Exclusive: Brazil launches first anti-deforestation raids under Lula bid to protect Amazon

URUARA, Brazil, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Brazilian environmental agents cut through the rainforest with machetes on Thursday in search of criminals in the first anti-deforestation raids under President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has pledged to end surging destruction inherited from his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro. Reuters exclusively accompanied raids led by environmental agency Ibama … Read more

‘Coup-mongering’ Bolsonarista’s battle cry reveals a radicalized Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Nearly two weeks after Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defeated far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s most fraught election in a generation, Milton Baldin arrived in the capital Brasilia to try to overturn the result. A small business owner from the deep interior of Brazil, Baldin, 55, joined … Read more

Exclusive: Crimea showers Syria with wheat, Ukraine cries foul

More than 500,000 tons of wheat shipped from Crimea to Syria Cargoes moved on sanctioned Syrian ships Ukraine says Russia stole grain from occupied territory Russian-installed authorities say farmers are paid Syria’s wheat imports now almost all from Russian sources LONDON/DUBAI/BEIRUT, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Using a low-profile fleet of ships under US sanctions, Syria … Read more

Exclusive: Russians, Ukrainians meet in UAE to discuss prisoner swap, ammonia, sources say

RIYADH, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Representatives from Russia and Ukraine met in the United Arab Emirates last week to discuss the possibility of a prisoner-of-war swap that would be linked to a resumption of Russian ammonia exports, which go to Asia and Africa, via the Ukrainian pipeline, three sources with knowledge of the meeting said. … Read more

Black Sea grain export deal extended, but Russia wants more on fertilizer exports

Ukraine and Russia are major global grain exporters Black Sea deal helps ease global food price crisis The UN-brokered deal is extended for four months Moscow wants removal of obstacles to grain, fertilizer exports Nov 17 (Reuters) – A deal aimed at easing global food shortages by facilitating Ukraine’s agricultural exports from its southern Black … Read more

World making little progress on food waste, a big climate problem

Nov 15 (Reuters) – Every Thursday, California resident Richard Redmond takes a gallon-sized container of food scraps to the farmers market in the city of South Pasadena where it is collected and composted for use in gardens – an effort to reduce the amount of household waste he sends to landfill. “It’s just stunning,” the … Read more

Explainer: Blood, treasure and chaos: the cost of Russia’s war in Ukraine

LONDON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine has left tens of thousands of dead, displaced millions and spread economic strife across the world. Following are the main impacts of the war, now in its ninth month: * DEATH The war has sown death on a level not seen in Europe since … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Russia seeks sanctions exemptions for state bank in Ukraine grain deal talks-sources

Russia wants UN to help ease grain, fertilizer exports Requests include sanctions-hit Rosselkhozbank – sources Plan would let Rosselkhozbank process payments for grain Request is a key part of talks on rolling over grain deal Nov 4 (Reuters) – Russia wants the West to ease restrictions on state agriculture lender Rosselkhozbank to facilitate Russian grain … Read more

Putin says power grid strikes were in response to Crimea drone attack

Kyiv, other cities suffer power, water outages Putin says missile strikes ‘not all we could have done’ Russia also suspends grain deal role after saying its ships hit Zelenskiy says Russia ‘blackmailing the world with hunger’ KYIV, Nov 1 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said Russian strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure and a decision to freeze … Read more

UN, Turkey, Ukraine press ahead with Black Sea grain deal despite Russian pullout

KYIV/NEW YORK, Oct 31 (Reuters) – The United Nations, Turkey and Ukraine pressed ahead to implement a Black Sea grain deal and agreed on a transit plan for Monday for 16 vessels to move forward, despite Russia’s withdrawal from the pact that has allowed the export of Ukrainian agricultural products to world markets. Russia, which … Read more