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EU court adviser backs Commission in forest dispute with Poland

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Poland's decision to increase logging in the primeval forest of Bialowieza breaks EU law, an advisor to the EU's top court said on Tuesday, backing the European Commission against the Polish government.

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Most of Europe to see below normal temperatures in March: The Weather Company

LONDON (Reuters) - Most of Europe will experience colder than normal temperatures in March, The Weather Company said on Tuesday.

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Chinese warships enter East Indian Ocean amid Maldives tensions

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Eleven Chinese warships sailed into the East Indian Ocean this month, a Chinese news portal said, amid a constitutional crisis in the tiny tropical island chain of the Maldives now under a state of emergency.

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Former cyclone Gita hits New Zealand; emergency declared in southern city

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's national carrier on Tuesday canceled all flights in and out of the capital, Wellington, and the southern city of Christchurch declared a state of emergency as the remnants of tropical cyclone Gita pummelled the country.

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Cleanup underway after Centurion pipeline oil spill in Oklahoma: media

(Reuters) - A cleanup is underway after oil spilled into a pond from a pipeline that burst near a neighborhood in Yukon, Oklahoma, early on Sunday, media website news9.com reported.

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Switzerland has not seen any major Saudi fund flows: Swiss Bankers Association

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Switzerland has not seen any major inward or outward movement of funds from Saudi Arabia, the chairman of the Swiss Bankers Association said on Monday when asked whether he had...

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Speed skating: Norway's Lorentzen edges Korean in photo finish

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) - Norwegian Havard Lorentzen struck gold in the men's 500 meters speed skating at the Gangneung Oval on Monday after edging out South Korea's Cha Min-kyu in a dramatic photo finish.

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Indonesia raises aviation warnings after Sumatra volcano emits ash cloud

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia on Monday raised flight warnings around the Mount Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island to their highest level after it sent a towering plume of ash more than 7 kilometers (4.4 miles) into the air, its biggest eruption this year.

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Poland spares forest to win EU favor, but damage already done

BIALOWIEZA, Poland (Reuters) - When Poland sought to ease tensions with the European Union by declaring a halt to logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, it did not announce how many trees it had already cut down.

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Cambodia discovers nest of critically endangered 'royal turtles'

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Wildlife experts in Cambodia have discovered a nest with 16 eggs built by the nearly extinct "royal turtle", in the first such discovery this year, the non-profit Wildlife Conservation (WCS) Society said on Monday.

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Quake shakes Mexicans out of bed, alarms sound in capital

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck southern Mexico early on Monday, sending frightened residents into the streets as seismic alarms echoed across the capital, although there were no immediate reports of damage.

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China to impose annual fishing ban in Yellow River from 2018: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will ban fishing in the Yellow River, or Huanghe, between April 1 and June 30 every year starting from 2018, state-owned media Xinhua reported on Monday, citing a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture.

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Air New Zealand warns of flight disruptions as Cyclone Gita bears down

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Air New Zealand warned on Monday flights in and out of New Zealand faced major disruptions this week due to Cyclone Gita, set to hit the country on Tuesday, and encouraged passengers to defer traveling.

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Oaxaca requests aid after strong Mexico quake damages 1,000 homes

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca requested federal emergency funds on Sunday to supply food, shelter and health services in more than 30 municipalities battered by last week's powerful quake in a region still reeling from temblors in September.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

The Interpreter: Russian Meddling Was a Drop in an Ocean of American-made Discord

It does not take much to get Americans to turn against one another. Partisan polarization was well underway before Moscow got involved.

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Cyclone Kelvin lashes West Australia, no damage reported to mines, gas projects

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Tropical Cyclone Kelvin hit the resource-rich north coast of Western Australia on Sunday, lashing it with strong winds and causing floods that could cut the main highway for up to two weeks.

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Small earthquake hits Britain, strongest for 10 years

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain was hit by its biggest earthquake in a decade on Saturday, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said on Saturday, with tremors felt across parts of Wales and southwest England but no notable damage reported.

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Small earthquake felt in Wales, southern England

LONDON (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 struck Britain on Saturday, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said on Saturday, with tremors felt across parts of Wales and southwest England.

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Big Mexico quake cuts power and damages homes; two dead in crash

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A prolonged 7.2 magnitude quake that rocked Mexico on Friday left nearly a million homes and businesses without power in the capital and south but the only reported deaths came when a military helicopter crashed after surveying the aftermath.

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Wind, snow and frozen phones: How to survive the coldest Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - Before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics began on Feb 9, Magnus Strom and his Reuters colleague Sylvain Marchandise, both experienced skiers, spent five days on a frigid mountain, skiing to locations on the alpine skiing course. They laid hundreds of meters of cable a day so Reuters journalists can send pictures and text stories down from the slopes to editors in the media center.

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Powerful 7.2 quake rocks buildings in Mexico, minor damage reported

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A 7.2 magnitude quake rocked Mexico on Friday, a prolonged rumble that the government said had caused minor damage to buildings in the southern state of Oaxaca, but with no preliminary reports of deaths.

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Oxfam agrees not to bid for new funding from UK government

LONDON (Reuters) - Oxfam has agreed not to bid for any new funding from Britain's government until London is satisfied the charity meets sufficient ethical standards, development minister Penny Mordaunt said on Friday.

Stocks and Bonds nytimes.com

Wealth Matters: 5 Tips to Weather a Turbulent Stock Market

Market volatility is normal. Don’t fret. This advice from professionals could help prevent a volatile ride from derailing your financial planning.

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U.S. spending bill expands carbon tax credit, boosting oil producers

HOUSTON (Reuters) - A little-noticed addition to the U.S. budget deal approved last week will help Occidental Petroleum Corp and other oil producers by more than tripling a tax credit for injecting carbon dioxide back into the earth to increase crude output.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Frank Ocean Rescues ‘Moon River,’ and 10 More New Songs

Hear the week's most notable tracks from Courtney Barnett, Gregory Porter, Tinashe and more.

