cooking with firewood due to a chronic shortage of home cooking gas - leaving her hoarse from breathing smoke.

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Ford says it is cooperating in German diesel investigation

BERLIN (Reuters) - Ford said German motor authorities were investigating a diesel-engined model of its mid-sized Mondeo car, adding that none of its cars was equipped with illegal emissions cheating software.

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U.S. NHC says storm Franklin dissipates over Mexico

(Reuters) - Franklin, the first hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, has dissipated over Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.

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U.S. weather forecaster sees El Niño unlikely through 2017-2018 winter

(Reuters) - A U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday there were no active El Niño or La Niña patterns, and neutral conditions were favored in the Northern hemisphere through the 2017-18 winter.

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Arctic fjords help Russia combat fish shortage problems

URA BAY, Russia (Reuters) - Arctic fjords that hid Soviet nuclear-powered submarines during the Cold War are now being used as a weapon in the sanctions war with Europe - to rear fish that Russia can no longer import.

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Denmark reports Maersk Oil to police for discharging chemicals into North Sea

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The Danish environmental protection agency (DEPA) said on Thursday it had reported Maersk Oil, the oil unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk, to the police for discharging chemicals into the North Sea in connection with oil production.

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Franklin weakens into tropical storm: NHC

(Reuters) - Franklin, a Category 1 hurricane, has weakened into a tropical storm over the eastern coast of Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.

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Hurricane Franklin makes landfall in Veracruz, Mexico: NHC

(Reuters) - Hurricane Franklin made landfall on the eastern coast of Mexico in the state of Veracruz, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said early Thursday.

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Hurricane Franklin to make landfall over next several hours: NHC

(Reuters) - Hurricane Franklin is expected to make landfall and bring torrential rains over the next several hours as it crosses the coast of eastern Mexico's key oil-producing Gulf state, Veracruz, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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Magnitude 4.9 quake hits Tokyo area, no tsunami warning

TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 hit the Tokyo area on Thursday but no tsunami warning was issued, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

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China's smog crackdown roils niche commodities markets

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's push for blue skies is roiling supplies and boosting prices of key raw materials from soymeal to ferroalloys as the government ramps up smog checks and forces some factories in the world's top commodities market to close or suspend operations.

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Franklin now a hurricane, nearing Mexico oil state: U.S. NHC

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Franklin, upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane from a tropical storm, is expected to hit eastern Mexico's key oil-producing Gulf state of Veracruz on Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.

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Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind's remote past

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ancestor of people and all modern apes may have looked like.

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Rising rivers flood homes in southern Venezuela

PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela (Reuters) - Rising rivers have flooded homes in southern Venezuela, affecting more than 15,000 people and forcing some 500 to leave their homes, according to civil protection officials.

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Bashful baby bonobo born in Belgium

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A baby bonobo ape has been cradled in her mother's arms since her birth in Belgium last week, offering zoo visitors only a brief glimpse of her face at feeding times.

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Storm Franklin expected to hit Mexico's east coast as hurricane: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Franklin has gained in strength and is expected to develop into a hurricane later on Wednesday, hitting Mexico's eastern Veracruz state as a hurricane on Wednesday night or early on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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Quake in China's Sichuan kills 19, including tourists, injures 247

JIUZHAIGOU, China (Reuters) - A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck a remote, mountainous part of China's southwestern province of Sichuan, killing 19 people, including six tourists, and injuring 247, the provincial government and official media said on Wednesday.

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Tech-savvy farmers a new hope for Japan's shrinking agriculture sector

YAMAMOTO-CHO, Japan (Reuters) - A new breed of younger, business- and tech-savvy farmers are transforming Japan's shrinking agriculture sector with cutting edge techniques and marketing strategies, giving new hope to an industry in slow decline.

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Quake in China's Sichuan kills 13, including tourists, injures 175

BEIJING (Reuters) - Thirteen people, including six tourists, were killed and 175 injured when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck a remote, mountainous part Sichuan in China's southwest, the provincial government and official media said on Wednesday.

