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A ship transits the Suez Canal toward the Red Sea on Jan. 10. Insurance costs for ships whose seafarers who do brave the waterway have shot up tenfold, including a large increase since the airstrikes.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 19, 2024
Airstrikes on Yemen bring new level of chaos to Red Sea shipping
After U.S. and U.K. airstrikes on Houthi targets in Yemen, Western navies caution ships to steer clear.
Bulk carrier cargo ships at anchor in the Black Sea before entering the Sulina Canal, a river channel between the Danube River and the Black Sea, near Sulina, Romania, on Sunday.
Jul 25, 2023
Russian attack highlights risk to Ukraine’s last grain export route
The collapse of the Black Sea grain deal last week and Russia’s subsequent attacks on Odesa ports spurred expectations that Kyiv will have to double down on alternative routes.
A cargo vessel on the Sulina Channel en route to the Danube River, in Romania
Jul 21, 2023
Ukraine grain relies on a river that’s drying up
A heatwave fanning across the southern part of Europe is lowering river levels and crimping export capacity, which will make shipping grain even more difficult.
Japan Times
Apr 2, 2023
The murky business behind Britain’s rampant food price inflation
Keeping the shelves stocked with fruit and vegetables is becoming a more precarious — and murky — business for both farmers and vulnerable workers.
Japan Times
Jul 23, 2022
Ukraine's grain challenge involves clearing mines, finding ships and trusting Putin
Ukraine finally secured a deal aimed at restarting crucial Black Sea grain exports that have been crippled by Russia's invasion. But getting them going won't be easy.
Japan Times
Apr 25, 2022
Ukraine’s farmers fight on the front line of global food crisis
Ukraine is the world's largest producer of sunflower oil and ranks among the top six exporters of wheat, corn, chicken and even honey.
Japan Times
Jun 9, 2021
It’s not a gulag, Russia says of plan to put prisoners to work
The head of the country's prison service offered a solution to the shortage of migrant labor through reviving the Soviet-era practice.
Japan Times
May 30, 2021
Putin is betting coal still has a future
Russia believes that coal consumption will continue to rise in big Asian markets like China even as it dries up elsewhere.


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