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Weather woes hit French vineyards - wine production seen falling this year

PARIS (Reuters) - Wine output in France, the world's second largest producer, may fall by as much as 13% this year after vineyards were hit by adverse weather including hail, frost and a record-breaking heatwave, the farm ministry said on Friday.

Caddie chemistry helping Westwood mount a charge

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (Reuters) - Lee Westwood admits his caddie knows little about golf but that's alright because the person carrying his bag around the Royal Portrush links is his girlfriend Helen Storey.

Mekong Basin’s aquatic life faces extinction

Bangkok: The Mekong River’s extremely low level of water caused by upstream hydropower dam projects has triggered the death of masses of fish and heightened the risk of mass extinction of aquatic life in the entire Mekong River Basin, environmental experts highlighted.

Water now more expensive than petrol

NEARLY four years ago, the south Indian city of Chennai (capital of Tamil Nadu) was under water. The worst floods in living history – the result of cyclones from the Bay of Bengal – had reduced this manufacturing and services powerhouse of eleven million to a standstill as brackish water lapped at the wheels of the planes parked at the Anna International Airport. The human tragedy was substantial, with over 500 deaths and some 1.8 million people displaced.

Cannabis among top priorities for new Thai government

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Developing a medical cannabis industry is among top policy priorities for Thailand's new government, according to a document released before the formal announcement.

Thai farmers asked to delay rice planting as drought bites

BANGKOK: The Thai government has asked farmers to delay planting rice because of drought and the pumping of water from reservoirs for irrigation threatens household supplies, an agriculture ministry official said on Monday.

Cannabis among top priorities for new Thai govt

BANGKOK: Developing a medical cannabis industry is among top policy priorities for Thailand’s new government, according to a document released before the formal announcement.

Eight Thai provinces on the edge of water crisis

Bangkok: The lack of rain has brought eight provinces to the brink of a water crisis.

Unsettled Wallabies seek winning formula against Pumas

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A revamped Australia head into their second Rugby Championship clash against Argentina on Saturday in Brisbane desperate to build confidence ahead of the World Cup and appease home fans tired of hearing about the "positives" in defeat.

Indonesia warns of rice crop damage

Jakarta: Indonesia’s rice crop is at risk of damage from an unusually long dry weather spell that has gripped several producing regions, raising prospects of elevated imports for a second year.