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NHC says Franklin to strengthen into hurricane on Wednesday

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Franklin has strengthened over the Bay of Campeche and is forecast to become a hurricane late Wednesday when it reaches the coast of Mexico, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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China's Hebei vows to shut polluting steelmakers from September 1

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Steelmakers in the smog-prone northern Chinese province of Hebei will be forced to halt operations next month if they fail to meet tough new pollution restrictions, the local environmental authority said in a notice.

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Hong Kong cleans up 93 tonnes of palm oil, shuts 13 beaches after huge spill

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong has scooped up over 90 tonnes of palm oil and closed more than a dozen beaches after a ship spill washed foul-smelling, Styrofoam-like clumps ashore, the latest major environmental disaster to blight the territory's waters.

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Google's firing of memo writer strikes nerve in Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Silicon Valley culture war pitting liberal-leaning tech firms against a small conservative cohort took on new intensity on Tuesday after Google fired a male engineer for a memo that decried the company's commitment to hiring women.

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Earthquake of magnitude 6.6 hits northwest China's Xinjiang

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 hit a remote part of China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang on Wednesday morning, the country's earthquake administration said.

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Nine dead, 164 injured in China Sichuan quake

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Nine people have been killed, including six tourists, and 164 injured in an earthquake that struck a remote and mountainous part of southwest China's Sichuan province, the local government and official media said on Wednesday.

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Contentious Memo Strikes Nerve Inside Google and Out

The memo, written by a Google engineer who was later fired, enraged diversity advocates and also served as a rallying cry for conservatives and the alt-right.

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Vivint Solar second-quarter results top estimates

(Reuters) - Residential solar company Vivint Solar Inc on Tuesday reported quarterly results that topped expectations as costs for selling its rooftop systems fell.

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U.S.-led coalition strikes kill 29 civilians in Syria: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State killed at least 29 civilians including 14 children in 24 hours in the jihadists' Syrian capital of Raqqa, a war monitor said late on Tuesday.

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Exclusive: U.S. envoys told to be coy on re-engaging in Paris climate deal - cable

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. diplomats should sidestep questions from foreign governments on what it would take for the Trump administration to re-engage in the global Paris climate agreement, according to a diplomatic cable seen by Reuters.

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Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Franklin over portions of Yucatan Peninsula: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Franklin was bringing heavy rains to portions of the Yucatan Peninsula, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory on Tuesday.

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Italian winemakers expect less quantity, more quality after extreme weather

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's wine producers are already starting to pick grapes under a scorching sun, after a very cold spring and then extreme heat brought forward a harvest expected to be small but perfectly delicious.

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Most Houston-area refineries unaffected by flooding after heavy rains

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Most Houston-area refineries were unaffected by heavy rains that caused flooding across wide areas of the city, the companies and sources said on Tuesday.

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Four dead as quake strikes in remote part of China's Sichuan province

BEIJING (Reuters) - An earthquake measuring 6.5 in magnitude struck China's remote and mountainous southwestern province of Sichuan on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, causing four deaths and some damage to buildings in a tourist resort.

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Factbox: Germany, carmakers agree steps to cut diesel pollution

(Reuters) - German ministers, regional politicians and car executives have agreed a package of measures aimed at cutting inner-city air pollution and averting bans on diesel cars.

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Quake of magnitude 6.5 strikes in China's Sichuan province -USGS

(Reuters) - An earthquake measuring 6.5 in magnitude struck in China's mountainous southwestern province of Sichuan on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Dutch students grow their own biodegradable car

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (Reuters) - What's made of sugar, can carry four people and travel at 50 miles (80 km) per hour? A biodegradable car, whose inventors say could be the next step in environmentally friendly motoring.

