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  • US, EU override Australia to put climate change on G20 agenda 5 days ago

    Brisbane: The G20 communique will include a significant passage on climate change, EU officials said on Sunday, as the United States and other heavyweight nations override host Australia's attempts to keep the issue off the formal agenda. Much of the meeting of world leaders in Australia has been overshadowed by the...
  • EU to consider new sanctions against Russia 6 days ago

    Brisbane: European foreign ministers are considering further sanctions against Russia over the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, European Council (EC) President, Herman Van Rompuy, said on Saturday. Van Rompuy, who is here for the G20 summit, said that European Union (EU) leaders would meet US President Barack Obama during the summit to discuss...
  • India-US breakthrough on WTO hailed as 'win-win' situation 1 week ago

    Brisbane: The resolution of a row between India and the US over food subsidies was on Friday hailed as a "win-win" situation by leading industrialised countries -- Japan, the EU and the UK -- who expressed confidence that a landmark global trade pact stalled for months can now move forward....
  • EU scheme commits $350 million for research on Ebola vaccines, tests November 6, 2014

    London: The Europe Union and drugmakers pledged on Thursday to invest 280 million euros ($350 million) in Ebola research, with the lion's share going to the testing and manufacture of potential vaccines. The funding will go to projects backed by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), a public-private scheme jointly paid for...
  • India lifts domestic wheat purchase price by 3.6 per cent October 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The government has raised the price it will pay to buy new-season wheat from local farmers by 3.57 per cent to 1,450 rupees per 100 kg, encouraging the crop even though supply has exceeded demand for eight years. India, the world's second-biggest wheat consumer, sets a price each year...
  • EU doubles assistance to combat Ebola to 1 billion euros October 26, 2014

    Berlin: The European Union has nearly doubled its assistance to combat the raging Ebola virus in West Africa to 1 billion euros. The heads of state and government of the 28-nation bloc agreed upon the move at their two-day summit concluded in Brussels on Friday. "EU member nations pledged at...
  • Government notifies conditions for export of dried silk worm to EU October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Export of dried silk worm pupae to the European Union will be allowed subject to a shipment clearance certificate to be issued by the Chemical and Allied Products Export Promotion Council, the government has said. "Conditions for export of dried silk worm pupae to EU have been notified,"...
  • EU reaches deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions October 24, 2014

    Brussels: European Union leaders agreed early on Friday to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the 28-nation bloc to at least 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030. The deal was aimed at countering climate change and setting an example for the rest of the world ahead of key international climate...
  • Iran, US say some headway made in 'difficult' nuclear talks October 16, 2014

    Vienna: Iran and the United States said they made some progress in high-level nuclear talks but much work remained to clinch a breakthrough deal by a late-November deadline. Both sides said they still aimed to meet the self-imposed November 24 date, despite doubts among many experts that they can reach a...
  • EU to ban fish caught by vessels flagged in Sri Lanka October 15, 2014

    Colombo: The European Union (EU) has decided to ban the import of fisheries products caught by vessels flagged in Sri Lanka from entering the EU market after three months time from now, the EU office said here in a statement on Tuesday. The European Commission had in November 2012 sent a...
  • Iran expects progress, if no breakthrough, in nuclear talks with EU, US October 14, 2014

    Vienna: Iran does not expect a breakthrough in high-level nuclear talks with the United States and the European Union this week but hopes they will help pave the way for a final deal, its foreign minister said on Tuesday. Mohammad Javad Zarif, quoted by Iran's Fars news agency, was speaking after...
  • Russia faces new US, EU sanctions over Ukraine crisis September 12, 2014

    Brussels: European Union governments agreed on Thursday to begin their new sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis on Friday but could lift them next month if Moscow abides by a fragile truce, while the United States prepared its own fresh sanctions. The steps are the latest by the United States...
  • US, EU to intensify sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, says Barack Obama September 11, 2014

    Washington: The US and the European Union have decided to "intensify" their coordinated sanctions on Russia in the defence, finance and energy sectors as punishment for its illegal actions in Ukraine, President Barack Obama said on Thursday. "I have said from the very beginning of this crisis that we want to...
  • EU agrees to introduce new sanctions on Russia September 11, 2014

    Brussels: The European Union has decided to slap new economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, diplomats said on Thursday. The sanctions will further curb access to European capital markets for Russian firms and banks, limit exports of certain hightechnology goods and target several officials with travel bans and...
  • Ukraine says Russia withdrawing, EU delays sanctions September 11, 2014

    Kiev: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that Russia had withdrawn the bulk of its forces from his country and he pledged greater automony for the separatist east in moves that could help sustain a fragile truce. The proWestern leader's comments were soon followed by a European Union decision to...
  • EU to unveil new Russia sanctions as Ukraine truce teeters September 8, 2014