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U.S. senator's biofuel overhaul faces resistance

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Texas Senator John Cornyn’s plan to overhaul U.S. biofuels policy faces resistance from the oil and ethanol sectors, reducing chances of a reboot to the controversial regulations, sources familiar with the matter said.

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Gone with the wind: storms deepen Florida's beach sand crunch

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla (Reuters) - Down the palm tree-lined roads of northeast Florida's Flagler County, a half-dozen dump trucks are shuttling back and forth along the Atlantic coast pouring thousands of tons of sand onto the local beach.

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EU approves Belgian renewable energy certificate schemes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission on Friday said it had approved a Belgian scheme of certificates for renewable energy and high-efficiency cogeneration plant as in line with the bloc's climate goals.

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Computer-driven hedge funds lose out on volatility spike: HSBC data

LONDON (Reuters) - Performance from computer-driven hedge funds run by industry stalwarts Cantab Capital Partners and Systematica Investments took a hit after market volatility in February, showed...

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U.S. 'junk' bond funds hit by second biggest cash withdrawals: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors fled the riskier corners of the debt market, pulling the second-highest amount of cash on record from high-yield "junk" bonds during the latest week, Lipper...

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BRIEF-Transocean Ltd. Announces Updates For Transocean Leader

* TRANSOCEAN LTD SAYS CONTRACT BACKLOG IS REDUCED BY APPROXIMATELY $112 MILLION AS A RESULT OF CONTRACT RENEGOTIATION

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Startling orangutan population decline recorded in Borneo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hunting by people and habitation destruction by oil palm, paper, logging and mining industries helped drive a startling drop of about 50 percent in the orangutan population on the island of Borneo from 1999 to 2015, scientists said on Thursday.

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U.S. environmental penalties nearly halve in Trump's first year: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Environmental Protection Agency levied around half the average number of penalties against polluters in the first year of the Trump administration as in the same period of the past three presidential administrations, according to a report released Thursday.

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Congo defends right to explore for oil in national parks

DAKAR (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's oil minister on Thursday defended the country's right to explore for oil anywhere on its territory after media reports that President Joseph Kabila approved drilling in Africa's largest tropical rainforest reserve.

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Broad-basket commods funds post largest net inflow in seven years

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Financial advisors and smaller retail investors, wary that inflation may be brewing again, ratcheted up their bets on funds in Morningstar's Commodities Broad Basket fund...

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Red tide outbreak in Chile puts salmon farms on alert: industry group

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A growing outbreak of "red tide" has put salmon farms on alert in fish-rich southern Chile, an industry group said on Thursday, though its impact is still far less extensive than in 2016, when a much larger outbreak decimated fish farms.

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Hedge fund Bridgewater makes $22 billion bet against European firms

LONDON/FRANKFURT/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bridgewater has shown its hand in Europe with a $22 billion bet against some of the continent's biggest companies, filings reviewed by Reuters show, part of a bigger shift by the world's largest hedge fund manager.

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Number of crypto hedge funds soars amid bitcoin volatility

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of hedge funds focused on trading cryptocurrencies more than doubled in the four months to Feb. 15, despite sharp falls in the value of the virtual coins in recent weeks, data from fintech research house Autonomous NEXT showed on Thursday.

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Hedge funds hook shipping stocks grappling for recovery

LONDON (Reuters) - Shipping stocks may still be in the doldrums in the view of many investors, but hedge funds have bet at least $675 million on signs of renewed buoyancy in the industry.

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Hedge funds Steadfast and Suvretta jump onto CSX in fourth quarter

BOSTON (Reuters) - Wall Street investors were so convinced that Hunter Harrison could turn around railroad CSX Corp that the company lost $4 billion in market value when the former CEO took a medical leave in December and died only a few days later.

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Hedge funds wager on rising wages and inflation with consumer, materials shares

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In late 2017, several well-known hedge funds made bets on companies selling goods considered non-essential by consumers and on companies processing raw materials, according to...

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Hedge funds wager on inflation with consumer, materials shares

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several big-name hedge funds made bets on consumer discretionary and materials stocks at the end of 2017 that could benefit from the signs of rising inflation that have roiled...

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German motor authority KBA probes Mercedes Vito emissions

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Transport Ministry on Wednesday said it was reviewing whether to initiate a formal hearing of Daimler to probe the alleged use of an illegal defeat device on the Mercedes-Benz Vito model.

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Appeal court rules Nigerians cannot pursue Shell spill claim in England

LONDON/YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - The Court of Appeal in London ruled on Wednesday that two Nigerian communities cannot pursue Royal Dutch Shell in English courts over oil spills in Nigeria's Delta region.

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Free public transport no substitute for vehicle changes, Germany says

BERLIN (Reuters) - An eye-catching proposal to trial free public transport in some German cities as a means of cutting emissions from dirty private cars is not intended as a substitute for efforts to clean up cars already on the road, a government spokesman said.

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OECD says energy taxes in developed economies too low to fight climate change

LONDON (Reuters) - Energy taxes in major advanced economies are not doing enough to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency and drive a shift toward low-carbon sources, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday.

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Philippines opposes China naming features on its continental shelf

MANILA/BEIJING (Reuters) - The Philippines on Wednesday said it would oppose what it said were attempts by Beijing to formally assign Chinese names to undersea features on part of Manila's continental shelf on its Pacific Ocean coast.

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China expects to see heavy air pollution during Lunar New Year

BEIJING (Reuters) - Some regions of China could suffer heavy pollution because of fireworks and unfavorable weather conditions during Lunar New Year celebrations, despite a ban on firecrackers in more than 400 cities, the Ministry of Environmental Protection warned.

