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Sep 21, 2015
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Reuters Select: Gay Catholics prepare for pope’s visit

Gay Catholics prepare for pope’s visit

Pope Francis is coming to America. Here’s what’s on the gay Catholic to-do list: fly rainbow flags, wear rainbow prayer cloths, carry rainbow rosaries, circulate online petitions supporting gay and transgender Catholics. On the not-to-do list: stage protests, sit-ins or large-scale demonstrations. Reuters’ Laila Kearney explains why.

 

Harare’s moonlighting men in blue

If you’re in Zimbabwe and looking for lunch, clothes, phone cards and more, call the cops. Zimbabweans have been coping with a catastrophic recession, food shortages and 500 billion percent inflation. Its economic growth forecast is bleak. And the cops, like everyone else, need a side business. MacDonald Dzirutwe speaks to Harare’s moonlighting police.

Sep 17, 2015
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Reuters Select: Fiorina shoulders in

Fiorina shoulders in

In a 2016 Republican presidential race that has been driven by the appeal of outsider candidates, yet another has shouldered her way into the mix — former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Reuters’ James Oliphant casts Fiorina’s performance in Wednesday’s Republican debate against the wider backdrop of GOP presidential candidates distinguishing themselves from the crowds as “insurgents.”

 

How to lose friends and alienate Hispanic voters

James Oliphant also examines a problem facing Republican legislator Bob Cortes. The Florida congressman worries that presidential candidates in his own party are alienating the Hispanic voters who put him in office with their anti-immigration stances.

Sep 17, 2015
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Reuters Select: Fiorina shoulders in

Fiorina shoulders in

In a 2016 Republican presidential race that has been driven by the appeal of outsider candidates, yet another has shouldered her way into the mix — former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Reuters’ James Oliphant casts Fiorina’s performance in Wednesday’s Republican debate against the wider backdrop of GOP presidential candidates distinguishing themselves from the crowds as “insurgents.”

 

How to lose friends and alienate Hispanic voters

James Oliphant also examines a problem facing Republican legislator Bob Cortes. The Florida congressman worries that presidential candidates in his own party are alienating the Hispanic voters who put him in office with their anti-immigration stances.

Sep 16, 2015
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Reuters Select: About that carbon footprint

Exclusive: About that carbon footprint

When the International Energy Agency reported in March that global carbon emissions stayed flat in 2014, the news was hailed as a turning point in the struggle to curb climate change. But more recent data about Chinese coal consumption, seen by Reuters, raise doubts about whether that historic decoupling of economic growth and carbon emissions from energy use actually occurred.

 

The Man Who Would Be King (of the Palestinians)

Mohammed Dahlan: He is, in the view of some Palestinians, and perhaps his own mind, the man who would be king. From his roots in a Gaza refugee camp, Dahlan scrambled to the top of Palestinian politics. But he fell out with Yasser Arafat, and then with President Mahmoud Abbas, and has been in exile in the United Arab Emirates for much of the past five years. But as Abbas nears his sell-by date, Dahlan is watching the chessboard with a seasoned eye and contemplating his next move.

Sep 15, 2015
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Reuters Select: Peeling and eating the U.S. shrimp business

Peeling and eating the U.S. shrimp business

Asian-American shrimpers are barely getting by as market prices remain low. And as Reuters explains, their businesses might not survive once the U.S. Trans-Pacific Partnership opens the U.S. market to even more shrimp imports.

Everything must go

Reuters photographer Zohra Bensemra is following a group of families fleeing the war in Syria. Today, she covers the story of Ihab and his daughter, Yasmine, as well as Malik, all of whom were forced by smugglers to ditch irreplaceable possessions, from family wedding photos to earrings, to seek a new life in Europe.

Aug 21, 2015
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Short skirts, bad stars, chow mein: why rape happens in India

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The 2012 Delhi bus rape case and an ever-longer list of rapes and murders in India have prompted politicians and public figures in India to cite plenty of implausible reasons why rape happens and why men brutalise women or portray women in ways that suggest they had it coming. Many people, when speaking out, tend to minimise the crime or rationalise it in ways that sound ludicrous to many. We created this list of such comments more than a year ago, but it seems like it’s time to add some new entries.

(Updated on Sept. 3, 2015)

 

Atul Kumar Anjan: The Communist Party of India senior leader said a condom advertisement featuring actress and former porn star Sunny Leone will lead to more rapes in India. “Now there is an advertisement with her (Leone), have you seen it? She is lying down…and a man comes to her. (They show the advertisement) in the morning, at night…an advertisement for condoms, it is such a dirty and horrific advertisement that develops your sexuality and destroys your sensibility,” Anjan said at a rally in UP. “If such advertisements for condoms appear in the country’s TV channels and newspapers, then incidents of rape will increase. It needs to be stopped.” Anjan also noted that he was unfamiliar with pornography, and that the incident prompted him to watch some for research purposes. ““After watching just two minutes, I kept vomiting.” (Hindustan Times)

May 13, 2015

Suspected Boko Haram militants attack Nigeria’s Maiduguri

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked Nigeria’s northern city of Maiduguri in Borno state on Wednesday from a cashew plantation a few kilometres from the Giwa barracks, military sources said.

Residents said they heard heavy shooting and explosions on the outskirts and began fleeing their homes. The fighting began around 6:45 p.m. (1745 GMT) before subsiding by around 9:00 p.m. (2000 GMT).

Apr 29, 2015

Rubber producers’ attempt to boost prices needs discipline: Russell

LAUNCESTON, Australia, April 29 (Reuters) – Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own.

Is it different this time? Once again Asian rubber producers are trying to force prices higher, this time by restricting supply and attempting to break the link between physical and futures prices.

Dec 8, 2014

New York protest organizers look to keep momentum from fading

NEW York (Reuters) – Organizers of New York City’s protests against police violence huddled on Sunday to explore fresh ways to keep people engaged in the struggle, mindful that the tide of demonstrators has ebbed over the last couple of days.

One plan is to take the demonstrations to the Barclays Center sports arena on Monday, where Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate will see the Brooklyn Nets basketball team play against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Dec 7, 2014

Protests slow in New York after funeral for slain black man

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A fourth night of demonstrations against police violence got off to a slow start on a rain-soaked Saturday in New York, after mourners held a funeral for a black man shot dead by a white police officer in the stairwell of a Brooklyn apartment house.

The shooting of Akai Gurley, 28, at a public housing project last month was the latest in a series of incidents fuelling outrage over what protesters say is a pattern of excessive force being used by law enforcement against African-Americans.