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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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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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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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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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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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Swiss airports resume flights after air traffic control glitch

Flight departures are displayed in front of check-in counters at Zurich Airport, Switzerland July 10, 2021. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register ZURICH, June 15 (Reuters) – Airports in Zurich and Geneva began to ramp up service on Wednesday after a technical problem with the air traffic control system halted …

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