‘No place like home’: Climate change threatens rugby nursery in Fiji

NAMATAKULA, FIJI (Reuters) – The white sands of Namatakula have nurtured generations of world-class rugby talent, but rising seas threaten to abandon the palm-fringed village on Fiji’s coral coast within a few years. The village is considered “endangered” by the Fiji government, and its leader Josephata Nagusakula contemplates a future in which children honing their … Read more

Heat waves in dozens of Chinese cities cause road jams and roof tiles to pop

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s commercial capital Shanghai and dozens of other Chinese cities have experienced scorching temperatures as unusually hot weather causes roads to twist, roof tiles crackle and people scavenge for coolness in underground raid shelters. By 3 p.m. (0700 GMT) on Tuesday, 86 cities had issued red alerts, the highest in a three-tiered … Read more

Exclusive World Cup stadiums to be alcohol-free under Qatar restrictions – source

DOHA (Reuters) – The stadiums for the World Cup will be alcohol-free, with beer only being sold outside stadiums before and after some matches, a source familiar with Qatar’s soccer World Cup plans said. This year’s World Cup is the first to be held in a Muslim country with strict alcohol controls, presenting unique challenges … Read more

Australia and New Zealand celebrate the one-year countdown to the Women’s World Cup

The Sydney Opera House lights up in celebration of Australia and New Zealand’s joint bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, in Sydney, Australia, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lauren Elliott Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Celebrations were held in the host cities for the one-year countdown The FIFA President … Read more

Desperate Chinese real estate developer ready to ‘swap wheat for home’

Screenshot of an ad from Central China Real Estate offering to allow buyers to use garlic crops for down payment on a property Register now to get free unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HONG KONG (Reuters) – A desperate developer in China’s battered property market is coming up with a new promotion to lure buyers … Read more

In the hottest cities on Earth, mothers bear the brunt of climate change

Jacobabad in Pakistan reaches 51°C (124°F) Women are especially vulnerable to extreme heat – studies Scientists warn that pregnant women are at greater risk More photo essay: JAKOBABAD, Pakistan (Pakistan) (Reuters) – A pregnant Sunari weighs in under the blazing sun in fields filled with bright yellow watermelons in Jacobabad, which last month became the … Read more

The Disney/Pixar-exclusive Lightyear will not play a same-sex couple in 14 countries; China in question

On Monday, a source said, The Walt Disney Company (DIS.N) was unable to obtain permission to screen its new Pixar movie “Lightyear” in 14 countries in the Middle East and Asia. It seems unlikely that it will ever open in China, the world’s largest film market. The “Lightyear” producer told Reuters that authorities in China … Read more

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