Tuesday, October 4

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Jeff Bezos fund to push for Africa land restoration around U.N. climate summit

Jeff Bezos fund to push for Africa land restoration around U.N. climate summit

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Oct 4 (Reuters) - Billionaire Jeff Bezos's environmental fund is seeking to build a coalition with African and European countries around this year's U.N. climate summit to add heft to land restoration efforts, its top official told Reuters.As next month's COP27 in Egypt approaches, the Bezos Earth Fund is championing a cause to begin reversing deforestation and land degradation on 100 million hectares in Africa by 2030, said Andrew Steer, the philanthropic organization's chief executive. The so-called AFR100 initiative is led by some African Union countries."African farmers are suffering appallingly from climate change," Steer said during the Reuters IMPACT conference in a session recorded last week. Restoration's goal would be reducing carbon in the atmosphere and "better incomes for f...
Court backs Twitter over complaint from conspiracy-plagued Dutch town

Court backs Twitter over complaint from conspiracy-plagued Dutch town

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AMSTERDAM, Oct 4 (Reuters) - A Dutch court on Tuesday rejected calls from the town of Bodegraven-Reeuwijk for Twitter (TWTR.N) to do more to tackle posts about unfounded allegations that a ring of Satan-worshipping paedophiles were active in the town in the 1980s.The District Court in The Hague concluded the social media giant had "done enough to remove unlawful content about the 'Bodegraven story' from its platform," referring, among other things, to the permanent suspension of a Twitter account that contained defamatory and inflammatory tweets about the story.The town of around 35,000 inhabitants last month took Twitter to court and demanded it take down all messages related to unfounded stories of children being abused and murdered in Bodegraven decades ago.Register now for FREE unli...
WHO to request cholera vaccines for Haiti, expects further spread

WHO to request cholera vaccines for Haiti, expects further spread

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GENEVA, Oct 4 (Reuters) - A World Health Organization spokesperson said on Tuesday it was setting up tents to treat cholera in Haiti and would also request the supply of oral vaccines against the disease, which has unexpectedly returned to a country paralysed by a gang blockade.The disease killed some 10,000 people through a 2010 outbreak that has been blamed on a United Nations peacekeeping force that was stationed in Haiti. The UN in 2016 apologized for the outbreak, without taking responsibility. The last case was reported three years ago.The country has so far reported at least seven deaths and the WHO warned that some early cases may have gone undetected, with more expected to emerge. read more Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegister"It's very important now t...
Gaza struggles to accommodate the living and the dead as population grows

Gaza struggles to accommodate the living and the dead as population grows

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GAZA, Oct 4 (Reuters) - In the densely populated Gaza Strip, a battle for space is pitting the living against the dead as homeless squatters settle in the area's cemeteries while authorities grapple with the growing demand for new housing.In the Sheikh Shaban cemetery, the area's oldest, Kamilia Kuhail's family live in a house built by her husband at the eastern edge of the site, covering the graves of two unknown people whose remains are now buried under the foundations."If the dead could talk, they would tell us, get out of here," said Kuhail who has lived in the cemetery in downtown Gaza for 13 years with her husband and a family now numbering six children.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterVisitors have to climb down three steps to get into the sparsely fur...
Who is Ibrahim Traore, the soldier behind Burkina Faso’s latest coup?

Who is Ibrahim Traore, the soldier behind Burkina Faso’s latest coup?

