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A Cuban flag flies over a street amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in downtown Havana, Cuba, July 18, 2021. Picture taken July 18, 2021. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

MEXICO CITY, July 22 (Reuters) – Mexico will send two navy ships loaded with food and medical supplies to Cuba, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador blamed the U.S. embargo for fomenting the biggest unrest in Cuba in decades.

The ships will leave the port of Veracruz in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, taking syringes, oxygen tanks and masks along with powered

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At the fertile foothills of Mount Etna, Andrea Passanisi surveys his avocado grove under Sicily’s blue skies. He started growing the tropical fruit in what used to be his grandfather’s vineyard and, helped by the warming climate, is now sending his produce across Europe. 

Passanisi discovered a love for avocados on a trip to Brazil as a teenager two decades ago, and decided on his return home to experiment with growing them in Sicily. Abandoning plans to become a lawyer, he converted his grandfather’s land and started to farm avocados as well as passion fruit and lychees, alongside longstanding lemon

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TROUBLE IS BREWING in America. The reopening economy’s hunger for goods from China, and for the containers that carry them, has left importers of coffee, of which the average American guzzles two cups a day, struggling to ship the stuff from Brazil. They are using whatever they can get, says Janine Mansour of Port of New Orleans, where much of America’s raw coffee lands. That includes much bigger boxes, which reach maximum allowed weight before they are full. Importing part-empty containers adds extra costs, Ms Mansour says, and these will ultimately be swallowed by consumers.

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While some restaurant chains managed to weather the pandemic quite successfully, finding new ways to grow and reach their customer base, for others, the year of unprecedented crisis exacerbated a downfall that was years in the making.

The following brands have slowly been falling out of favor with customers for years, a trend which is now more obvious thanks to mass store closures and plummeting sales numbers. The only remaining question is: will they evolve or completely fall victim to the fast-food industry’s ever-changing demands.

For more, check out 12 Restaurant Chains Disappearing in 2021.

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Henry, a volunteer, waits to fill a shopper’s order in front of two large boxes containing emergency food bags at the Berkeley Food Network. File photo: Pete Rosos

Mary Sabr is a 49-year-old South Berkeley resident in remission from cancer and living with a disability. This past year has delivered some unpleasant surprises – the necessary halt to family contact and a major increase in her gas-and-electric bill, for example – but one thing she could count on was grocery restocks from the Berkeley Food Pantry and other local food banks.

“To be honest, they give me so much food

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The NE Pup Burger at Duke’s on 7

We had barely stepped onto the expansive Minnetonka patio with our dog, Stella, and we were smitten (the large jar of dog biscuits was a good sign). Turns out we aren’t alone. Duke’s, part of the locally owned Craft & Crew group of restaurants, has been open just a few weeks and is already seeing brisk business. Among the reasons: its dog-friendly patio and dedicated dog menu.

Of course, you don’t have to have a dog to appreciate the patio, but dog parents definitely will. We were barely seated when a bowl

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