EXCLUSIVE Russia seeks sanctions exemptions for state bank in Ukraine grain deal talks-sources

EXCLUSIVE Russia seeks sanctions exemptions for state bank in Ukraine grain deal talks-sources

Russia wants U.N. to help ease grain, fertiliser exports Requests include sanctions-hit Rosselkhozbank – sources Plan would let Rosselkhozbank process payments for grain Request is a key part of talks on rolling over grain deal Nov 4 (Reuters) – Russia wants the West to ease restrictions on state agriculture lender Rosselkhozbank to facilitate Russian grain … Read more

Brazil government seeks to clear truckers’ pro-Bolsonaro blockades

Brazil government seeks to clear truckers’ pro-Bolsonaro blockades

SAO PAULO, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Brazilian authorities sought on Tuesday to curtail truckers’ blockages protesting the country’s presidential election results after signs they were disrupting fuel distribution, meat production, and the ability to send grains to port. Blockades were first reported on Sunday amid spreading demonstrations by truckers and other supporters of Brazilian President … Read more

Brazil’s Bolsonaro to break silence and accept defeat, minister says

Brazil’s Bolsonaro to break silence and accept defeat, minister says

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro will not contest his electoral defeat and plans to address the nation later on Tuesday, his Communications Minister Fabio Faria told Reuters, as a growing number of political allies advised him to concede. Some of Bolsonaro’s hardline supporters have called for military intervention to … Read more

Trucker blockades in Brazil increase in wake of Bolsonaro election defeat

Trucker blockades in Brazil increase in wake of Bolsonaro election defeat

SAO PAULO, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Truckers who support Brazil’s outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro escalated their protests on Monday, blocking roads throughout the country in actions that could affect exports in one of the world’s top food producers and cause wider economic chaos. Bolsonaro lost Sunday’s election to leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da … Read more

Putin says power grid strikes were in response to Crimea drone attack

Putin says power grid strikes were in response to Crimea drone attack

Kyiv, other cities suffer power, water outages Putin says missile strikes ‘not all we could have done’ Russia also suspends grain deal role after saying its ships hit Zelenskiy says Russia ‘blackmailing the world with hunger’ KYIV, Nov 1 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said Russian strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure and a decision to freeze … Read more

Russia halts Ukraine Black Sea grain exports, prompting food crisis concerns

Russia halts Ukraine Black Sea grain exports, prompting food crisis concerns

July agreement allowed grain exports from Ukraine Biden says “outrageous” move will increase starvation Russia says move a response to Ukraine attack on ships Zelenskiy urges strong response from U.N., G20 Oct 30 (Reuters) – Russia pulled out of a key United Nations-brokered grain deal, provoking international outrage and dealing a blow to attempts to … Read more

U.S. seeking to make it harder for Iran to sell drones to Russia

U.S. seeking to make it harder for Iran to sell drones to Russia

WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – The United States will continue to take “practical, aggressive” steps to make it harder for Iran to sell drones and missiles to Russia, State Department deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel said on Tuesday, adding that Washington had a number of tools to hold both Moscow and Tehran accountable. Patel, speaking at … Read more

Exclusive: Russia is prepared to quit Black Sea grains deal, writes to UN with demands

Exclusive: Russia is prepared to quit Black Sea grains deal, writes to UN with demands

GENEVA, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Moscow has submitted concerns to the United Nations about an agreement on Black Sea grain exports, and is prepared to reject renewing the deal next month unless its demands are addressed, Russia’s Geneva U.N. ambassador told Reuters on Thursday. The agreement, brokered by the United Nations and Turkey in July, … Read more

Egypt seeking to push forward critical IMF deal in Washington

Egypt seeking to push forward critical IMF deal in Washington

Economy one of many buffeted by Ukraine fallout Non-oil imports fell 20% as dollars ran dry Tens of billions of dollars in debt due in coming years Economists say IMF likely seeking currency float CAIRO, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Egypt is pushing to tie up a crucial financial package from the International Monetary Fund at … Read more

Pork industry takes fight over California law to U.S. Supreme Court

Pork industry takes fight over California law to U.S. Supreme Court

Industry groups appeal ruling that backed California law At issue is Commerce Clause U.S. constitutional provision WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Tuesday in an industry challenge to the constitutionality of a California animal welfare law in a case that could undermine the power of states … Read more