The European Central Bank has allocated 348.7 billion Euros, (502 billion US dollars) to banks at a below-market rate in a refinancing move to ease tightened credit markets.
Australia urged Japanese whalers and environmental activists heading for a showdown in the Southern Ocean to act with restraint, warning deaths could occur if anything went wrong.
The European Union (EU) Council of Fisheries Ministers began negotiations this week that would determine fisheries TAC and quotas for next year.
Time magazine named President Vladimir Putin its person of the year Wednesday, in recognition of the Russian leader's role in making Moscow a critical linchpin of the 21st century.
European Union fisheries ministers decided Wednesday in Brussels to allow fishermen to catch more threatened fish like cod in 2008 against the recommendations of scientists and environmentalists.
Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Gold Rover has been involved in the urgent re-supply of drugs and medical stores to the isolated volcanic island of Tristan Da Cunha after having been earlier re-tasked from her maritime Security and support duties in the Atlantic to provide assistance.
After the successful conclusion of the landmark United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, developed and developing countries alike must continue to build on the momentum generated by the meeting, an official from the world body said on Wednesday.
The United Nations Universal Postal Union, UPU, has identified the recipient of the most personalized letters in the world: a white-bearded man who prefers to wear red suits and is so reclusive that he only travels on one night of the year.
The size of China's economy is overestimated by some 40%, but it remains the world's second largest using a ranking based on purchasing power, the World Bank said Monday.
The European Union Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Sunday that the Botnia pulp mill in Uruguay which recently begun production and is at the heart of an acrimonious dispute with Argentina complies reasonably with environmental requisites.