Bankers bet billions on new wave of debt-for-nature deals

More countries linking debt cost to conservation goals Seychelles, Belize, Barbados among those to strike deals Ecuador swap could be biggest yet at $800 million Cape Verde, Sri Lanka and others are also exploring deals SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The Galapagos Islands, whose thousands of unique species inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution, … Read more

Dutch court sentences three to life in prison for 2014 downing of MH17 over Ukraine

Crash killed 298 passengers and crew Court finds Russian missile downed the plane Convicted men are fugitives, believed to be in Russia AMSTERDAM, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Dutch judges convicted two Russian men and a Ukrainian man in absentia of murder for their role in the shooting down of Flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 … Read more

Iranians protest in southeast flashpoint, mark ‘Bloody Friday’

Prominent Sunni cleric criticizes security forces Unrest in minority areas General tells clerics to watch their words, restore calm DUBAI, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Thousands of Iranians protested in the restive southeast on Friday to mark a Sept. 30 crackdown by security forces known as “Bloody Friday” as the country’s clerical rulers battled persistent nationwide … Read more

How a maverick Brazilian lawmaker helped Lula beat Bolsonaro’s propaganda machine

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 10 (Reuters) – To bring down far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Andre Janones had to fight fire with fire. The little-known 38-year-old lawmaker was running a longshot presidential campaign until he joined forces in August with President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, adding bite to the leftist’s campaign with his raw, … Read more

Lula narrowly defeats Bolsonaro to win Brazil presidency again

SAO PAULO, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva narrowly defeated President Jair Bolsonaro in a runoff election on Sunday that marked a stunning comeback for the leftist former president and the end of Brazil’s most right-wing government in decades. Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court declared Lula the next president, with 50.9% of votes … Read more

Brittney Griner faces bleak life in Russian penal colony

Griner faces penal colony after losing drugs appeal In the Russian system, inmates are made to work long hours for scant pay Threat of harsh punishment for breaking trivial rules Language barrier makes ordeal even harder for foreigners LONDON, Nov 3, (Reuters) – Tedious manual work, poor hygiene and lack of access to medical care … Read more

Factbox: Parties clash in election lawsuits ahead of US midterms

WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – In the months leading up to the US midterm elections, lawyers for Democrats and Republicans are already squaring off in a wave of lawsuits challenging state rules on how to vote and the counting of ballots. Here is a summary of significant cases filed ahead of the Nov. 8 election … Read more

US charges Russians for shipping military equipment, Venezuelan oil

Russians used German company to ship items – prosecutors Some components found on Ukraine battlefield – prosecutors German company also traded Venezuelan oil – prosecutors NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – US prosecutors on Wednesday charged five Russian nationals for sanctions evasion and other violations related to shipping military technologies bought from US manufacturers to … Read more

Exclusive: Deadly Iran jail fire erupted as police clashed with inmates

Prison blaze shakes nation already on edge over protests Evin prison holds Iran’s most prominent prisoners Riot police actions prompted inmates’ chants, sources say Sources say police fired shots in prison crackdown Oct 20 (Reuters) – Two days before a fire ripped through a section of Iran’s Evin prison and killed at least eight people, … Read more

Iran prison fire death toll grows as some EU states call for sanctions

Death toll from Evin prison blaze rises to 8 Judiciary says prisoners started fire after a fight Relatives of prisoners say they fear for their safety Protests unleashed by Mahsa Amini’s death continue Protesters call for fall of Islamic Republic -social media DUBAI, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Eight prisoners died as a result of a … Read more