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DAKAR, Oct 3 (Reuters) - As a heavily armed convoy drove through a cheering crowd in Burkina Faso's capital on Sunday morning, the boyish face of the country's latest military ruler, Captain Ibrahim Traore, emerged from the turret of an armoured personnel carrier.Sporting fatigues and a red beret, the 34-year-old smiled and raised his thumb as onlookers welcomed him, some by waving Russian flags.Traore, a relatively low-ranking officer who days earlier was running an artillery regiment in a small northern town, has been catapulted onto the world stage since he and a group of soldiers overthrew President Paul-Henri Damiba in a Sept. 30 coup.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterLittle is known about Traore and his colleagues, who since Friday have delivered stateme...
Indonesia authorities say 174 dead after soccer melee, stampede

Indonesia authorities say 174 dead after soccer melee, stampede

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East Java stadium disaster apparently worst since 1964Around 180 injured during crowd stampedeIndonesia football association suspends league to investigatePolice say they fired tear gas to control crowdMALANG, Indonesia, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Up to 174 people were killed and 180 injured in a stampede at a soccer stadium after police sought to quell violence on the pitch, officials said on Sunday, in one of the world's worst stadium disasters.Officers fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse agitated supporters of the losing home side who had invaded the pitch after the final whistle in Malang, East Java, on Saturday night, the region's police chief Nico Afinta told reporters."It had gotten anarchic. They started attacking officers, they damaged cars," Nico said, adding that the crush occurr...
Deep underground, Mexican coal miners remember those who never came back

Deep underground, Mexican coal miners remember those who never came back

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SABINAS, Mexico, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Each time Juan Briones descends deep into the ground of northern Mexico to dig for coal he knows he must balance earning a living and avoiding death.In August, his brother-in-law was one of 10 miners trapped in the nearby coal mine of El Pinabete as water broke through a shaft wall and flooded the tunnels the men were working in. Nearly two months later, their bodies have still not been recovered.Miners know the risks, Briones said, but often feel they have no choice.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegister"You have the need to survive, to take care of your family," the 35-year-old said in a recent interview at his home after his wife helped scrub off the black dust that had settled into his skin after a day in a sweltering mine.Br...
Tencent shifts focus to majority deals, overseas gaming assets for growth-sources

Tencent shifts focus to majority deals, overseas gaming assets for growth-sources

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HONG KONG, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Tencent is resetting its M&A strategy to put more focus on buying majority stakes mainly in overseas gaming companies, as the tech giant eyes global expansion to offset slowing growth at home in China, people with direct knowledge of the matter said.Tencent Holding Ltd (0700.HK) has for years invested in hundreds of up-and-coming businesses, mainly in the onshore market. It has typically acquired minority stakes and stayed invested as a passive financial investor.However, it is now aggressively seeking to own majority or even controlling stakes in overseas targets, notably in gaming assets in Europe, the four people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterThe shift comes as the world's...
Q+A Nord Stream gas ‘sabotage’: who’s being blamed and why?

Q+A Nord Stream gas ‘sabotage’: who’s being blamed and why?

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WARSAW, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Major leaks that suddenly erupted in the Nord Stream gas pipelines that run from Russia to Europe under the Baltic Sea have generated plenty of theories but few clear answers about who or what caused the damage.Here is what we know and what has been said so far:WHO IS BEING BLAMED?So far, most governments and officials have avoided pointing a finger directly, although some have made stronger hints than others.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterEuropean Union states say they believe the damage was caused by sabotage but have stopped short of naming anyone. Fatih Birol, the head of the International Energy Agency, said it was "very obvious" who was behind it but did not say who that was.The Kremlin said allegations of Russian responsib...
Cholera outbreaks surging worldwide, fatality rates rising – WHO

Cholera outbreaks surging worldwide, fatality rates rising – WHO

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GENEVA, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Cholera cases have surged this year, especially in places of poverty and conflict, with outbreaks reported in 26 countries and fatality rates rising sharply, a World Health Organization official said on Friday.In a typical year, fewer than 20 countries report outbreaks of the disease which is spread by the ingestion of contaminated food or water and can cause acute diarrhoea."After years of declining numbers, we are seeing a very worrying upsurge of cholera outbreaks around the globe over the past year," Philippe Barboza, WHO Team Lead for Cholera, told a press briefing in Geneva.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterThe average fatality rate so far this year has almost tripled compared with the five-year average and is currently around...