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Caste in California: Tech giants confront ancient Indian hierarchy

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OAKLAND, Calif, Aug 15 (Reuters) – (This August 14 story refiles to fix typo in para 17) America’s tech giants are taking a modern-day crash course in India’s ancient caste system, with Apple (AAPL.O) emerging as an early leader in policies to rid Silicon Valley of a rigid hierarchy that’s......

South Africa’s ‘silent revolution’ as those with cash go solar

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Power crisis drives South Africans to solar PV Cost barrier deepens divide between rich and poor Failure to sell back to grid a missed opportunity JOHANNESBURG, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Thanks to his rooftop solar panels, Pierre Moureau only notices the blackouts that regularly plunge South Africans into darkness when......

In protests and politics, Canada’s ‘Freedom Convoy’ reverberates

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COUTTS, Alberta/TORONTO, Aug 4 (Reuters) – In late January five friends, just a few years out of high school, piled into a rented camper van and drove 37 hours in the Canadian winter from southern Alberta to Ottawa to join anti-government protests led by a convoy of truckers. “We were......

‘VIP trips’ cost migrants their lives in Texas smuggling tragedy

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Extra cost and comforts were no help for doomed Mexican migrants Dozens suffocated during botched U.S. border crossing Despite dangers, billion-dollar smuggling business booms ‘The air will run out,’ migrant’s mother warned before disaster TLAPACOYAN, Mexico, Aug 1 (Reuters) – At first, Mexican migrants Pablo Ortega and Julio Lopez enjoyed......

Gold investors face bind over bars from tarnished Russia

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LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Some investors want Russian gold off their books but it’s not that easy to remove. A de facto ban on Russian bullion minted after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine — instigated by the London market in early March — does not apply to hundreds of tonnes......

Facebook’s growth woes in India: too much nudity, not enough women

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Meta’s internal research reveals challenges in India Many women steered clear of male-dominated Facebook Their concerns included safety and unwanted contacts Facebook growth lags sisters WhatsApp and Instagram NEW DELHI, July 21 (Reuters) – On Feb. 2, when Meta Platforms (META.O) reported Facebook’s first-ever quarterly drop in daily users, its......

How China became ground zero for the auto chip shortage

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TAIPEI/SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE, July 19 (Reuters) – From his small office in Singapore, Kelvin Pang is ready to wager a $23 million payday that the worst of the chip shortage is not over for automakers – at least in China. Pang has bought 62,000 microcontrollers, chips that help control a range of......

Amazon issued 13,000 disciplinary notices at single U.S. warehouse

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Note strong language in paragraph 28 NEW YORK, July 12 (Reuters) – Amazon worker Gerald Bryson had hand-counted thousands of items in his warehouse’s inventory over three days when his manager showed him a “Supportive Feedback Document.” Bryson had made 22 errors, the 2018 write-up said, including tallying 19 products......

Ships get older and slower as emissions rules bite

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Average age of vessels up more than two years since 2017 New emissions rules may force older ships to go slower One-fifth of ships fitted with energy saving devices New vessels and alternative fuels the long-term solution LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) – If shipping is the beating heart of global......

How Republican-led states are targeting Wall Street with ‘anti-woke’ laws

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WASHINGTON, July 6 (Reuters) – Republican-led states have unleashed a policy push to punish Wall Street for taking stances on gun control, climate change, diversity and other social issues, in a warning for companies that have waded in to fractious social debates. Abortion rights are poised to be the next......

Texas repeatedly raises pollution limits for Cheniere LNG plant

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PORTLAND, Texas, June 24 (Reuters) – Cheniere, the largest U.S. exporter of liquefied natural gas, boasts that it’s helping to “improve local air quality in communities globally” because the cleaner burning fuel it ships displaces coal in power plants. But in the Corpus Christi, Texas region, where the fuel is......

Biden administration leans on Tesla for guidance in renewable fuel policy reform

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June 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden rarely mentions electric car maker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) in public. But privately his administration has leaned on the company to help craft a new policy to allow electric vehicles (EVs) to benefit from the nation’s lucrative renewable fuel subsidies, according to emails......

A Somali boy’s mission to find food as climate change takes its toll

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Somalia at nexus of ‘three Cs’ – conflict, costs, climate change Climate change means extreme weather patterns more common Children in Dollow town malnourished, scramble for food Million forced from homes and land by drought Drought envoy urges international community to do more DOLLOW, Somalia, June 20 (Reuters) – Each......

In hottest city on Earth, mothers bear brunt of climate change

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Jacobabad in Pakistan hits 51 Celsius (124 Fahrenheit) Women especially vulnerable to extreme heat – studies Pregnant women at even higher risk, scientists warn WIDER IMAGE photo essay: JACOBABAD, Pakistan, June 14 (Reuters) – Heavily pregnant Sonari toils under the burning sun in fields dotted with bright yellow melons in......

In ‘miracle’ city Shenzhen, fears for China’s economic future

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SHENZHEN, China, June 13 (Reuters) – (This June 12 story has been refiled to clarify location in penultimate paragraph) David Fong made his way from a poor village in central China to the southern boomtown of Shenzhen as a young man in 1997. Over the next 25 years he worked......

How a battery shortage is hampering the U.S. switch to wind, solar power

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June 9 (Reuters) – U.S. renewable energy developers have delayed or scrapped several big battery projects meant to store electrical power on the grid in recent months, scuttling plans to replace fossil fuels with wind and solar energy. At least a dozen storage projects meant to support growing renewable energy......

Global refiners falter in efforts to keep up with demand

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May 31 (Reuters) – Refiners worldwide are struggling to meet global demand for diesel and gasoline, exacerbating high prices and aggravating shortages from big consumers like the United States and Brazil to smaller countries like war-ravaged Ukraine and Sri Lanka. World fuel demand has rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, but the......

Global automakers face electric shock in China

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BEIJING, May 26 (Reuters) – If global automakers think they can extend their dominance in China into the electric era, they may be in for a shock. Kings of the combustion age such as General Motors and Volkswagen are falling behind local players in the booming electric vehicle (EV) market......

Russian oil’s Achilles’ heel: insurance

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LONDON/NEW DELHI/TOKYO, May 25 (Reuters) – Russia has so far deflected much of the impact of sanctions on its oil trade but the insurance industry threatens to throw a spanner in the works unless Moscow and its customers can plug a gap left by Western underwriters. Insurers from Europe and......

Iraq balks at greater Chinese control of its oilfields

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Iraq persuaded Lukoil to halt sale to Sinopec – sources Baghdad concerned China becoming too dominant – sources Western firms not happy with terms of Iraqi deals LONDON/BASRA, May 17 (Reuters) – Iraq’s oil ministry thwarted three prospective deals last year that would have handed Chinese firms more control over......

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