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Siemens Gamesa installs Asia's tallest wind turbines

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Wind power group Siemens Gamesa has installed Asia's tallest wind turbines, with a total height of 210 meters (230 yards), in Thailand, it said on Tuesday.

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Landslide in southwest China kills 23

BEIJING (Reuters) - A landslide in southwestern China has killed 23 people, the provincial government said on Tuesday, as heavy rain hits large parts of the country.

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Thailand approves flood relief measures worth $48 million

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's cabinet on Tuesday approved 1.6 billion baht ($48 million) in relief for farmers hit by floods in the north and northeast.

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Volkswagen offers up to 10,000 euros in premiums to new-car buyers

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen will offer up to 10,000 euros ($11,810.00) in premiums to buyers of VW brand vehicles trading in an older diesel model, the carmaker said on Tuesday.

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VW to offer diesel owners 5,000 euros to buy new Golf: Bild

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen will knock 5,000 euros ($5,905) off the price of new Golf model cars for buyers trading in an older diesel model, German daily Bild reported on its website, citing no sources.

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Hong Kong closes 13 beaches as congealed palm oil washes ashore

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong has closed more than a dozen beaches after a palm oil spill washed foul-smelling, Styrofoam-like clumps ashore, the latest environmental disaster to blight the territory's waters.

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Now a tropical storm, Noru rakes Japan's main island

TOKYO (Reuters) - Typhoon Noru raked Japan's main island of Honshu with heavy rains and strong winds on Tuesday, despite being downgraded to a tropical storm, flooding rivers and prompting the evacuation of thousands at one point, but staying well away from Tokyo.

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U.S. orangutan Chantek, 'the ape who went to college,' dies at 39

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Chantek, a male orangutan who was among the first apes to learn sign language, could clean his room and memorized the way to a fast-food restaurant, died on Monday at age 39, Zoo Atlanta said.

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Tropical Storm Franklin takes aim at Mexico's Yucatan peninsula

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Franklin churned toward the tourist hubs along Mexico's Caribbean coast on Monday, and is expected to strike the Yucatan Peninsula Tuesday just south of major resorts, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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Brazil suspends murder trial in Samarco disaster over possible illegal evidence

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A judge in Brazil has temporarily suspended criminal proceedings against 22 people and four companies accused of killing 19 people in the 2015 Samarco mine disaster, over the legality of phone intercepts between executives involved and other evidence.

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U.S. Interior Department rescinds coal valuation rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of the Interior said on Monday it has rescinded an Obama-era rule that reformed how energy companies value sales of oil, gas and coal extracted from federal and tribal land to protect taxpayers because it caused "confusion and uncertainty" for energy companies.

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Sunrun quarterly solar installations top view, results lag

(Reuters) - U.S. residential solar company Sunrun Inc on Monday reported second-quarter deployments of rooftop solar power systems were 5 percent above its own expectations, though revenue and earnings per share fell short of Wall Street estimates.

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U.S. to relax rules protecting sage grouse, in win for oil drillers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department on Monday launched an overhaul to an Obama-era plan to protect sage grouse that it says aims to both preserve the species of bird while expanding opportunities for oil development in western states where they live.

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Munich prosecutors also target Audi AG in diesel probe

MUNICH (Reuters) - Munich prosecutors said on Monday that Audi as a corporation had become part of a probe into diesel emissions manipulation that to date has targeted individuals, which could lead to fines or the seizure of profits.

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Vienna's panda twins mark birthday with snacks and a lie-in

VIENNA (Reuters) - Twin panda cubs born and raised at Vienna Zoo celebrated their first birthday very differently on Monday: one gorged on snacks in front of a crowd of admirers while the other slept in.

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Syrian army increases strikes on capital's last rebel enclave

AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army intensified shelling and air strikes on the last rebel enclave in the Syrian capital on Monday, its heaviest bombardment in a two-month military campaign, rebels and witnesses said.

