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As much as 35 percent of northern and central Great Barrier Reef dead or dying - scientists

SYDNEY, May 30 Mass bleaching has destroyed as much as 35 percent of the coral on the northern and central Great Barrier Reef, Australian scientists said on Monday, a major blow to the World Heritage Site that attracts about A$5 billion ($3.59 billion) in tourism each year.

29 May 2016

Xi says China should invest more in the elderly

SHANGHAI, May 28 China should increase investment in care for the elderly, President Xi Jinping told a meeting of the country's top leaders on its ageing population, official Xinhua news agency reported.

28 May 2016

Lebanese Hezbollah ministers, MPs could be hit by U.S. law -U.S. official

BEIRUT, May 28 Ministers and members of parliament belonging to Lebanon's Hezbollah could be sanctioned under a new U.S. law targeting the group's finances, a U.S. Treasury official said on Friday.

28 May 2016

U.S. natgas speculators switch from net long to net short -CFTC

May 27 U.S. natural gas speculators switched their positions to net short after being net long since the start of April, betting prices will have to remain low to encourage generators to burn more of the fuel left in inventories after a warm winter.

27 May 2016

UPDATE 1-U.N. urges Greece to improve conditions for transferred refugees

GENEVA, May 27 Refugees removed from a makeshift Greek camp near the Macedonian border have been taken to sites with "sub-standard conditions" in derelict buildings with insufficient food, water, toilets and showers, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday.

27 May 2016
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