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Goldman hikes Brent forecast, says ‘shale discipline’ behind OPEC strategy

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FILE PHOTO: A drilling rig is seen at Vaca Muerta shale oil and gas drilling, in the Patagonian province of Neuquen, Argentina January 21, 2019. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian/File Photo (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Commodities Research raised its Brent forecast for second and third quarter by $5 a barrel after OPEC and......

California crash victims suspected of being smuggled across U.S.-Mexico border

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 13 people killed in a Southern California highway crash were part of a group of nearly four dozen migrants suspected of slipping through a hole cut by human smugglers through a steel fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, federal officials said on Wednesday. Besides the dead......

South Dakota legislative leaders seek to suspend impeachment of attorney general

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By Patrick Callahan, Kayla Gahagan PIERRE, S.D. (Reuters) – Leaders of South Dakota’s legislature said on Tuesday they would push to suspend impeachment action against Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg over his conduct in a fatal car crash until criminal charges lodged against him are resolved. FILE PHOTO: The South Dakota......

Italy reports 192 coronavirus deaths on Sunday, 17,455 new cases

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ROME, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Italy reported 192 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, down from 280 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections declined to 17,455 from Saturday’s 18,916. Some 257,024 tests for COVID-19 were carried out in the past day, compared with 323,047......

Israeli team in Greece probing ship suspected of oil spill, ministry says

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has sent investigators to Greece to inspect a ship suspected of causing an oil spill that has covered much of Israel’s shoreline with tar, the Environment Protection Ministry said on Saturday. Israel has been looking at a spill from a ship that passed about 50 km......

Italy reports 280 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, 18,916 new cases

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Barriers to control the pedestrian traffic are seen as people walk at Piazza del Popolo, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rome, Italy, February 27, 2021. REUTERS/Remo Casilli ROME (Reuters) – Italy reported 280 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday against 253 the day before, the health ministry said, while the......

Spanish report calls for killing of more than 850 cattle on pariah ship

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By Marco Trujillo, Nathan Allen CARTAGENA, Spain (Reuters) – More than 850 cows that spent months aboard a ship wandering across the Mediterranean are not fit for transport anymore and should be killed, according to a confidential report by Spanish government veterinarians seen by Reuters. The cows were kept in......

Exclusive: Bangladesh under ‘no obligation’ to accept stranded Rohingya refugees -minister

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DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh is under “no obligation” to shelter 81 Rohingya Muslim refugees adrift for almost two weeks on the Andaman Sea and being assisted by neighbouring India, said Bangladesh foreign minister A.K. Abdul Momen. FILE PHOTO: Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A. K. Abdul Momen speaks during a meeting with......

Yemen’s children starve as U.N. seeks billions to avoid vast ‘man-made’ famine

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By Abdulrahman al-Ansi, Michelle Nichols SANAA/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ahmadiya Juaidi’s eyes are wide as she drinks a nutrition shake from a large orange mug, her thin fingers grasping the handle. Her hair is pulled back and around her neck hangs a silver necklace with a heart and the letter......

Top executives of Texas electric grid resign after storm failure

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HOUSTON (Reuters) – Top directors of Texas’s electric grid operator, who faced sharp criticism from a massive failure of the state power system that left millions last week without light, heat, and water, resigned on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: An electrical substation is seen after winter weather caused electricity blackouts in......

New Zealand marks 10 years since Christchurch earthquake

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand on Monday marked 10 years since an earthquake struck its South Island city of Christchurch, killing 185 people, injuring thousands and leaving a trail of destruction. At 12:51 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2011, the 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck close to Christchurch city at a depth......

Six killed in Mexican air force plane accident in Veracruz

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The wreckage of an airplane of Mexican Air Force is pictured after a crash near El Lencero airport in Emiliano Zapata municipality, in Veracruz state, Mexico February 21, 2021. REUTERS/Oscar Martinez MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Six members of Mexico’s military died in an accident on Sunday morning involving a Mexican......

Texans stuck with $5,000 electric bills after winter storm need help, officials says

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By Linda So, Jonathan Allen (Reuters) – The mayors of two of the largest cities in Texas said the state should help pay some of the eye-watering electricity bills sent to residents after the devastating and deadly winter storm that caused widespread blackouts. FILE PHOTO: A car idles in a......

Biden approves major disaster declaration for Texas: FEMA

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for Texas which has suffered widespread power blackouts and water shortages during a deadly deep freeze, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Saturday. Millions of residents in the United States’ biggest oil and gas producer have dealt......

Magnitude 5.6 quake hits southwest Iran, at least 10 injured -TV

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DUBAI (Reuters) – A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck southwest Iran near the town of Sisakht on Wednesday evening and at least 10 people were injured, state television said. “People in Sisakht and the town of Yasuj left their homes in panic. Water and electricity have been cut off in Sisakht,”......

Bangladesh to move more Rohingya Muslims to remote island, despite outcry

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DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh is moving 3,000-4,000 more Rohingya Muslim refugees to a remote Bay of Bengal island over the next two days, two officials said on Sunday, despite concerns about the risk of storms and floods lashing the site. FILE PHOTO: Bangladesh Navy personnel help a disabled Rohingya refugee......

Trains halted, scores injured as Japan cleans up after strong quake

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IWAKI, Japan (Reuters) – More than 100 people were injured and trains halted over a wide swathe of northeastern Japan on Sunday after the region was jolted by a major earthquake in the same area as the 2001 Fukushima quake that set off a tsunami nearly 10 years ago. The......

Indian authorities assess damages after earthquake in Tajikistan

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Residents carrying their children stand on a road after vacating their houses following an earthquake in Srinagar February 12, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian authorities on Saturday said there were no initial reports of critical damage to buildings and infrastructure, or casualties, in its northern states after intense......

Indian authorities assess damages after earthquake in Tajikistan

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Residents carrying their children stand on a road after vacating their houses following an earthquake in Srinagar February 12, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian authorities on Saturday said there were no initial reports of critical damage to buildings and infrastructure, or casualties, in its northern states after intense......

Tajikistan quake shakes north India, Pakistan, no major damage

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A strong earthquake struck Tajikistan on Friday and the tremors were felt as far away as north India and Pakistan, witnesses said. Many residents ran out of their homes, but no major damage was reported. Residents carrying their children stand on a road after vacating their......

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