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India's $230 million plan to stop crop burning that pollutes Delhi falls short of estimates

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian government's plan to spend $230 million over two years to prevent crop residue burning is below the spending estimates of its policy advisors for the task and may do little to cut the air pollution that envelops the capital region of Delhi.

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Fiji escapes widespread damage from Cyclone Gita: official

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Fiji has escaped major damage from the Category 4 cyclone that tore through the Pacific Island nation overnight, a government official said on Wednesday, with no major population centers affected.

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Sime Darby's Africa ambitions stall pending new deforestation rules

GBAH, Liberia/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - When Malaysia's biggest plantation company Sime Darby leased 220,000 hectares of lush forest in northwest Liberia in 2009, executives said they had found a much needed new frontier in global palm oil development.

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Mega buyout funds reshaping private equity industry

London (Reuters) - The relationship between private equity managers and investors is changing rapidly after the number of $5 billion buyout ‘megafunds’ jumped in 2017, according to McKinsey’s annual...

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U.S. funding of Syrian YPG militia will impact Turkey's decisions: Erdogan

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A U.S. decision to continue funding the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect Turkey's future moves, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday ahead of a visit this week by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Cyclone hits southern Fiji islands, damage uncertain

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Fijian authorities were working to establish contact with some remote southern islands on Wednesday after powerful Cyclone Gita took down communications, though the Pacific Island nation's most populated centers avoided serious damage.

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U.S. transportation chief: Weighing all options to fund infrastructure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is weighing a range of options to fund public infrastructure projects, including private-sector investments and a higher tax on gasoline, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said on Tuesday.

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Give us the options, energy debate commission tells French government

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government should await the findings of a public debate before it drafts how it will meet its goal of reducing the share of nuclear energy in power generation, the commission tasked with organising the forum said on Tuesday.

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Bill aims to restore U.S. tax break for advance refunding muni bonds

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The federal tax exemption for a type of debt refunding used by U.S. states, cities, schools and other issuers to lower borrowing costs would be restored under a new bipartisan bill in Congress, two of its sponsors said on Tuesday.

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South Africa declares drought a national disaster

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has declared a national disaster over the drought afflicting southern and western regions including Cape Town, though the city pushed back its "Day Zero", the date when its taps are expected to run dry.

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Norway wealth fund CEO to firms: allow independent directors on your boards

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund plans to be a vocal shareholder during the upcoming AGM season, pushing firms to disclose more non-financial data such as carbon emissions,...

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EU studying if members doing enough to avoid penalties over air pollution

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission will decide next month whether to take legal action against nine member states for breaching EU air pollution rules after they submitted plans to address the issue.

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Germany considers plan for free public transport in polluted cities

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government is considering plans to make public transport free in cities suffering from air quality problems, according to a letter seen by Reuters, which also outlines more conventional measures such as low emissions zones.

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Hurricane Irma costs for insurers to reach 1.8 billion euros: French lobby

PARIS (Reuters) - Hurricane Irma, which battered the Caribbean islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy last September, could cost insurers 1.83 billion euros ($2.26 billion), the French insurance lobby FFA said on Tuesday.

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Germany's CureVac wins new vaccine funding from Gates Foundation

(Reuters) - German biotech firm CureVac has secured more financial backing for vaccine development projects from its investor the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, working on jabs to prevent malaria and influenza.

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South Africa's drought-stricken Cape Town pushes back 'Day Zero' to June 4

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero," when residents will have to start queuing for water, to June 4 from May 11 due to a decline in water usage, the city's deputy mayor said on Tuesday.

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Trump's budget would add trillions to the deficit

President Donald Trump's budget plan could add more than $7 trillion to the country's debt over the next decade. Such a plan goes against supposed Republican orthodoxy of trying to eliminate (or at least bring down) the federal budget debt and deficit. Some Republican members of Congress have voiced their frustration with raising deficits, which could derail Trump's budget proposal.

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Norway's wealth fund to issue policy on ocean environment

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund could soon set out expectations for how companies it invests in should manage saltwater resources, it said on Tuesday.

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Erdogan says U.S. funding of Syrian YPG will impact Turkey's decisions

ANKARA (Reuters) - A decision by the United States to continue to fund the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect Turkey's decisions, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, ahead of a visit this week by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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UPDATE 1-Norway wealth fund to firms: fight corruption

OSLO, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, which is the world's largest, set out new expectations on Tuesday for how the 9,100 companies it invests in should make fighting corruption a priority.

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Cyclone wreaks havoc in Tonga's capital, parliament flattened, homes wrecked

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Tonga's neighbors scrambled to deliver emergency relief on Tuesday after Cyclone Gita tore across the Pacific island nation in the middle of the night, flattening the parliament, tearing roofs off homes and causing widespread flooding.

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Trump infrastructure plan would speed up pipelines, cut environmental reviews

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration’s infrastructure proposal released on Monday would speed up the permitting of U.S. natural gas pipelines, including by cutting Congress out of the process for allowing them to cross national parks.

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Weinstein Co deal should include more funds for victims: New York AG

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York's attorney general said on Monday a deal for the Weinstein Company should include a bigger compensation fund for victims of ex-chairman Harvey Weinstein, speaking a day after the state's lawsuit scuttled a deal.

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Tonga capital suffers widespread damage from Cyclone Gita

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Emergency services in Tonga were working to reopen roads on Tuesday and assess what assistance they may need after Cyclone Gita tore across the Pacific island nation in the middle of the night.

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Shell settles state, U.S. clean air violations at Louisiana plant

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc's Shell Chemical LP will install a $10 million pollution monitoring and control system at its Norco, Louisiana, chemical plant as part of a settlement over allegations it violated the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Monday.

