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Asia stocks cautious on trade talks; euro under pressure

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian shares nudged higher on Wednesday amid hints of progress in the Sino-U.S. trade saga, while the dollar hit two-month highs on the euro as investors wagered on a dovish outcome from the European Central Bank’s coming policy meeting. FILE PHOTO: A woman wearing a kimono walks past an electronic board showing Read More

White House’s Kudlow hopeful on U.S.-China trade talks, agriculture buys

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FILE PHOTO: White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow delivers remarks at SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington D.C., U.S. June 11, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Tuesday said it was a good sign top U.S. officials would travel to China for in-person talks about reviving stalled trade talks, Read More

More than 60 killed, hundreds of thousands displaced by flooding in Bangladesh

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DHAKA (Reuters) – Severe flooding has killed at least 61 people, displaced nearly 800,000 and inundated thousands of homes across a third of Bangladesh, government officials said on Tuesday, after two weeks of heavy monsoon rains. People cross a flooded road in Jamalpur, Bangladesh, July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain Nearly 3 million people are Read More

Paris on heatwave alert as France braces for scorching weather

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Trees are seen in silhouette during sunset in Baralle near Cambrai, France, July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol PARIS (Reuters) – Paris authorities on Monday activated a heatwave alert plan for the capital as France prepared for another week of scorching temperatures just a month after a similar heatwave in June. The “level three” alert includes Read More

Thai farmers asked to delay rice planting as drought bites

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – The Thai government has asked farmers to delay planting rice because of drought and the pumping of water from reservoirs for irrigation threatens household supplies, an agriculture ministry official said on Monday. Farmers in the world’s second-biggest rice exporter usually plant their main crop in May, the beginning of the rainy season, Read More

France asks EU for early farm aid to help drought-hit farmers

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FILE PHOTO: A corn field affected by drought is pictured in Montbert near Nantes, France July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – France will ask the European Commission to bring forward the payment of 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) of subsidies to help farmers cope with a hot spell that hurt crops and Read More

Bolsonaro accuses state agency of lying on Brazil deforestation

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FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a National Soccer Day Cerenomy in Brasilia, Brazil July 19, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday accused the state body responsible for tracking deforestation levels of disclosing false data, after preliminary numbers showed a dramatic rise in July. “I am Read More

Bangladesh rivers break their banks, forcing 400,000 to flee homes

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DHAKA (Reuters) – Rain-swollen rivers in Bangladesh broke through at least four embankments, submerging dozens of villages and doubling the number of people fleeing their homes overnight to 400,000 in one of the worst floods in recent years, officials said on Friday. People use a makeshift raft to move on a flooded area in Gaibandha, Read More

Democrats slam USDA’s relocation of economists as blow to scientific research

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic senators on Thursday slammed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s plan to relocate hundreds of its economists and other researchers from Washington to the Midwest, saying it will hurt the agency’s research capabilities by prompting many to resign. The plan, unveiled last year, would move 547 workers for the USDA’s Economic Research Read More

Union Pacific cost cuts sheltered profit amid freight slowdown

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(Reuters) – Union Pacific Corp (UNP.N) on Thursday reported a quarterly profit that beat Wall Street estimates, as the U.S. railroad operator cut costs and raised rates to overcome disruptions from record floods in the Midwest and ongoing U.S.-China trade tensions. FILE PHOTO: Locomotives at Union Pacific’s Engelwood rail yard wait to return to service Read More