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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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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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Dire Italian drought worsening, breaking records, water authority says

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

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Marmaris fire blazing for third day near resort in Turkey

Reuters footage showed smoke billowing from hills as the blaze spread through the woodlands in the sparsely populated area, with helicopters and planes dropping water on the flames throughout the day. Police helped firefighters with water cannon vehicles as they sought to put out the fire that began around 8 pm local time on Tuesday …

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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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‘Arrogant’ Emmanuel Macron rejects PM’s resignation

The aim was to “build solutions to serve the French” at a time when there is no “alternative majority” to that of Mr Macron’s ruling alliance, said a presidential aid. After securing a second presidential term with a comfortable victory against Ms Le Pen in April, Mr Macron’s decision to effectively keep out of the …

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Reminder: Nintendo’s ‘Super Sale’ Slashes The Price Of Over 1500 Games (Europe)

Image: Nintendo Life / Damien McFerran Update #2 [Fri 17th Jun, 2022 16:30 BST]: Don’t forget, you’ve only got a few more days to grab some smoking hot deals on the EU eShop. The Super Sale ends this Sunday, 19th June, at 1:59pm BST / 12:59am CET. Make sure you check out a list of …

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

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

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Swiss airspace reopens after computer glitch

Issued on: 06/15/2022 – 08:01Modified: 06/15/2022 – 08:03 Geneva airport that announced it had begun gradually resuming flights after a computer glitch closed down Switzerland’s airspace Wednesday morning. The air traffic control system grounded flights at the country’s main airports, officials said. Swiss airspace reopened Wednesday morning after a computer glitch grounded flights across the …

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