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A 25-year study of satellite data shows the oceans have risen nearly 3 inches, and it's getting faster

Sea level rise is happening now, and the rate at which it is rising is increasing every year, according to a study released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Trump wants to slash funding for diplomacy

The Trump administration is proposing sharp cuts to the budget for international diplomacy and aid in its 2019 funding request to Congress -- though questions were raised when the White House and State Department appeared to ask for different amounts of funding with very little explanation.

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PBS denounces Trump's funding cuts

Like it did last year, President Trump's budget proposal eliminates almost all federal funding for public broadcasting.

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Southwest resumes Chicago operations after de-icing breakdown

(Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co said its operations mostly returned to normal at Chicago Midway Airport on Monday after the breakdown of one of its plane de-icing machines forced the cancellation of some 250 flights on Sunday.

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White House Proposes $4.4 Trillion Budget That Adds $7 Trillion to Deficits

The White House released a proposed budget that is largely irrelevant, given Congress passed a spending bill last week that outlines priorities.

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White House releases 2019 budget proposal, seeks funds for wall, military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump released his second budget on Monday, seeking to bolster military spending and requesting funds for infrastructure, construction of a wall along the border with Mexico and opioid treatment programs.

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Ski jumping: Norway's Lundby flies through blizzard to take gold

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) - Maren Lundby of Norway outsoared her rivals on a night of snow, wind and biting cold to win the women's Olympic ski jumping competition on Monday.

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Ivory Coast heat and patchy rain mixed for cocoa midcrop

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Above average rainfall helped Ivory Coast's cocoa-growing regions last week, farmers said on Monday, although some expressed concern about the effects of a spell of hot weather.

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Oxfam warned it could lose millions in funding over sex crimes scandal

The British charity Oxfam will fight to keep millions of pounds in public funding in a meeting with UK officials Monday over allegations that its aid workers hired prostitutes in Haiti.

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Small earthquake rattles China's capital, Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) - A rare small earthquake rattled the Chinese capital Beijing on Monday, centered in an area just south of the city in the neighboring province of Hebei.

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Philippine leader threatens to close 'sewer pool' holiday island of Boracay

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered an urgent cleanup of the country's most famous tourist hotspot, Boracay, calling it a "sewer pool" that he would not hesitate to shut down completely.

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Less headwinds for renewables now says Indonesia pioneer

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The developer of Indonesia's first commercial-scale wind farm says conditions for renewable energy investors are better now than ever before, but more work is still needed for the country to achieve its wind energy targets.

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Major China regions see smog worsen, adding to fears polluters are moving south

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Yangtze River Delta region near Shanghai saw a key smog measure rise by a fifth in January, making it more polluted than Beijing and raising fears that the pollution crackdown in the north has forced heavy industries to head south.

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Data overload: commodity hedge funds close as computers dominate

LONDON (Reuters) - "Chocfinger" made his name and his money by taking bold bets on cocoa markets. But after nearly four decades of trading, sometimes winning, sometimes losing, Anthony Ward threw in the towel.

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INSIGHT-Data overload: commodity hedge funds close as computers dominate

LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - "Chocfinger" made his name and his money by taking bold bets on cocoa markets. But after nearly four decades of trading, sometimes winning, sometimes losing, Anthony Ward threw in the towel.

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China approves no-development zones in 15 regions

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has approved plans by 15 provinces and regions to draw up "red lines" that will put large swathes of its territory off-limits to economic development, the environment ministry said on Monday.

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Major China region sees smog worsen in January, adds to fears polluters moving south

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The Yangtze River delta region near Shanghai saw a key measure of smog concentrations rise by a fifth in January, official data showed on Monday, raising fears that the pollution crackdown in northern China has forced heavy industry to move further south.

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Foxconn to use proceeds from unit's Shanghai IPO to fund $4 billion projects

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Taiwan's Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, said it plans to use proceeds from a Shanghai listing of one if its subsidiaries to fund eight projects totaling 27.3 billion yuan ($4 billion).

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Trump budget plan to seek funds for border wall, infrastructure, opioid treatment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will unveil his second budget on Monday - seeking to make good on his promise to bolster military spending and requesting funds for infrastructure, construction of a wall along the border with Mexico and opioid treatment programs.

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Indonesia's Astra joins in fund raising for Go-Jek

JAKARTA, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Indonesian conglomerate Astra International said on Monday it will invest $150 million in Go-Jek, joining the likes of Alphabet Inc's Google in the ride-hailing start-up's latest fundraising round.

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Tonga braces as powerful Cyclone Gita bears down

WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - The Pacific nation of Tonga braced for destructive winds and potential flash flooding from Tropical Cyclone Gita on Monday after the powerful storm pummeled Samoa over the weekend.

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Earthquake 6.0, 10 km deep strikes off Northern Mariana islands, no tsunami warning

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An earthquake magnitude 6.0 has struck 10 kilometres deep off the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Monday.

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Tonga braces for Cyclone Gita after storm batters Samoa

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Tonga was bracing for Tropical Cyclone Gita to hit on Monday after the powerful storm sparked evacuations and cut off water supplies in Samoa over the weekend.

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Magnitude 5.5 earthquake near Peru's Pacific coast, no damage reported

(Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 hit south of Puquio, Peru, late on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but no major damage or injuries were reported immediately.

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Two dead as winter snowstorm sweeps across U.S. Midwest

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A winter storm swept across the northern U.S. Midwest on Friday, dumping up to nine inches (23 cm) of snow on Chicago, killing at least two people and snarling hundreds of flights as it rolled east to threaten New York state and New England.

