Tuesday, March 17th 2009 - 10:06 UTC

UN calls for higher priority for water on development agenda

Water must be given higher priority on the development agenda, a top United Nations official told a global gathering that opened today in Istanbul, stressing that the problems the world faces with regard to this precious resource are enormous.

Tuesday, March 17th 2009 - 10:04 UTC

UN “State of the World’s forests” dire forecast

The global economic turmoil has resulted in reduced demand for wood, shrinking investments in industries and forest management, according to this year’s United Nations “State of the World’s Forests” report.

Monday, March 16th 2009 - 14:57 UTC

UK: Air passengers fall amid downturn

Passenger numbers at UK airports fell last year for the first time since 1991. And the decline was particularly sharp in the final part of 2008 as the credit crunch started to bite, the figures from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show.

Monday, March 16th 2009 - 08:56 UTC

OPEC: no further measures until full compliance of agreed oil cuts

Oil ministers from the 12 OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) meeting in the Austrian capital Vienna over the weekend decided to keep oil production at current levels.

Monday, March 16th 2009 - 08:49 UTC

Medieval document questions the “good” Robin Hood legend

Robin Hood Memorial in Nottingham.

Scottish expert has uncovered a medieval document suggesting negative attitudes towards Robin Hood. The story of how Robin and his men stole from the rich to give to the poor has long been part of English folklore.

Sunday, March 15th 2009 - 17:47 UTC

Chavez offers bases for Russian long-range bombers

A Russian general said on Saturday Venezuela has offered the use of its La Orchila island airfield for Russian strategic bombers on long-range flights.

Saturday, March 14th 2009 - 09:44 UTC

US and EU split over stimulus plans and banks

Chancellor Darling:  “Each country has to decide what to do to their economies.”

United Kingdom Chancellor Alistair Darling has played down talk of rifts between the US and Europe ahead of the G20 summit. Finance ministers from leading countries are gathering in London to agree the agenda for the summit of world leaders next month.

Saturday, March 14th 2009 - 09:38 UTC

Tax havens agree to relax bank secrecy laws

PM Brown said tax evasion

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown hailed announcement that Switzerland is relaxing key bank secrecy laws as “the beginning of the end of tax havens.”

Saturday, March 14th 2009 - 07:36 UTC

Spanish congressional consensus for talks on Gibraltar sovereignty

Intense and at times fiercely debated discussions led to Spain’s governing party the PSOE convincing the PP opposition and other parties to join in a consensus motion on Spain’s approach to the Gibraltar question, it emerged this week according to the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Saturday, March 14th 2009 - 07:26 UTC

Lula da Silva, Biden and PM Brown confirmed for political summit in Chile

US Vice-president Biden and PM Brown official guest of Pte. Bachelet

Under the logo “A Progressive response to the global crisis” Chilean president Michelle Bachelet will host next March 27 and 28 a new Progressive Leaders summit to which top international leaders from Africa, Latinamerica, United states and Europe have confirmed their participation.


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