European Union

  • Separatists say will allow "trapped" Ukrainian forces to withdraw Yesterday

    Moscow: Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said on Friday they would comply with a request from the Kremlin and open up a 'humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled. It was not clear how the government in Kiev would react to the offer, suggested first by...
  • Right to be 'forgotten' is creating 'memory holes' in the Internet: Wikipedia August 7, 2014

    Washington: The foundation which operates the Wikipedia information website said on Wednesday an EU court ruling on the right to be "forgotten" is creating "memory holes" in the Internet. The ruling "is undermining the world's ability to freely access accurate and verifiable records about individuals and events," said Lila Tretikov, executive...
  • Google finds it difficult to 'forget' August 1, 2014

    San Francisco: Google on Thursday told European officials that forgetting isn't easy, especially when details are few and guidelines are murky regarding when personal privacy trumps public interest. The world's leading Internet search engine said that as of July 18 it had received more than 91,000 requests to delete a combined...
  • Barack Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia July 30, 2014

    Washington: President Barack Obama escalated US economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in US-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War. The United States and the European Union, in a carefully coordinated action, announced targeted new sanctions against...
  • 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 pro-Russian rebels. But at the same time the European Union told Moscow that should it reconsider its...
  • EU agrees first broad sanctions on Russia; Ukraine fighting kills dozens July 29, 2014

    Brussels: The European Union agreed for the first time on Tuesday to impose broad sanctions against Russian oil companies, banks and defence firms, by far the strongest international action yet over Moscow's support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. The measures mark the start of a new phase in the biggest confrontation...
  • No trade facilitation pact without resolving food security issue: India to WTO July 25, 2014

    Geneva: In a strong message to the WTO, India on Friday said it will not ratify the trade facilitation pact until a permanent solution is found on food security and other issues of poor nations impacting livelihood of millions. "To jeopardise the food security of millions at the altar of...
  • GSK seeks approval for world's first malaria vaccine July 25, 2014

    London: GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it is applying for regulatory approval for the world's first vaccine against malaria, designed for children in Africa. The British drugmaker said the shot, called RTS,S, is intended exclusively for use outside the European Union but will be evaluated by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in...
  • India blocks WTO deal on customs rules as deadline nears July 25, 2014

    Geneva: India blocked an agreement on new global customs rules on Thursday, angering fellow members of the World Trade Organization who say Delhi's veto could be costly, economically and politically. At a meeting in Geneva, diplomats from the 160 WTO member countries were supposed to rubber stamp a deal on "trade...
  • European Union names latest Ukraine sanctions targets July 12, 2014

    Brussels: The European Union said on Saturday that it has extended sanctions to cover 11 leaders of the pro-Moscow rebellion in eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian rebels in the east have declared independence and have been fighting government troops, leaving more than 400 dead. Tens of thousands have fled their homes. Targets...
  • 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...
  • European Union to hold a high level meeting on Ukraine July 8, 2014

    Brussels: The European Union (EU) said on Monday the EU institutions, member states, the Ukrainian government and international donors will hold a high-level meeting on Tuesday here to discuss key priorities and support for Ukraine. "The EU has been providing wide-ranging political, financial and technical assistance to Ukraine's domestic reform process....
  • Agriculture Minister discusses EU mango ban issue with British High Commissioner June 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan has raised the issue of the European Union's ban on mangoes with the British High Commissioner who met him on Tuesday. Sources say that Radha Mohan expressed serious concerns on being singled out in Asia. A high-powered team of scientific experts from the European...
  • Assad's overwhelming win annoys West June 5, 2014

    Damascus : Incumbent Bashar al-Assad's victory in the Syrian presidential election has been met with much criticism from the country's opposition and the West, which dismissed the ballot as a "sham". Assad has won a third seven-year term by garnering an overwhelming 88.7 percent of the vote in the presidential election...
  • Google in a quandary over how to balance privacy and freedom of information June 1, 2014

    Brussels: Google and other internet companies find themselves in a quandary over how to strike a balance between privacy and freedom of information as the top world search engine took a first step towards upholding an EU privacy ruling. Google moved overnight to put up an online form that will allow...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jodhpur all set to host the 19th edition of European Union Film Festival May 18, 2014

    Jodhpur: Jodhpur is all set to host the 19th edition of European Union Film Festival this month. Organised by the Film Society of Jodhpur, the festival will be celebrating the youth and will have the same as its theme. Justice Vineet Kothari will be inaugurating the festival on May 21 and...
  • 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...
  • EU adds 13 people, 2 firms to Ukraine list May 13, 2014

    European Union foreign ministers have added 13 people to their visa ban and asset freeze list over Ukraine's crisis but are not expected to decide whether to impose tough economic measures on Russia before Ukraine's May 25 elections, officials said. The 28 EU ministers also said in a statement on Monday...
  • India, others sign pact for automatic sharing of tax info: Chidambaram May 12, 2014

    New Delhi: India and scores of other countries, including Switzerland, have adopted a global declaration for automatic exchange of tax information, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said on Monday. The adoption of the Declaration on Automatic Exchange of Information in Tax Matters last week comes in the backdrop of India stepping up...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey May 2, 2014

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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...
  • Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord April 21, 2014

    Reuters: At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. The incident triggered a war of words between Moscow and Ukraine's Western-backed government,...
  • Putin recognises Crimea as sovereign state; US, EU impose sanctions March 18, 2014

    A day after Crimea voted with an overwhelming majority to unite with Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin has recognised Crimea as a sovereign state. Putin has signed a decree, paving the way for the annexation into Russia. Ukraine however, has dismissed the outcome of the referendum. The European Union and...
  • Google faces up to $5 bn CCI fine; says cooperating in probe March 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Google, which is facing antitrust investigation in India by fair trade watchdog CCI, can face a penalty of up to about USD five billion if it is found to have violated competition norms of the country. Google said it is "extending full cooperation" to the CCI in its investigation....
  • EU's $15 billion aid to Ukraine, outlines ways to escape global rift March 5, 2014

    Paris: The building blocks of a possible diplomatic solution in Ukraine emerged on Wednesday as top Russian and Western officials tried to defuse one of Europe's worst crises since the Cold War. The European Union prepared a $15 billion aid package for Ukraine, and European and Ukrainian diplomats outlined ways...
  • EU threatens to impose 'targeted sanctions' against Russia March 4, 2014

    The European Union has threatened to impose a set of "targeted sanctions" against Russia if it does not take steps to de-escalate the crisis sparked by its military build up on the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine. The EU also convened an emergency summit of its leaders in Brussels on Thursday to...
  • Ukraine sets European course after ouster of Yanukovich February 24, 2014

    Ukraine's interim leadership pledged to put the country back on course for European integration now that Moscow-backed Viktor Yanukovich has been ousted from the presidency, while the United States warned Russia against sending in its forces. As rival neighbors east and west of the former Soviet republic said a power vacuum...
  • Ukraine: Protesters take Kiev, President Yanukovych flees to east February 22, 2014

    Fears that Ukraine could split in two mounted on Saturday as regional lawmakers in the pro-Russian east questioned the authority of the national parliament. Parliament sought to oust President Viktor Yanukovych and he left the capital and protesters took control. After a tumultuous few days that are changing Ukraine's political destiny,...