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Investor files lawsuit over U.S. LJM fund that lost most of its value

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An investor on Friday filed a lawsuit against managers of a U.S. mutual fund that relied heavily on a strategy that profits from calm markets but lost four-fifths of its value in...

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UPDATE 1-Investor files lawsuit over U.S. LJM fund that lost most of its value

NEW YORK, Feb 9 (Reuters) - An investor on Friday filed a lawsuit against managers of a U.S. mutual fund that relied heavily on a strategy that profits from calm markets but lost four-fifths of its value in turmoil this week.

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Burying carbon emissions gets boost in U.S. budget deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oil drillers that use a method to store carbon dioxide emissions underground to boost crude production, a technique that coal miners and some environmentalists support, got a boost in the budget agreement President Donald Trump signed on Friday.

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Snow blankets Chicago as winter storm sweeps U.S. Midwest

MILWAUKEE/CHICAGO (Reuters) - A major winter storm swept across the U.S. Midwest on Friday, dumping nine inches (23 cm) of snow on Chicago and snarling hundreds of flights as it headed east to threaten New York and New England with heavy accumulations and dropping temperatures.

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Earthquake hits near Mexico's Pacific coast, no damage reported

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico's Pacific coast near the major port of Manzanillo on Friday, but no major damage or injures were immediately reported.

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World Food Programme warns of deeper hunger across southern Africa

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Poor rains and crop infestations in southern Africa are threatening deeper hunger across the region, with millions of people, particularly children, at risk, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.

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Quake-hit Taiwan city winds down rescue efforts, five still missing

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescue operations in Taiwan started to wind down on Friday after a devastating 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the tourist area of Hualien this week, taking a toll of 12 dead and five missing.

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Storm barrels through U.S. Midwest with snow and frigid temperatures

MILWAUKEE, Wis./CHICAGO (Reuters) - A major winter storm barreled into Chicago and Milwaukee early on Friday, dumping heavy snow and dropping temperatures well below freezing as it forced schools to close and threatened to leave travel at a stand still across the Midwest.

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Rescue efforts wind down at quake-hit Taiwan city, seven still missing

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescue operations after a devastating 6.4 magnitude earthquake that rocked Taiwan's tourist area of Hualien this week started to wind down on Friday, with the death toll at 10 and seven people still missing.

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Facebook co-founder Saverin's VC firm raises $360 million fund

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Facebook Inc co-founder Eduardo Saverin's venture capital firm, B Capital Group, said it has raised $360 million for its fund as it seeks to invest in technology start-ups.

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Exclusive: China's Ant plans equity fundraising at potential $100 billion valuation - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Ant Financial Services Group is planning to raise up to $5 billion in fresh equity that could value the online payments giant at more than $100 billion, people familiar with the move told Reuters.

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U.S. fund that lost most of its value shuts doors to new investment

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. mutual fund that relied heavily on a strategy that profits from calm markets has shut its doors to new investment after losing more than four-fifths of its value in recent...

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OMB is preparing for lapse in government funding

The White House's Office of Management and Budget is planning for a lapse in funding as of Thursday evening in preparation for a possible shutdown, an OMB official told CNN.

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Investors withdraw record $23.9 billion from U.S.-based stock funds: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors sucked $23.9 billion out of the stock market during the latest week, marking the largest withdrawals from those funds on record, Lipper data showed on...

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UPDATE 1-Investors withdraw record $23.9 bln from U.S.-based stock funds -Lipper

(Adds details on funds, analyst quote, table, byline) By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK, Feb 8 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors sucked $23.9 billion out of the stock market during the latest week, marking the largest withdrawals from those funds on record, Lipper data showed on Thursday, as the benchmark S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrials indexes sank further from their record highs. The withdrawals from U.S.-based equity exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds took place during the

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Storm to clobber U.S. Midwest with snow and frigid temperatures

MILWAUKEE, Wis./CHICAGO (Reuters) - A significant storm is expected to descend on Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee Thursday evening and Friday, with heavy snow and freezing temperatures expected to slow travel for millions of commuters.

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U.S. child mortality rates remain higher than in other wealthy nations

(Reuters Health) - Even though infant and child mortality rates in wealthy nations have been steadily declining for decades, American children are still more likely to die than kids in other affluent countries, a U.S. study suggests.

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Novogratz's new fund, others invest $30 million in online encyclopedia

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A fund launched last month by former macro hedge fund manager Mike Novogratz and global blockchain company Block.One led a group of institutions that invested $30 million in online encyclopedia Everipedia, Everipedia President Sam Kazemian said.

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La Niña likely to fade by spring: U.S. forecaster

(Reuters) - The current La Niña weather cycle is likely to transition into more neutral conditions by spring, a U.S. government weather forecaster said on Thursday

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Audi labor boss brushes off question over CEO's post: WirtschaftsWoche

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Audi works council chief Peter Mosch has brushed off the suggestion that Chief Executive Rupert Stadler could leave amid ongoing investigations into the premium carmaker's role in parent Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal.

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Storm to clobber U.S. Midwest with snow, wind and frigid temps

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A storm is expected to clobber Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee with heavy snow, gusty winds and freezing temperatures that will slow travel for millions of commuters on Thursday evening and Friday.

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Earthquake-hit Taiwan city still on edge as rescuers hunt survivors

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Scores of aftershocks hampered rescue efforts on Thursday as emergency personnel combed through collapsed buildings in search of survivors after a powerful earthquake killed at least nine people near Taiwan's tourist city of Hualien.

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Bangkok air pollution warning, children asked to stay indoors

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Residents in Bangkok, one of the world's top tourist destinations, were warned on Thursday the city's air quality had hit dangerous levels just days after the country's pollution control agency appealed to residents to wear face masks.

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Indonesia probes killing of Borneo orangutan

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A critically endangered Borneo orangutan shot to death in Indonesia took 130 pellets from an air rifle, in addition to cuts and bruises, an official of a wildlife group said on Thursday.

