Australia floods worsen as thousands more flee Sydney homes

Rains likely to ease in Sydney soon, move north 50,000 NSW residents face evacuation Some places get a year’s rainfall in three days SYDNEY, July 5 (Reuters) – Torrential rains kept battering Australia’s east coast on Tuesday, intensifying the flood crisis in Sydney as thousands more residents were ordered to leave their homes after rivers … Read more

S&P 500 limps to slightly lower close as quarter-end looms

US economy contracted in Q1; consumer spending revised lower General Mills rises as sales beat on higher prices Bed Bath & Beyond replaces CEO, shares tumble Dow up 0.27%, S&P down 0.07%, Nasdaq off 0.03% NEW YORK, June 29 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 ended a seesaw session slightly down on Wednesday as investors staggered … Read more

Africa’s dream of feeding China hits hard reality

China aims to boost trade with Africa to help cut deficits African agricultural producers pushing for access to China Even with trade deals, protracted approvals hinder exports THIKA, Kenya, June 28 (Reuters) – Watching workers poke avocados from the treetops in an orchard owned by Kenyan agriculture firm Kakuzi, managing director Chris Flowers revels in … Read more

U.S. bans sales of Juul e-cigarettes, company to seek stay on enforcement

June 23 (Reuters) – Sales of Juul e-cigarettes were blocked by the US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, in a major blow to the eleven high-flying firm whose products have been tied to a surge in teenage vaping. The agency said the applications “lacked sufficient evidence” to show that sale of the products would … Read more

Juul e-cigarettes to be ordered off U.S. shelves – WSJ

A woman holds a Juul e-cigarette while walking in New York, US, September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register June 22 (Reuters) – The US Food and Drug Administration is preparing to order Juul Labs Inc to take its e-cigarettes off the market in the United States, the … Read more

Mekong villagers land heaviest ever freshwater fish

June 20 (Reuters) – Cambodian villagers on the Mekong River have caught what researchers say is the world’s biggest freshwater fish ever recorded, a stingray that weighed in at 300kg (661 lb) and took around a dozen men to haul to shore. Christened Boramy – meaning “full moon” in the Khmer language – because of … Read more

WTO strikes global trade deals after ‘roller coaster’ talks

Deals reached on food, health and fishing Formerly defiant India joins consensus Package seen increasing credibility of WTO GENEVA, June 17 (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization agreed the first change to global trading rules in years on Friday as well as a deal to increase the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in a series of … Read more

Glimmers of hope as global trade talks stretch into final day

A general view of the room during the speech of Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at the opening ceremony of the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), at the World Trade Organization, in Geneva, Switzerland, June 12, 2022. Martial Trezzini/Pool via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WTO ministerial … Read more

Facing deadlock, WTO negotiations grind on despite Indian defiance

Ministers seeking deals on food, vaccines, fishing Global WTO deals need to be agreed by consensus Protesters stage “die-in” at WTO over COVID IP waiver GENEVA, June 16 (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization negotiations on food, fisheries and vaccines stretched into the early hours on Thursday amid growing doubts that tough bargaining could deliver … Read more

Tasty name but no Big Mac as rebranded McDonald’s restaurants open in Russia

June 12 (Reuters) – It might look and smell like McDonald’s but now it’s Vkusno & tochka. The golden arches are gone, the filet-of-fish is simply a fish burger. The Big Mac has left Russia. A new era for Russia’s fast-food and economic scene dawned on Sunday as McDonald’s (MCD.N) restaurants flung open their doors … Read more