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EU asks top court to speed up case against Poland over logging

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's executive arm has asked the European Court of Justice to speed up a case against Poland over logging in its ancient forest, which has continued despite an order by the bloc's top court to stop immediately, an official said.

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German regulator probes VW, Daimler for disclosure violations

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German markets regulator BaFin said it was probing whether Volkswagen and Daimler had violated disclosure rules, following media reports that both carmakers made use of whistleblower provisions to regulators.

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Lithium processors prepare to meet demand in era of electric car

LONDON (Reuters) - Producers of processed lithium - an essential element for batteries used in electric cars - are agreeing long-term contracts with their customers to fund the investments needed to address a looming shortfall.

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Keystone XL pipeline fate in balance as Nebraska opens hearings

LINCOLN, Neb. (Reuters) - Nebraska regulators will hear final arguments for and against TransCanada Corp’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline this week before deciding whether to approve its route later this year, the last big hurdle for the long-delayed project after President Donald Trump gave it federal approval.

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Almost 190,000 evacuated as thunderstorms roil northeast China

BEIJING (Reuters) - Thunderstorms have battered northeastern China's Liaoning province for several days, killing three people and prompting the evacuation of almost 190,000, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday.

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EU says no plans for electric cars quotas

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union on Monday said it had no plans to introduce quotas for electric cars for an automobile sector seeking to recover from the Volkswagen diesel scandal, a spokeswoman for the EU executive said.

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Germany should consider electric cars quotas, deputy economy minister says

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany should consider introducing binding quotas for electric cars for an automobile sector seeking to recover from a diesel emissions scandal and keep its place as a leading producer, deputy economy minister Matthias Machnig said on Monday.

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Australia finds U.S. military aircraft that crashed off northeast coast

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian Navy survey ship has located a U.S. military aircraft that crashed off the Australian northeast coast at the weekend and left three Marines missing, Defence Minister Marise Payne said on Monday.

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Franklin to make landfall in east coast of Yucatan peninsula Monday evening: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Franklin is becoming better organized and could be near hurricane strength by the time landfall occurs Monday evening on the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory.

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Reign of sewage in biblical valley may be coming to an end

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - There is a foul smell coming from the biblical Kidron Valley.

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Tropical storm Franklin strengthens east of Mexico: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Franklin, located about 325 miles (525 km) east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico, slightly strengthened over the Northwestern Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Monday.

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Vietnam floods kill 26, cause damage estimated at $41 million

HANOI (Reuters) - Floods in northern Vietnam have killed 26 people and washed away hundreds of homes over the past week, causing damage estimated at more than 940 billion dong ($41 million), the government's disaster agency said on Monday.

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Tropical storm Franklin forms over the Caribbean: NHC

(Reuters) - Tropical storm Franklin, the sixth named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, has formed over the north-western Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Sunday.

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Weakening Typhoon Noru brings heavy rain, edges closer to Japanese heartland

TOKYO (Reuters) - A weakening Typhoon Noru churned closer to central Japan on Monday, pounding parts of the country with torrential rain, but it had lost much of the strength that at one point made it the world's strongest storm this year.

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More than 30 injured after tornado hits in Tulsa

(Reuters) - More than 30 people were injured and dozens of buildings damaged when a tornado hit Tulsa early on Sunday, causing power outages to about 17,000 customers after powerful winds snapped utility poles and downed trees in the Oklahoma city, officials said.

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U.S. forecaster see 90 percent chance of cyclone over northwestern Caribbean sea

(Reuters) - A low pressure area located about 405 miles east-southeast of Chetumal, Mexico has a 90 percent chance of developing into a cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Sunday.

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U.N. condemns brutality of Yemen conflict after airstrikes on civilians

DUBAI (Reuters) - A top United Nations official in Yemen said reported airstrikes in which at least 12 civilians were killed, including children, were an example of the "disregard" for civilians' safety shown by all the combatants in Yemen's civil war.

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Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (Reuters) - Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital.

