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Some media blocked from covering Xi’s handover anniversary visit to Hong Kong

HONG KONG, June 29 (Reuters) – Journalists from more than seven organisations, including Reuters, have been blocked from covering official ceremonies to mark the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese rule that President Xi Jinping is due to attend. A spokesperson for the Hong Kong government said the government was “striking …

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Africa’s dream of feeding China hits hard reality

China aims to boost trade with Africa to help cut deficits African agricultural producers pushing for access to China Even with trade deals, protracted approvals hinder exports THIKA, Kenya, June 28 (Reuters) – Watching workers poke avocados from the treetops in an orchard owned by Kenyan agriculture firm Kakuzi, managing director Chris Flowers revels in …

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Turkish police prevent Istanbul Pride from going ahead

ISTANBUL, June 26 (Reuters) – Turkish police blocked hundreds of people from gathering for Istanbul’s annual Pride parade on Sunday and detained dozens after local authorities banned the march from going ahead again this year. Thousands of people used to attend Pride marches on Istanbul’s main Istiklal Avenue but in recent years the government led …

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G7 aims to raise $600 billion to counter China’s Belt and Road

US President Joe Biden attends a working lunch with other G7 leaders to discuss shaping the global economy at the Yoga Pavilion, Schloss Elmau in Kuren, Germany, June 26, 2022. Kenny Holston/Pool via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany, June 26 (Reuters) – Group of Seven leaders on …

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

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

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Everest base camp to shift location after 70 years due to climate change

The camp resembles a pop-up city and climbers will typically spend up to two months in their tents to acclimatise before attempting to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, which stands at 8,849 meters above sea level. Like many Himalayan glaciers, global warming is causing the Khumbu glacier to melt at an alarming rate. …

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The Saudi investment king who no longer rules alone

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

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Sustainable cities index: Australia behind, Scandinavia tops

The results are in on the latest ranking of global cities and Australia is dragging its feet. Australian capital cities have missed out on a top 20 spot in the newly released 2022 Sustainable Cities Index. The list, curated by Dutch global design and consultancy organization Arcadis, ranks 100 global cities on their environmental sustainability. …

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