Thursday, May 12th 2011 - 19:07 UTC

Baltic Sea patched with ‘dead zones’ reveals research expedition

Microscopic algae threatens to suffocate marine life by sucking oxygen (Photo Oceana)

A research expedition in the Baltic Sea has yielded spectacular photos of surprisingly colourful life below the calm surface. But the images also reveal a more sinister reality -- the alarming spread of “dead zones” threatening aquatic life.

Thursday, May 12th 2011 - 16:46 UTC

EU votes for mandatory labeling or real fur or leather content in textiles

Origin labeling for textiles is also in the agenda but for 2013

Consumers will no longer risk inadvertently buying textiles that contain real fur or leather, thanks to new textile labeling rules approved by the European Parliament.

Thursday, May 12th 2011 - 16:41 UTC

Mercosur largest economies ‘inconveniences’ delaying trade accord with EU

Ambassador Claude Robert Ellner anticipates a trade deal by the end of the year

The existence of ‘inconveniences’ with Mercosur largest economies is delaying reaching a trade agreement with the European Union, according to Germany’s Ambassador before the government of Paraguay, Claude Robert Ellner.

Thursday, May 12th 2011 - 06:24 UTC

EC plans awarding vessels fishing quotas for 15 years; critics say it ‘privatizes oceans’

EU Commissioner Maria Damanaki: something fishy round the corner

The European Commission is planning to reform the EU fishing industry by giving vessels quota shares guaranteed for periods of at least 15 years. The commission will issue a proposal on reforming the Common Fisheries Policy, CFP, in July, to take effect in 2013.

Thursday, May 12th 2011 - 06:19 UTC

One third of world food production for humans gets lost or wasted, says FAO

Amount of food lost or wasted every year is equivalent to more than half of the world's annual cereals crop (2.3 billion tonnes in 2009/2010).

Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted, according to an FAO-commissioned study.

Thursday, May 12th 2011 - 06:09 UTC

World Cups 2018/2022 corruption claims widens; FIFA asks for evidence

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke

FIFA has requested evidence from England's Football Association following claims from its former chairman of corruption by four top-level members of world soccer's governing body.

Thursday, May 12th 2011 - 05:59 UTC

China’s inflation eases in April but food costs are scaring the Communist party

Vice Premier Wang Qishan admits inflation is China’s most pressing problem

China's surging inflation eased slightly in April as Beijing tightened controls to cool its overheated economy. Consumer prices climbed 5.3% over a year earlier, driven by an 11.5% jump in food costs, data showed Wednesday.

Thursday, May 12th 2011 - 05:34 UTC

UK/France ratify Defence and Security Co-operation Treaty

Dr Liam Fox (left) shakes hands with French Defence Minister Gérard Longuet outside the UK Ministry of Defence headquarters in London (Photo MoD)

UK Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox played host on Tuesday to his French counterpart in London to exchange the ratified Defence and Security Co-operation Treaty between the two countries.

Thursday, May 12th 2011 - 00:58 UTC

China tourist group buys 20% stake in Spain’s NH Hotels chain

Mariano Perez Claver, president of NH Hotels praised the agreement.

China's fourth-biggest airline group, HNA Group, has bought a 20% stake in leading Spanish hotel chain NH Hoteles for 431.6 million Euros, NH Hoteles said on Tuesday.

Thursday, May 12th 2011 - 00:48 UTC

EU/Mercosur trade talks remain at “technical level and delayed until end of the year”

EC Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos faces two great challenges: CAP and EU budget reform

Reports from the European Union and Mercosur confirm that negotiations for a trade agreement remain at ‘technical level’ and no information will be forthcoming until both sides have agreed on the lists of products to be exchanged.


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