Sri Lanka until the last day of petrol, Prime Minister tells a country in crisis

COLOMBO, May 16 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s new prime minister said on Monday the crisis-hit country was on its last day of petrol, as the country’s energy minister told citizens to not to join the long fuel queues that have galvanized weeks of anti-government protests. Ranil Wickremesinghe, appointed prime minister on Thursday, said in an … Read more

Germany’s conservatives are on track to win key state vote

Conservatives win 35% of vote – exit poll SPD at 27.5% of the vote – exit poll The Greens will become kingmakers for the SPD or the CDU Spotlight on job security and coal transition BERLIN, May 15 (Reuters) – Germany’s conservative CDU party was on course to win regional elections in North Rhine-Westphalia on … Read more

Working poor bear the brunt of India’s heatwave

NOIDA, India, May 16 (Reuters) – For construction worker Yogendra Tundre, life on a construction site on the outskirts of India’s capital New Delhi is hard enough. This year, the record temperatures make it unbearable. As India grapples with an unprecedented heat wave, the vast majority of the country’s working poor, who typically work outdoors, … Read more

Price protests turn political in Iran as rallies spread

DUBAI, May 15 (Reuters) – Spreading protests across Iran over cuts in state food subsidies have turned political with slogans calling on top leaders to quit, according to social media posts , and unconfirmed reports indicate that at least four protesters were killed. . Protests began in some cities last week, sparked by the government’s … Read more

Texas power grid faces summer having changed little from February freeze

June 24 (Reuters) – Texas’s grid operator frightened residents last week when it said it had very little reserves to cover demand spiking as temperatures soared. This summer could produce more scary times. In February, the Texas grid, run by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), nearly collapsed from several days of frigid weather, … Read more

Shipping insurance costs across the Black Sea are skyrocketing

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Insurers have raised the cost of cover for merchant ships crossing the Black Sea, adding to soaring freight rates in the region for vessels still ready to sail after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Shipowners pay war risk insurance annually as well as an additional “infraction” premium when entering … Read more

Exclusive: Xiaomi accuses the Indian agency of threats of “physical violence” during an investigation

Xiaomi India faces Indian investigation over royalty payments Xiaomi has obtained legal redress, but accuses the agency of threats – document Company says executives threatened with ‘disastrous consequences’ – document India claims Xiaomi made overseas payments under the ‘cover of royalty’ NEW DELHI, May 7 (Reuters) – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp 1810.HK alleged its … Read more

North Korea mobilizes office workers to fight drought amid food shortage

North Korean farmers work in a field at a collective farm in South Hwanghae province, North Korea September 30, 2011. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, May 4 (Reuters) – North Korean office workers and factory workers have been sent to farming areas across the country to join … Read more

Bird flu quarantines organic chickens from Pennsylvania to France

CHICAGO/PARIS, May 2 (Reuters) – Organic and free-range chickens have been confined. Laying hens that normally have access to the outdoors can no longer roam as freely or feel the sun on their beaks, as some US and European farmers temporarily keep their flocks indoors during deadly bird flu outbreaks, according to the egg producers … Read more

Launch into space? Not so fast. Insurers balk at new coverage

September 1 (Reuters) – An ever-growing amount of space debris threatens satellites hovering around Earth, making insurers reluctant to offer cover to devices that transmit text, maps, video and scientific data , said industry sources. Thousands of new satellites are being launched into areas where orbital trash has been piling up since the first space … Read more