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EU piles pressure on Brazil over Amazon fires

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DUBLIN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union piled pressure on Friday on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over fires raging in the Amazon basin, with Ireland and France saying they could block a trade deal and Finland urging a ban on Brazilian beef imports. FILE PHOTO: Indigenous people from the Mura tribe show a deforested area in Read More

Ireland could try to block Mercosur trade deal on Amazon concerns: Varadkar

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FILE PHOTO: Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar arrives for a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 2, 2019. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo DUBLIN (Reuters) – As wildfires rage through the Brazilian Amazon, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said Dublin will vote against a trade deal between the European Union Read More

UK competition watchdog reprimands RBS, Santander over PPI procedures

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s competition watchdog has ordered Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L) and Santander (SAN.MC) to appoint auditors to check how they remind customers affected by payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling. FILE PHOTO: Royal Bank of Scotland signs are seen at a branch of the bank, in London, Britain December 1, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls Read More

Facing farmer anger, Trump scrambles Cabinet to brainstorm on biofuel policy: sources

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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, faced with mounting anger in the farm belt over policies that allow oil refineries to use less corn-based ethanol, summoned Cabinet members on Thursday to discuss ways to boost biofuel demand, four sources familiar with the matter said. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump returns after travelling Read More

Homes, college evacuated as wildfire erupts in Northern California

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(Reuters) – A fast-moving wildfire that broke out on Thursday on the outskirts of a National Forest in Northern California has prompted the evacuation of a community college, a major highway and some residents, officials said. The Mountain Fire, which erupted about noon PDT just north of the town of Bella Vista in Shasta County, Read More

Trade in giraffes to be regulated for first time: CITES

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GENEVA (Reuters) – Countries voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to regulate international trade in giraffes, an endangered species, and in their body parts, overcoming objections by southern African states and drawing praise from conservationists. FILE PHOTO: Giraffes are seen in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, August 3, 2019 REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/File Photo The provisional decision, taken in Read More

Bernie Sanders proposes $16.3 trillion Green New Deal plan

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WASHINGTON, August 22 (Reuters) – Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders unveiled a climate change strategy on Thursday that would mobilize $16.3 trillion to help the U.S. generate 100% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and achieve “full decarbonization” by 2050. FILE PHOTO: 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during Read More

India’s former finance minister arrested on corruption charges in overnight raid

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Indian special forces have raided the house of former finance minister Palaniappan Chidambaram to arrest him on charges of corruption and money laundering. Shortly after Chidambaram returned home from a press conference at Congress Party headquarters, a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team scaled the wall of his Jor Bagh residence in New Delhi to Read More

Trump attacks Ford Motor for not backing fuel economy rollback

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump stepped up a series of attacks on automakers on Wednesday for not backing his administration’s plan to roll back Obama-era fuel efficiency rules, singling out Ford Motor Co (F.N) in particular for backing a deal with California for stricter fuel economy standards. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump Read More

U.S. farmers, lawmakers dial up pressure on Trump over biofuel policy

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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The agriculture and biofuel industries and their allies in the U.S. Congress ramped up pressure on the Trump administration on Wednesday over the relief he has given oil refiners from rules requiring use of biofuels. FILE PHOTO: U.S. and Iowa state flags are seen next to a corn field in Grand Read More