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  • European Union expands sanctions on Syria 48 minutes ago

    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 1 week ago

    London: British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced his surprise resignation on Monday night ahead of a closely-fought 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 one-upped 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 second-largest 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 president-elect 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 pro-Russian...
  • UK hosts round-table 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 round-table meeting here with representatives of mango and vegetable importers and exporters...
  • Maharashtra government sets up probe into falling mango prices May 14, 2014

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Government has set up a five-member committee to probe the reasons behind plummeting prices of mango this season. According to the state government, the reason cannot be the recent ban on mango exports imposed by the European Union. "The state's share in the exports is very less and hence...
  • Ukraine crisis: Putin ‘walks the walk’ but not as Obama wants April 30, 2014

    Moscow: Vladimir Putin has "walked the walk" since the West imposed new sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, but not in the way Barack Obama intended. Announcing sanctions against Russian companies and individuals this week, the US president used the phrase in urging the Kremlin leader to do more than...
  • Government, industry ask EU to lift ban on India mango exports April 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The government and exporter body FIEO have asked the European Union to lift a ban on mangoes shipped from India, saying concerns raised by the 28-nation bloc about the quality of the fruit have been addressed. Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has written to EU Trade Commissioner Karel...
  • Chavan asks Centre to persuade EU to revoke ban on Indian mangoes April 30, 2014

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has requested the Central government to include representatives from the state in a delegation going to Brussels regarding revoking ban on mango export to the European Union (EU). Chavan hoped that the ban will be revoked and appealed to the farmers and exporters not...
  • Keith Vaz presents Indian mangoes to David Cameron as EU ban looms April 29, 2014

    London: Leading British-Indian MP Keith Vaz on Tuesday took his fight against the European Union's impending ban on the import of Indian mangoes to the Prime Minister's office. The senior Labour party leader accompanied representatives of retailers and importers of the fruit to deliver two boxes of Alfonso mangoes for Prime...
  • Ban on Indian mangoes has led to heavy losses: Sellers April 29, 2014

    The European Union (EU) banning the import of Indian mangoes is good news for domestic consumers and really a shock for the mango growers and exporters. The price of the top quality Alphonso mango price has come down by Rs 100-150 per kilo in major markets like Delhi, Mumbai and...
  • Ukraine crisis: Russia says EU should be 'ashamed' over sanctions April 29, 2014

    Moscow: Russia suggested on Tuesday the European Union should be ashamed of itself for "doing Washington's bidding" by punishing Moscow with sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine. The Foreign Ministry said the EU sanctions imposed on 15 Russian and pro-Moscow Ukrainian officials would not ease tension in Ukraine, where the government...
  • EU ban on Indian mangoes: Good for domestic buyers, bad for growers April 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The European Union (EU) banning the import of Indian mangoes is good news for domestic consumers and really a shock for the mango growers and exporters. The price of the top quality Alphonso mango price has come down by Rs 100-150 per kilo in major markets like Delhi,...
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  • EU bans Indian Alphonso mangoes, vegetables from May 1 April 28, 2014

    London: The 28-member European Union has temporarily banned the import of Alphonso mangoes, the king of fruits, and four vegetables from India from May 1, sparking protests from the Indian community, lawmakers and traders. The recent decision by the grouping's Standing Committee on Plant Health came after 207 consignments of fruits...
  • Barack Obama announces new US sanctions on Russia over Ukraine April 28, 2014

    Manila/Slaviansk: US President Barack Obama announced new sanctions against some Russians on Monday in an attempt to stop President Vladimir Putin from fomenting the rebellion in eastern Ukraine, but held off from broad measures that would hit Russia's economy. The new sanctions, to be outlined in detail later on Monday, will...
  • Obama urges united riposte to Russia for 'destabilising' Ukraine April 27, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur/Slaviansk: US President Barack Obama on Sunday said the United States and Europe must join forces to impose sanctions on Russia to stop it destabilising Ukraine, where armed pro-Russian separatists were for a third day holding eight international observers prisoner. Washington and Brussels are expected, possibly as early as Monday,...
  • Russia seeks World War Three, says Ukraine PM April 25, 2014

    Kiev: Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk accused Russia on Friday of wanting to start World War Three by occupying Ukraine "militarily and politically". "The world has not yet forgotten World War Two, but Russia already wants to start World War Three," Yatseniuk told the interim cabinet in remarks broadcast live. "Attempts...
  • Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked April 23, 2014

    Kiev: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack. Lavrov's comments came a day after US Vice President Joe Biden was in the Ukrainian capital with promises of support for the...
  • Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine April 17, 2014

    Moscow: Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian Special Forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers. He expressed hope for a political...
  • Rivals show force in eastern Ukraine before talks April 16, 2014

    Kramatorsk/Slaviansk: Ukrainian government forces and separatist pro-Russian militia staged rival shows of force in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday amid escalating rhetoric on the eve of crucial four-power talks in Geneva on the former Soviet country's future. Government troops drove seven armoured personnel carriers flying the Ukrainian flag into the town of...
  • Putin formally gets Crimea; Ukraine, EU sign deal March 21, 2014

    President Vladimir Putin completed his annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing the Black Sea peninsula into Russia just as Ukraine itself sealed a deal pulling the country closer into Europe's orbit. Putin said he saw no need to further retaliate against US sanctions, a newly conciliatory tone apparently aiming to contain...
  • Russian shares tumble as US widens sanctions for Crimea seizure March 21, 2014

    Russian shares fell sharply on Friday as investors took fright at tougher than expected US sanctions against President Vladimir Putin's inner circle over Moscow's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine. The United States added 20 names to its sanctions blacklist, including Kremlin banker Yuri Kovalchuk and his Bank Rossiya, oil and commodities...
  • Russia suspended from G-8 amid tensions over Ukraine: France March 18, 2014

    France's foreign minister says that leaders of the Group of Eight world powers have suspended Russia's participation in the club amid tensions over Ukraine and Russia's incursion into Crimea. The other seven members of the group had already suspended preparations for a G-8 summit that Russia is scheduled to host in...