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Aftershocks rattle Taiwan as quake toll rises to 10, 58 missing

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Scores of aftershocks hampered rescue efforts on Thursday as emergency personnel combed through collapsed buildings in search of survivors after a powerful earthquake killed at least 10 people near Taiwan's popular tourist city of Hualien.

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China revives QDLP outbound investment scheme in boost for foreign funds: sources

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has resumed an outbound investment scheme after a two-year hiatus, granting licenses to about a dozen global money managers, sources said, signaling that Beijing is less...

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SHANGHAI, Feb 8 (Reuters) - China has resumed an outbound investment scheme after a two-year hiatus, granting licenses to about a dozen global money managers, sources said, signaling that Beijing is less worried about capital outflows amid a surge in the Chinese currency.

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State of the Art: A Crazy Idea for Funding Local News: Charge People for It

How two tech-industry news sites, The Information and Stratechery, may show a path forward.

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Puerto Rico in line for nearly $5 billion in federal aid for Medicaid

(Reuters) - A $90 billion disaster aid package agreed on by U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday would include nearly $7 billion in aid to storm-battered Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to two Senate Democratic aides and Puerto Rico's governor.

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Trilobites: Starfish See Pretty Well in the Deep Ocean. By the Way, Starfish Have Eyes.

In the deep seas, starfish make their own light, possibly to signal one another for mating, and they’ve evolved sophisticated eyes to see it.

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Strong fundraising shifts several House races in Dems' favor

An energized Democratic base is translating into a clear fundraising advantage for the party's House candidates in this year's midterm elections.

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U.S. stock, bond fund inflows slowed in week before steep selloff

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors' appetite for stocks and fixed income weakened sharply last week ahead of the largest decline in the benchmark S&P 500 in more than six years, Investment...

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Israel finds case of severe H5N8 bird flu, sounds all-clear

PARIS (Reuters) - Israel has reported a case of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus in a wild bird, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from Israel's agriculture ministry.

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Israel finds severe H5N8 bird flu in wild bird - OIE

PARIS (Reuters) - Israel has reported a case of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus in a wild bird, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from Israel's agriculture ministry.

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One hippopotamus... London Zoo counts its animals in delayed census

LONDON (Reuters) - Keepers started counting the animals in London Zoo on Wednesday, in an annual stock take that was delayed by a fire in December.

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New quake shakes Taiwan's Hualien

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan was hit by an earthquake of 5.7 magnitude on the eastern coast of the island, the government said late on Wednesday night.

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At least seven killed, 67 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, in a search for 67 people missing after a strong earthquake which killed at least seven near Taiwan's popular tourist city of Hualien.

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Finland and Estonia's undersea rail tunnel could cost $20 billion by 2040

HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's longest undersea rail tunnel between Finland and Estonia could cost up to 20 billion euros ($24.7 billion) and be opened for traffic by 2040, a feasibility study by the two countries said on Wednesday.

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World Bank launches $1.4 billion catastrophe bond for Latam earthquakes: Aon

LONDON (Reuters) - The World Bank has launched a $1.4 billion catastrophe bond covering Latin American earthquakes, the largest earthquake catastrophe bond on record, Aon Securities said on Wednesday.

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At least six killed, 60 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescuers combed the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, in a search for about 60 people missing after a strong earthquake killed at least six near Taiwan's popular tourist city of Hualien.

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Storm brings freezing rain and snow to U.S. Northeast

(Reuters) - A winter storm packing freezing rain and heavy snow was expected to sweep across much of the U.S. Northeast on Wednesday, snarling transportation, closing dozens of schools and threatening power outages.

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Snow blankets Paris and northern France, transport disrupted

PARIS (Reuters) - Heavy snowfall across northern France overnight caused widespread travel disruption on Wednesday with hundreds of motorists spending the night in their cars and around 700 travelers sleeping in two Paris train stations.

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BlackRock sees biggest European fund inflows in 2017: Morningstar

LONDON (Reuters) - BlackRock, the world's biggest fund manager, saw the largest inflows in the European asset management sector in 2017 at 62.7 billion euros ($77.42 billion), according to data from...

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Two dead after Sibanye-Stillwater's South African mine collapse

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Two workers were killed after a section of Sibanye-Stillwater's Kloof gold mine in South Africa collapsed on Wednesday, the company said, a week after more that 1,000 workers were stuck underground at another of its mines in the country.

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Goldman Sachs Fund Solutions, Amundi Services sign partnership

* Goldman Sachs Fund Solutions and Amundi Services say they have signed a partnership regarding quantitative and alternative investment management services

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At least five killed, 60 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, as they searched for about 60 people missing after a strong earthquake killed at least five near the popular Taiwanese tourist city of Hualien overnight.

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Russia's Putin to discuss environment with Russian metals tycoons

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet metals tycoons whose businesses are located in the region of Krasnoyarsk, which the President is visiting today, to discuss local residents' ecological concerns, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

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Tokyo court orders Tepco to pay $10 million in damages over 2011 disaster: media

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Tokyo court on Wednesday ordered Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) to pay around 1.1 billion yen ($10 million) to a group of Fukushima residents, local media reported, nearly seven years after the company's reactor meltdowns in northeastern Japan.

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India's top court cancels iron ore mining permits in Goa: petitioners

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court has quashed all iron ore mining permits in Goa, one of the country's top producing states for the steel making raw material, an environmental group that petitioned the government to halt the mining said on Wednesday.

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India's top court cancels iron ore mining permits in Goa state: TV

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's top court has quashed all iron ore mining permits in Goa state, one of the country's top producing areas for the steel raw material, local television channels reported on Wednesday.

