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Frace faces unseasonal storms and weather havoc

Flash floods in southwestern France claimed two elderly victims in the space of 24 hours as unseasonal storms caused havoc across huge swaths of the country on Wednesday. Flights into Paris were disrupted as the French capital sweltered in conditions more akin to Hong Kong at this time of year…

China begins exporting ‘Yunnan Red’ wine to Europe

For years the Chinese have been buying up wine from Europe, but with domestic wine production predicted to overtake Australia and Chile by next year, Tiana Wu is hoping European drinkers are ready to be tempted by a glass of her “Yunnan Red”. “We produce one million cases per year.…

Jawbone fitness wristband teams up with nonprofit to promote healthy children’s lifestyles

Fitness wristband maker Jawbone on Tuesday teamed with Alliance for a Healthier Generation to promote healthier lifestyles in children. Jawbone introduced an orange edition of its UP band, with $20 of price to be routed to the Alliance, which was founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation…

Plans for Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday celebration move forward

Nelson Mandela’s foundation has vowed to press ahead with upcoming 95th birthday celebrations, as the global peace icon underwent a 12th day in hospital Wednesday for a recurring lung infection. On his July 18 birthday, various charity organisations and businesses will paint schools, hand out food parcels and books, and…

Three Dutch farmworkers die after falling into manure silo

Three farmworkers died on Wednesday after falling into a manure silo in the northern Netherlands, with a survivor flown to hospital in a critical condition, police said. “Three men died and a fourth has been taken to hospital in a critical condition,” police spokesman Paul Heidanus told AFP of the…

Freeway bridge collapse kills one and injures another in Arizona

(Reuters) – A freeway bridge under construction collapsed in Mesa, Arizona, on Wednesday, killing one worker and injuring another, a fire department spokesman said. The collapse occurred when four workers were removing supports from the bridge being built for the State Route 202 freeway, Captain Forrest Smith of the Mesa…

Obama to call for nuclear cuts in historic Berlin speech

Barack Obama will Wednesday propose major cuts in US and Russian nuclear stocks, making a pitch for his own place in history in an evocative open-air speech during his first visit as president to Berlin. Almost 50 years to the day since John F. Kennedy declared “Ich bin ein Berliner”…

Hospital investors ‘sold’ on Obamacare despite bumps

By Susan Kelly CHICAGO (Reuters) – Shares of U.S. hospital operators have been on a tear this year, on average posting triple the gains of the broader stock market, as investors tallied up the benefits of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform. While some on Wall Street have held back amid…

Small global warming rise would have ‘alarming’ impact: World Bank

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Much of Bangkok could flood within the next two decades if global warming stays on its current trajectory, as sea levels rise and cyclones intensify, the World Bank said in a new report on Wednesday. The flooding of 40 percent of the Thai capital was just one…

FBI search for Jimmy Hoffa’s body may last two more days

By Joseph Lichterman OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Michigan (Reuters) – Investigators looking for the remains of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa in a suburban Detroit field could search the area for two more days, seeking evidence to prove an elderly mobster’s claim the labor leader was buried alive on the property shortly…

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