    Mariupol (Ukraine): Ukraine accused proRussian rebels of waging fresh attacks in the restive east on Monday, further imperilling a fragile truce as EU leaders prepared to approve punishing new sanctions on Moscow. Russia warned it would retaliate against the new measures, which the EU has nevertheless said could be suspended if...
  • US welcomes proposed EU sanctions on Russia August 31, 2014

    Washington: The United States has welcomed the European Union's decision to impose fresh sanctions on Russia if it continues to escalate the conflict in Ukraine, giving it a week's time to dissipate the tensions. "We welcome the European Council's consensus today to show strong support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity...
  • Cambridge University scouting for first 'doctor of chocolate' August 17, 2014

    London: Cambridge University is offering a chance to scientists and chocolate fans to indulge their sweet tooth by becoming a 'doctor of chocolate' at the prestigious institution. The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology of Cambridge University is seeking a researcher for a PhD on chocolate. "An industrial, fullyfunded 3.5year PhD...
  • European Union imposes new sanctions in 'a strong warning' to Russia July 30, 2014

    Brussels: After months of hesitation, the EU agreed on Tuesday to impose economic sanctions against Russia, hoping this "strong warning" would make it change course in Ukraine as fighting intensified around cities held by proRussian rebels. But at the same time the European Union told Moscow that should it reconsider its...
  • European Union expands sanctions on Syria July 22, 2014

    Brussels: European Union foreign ministers agreed on Tuesday to expand sanctions on Syria over the government's "violent repression" of its civilian population. The ministers added three people and nine entities to the current list of those subject to an asset freeze and a ban on entering the EU, a statement said. They...
  • UK's top diplomat William Hague resigns as Cameron shuffles pack July 15, 2014

    London: British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced his surprise resignation on Monday night ahead of a closelyfought national election next May as part of Prime Minister David Cameron's biggest ever reshuffle of top government jobs. Hague, Britain's most senior diplomat for the past four years and a former leader of Cameron's...
  • Ukraine scrambles fighter jets above rebel positions as missile attack resumes July 12, 2014

    Kiev: Ukraine scrambled jet fighters to strike at rebel positions early on Saturday, after separatists resumed missile attacks on government forces near the frontier with Russia, the border guard service said. In a night of violence in several areas of eastern Ukraine following a missile strike by separatists on Friday that...
  • Alphonso mango ban: EU team visiting India in September July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Amid a temporary import ban on mangoes, a team of experts from European Union will visit India in September to check the measures put in place by the country with regard to fruits and vegetables. "In the light of concerted efforts on India's part, Food and Veterinary office of...
  • EU urges Afghanistan to probe fraud in presidential poll July 9, 2014

    Brussels: The European Union (EU) Tuesday called on the Afghanistan authorities to properly investigate the "serious" allegations of fraud in presidential election. "We note the publication of the preliminary results of the second round of the presidential election in Afghanistan and the fact that these results are subject to further audits,"...
  • Switzerland gets the edge on EU with China trade deal July 7, 2014

    Basel: Switzerland has oneupped its European Union neighbours with a free trade deal with China that its politicians and business sector say is crucial to boosting ties with the world's secondlargest economy. The free trade agreement (FTA), in force since Tuesday, is China's first with a mainland European country and was...
  • Ukraine, EU sign historic trade and economic pact June 27, 2014

    Brussels: Ukraine's new president signed a trade and economic pact with the European Union on Friday, pushing his troubled country closer into a European orbit and angering Russia, which warned of unspecified consequences. A beaming Petro Poroshenko called it "maybe the most important day for my country" since independence from the...
  • UK to assist India in ensuring lifting of ban on Mango import June 20, 2014

    London: A British government agency will help Indian authorities to put in place measures needed ahead of the visit of an EU team to India to ensure the ban on import of Alfonso mango is lifted. Leading NRI Labour MP Keith Vaz said that he has received a letter from Prime...
  • Russia urges Ukrainian president to launch talks May 27, 2014

    Moscow: Russia promised on Tuesday to assist efforts by Ukraine's presidentelect if he moves to negotiate a peaceful end to the unrest in eastern Ukraine, but strongly warned him against trying to score a quick military victory against the rebels. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov urged an end to fighting in eastern...
  • Ukraine voters seek leader to save nation May 25, 2014

    Kiev/Mariupol: Ukrainians voted on Sunday for a leader they hope will save their country from bankruptcy, dismemberment and civil war, but eastern cities were turned into ghost towns where armed separatist fighters kept polling stations shut. The election marks the culmination of a revolution that began in February when a proRussian...
  • UK hosts roundtable over EU's ban on Indian mango May 22, 2014

    London: The British government on Thursday held talks with all the stakeholders to help lift the EU ban on the import of Indian mangoes before the sanctioned date of December 2015. UK environment minister Lord de Mauley hosted a roundtable meeting here with representatives of mango and vegetable importers and exporters...