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At least four killed, 145 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, some using their hands as they searched for about 145 people missing after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near the popular Taiwanese tourist city of Hualien overnight.

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At least two killed, 150 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

HUALIEN, Taiwan (Reuters) - Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, some using their hands as they searched for about 150 people missing after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near the popular Taiwanese tourist city of Hualien overnight.

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Soccer, cricket and golf handicapped by UK climate change: study

OSLO (Reuters) - Golf, cricket and soccer are suffering from wetter weather linked to climate change in Britain, the nation which laid down the modern rules for the games, a study said on Wednesday.

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What were the chances? U.S. stock selloff sinks Probabilities Fund among others

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Probabilities Fund was supposed to take some of the risk out of the stock market.

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Temporary funding bill clears key procedural hurdle in U.S. House

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday cleared a stop-gap funding bill for debate and a vote on passage later in the day as Congress maneuvered to avoid government agency shutdowns when existing money expires at midnight on Thursday.

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Credit Suisse 'volatility' fund liquidated after market selloff

ZURICH/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Credit Suisse said on Tuesday it would terminate the second-largest publicly traded product betting on future swings in the S&P 500 after its value plunged during the...

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At least two dead in magnitude 6.4 quake in Taiwan: Premier

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near the coastal city of Hualien in Taiwan late on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, killing at least two people and causing several buildings to collapse.

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Two dead, more than 100 injured in Taiwan earthquake: government

TAIPEI (Reuters) - At least two people were killed and more than 100 injured in an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 that hit the coastal Taiwanese city of Hualien late on Tuesday, the government said.

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Big Canada projects will have to do more to protect fish: Ottawa

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Proponents of industrial projects situated near or on bodies of water in Canada will in future have to do more to protect fish and their habitat, the Liberal government said on Tuesday.

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False tsunami warnings sent over phones spook Americans

NEW YORK (Reuters) - False tsunami warnings flashed on cellphones along the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts early on Tuesday morning when a U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) systems test went awry, unnerving Americans from Maine to Texas.

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Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes northeast Taiwan, hotel collapses

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck just to the northeast of the city of Hualien in Taiwan late on Tuesday, the U.S Geological Survey said, causing a hotel to collapse and forcing the closure of a nearby highway, the government said.

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House to vote on government funding as deadline approaches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives was set to vote on Tuesday on a short-term budget measure that would avert a rerun of last month's three-day partial government shutdown, as lawmakers continued to grapple with divisive immigration measures.

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U.S. probes false tsunami cellphone alerts that spooked Americans

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. officials were investigating how incorrect alerts were broadcast to cellphones on Tuesday warning residents of coastal cities from New York to New Orleans of possible tsunami waves.

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Drought forces some Cape Town residents into midnight queues for water

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Hundreds of Cape Town residents are being forced to line up overnight to stock up on water as South Africa's second largest economic hub and tourism attraction struggles with a severe drought that could see taps turned off in May.

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Wall Street braces as world sell-off runs to $4 trillion

LONDON (Reuters) - World stock markets nosedived for a fourth day running on Tuesday, having seen nerves about higher interest rates and overcooked valuations wipe $4 trillion off what just eight days ago had been record highs.

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U.S. House to vote on government funding as immigration battle simmers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives was set to vote on Tuesday on a short-term budget measure that would avert a rerun of last month's three-day partial government shutdown, as lawmakers continued to grapple with divisive immigration measures.

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Market volatility spurs some funds to look again at currency hedging

LONDON (Reuters) - A pick up in currency market volatility over the last few days after years of suppression by central banks' easy-money policies has prompted some investors to look again at protecting against, or profiting from, sharp moves.

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Deadly winter storm delays travel in U.S. Midwest, Northeast

(Reuters) - A winter storm will dump snow and freezing rain on the U.S. Midwest and the Northeast beginning on Tuesday after it caused several deaths as it snarled highways and spurred the cancellation of hundreds of flights at Chicago's main airport.

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President of Thai construction firm charged with poaching

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The president of Italian-Thai Development Pcl, Thailand's largest construction company, and three others were charged with poaching and trespassing in a wildlife sanctuary, police said on Tuesday.

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EU lawmakers back reforms to boost carbon emissions price

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - European lawmakers backed a long-awaited deal to reform the EU's carbon market after 2020 on Tuesday and shore up prices in the bloc's flagship tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from some 12,000 industrial and power installations.

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Rolling world stock sell-off runs to $4 trillion

LONDON (Reuters) - World stock markets nosedived for a fourth day running on Tuesday, having seen $4 trillion wiped off from what just eight days ago had been record high values.

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Heavy snow in Japan traps 1,000 cars

TOKYO (Reuters) - A heavy snowfall in central Japan brought road traffic to a standstill on Tuesday, trapping some 1,000 cars, local officials said, adding they have asked the military for help but have not heard of any injuries or illness among those trapped.

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President of Thai construction firm arrested for poaching

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The president of Italian-Thai Development Pcl, Thailand's largest construction company, and three others have been arrested for poaching and trespassing in a wildlife sanctuary, national park officials said on Tuesday.

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Thousands evacuated in Indonesian capital over floods

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Thousands of residents in Indonesia's capital have been evacuated due to flooding, Jakarta's governor said on Tuesday, though the level of rivers swollen by the release of water from a reservoir upstream was dropping for now.

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Congress grapples with immigration, averting funding fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to help young "Dreamer" immigrants struggled to gain footing in the U.S. Congress on Monday, as lawmakers prepared to hold a Tuesday vote on a short-term government funding measure to avoid a rerun of January's three-day partial shutdown.

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House to vote Tuesday on government funding measure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on Tuesday on a short-term measure to fund the federal government through March 23 and avert another shutdown, Republican House members said on Monday.