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Fire Strikes Another Tower in the Dubai Marina

A fire broke out Sunday at another high-rise tower in the Dubai Marina, just days after a blaze struck one of the world's tallest residential towers in the same neighborhood.

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British government launches review to cut long-term energy costs

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government launched a review on how best to reduce long-term energy bills for households and business on Sunday, prompted in part by concern that high electricity costs could damage industrial competitiveness.

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3 Marines Missing After Osprey Aircraft Crashes Off Australian Coast

Another 23 Marines were rescued from the Osprey, a hybrid aircraft that can lift like a helicopter and fly like a plane. The crash is being investigated.

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Wildfire rages on Greek island of Kythera, homes evacuated

ATHENS (Reuters) - A forest fire was raging on the Greek island of Kythera on Saturday, fanned by strong winds and prompting the evacuation of dozens of homes.

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Indonesian military officer orders that forest burners be shot

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A military official in the Indonesian province of Jambi said on Saturday he has ordered that anyone who deliberately sets fire to forest areas be shot, as authorities struggle to contain fires that cause choking smoke in the region.

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Magnitude 5.8 quake hits Philippines: USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck south Mindanao island in the Philippines on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Giant panda at French zoo gives birth to twins, one dies

PARIS (Reuters) - A giant panda in Beauval zoo gave birth to twin cubs on Friday, the first ever to be born in France, but one died shortly afterwards, the zoo said.

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EPA to review previously denied claims from Colorado mine spill

DENVER (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt vowed on Friday to review $1.2 billion in previously denied claims for economic losses from a 2015 EPA-triggered toxic waste spill at a dormant Colorado gold mine.

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Extreme weather seen killing 152,000 Europeans a year by 2100

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's death toll from weather disasters could rise 50-fold by the end of this century, with extreme heat alone killing more than 150,000 people a year by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, scientists said on Friday.

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CORRECTED-Eldorado, Chile's Empresas Copec talks end over price, sources say

SAO PAULO, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Talks between Chile's Empresas Copec SA COP.SN and J&F Investimentos SA over Brazilian pulpmaker Eldorado Brasil SA have collapsed as the end of an exclusivity period approached and price disagreements remained, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

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Volkswagen executive pleads guilty in U.S. emissions cheating case

DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty on Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit in connection with a massive diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $25 billion.

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BMW reassured top staff about cartel allegations: sources

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's BMW has told its top managers that regulators probing reports of collusion among German carmakers will find the allegations hard to justify, two sources familiar with the matter said.

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'Lucifer' heat wave holds Italy, eastern Europe in fiery grip

SARAJEVO/BELGRADE (Reuters) - Swathes of southern and eastern Europe sweltered in temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104°F) on Friday in a heat wave nicknamed "Lucifer" that has fanned forest fires, triggered weather warning alerts and damaged crops.

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India monsoon rains to stay weak in key regions for next 2 weeks

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Key crop growing regions in India are likely to receive lower rainfall than normal in the next fortnight, the state-run weather forecaster said, raising concerns over the yield of summer-sown crops.

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No monkeying around, Indonesia task force vows

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia has deployed armed police and soldiers to help villagers on the island of Java fight back against marauding monkeys that have been terrorizing their area, stealing food and even attacking vulnerable elderly residents and a child.

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Elite firefighter killed while battling western Montana blaze

(Reuters) - An elite California firefighter was killed by a falling tree while battling a blaze in western Montana, the second firefighting death in the area over the last two weeks, officials said on Thursday.

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Southwest Japan braces for Typhoon Noru

TOKYO (Reuters) - A wide swathe of southwest Japan, including areas devastated by torrential rains last month, on Friday braced for more rain as Typhoon Noru, at one point the world's strongest storm this year, churned closer to the country's main islands.

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China orders 82 industries to obtain licenses before polluting

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has published a list of 82 industries that will need to obtain licenses before discharging pollutants or face punishments such as fines of up to 1 million yuan ($148,920.33).