Analysis: Wasted water undermines battle against Italy’s worst drought in decades

LATINA, Italy, July 19 (Reuters) – Vast swathes of land south of Rome were flimsy swamps for millennia until a massive drainage program in the 1930s turned malaria-infested swamps into prime agricultural fields. Fast forward 90 years, and where water was once plentiful, is now scarce due to one of the worst droughts in living … Read more

France battles massive wildfires, and bakes Britain in a record heat wave

Forest fires burn forests in the Gironde, southwest France UK temperatures top 40 degrees Celsius for the first time Germany and Belgium brace for possible record temperatures More than 30 wildfires destroy parts of Spain Portugal has more than 1,000 deaths from the heat wave LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Firefighters in southwest France struggled to contain … Read more

Putin meets Iranian President in his first visit outside the former Soviet Union since the Ukraine war

Putin meets Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei and President Raisi The Russian President and Erdogan discuss Ukraine’s grain exports The Turkish threat to the Syrian operation is also in focus LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Iran on Tuesday, the first visit by a Kremlin leader … Read more

Asian stocks weaken as traders eye central bank rate plans

European futures are down, US futures are a little higher Tech names led Asian stocks lower, but Japan backtracks The euro maintained its recent gains, and the Australian dollar rose after the minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia meeting Oil and gold slip HONG KONG (Reuters) – Asian stocks fell on Tuesday after overnight … Read more

The contenders for the British Prime Minister quarrel over tax cuts in a TV debate

Five challenged to succeed Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister The second of three televised debates on Sunday Tax plans at the heart of the hot contest Polls show a conflicting picture of who is the winner LONDON (Reuters) – The five Conservative party contenders still vying for Britain’s next prime minister battled over tax … Read more

‘Climate change affects everyone’: Europe battles wildfires in scorching heat

Climate scientists say heat waves are more frequent and intense Hundreds of deaths are attributed to the heat in Portugal Britain braced for its hottest day ever Temperatures in Spain in recent days have reached 45.7 ° C GURT, Spain, July 17 (Reuters) – Authorities in southern Europe struggled on Sunday to control massive wildfires … Read more

Forest fires erupt in France and Spain as heat waves rage in Europe

Forest fires in southwestern France, Spain Health officials have reported hundreds of heat-related deaths UK emergency committee meeting after weather warning PARIS/LISBONA (Reuters) – Wildfires raged in southwest France and Spain on Saturday, forcing thousands of people to evacuate as sweltering summer temperatures soared and put authorities on alert in parts of Europe. Regional authorities … Read more

Ukraine condemns deadly missile strike as war overshadows G20 meeting

At least 23 killed in Russian attack: Ukrainian officials Russia denies targeting civilians Yellen criticizes Russian officials at G20 meeting Nations pledge to cooperate in war crimes investigations VENEZIA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Senior Western officials directly accused their Russian counterparts of war crimes on Friday after Russian missiles hit a Ukrainian city far from the … Read more

The dollar catches its breath as Federal Reserve officials leave the market contemplating the path of interest rates

A woman holds US dollar bills in this illustration taken on May 30, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Rovich/Illustration Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar hovered below a two-decade high in Asian trading on Friday, after falling overnight after two Federal Reserve policymakers said they favored a rate hike … Read more

Analysis: Euro at par. Its fate is now with the energy markets

Euro coins sinking into the water in this illustration taken, May 23, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Rovich/Illustration Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON (Reuters) – The euro’s plunge below $1 for the first time in two decades puts it on course for one of the worst years in its history, especially if … Read more