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Stubborn Shanghai residents hold a line drawn in rubble | Reuters

May 05, 2016

Stubborn Shanghai residents hold a line drawn in rubble | Reuters

SHANGHAI In a corner of Shanghai, surrounded by a cement wall, lies one of the world's most valuable fields of debris and garbage. On paper, the Guangfuli neighbourhood is a real estate investor's dream: a plot in the middle of one of the world's most expensive and fast-rising property markets. #United States #India #Middle East #science #United Kingdom #Entertainment #article
Epic wildfire threatens to engulf Canadian city as 88,000 flee | Reuters

May 05, 2016

Epic wildfire threatens to engulf Canadian city as 88,000 flee | Reuters

GREGOIRE LAKE, Alberta A massive wildfire that has forced the evacuation of all 88,000 people in the western Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray and burned down 1,600 structures has the potential to destroy much of the town, authorities said on Wednesday. With a few neighbourhoods already in ruins, worsening fire conditions Wednesday pushed walls of flames towards thousands of more homes in the northeastern Alberta town, in the heart of Canada's oil sands region. Authorities said there had been no known casualties from the blaze itself, but fatalities were reported in at least one car crash among the evacuees. #Business #science #Europe #Argentina #United Kingdom #article #graphics
Factbox - Canada wildfire disrupts operations in oil sands region | Reuters

May 05, 2016

Factbox - Canada wildfire disrupts operations in oil sands region | Reuters

The wildfire that raged unchecked on Wednesday in the city of Fort McMurray in the heart of the Canadian oil sands region has disrupted oil company operations nearby. While oil sands facilities are not in the fire's path, a number of companies have curbed activities to allow workers and others to get to safety #United States #Europe #markets #United Kingdom #Hong Kong #Entertainment
Aging Thailand takes toll on indebted households | Reuters

May 05, 2016

Aging Thailand takes toll on indebted households | Reuters

BANGKOK Thai civil servant Supapan Pullbangyung spends just under half of her salary on caring for her 75-year-old father, who suffers from diabetes and dementia. #Sports #Economy #India #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment #article
Raging wildfire bears down on Canadian city as 88,000 flee | Reuters

May 05, 2016

Raging wildfire bears down on Canadian city as 88,000 flee | Reuters

ANZAC, Alberta A massive wildfire that has forced the evacuation of all 88,000 residents of the western Canadian city of Fort McMurray and burned down 1,600 structures has the potential to destroy much of the town, authorities said on Wednesday. Fort McMurray had been largely emptied of its residents by Wednesday afternoon, officials said, despite fuel shortages, snarled traffic and a highway closed by the flames in the northeastern part of the province of Alberta, the heart of Canada's oil sands region #India #Business #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment
Israeli, Palestinian violence flares along Gaza border | Reuters

May 05, 2016

Israeli, Palestinian violence flares along Gaza border | Reuters

GAZA Violence erupted along the Israel-Gaza border on Wednesday as Israeli forces and Palestinian militants exchanged fire and Israeli war jets bombed targets in the enclave, ruled by the Islamist Hamas group. There were no immediate reports of any casualties in the rare flare-up along the frontier, which has been largely quiet since a 2014 war. The outbreak of violence coincided with work by the Israeli military to uncover tunnels being built by Gaza militants which Israel fears could be used to infiltrate its territory. The Palestinians fired mortar bombs at Israeli forces operating near the border fence, prompting fire from Israeli tanks and war planes that bombed open areas in the northern and southern sectors of the Gaza Strip. "Our efforts to destroy the Hamas terror tunnel network, a grave violation of Israel's sovereignty, will not cease or be deterred," said military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel PeterLerner.The Hamas armed wing, Izz el-Deen Al-Qassam Brigades, said the raid was a violation of the 2014 ceasefire and demanded that Israel pull out its forces "immediately"."The enemy must not make pretexts and must leave Gaza immediately, they should deal with their fears and concerns outside the separation line," said the group #United States #India #France #Health #United Kingdom #Foreign policy
Duterte's election campaign fizzing among thirsty Filipino voters | Reuters

May 04, 2016

Duterte's election campaign fizzing among thirsty Filipino voters | Reuters

MANILA Filipinos have scoffed and slurped to show their backing for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ahead of next week's presidential elections. The maverick mayor of the southern city is leading the "Gulp Poll" conducted by convenience store chain 7-Eleven, which has asked customers at their 1,650 outlets across the country to pick soda cups with images of their favourite presidential candidate. The popularity of Duterte's blue cup has mirrored two opinion polls last week that put the 71-year-old between seven and 12 percentage points in front of his nearest rival, Grace Poe, ahead of the May 9 national vote #United States #India #United Kingdom #Election #article
Wildfire in Alberta's energy heartland forces thousands to flee | Reuters

May 04, 2016

Wildfire in Alberta's energy heartland forces thousands to flee | Reuters

CALGARY, Alberta Alberta is racing to evacuate thousands of people as an uncontrolled wildfire burns near Fort McMurray, in the heart of Canada's oil sands region, forcing residents to flee north to safety on Tuesday. Alberta appealed for help from other provinces and Ottawa to help fight the fire and airlift people from the city. Local authorities issued a mandatory evacuation order for all of Fort McMurray, which affects the city's 80,000 residents #science #Argentina #United Kingdom #Entertainment #article
Musician Kidjo, African activists win human rights award | Reuters

May 04, 2016

Musician Kidjo, African activists win human rights award | Reuters

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Amnesty International has given its top 2016 human rights award to Grammy Award-winning musician Angélique Kidjo and to three African youth activist movements for their work standing up to injustice, the organisation announced on Wednesday. Benin-born Kidjo and groups Y’en a marre from Senegal, le Balai Citoyen from Burkina Faso and Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) from the Democratic Republic of Congo have shown "exceptional courage," Amnesty said. #India #Middle East #Europe #Music #South Africa #United Kingdom #article