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'Cooking for heroes': Michelin-starred restaurant helps Berlin medics fight coronavirus

A Michelin-starred restaurant in Berlin forced to close its doors by the coronavirus lockdown has turned its culinary skills to helping to feed doctors, nurses, policemen and firefighters who cannot work from home.
By Barbara Woolsey
Reuters

Full pullout from Afghanistan could ignite 'total civil war':...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nine former U.S. ambassadors on Tuesday warned that Afghanistan could collapse in a “total civil war” if President Donald Trump withdraws all U.S. forces before the Kabul government and the Taliban conclude a peace settlement. “A major troop withdrawal must be contingent on a final peace,” the nine wrote on the website of the Atlantic Council, a think tank. “The initial U.S. drawdown should not go so far or so fast that the Taliban believe they can achieve military victory
By Earl Anthony Wayne
Reuters

Australia and NZ shares steady ahead of G20 meeting

June 27 (Reuters) - Australian shares were muted on Thursday as more modest U.S. rate cut expectations took the sheen off defensive stocks, but many investors kept to the sidelines ahead of this weekend’s Group of 20 meeting in Japan. The S&P/ASX 200 index was up 0.5 points at 6,641 points by 0205 GMT. The benchmark was 0.26% lower on Wednesday. Global financial markets and China’s major trading partners are hoping for signs of a thaw in testy U.S.-China trade relations when the countries’ pre
By Renju Jose
Reuters

Ex-U.S. ambassadors to Mexico push Trump to 'delink' trade, migration

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of former U.S. ambassadors to Mexico representing both Republican and Democratic presidents have banded together to urge President Donald Trump to treat trade and migration as separate issues, the diplomats wrote in an article. The article is signed by all six living ex-U.S. ambassadors to Mexico who spanned the presidencies of George H.W. Bush in the late 1980s to Barack Obama, and comes as Mexican officials are negotiating a potential deal in Washington this we
By Earl Anthony Wayne
Reuters

'Empire' actor Smollett pleads not guilty to lying about Chicago...

CHICAGO (Reuters) - “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty in a Chicago court on Thursday to new charges that he falsely reported to police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic assault on a city street. Wearing a navy suit and dress coat, Smollett, 36, appeared serious and quiet standing next to his attorneys as Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins was assigned to his case. “Yes, sir,” Smollett said in a soft voice as the judge instructed him that he would nex
By Kim Bellware
Reuters

An electronic tattoo may cure what ails you

A team of medical researchers in the U.S. and Portugal say they've created an electronic device that is applied to skin or organs similar to a temporary tattoo. They hope it may be used to operate prosthetic limbs and treat conditions including Parkinson's disease. Matthew Larotonda reports.
By Anu Shukla
Reuters

British cafe provides a lifeline for LGBT+ dementia sufferers

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Imagine living through the gay rights revolution that has transformed the lives of LGBT+ people in many parts of the world - and then, in old age, forgetting it. That is one of the many challenges facing gay people with dementia, who can find themselves plunged into a more hostile past, or be left struggling to remember who knows about their sexual orientation.
By Finbarr Toesland
Reuters

ANALYSIS: Steel capacity set to expand just as demand growth ebbs

By Maytaal Angel and Yuka Obayashi LONDON/TOKYO, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Spurred by a steel-price rally, firms are pouring money into new plants that are set to start producing just as growth in demand for the construction material shrinks, industry executives say, challenging the market’s prevailing bull narrative.
By Maytaal Angel
Reuters

Steam pipe blasts show dangers lurking under New York streets

Under the crowded streets of New York City, a network of pipes, cables and tunnels contains hidden dangers that burst to the surface this week, spraying the Flatiron district with debris containing asbestos, a toxic chemical that can lead to respiratory illnesses, including cancer. While incidents as large as Thursday’s steam pipe explosion are rare, experts say asbestos is relatively common in major urban centers.
By Diana Kruzman
Reuters