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Airbus in talks with China on major deal

Airbus in talks with China on major deal

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China is in talks to buy at least 150 Airbus passenger jets potentially worth $20 billion when Xi Jinping pays his first visit to Europe as president at the end of this month, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. In a broad-ranging deal that could help reset trade relations between China and Europe after a bumpy year, China is expected to buy more A330 passenger jets as talks advance to open Airbus’s second major factory in the country. Text and archived photos of Airbus by Reuters.

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Memories of Japan’s Fukushima disaster still linger three years later

Memories of Japan’s Fukushima disaster still linger three years later

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On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the city recommended shortly after the disaster that children up to two years old not spend more than 15 minutes outside each day. Those aged 3 to 5 should limit their outdoor time to 30 minutes or less. The limits were lifted last year, but many kindergartens and nursery schools continue to obey them even now in line with the wishes of worried parents. An annual survey by the Fukushima prefecture Board of Education found that children in Fukushima weighed more than the national average in virtually every age group. The cause seems to be a lack of exercise and outdoor activity. Ahead of the third anniversary, Reuters photographer Toru Hanai checked in on the town.

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Vigil for Malaysia Airlines passengers, Oscar Pistorius’ trial, protesting Israeli government | March 10

Vigil for Malaysia Airlines passengers, Oscar Pistorius’ trial, protesting Israeli government | March 10

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A vigil for missing Malaysia Airlines passengers is held in Kuala Lumpur, thousands of Orthodox Jews gather in Manhattan to protest against the current effort by the Israeli government to pass a law to draft religious Jews into its army, the trial of Oscar Pistorius and more in today’s daily brief.

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Exploring the frozen caves of Lake Superior

Exploring the frozen caves of Lake Superior

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In northwestern Wisconsin, crowds of people flocked last month to trek on a frozen-over Lake Superior to reach dramatic ice caves accessible on foot for the first time in several years, courtesy of the long frigid winter. The ice caves on Superior’s shoreline are carved out of sandstone by waves from the lake and derive their name from the icy freeze in winter that makes them glisten with hoar frost, icicles and ice formations. Reachable in warm weather by boat, the caves are accessible in winter only by walking across ice when it is thick and stable enough. Text and photos by Reuters

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