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Rapeseed gets relief from rain but EU crop still set to shrink

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PARIS (Reuters) – Rain brought some relief to European Union rapeseed crops this month, but analysts still expect this year’s harvest to be the lowest in more than a decade after drought and insect attacks. FILE PHOTO: A farmer plows next to a rapeseed field, near the Mont Saint-Michel 11th century abbey, in Ardevon, Normandy, Read More

Surprise election win for Australia’s Liberal Party-led coalition

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By Sharon Marris, news reporter Australia’s opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has conceded defeat in the country’s election. Mr Shorten said he had called Liberal Party leader Scott Morrison to congratulate him on the victory. He told supporters in Melbourne: “And without wanting to hold out any false hope, while there are still millions Read More

Counting under way in tight Australian election

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By Sharon Marris, news reporter Votes are being counted in an election likely to deliver Australia’s sixth prime minister in as many years. Voting finished in the country’s more populous eastern states and territories at 9am UK time, with South Australia and Northern Territory polls following half an hour later. Western Australia voting closed at Read More

EU wheat in good shape after rain eases concerns over dry spring

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HAMBURG (Reuters) – Welcome rain in the four largest European Union wheat producers raised hopes for a good harvest this summer after a dry spring sparked fears of a repeat of last year’s drought-damaged crop, experts said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A field of unharvested wheat is seen in Remouille, western France, July 6, 2017. Read More

Explainer: Why Zimbabwe faces worst power cuts in three years

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HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst power cuts in three years, lasting up to 10 hours daily in some areas and threatening mining output in one of the world’s biggest platinum and gold producers. FILE PHOTO: Student Rutendo Madziva reads by candlelight during an electrical power cut in Marondera, Zimbabwe, May 14, 2019. Read More

Australia’s drought wilts support for government in rural heartlands

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MILDURA, Australia (Reuters) – A conservative stronghold for a century, Australia’s hinterland is now cracking like the drought-parched earth, voters say, with once-safe districts in jeopardy ahead of Saturday’s election. The drought-affected Darling River sits well below its banks at Pooncarie, a town in outback western New South Wales, Australia April 25, 2019. Picture taken Read More

Weapons tests, stalled talks complicate South Korea’s push for food aid to North

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SEOUL (Reuters) – Impoverished North Korea is suffering its worst drought in decades and food supplies are reportedly running low, but South Korea’s push to provide aid is bogged down in the growing tension marked by missile tests and sanctions crackdowns. FILE PHOTO: A North Korean flag flutters on top of a 160-metre tower in Read More

Trump Interior chief not losing sleep over record CO2 levels

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FILE PHOTO: Former energy lobbyist David Bernhardt arrives to testify before a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on his nomination of to be Interior secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (Reuters) – U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told a panel of U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday that he Read More

Famine fears as North Korea suffers worst drought in decades

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By Sharon Marris, news reporter North Korea says it is suffering its worst drought in nearly four decades amid growing concerns that the country is dangerously short of food. Just 54.4mm (2.1in) of rain fell across the country in the first four months of this year, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The Read More

Australia weather bureau sees reduced El Nino threat

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – A recent cooling of the Pacific Ocean has reduced the threat of an El Nino weather event developing this year, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said on Tuesday. While sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean remain close to El Nino levels, water beneath the surface has slowly cooled over the past Read More