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Congress grapples with immigration, steers to avert funding fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to help young "Dreamer" immigrants struggled to gain footing in the U.S. Congress on Monday, but there were no signs yet that failure to pass such a bill would trigger a rerun of January's three-day partial government shutdown.

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German renewable power expansion will need gas as back-up: Wingas

ESSEN, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's new target of nearly doubling renewable power's share of its electricity mix by 2030 needs to be backed up by more gas-fired capacity as nuclear and coal-fired plants are retired, a top gas manager said on Monday.

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Russia calls in army after 'snowfall of the century' in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian soldiers have been drafted in to help clear the streets of Moscow and the surrounding region after a record snowfall which delayed flights, felled hundreds of trees, and turned some roads and pavements into an obstacle course.

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Drought-stricken Cape Town pushes back 'Day Zero' to May 11

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's drought-stricken city of Cape Town has pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero," when residents will have to start queuing for water, to May 11 from April 16, authorities said on Monday, citing a decline in agricultural water usage.

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Indonesian capital braces for floods as sluice gates opened

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Torrential rain has caused floods and landslides in satellite cities around the Indonesian capital, with authorities warning that floods could hit Jakarta later on Monday after being forced to open sluice gates on a major upstream reservoir.

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Leading ivory trade investigator found dead in Kenya

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A prominent American investigator of the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade has been found dead in his Nairobi home with a stab wound in his neck, media reported.

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Global pension fund assets hit record $41.3 trillion in 2017: study

LONDON (Reuters) - Global institutional pension fund assets in the world's 22 biggest markets hit a record $41.3 trillion in 2017, a study on Monday showed.

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Olympics: Athletes and fans shiver at Winter Games

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Sub-zero temperatures could be a real issue for visitors in Pyeongchang for this month's Winter Olympics, but while Games fans shivered, athletes on Monday welcomed the cold.

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Thailand's biggest wind power generator plans solar, hydro expansion

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's biggest wind power generator, Wind Energy Holdings (WEH), plans to invest into other sources of electricity including solar, hydro and biomass to back up its capacity, its chief executive told Reuters in an interview.

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China to make more polluted land safe for agriculture by 2020 - minister

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will try to make around 90 percent of its contaminated farmland safe for crops by the end of 2020, and will also restrict development on a quarter of the country's territory, environment minister Li Ganjie said.

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China's soaring natural gas output unable to meet demand set loose in pollution fight

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's natural gas production is rising at the fastest pace in four years but that will not be enough to meet the demand for the fuel that has been unleashed through a government program to raise gas usage in order to clean the country's polluted air.

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Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes off Taiwan, no damage reported

(Reuters) - A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck on Taiwan's east coast about 17 km (10 miles) north-northeast of Hua-lien, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes off Taiwan: USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck 17 km (10 miles) northnortheast of Hua-lien, on Taiwan's east coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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No end to crisis in sight as Lebanon's garbage mountains grow

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Arpi Kruzian has lived on the coastline east of Beirut for three decades. But now her balcony has a different view: a massive mound of trash rising on the Mediterranean.

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Count marks sharp drop in monarch butterflies wintering in California

(Reuters) - The number of monarchs wintering in California has dropped to a five-year low, despite more volunteers counting more sites in search of the orange-and-black insect that is arguably the most admired of North American butterflies, a report said on Friday.

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Perfect storm: China's blizzard exposes flaws in rail, coal policies

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's worst blizzard this winter exposed a flaw in Beijing's drive to create remote coal mining hubs as it tries to streamline heavy industries and clear the air in populated regions: a lack of railroads to get the fuel to market.

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Hundreds of stranded tourists freed as roads reopen in New Zealand

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Hundreds of tourists trapped in a remote New Zealand town for 48 hours after a strong storm damaged roads were freed on Saturday after authorities cleared a highway.

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Exxon sees global oil demand plunging by 2040 under climate regulations

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp said on Friday that it expects global oil demand to drop sharply by 2040 if regulations aimed at limiting the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on climate are fully implemented.

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Legal defense fund set up for White House staffers

White House officials and former Trump campaign aides embroiled in the Russia investigation could soon see their legal bills covered by an outside legal fund.

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Exxon sees global oil demand dropping under 2C climate regulations

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp said on Friday that it expects global oil demand to drop through 2040 if regulations aimed at limiting climate change to 2 degrees Celsius (36 degrees Fahrenheit) are fully implemented.

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U.S. mulls allowing more wind, solar projects on federal lands

(Reuters) - The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is considering changes to a California desert plan that had set aside areas for renewable energy development, a move it says would promote more wind and solar projects on federal lands.

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Connecticut says Dominion should show why nuclear plant needs subsidy

(Reuters) - Connecticut state regulators said Dominion Energy Inc should offer evidence that its Millstone nuclear power plant is in danger of closing before participating in a state power procurement process that could boost its profits.

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U.N. court hands Costa Rica territorial victories over Nicaragua

THE HAGUE/SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Rica claimed victory over Nicaragua on Friday, after the United Nations' highest court awarded Costa Rica disputed territory along the coastal border shared by the two Central American countries.

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German university says no danger to people in auto industry funded tests

HAMBURG (Reuters) - A German university teaching hospital that has been caught up in an outcry over testing the impact of nitrogen dioxide on humans said on Friday there was no danger to the people involved.

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U.S. could unwind wind, solar restrictions on federal lands

(Reuters) - The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is considering changes to a plan that set aside areas for renewable energy development in the California desert, a move it says would promote more wind and solar projects on federal lands.

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Top U.N. court awards Costa Rica territory claimed by Nicaragua

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Nicaragua was ordered by the UN's top court on Friday to remove a military base from Costa Rican territory in a ruling seeking to end a decade-long dispute between the Central American neighbors.