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Business - Oil dips on Buzzard restart, Iraq; U.S. crude tests below $50

By Ethan Lou NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices dipped on Monday, with U.S. crude briefly falling below $50 per barrel, on news of the impending restart of Britain`s Buzzard oilfield and Iraq`s wish to be exempted from OPEC production cuts. Iraq`s oil minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi said the second-largest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) wanted to be exempt from output curbs as it needed more money to fight Islamic State militants. OPEC hopes to remove about 700,000 bpd from an estimated global supply of 1.0-1.5 million bpd.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016  00:06


World - Relief, shattered dreams for migrants leaving Jungle

Abbas Hussein Ali from Sudan was one of the first in line as the evacuation of the squalid Jungle refugee camp began on Monday, overjoyed to finally have a chance at a dignified life. Ali, 25, was up before dawn to be among the first to get on one of the buses taking the camp`s estimated 6,000-8,000 occupants to 451 centres across France. After four long months living in squalid conditions in the camp, which has served as a launchpad for migrants desperate to reach Britain, all Ali wants now is `to study.

Monday, October 24, 2016  18:47


World - U.S. government sanctions Hezbollah operatives, fundraisers

The U.S. Treasury moved to disrupt the fundraising and operation of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group on Thursday, imposing sanctions on four operatives and a firm that have assisted the organization, long seen as a terrorist outfit by Washington. In a related action, the U.S. State Department sanctioned Hezbollah commander Haytham `Ali Tabataba`i under U.S. counter-terrorism rules. `Ali Tabataba`i has commanded Hezbollah special forces, has operated in Syria and has been reported to be in Yemen, the State Department said in a statement.

Thursday, October 20, 2016  16:31


World - U.S. government sanctions Hezbollah fundraisers

The U.S. Treasury Department took action on Thursday to disrupt the operations and fundraising of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah organization, imposing sanctions on four people believed to be Hezbollah financiers and one firm, Global Cleaners SARL. In a related action, the U.S. State Department sanctioned Hezbollah commander Haytham `Ali Tabataba`i under U.S. terrorism rules. `Ali Tabataba`i has commanded Hezbollah special forces, has operated in Syria and has been reported to be in Yemen.

Thursday, October 20, 2016  16:01


World - Shibutanis win dance, Japan`s Uno wins Skate America men`s

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Americans Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani won the ice dance title, while teammates Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue finished second Sunday at Skate America.

Sunday, October 23, 2016  22:39


World - Invest in farmers to curb migration to urban slums, cities told

By Alex Whiting ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cities must do more to slow the migration of people from the countryside to urban slums, by using their power and money to invest in farmers and promote their products, experts said on the sidelines of a U.N. global food security meeting. `There are many mayors and city authorities thinking maybe they must begin to invest in rural development ... They don`t want to have a lot of migration,` said Nicolas Bricas, researcher of the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD). Cities can change the balance of power in the way food reaches the market, said Corinna Hawkes, professor of food policy at London`s City University.

Friday, October 21, 2016  20:19


World - Uganda`s nomadic herders feed the country, but under pressure to settle down: activist

By Alex Whiting ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Africa`s nomadic cattle herders have for years come under pressure from governments and farmers to settle down and stop their livestock roaming, destroying crops and creating conflict along the way. While herders are often portrayed as straying onto farmland, it is farmers who first encroached onto the nomads` grazing land, said Benjamin Mutambukah, coordinator of the Coalition of Pastoralist Civil Society Organisations (COPACSO) and a passionate advocate of the herders in Uganda. It was the pastoralists and the wildlife.` The pastoralists` ancient skills in land management should be respected, and their needs recognized to avert conflict between nomads and farmers, he said.

Friday, October 21, 2016  17:26


World - Small farmers can overcome climate change and feed the world – Zimbabwe farmer

By Alex Whiting ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Like many small-scale farmers, Elizabeth Mpofu from drought-hit Zimbabwe has had to adapt her homestead to cope with a changing climate, which the United Nations says threatens to push millions globally into poverty and hunger. `We can feed our people, we can feed even the whole world through agroecology,` said Mpofu, who is general coordinator of La Via Campesina, a movement representing more than 200 million smallholder farmers.

Thursday, October 20, 2016  15:12


World - Baltics, fearing Russia, to triple military spending by 2018: report

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia intend to triple annual spending on arms and military equipment to $670 million by 2018 from 2014 due to fears of Russia following its annexation of Ukraine`s Crimea region, an IHS Markit report said on Thursday. By 2020, it said, the combined overall defense budgets of the three Baltic republics will reach an estimated $2.1 billion, more than double that when the countries entered NATO in 2004 and the fastest such growth in any region worldwide. `We have seen political confrontation between Russia and the West in the past 2-1/2 years escalate to military assertiveness and we do not see this ending anytime soon,` said Alex Kokcharov, principal analyst in the country risk division of IHS Markit, a prominent research and analysis firm.

Thursday, October 20, 2016  00:05


World - Family lobbying brings hope for autistic football fans

Peter and Kate Shippey`s successful lobbying of Sunderland to install a room dedicated to largely autistic football fans could see more Premier League clubs follow suit. Alex White, Premier League Charitable Fund Executive, said the Shippeys had served as an example and funding has been made available to other clubs to set up similar rooms for home and away fans. `With BT (the telecom company who provide the specialist equipment) we want to extend it into other clubs in the Premier League, ` he said.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016  14:23

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