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South Korea aims to fight Japan’s Fukushima decision at world tribunal

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SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s president ordered officials on Wednesday to explore petitioning an international court over Japan’s decision to release contaminated water from its wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, amid protests by fisheries and environmental groups. FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks at the National......

More guns than people: Why tighter U.S. firearms laws are unlikely

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden announced limited measures to tackle gun violence in the United States last week, but more ambitious steps will be harder to enact despite widespread public support. Here are some facts about gun violence in the United States: HOW MANY AMERICANS OWN GUNS? With about......

Cuba to enter post-Castro era at pivotal 2021 party congress

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By Nelson Acosta, Sarah Marsh HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba is poised to enter the post-Castro era with Raul Castro due to step down as head of the ruling Communist Party at its congress this week, which will also address the island’s severe economic crisis, pandemic response and signs of growing......

Myanmar activists vow week of protests during new year holidays

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(Reuters) – Myanmar pro-democracy activists pledged on Tuesday to hold a series of protests this week to maintain pressure on military rulers during the country’s most important holiday of the year. The five-day New Year holidays, known as Thingyan, are usually celebrated with prayers, ritual cleaning of Buddha images in......

UAE selects first Arab woman for astronaut training

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DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates has selected the first Arab woman to train as an astronaut, as the Gulf country rapidly expands into the space sector to diversify its economy. Emirati national Nora al-Matrooshi, a 27-year-old mechanical engineering graduate currently working at Abu Dhabi’s National Petroleum Construction Company,......

Rose extends Masters lead with birdie to start third round

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuters) – Overnight Masters leader Justin Rose began his third round with a birdie under overcast skies on Saturday to build a two-shot lead at Augusta National where forecasted high winds and thunderstorms could disrupt play later in the day. Rose, bidding to become the first wire-to-wire winner......

Thousands protest in Belgrade, demand government action to stop pollution

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BELGRADE (Reuters) – Several thousand people blocked traffic in front of the Serbian parliament on Saturday in a protest against lack of government action to prevent water, land and air pollution by industries such as the mining sector. Protesters, who came to Belgrade from all over Serbia, held banners reading......

Prince Philip’s death marked by gun salutes across UK

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WINDSOR, England (Reuters) – The British military fired gun salutes across the United Kingdom from land and sea on Saturday to mark the death of Prince Philip, the queen’s husband and pillar of strength during her 69-year reign. The armed forces, including artillery units in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and......

Analysis: Raised fist, dangling handcuffs: a snapshot of Cuban dissent

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HAVANA (Reuters) – A striking image is circulating this week on social media in Cuba: a dissident pumping his fist in the air, handcuffs dangling from one wrist, after friends and neighbors helped him evade arrest by police in Havana. A man who did not want to be identified shows......

Prince Philip was the gruff figure at heart of Britain’s monarchy

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LONDON (Reuters) – A blunt-speaking naval officer who as Queen Elizabeth’s dutiful consort helped modernise the British monarchy, Prince Philip might be best remembered for his gruff public persona. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prince Philip leaves the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London, Britain December 24, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay Outspoken and......

Britain reassures on AstraZeneca after advising under-30s take other vaccines

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LONDON (Reuters) – British officials and ministers sought to shore up confidence in AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, saying advice that most people under 30 should be offered alternative shots was not unusual and would not impact the pace of rollout. FILE PHOTO: A dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine......

Taiwan says will fight to the end if China attacks

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By Ben Blanchard, Yimou Lee TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan will fight to the end if China attacks, its foreign minister said on Wednesday, adding that the United States saw a danger that this could happen amid mounting Chinese military pressure, including aircraft carrier drills, near the island. Chinese-claimed Taiwan has......

Florida evacuations order lifted as danger from leaky wastewater reservoir fades

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(Reuters) – Evacuation orders were lifted on Tuesday for hundreds of residents near Tampa Bay in Florida as crews relieved pressure on the containment wall surrounding a leaky wastewater reservoir, reducing the threat of a toxic flash flood. Residents and local businesses were permitted to return after data from the......

Myanmar protesters defy military as internet curbs test resolve

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(Reuters) – Demonstrators in Myanmar held protests demanding the restoration of Aung San Suu Kyi government on Monday and called for more coordinated nationwide dissent, defying the military’s moves to suppress attempts to rally opposition to its two-month rule. FILE PHOTO: Villagers attend a protest against the military coup, in......

With stories and puppets, environmentalist battles to save Indonesia’s mangroves

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By Tommy Ardiansyah, Stanley Widianto INDRAMAYU, Indonesia (Reuters) – Caked in mud up to their knees, a small group of Indonesian youngsters plant mangrove saplings along a stretch of exposed coastline next to the Java Sea under the watchful eye of local environmentalist Samsudin. A former school teacher, Samsudin has......

Suez canal ends shipping backlog: statement

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CAIRO (Reuters) – Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said that all 422 ships stranded by the grounding of the giant container ship Ever Given passed through the canal by Saturday, ending the backlog caused by the blockage. Reporting by Moamen Said Atallah; writing by Mahmoud Mourad; editing by John Stonestreet Source......

Majestic Cairo parade as Egyptian mummies move museum

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CAIRO (Reuters) – A grand parade will convey 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies in specially designed capsules across the capital Cairo on Saturday to a new museum home where they can be displayed in greater splendour. The convoy will transport 18 kings and four queens, mostly from the New Kingdom,......

Suez Canal says close to clearing backlog after ship dislodged

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A container ship sails at the Suez Canal, in Ismailia, Egypt March 31, 2021. Suez Canal Authority/Handout via REUTERS CAIRO (Reuters) – The Suez Canal said on Friday it was close to clearing a backlog of shipping that built up when a giant container ship was grounded in the waterway.......

Analysis: Biden White House tries to craft gun executive orders that can’t be undone

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is trying to craft a series of executive actions for President Joe Biden to sign to try to limit gun violence, hoping they cannot be quickly dismantled in court, according to aides and gun safety groups. U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the mass......

Factbox: Global train accidents with highest fatalities over past decade

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(Reuters) – At least 36 people were killed and 72 injured when a Taiwan train derailed in a tunnel on Friday after apparently hitting a truck in the island’s worst rail disaster in at least four decades. Rescue workers walk next to a damaged train which derailed in a tunnel......

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