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Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52.4bn -

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Eric Holder warns GOP: ‘Any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated’ -

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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U.S. drops ‘mother of all bombs’ on Islamic State in Afghanistan -

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Boris Johnson calls off Moscow visit over Syria -

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Ebola epidemic to trigger shortage of chocolate

Pravda

Ebola epidemic may affect world’s supplies of cocoa, thus causing the shortage of the raw material on the market. Such manufacturers of confectionery products as Mars, Nestle and Mondelez International have already expressed concerns on the issue, the Vedomosti newspaper reports. Cote d’Ivoire, which accounts for 40 percent of world production of cocoa beans, borders on  Guinea and Liberia, where the deadly infection is raging. Nestle, Mars and Hershey have their plantations in Cote d’Ivoire. Another country in West African – Ghana – grows 20 percent of cocoa beans. In total, the cocoa producers in West Africa that found themselves…

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U.S. jobless rate falls to six-year low in September

Job seekers adjust their paperwork as they wait in line to attend a job fair in New York

(Reuters) – U.S. employers stepped up hiring in September and the jobless rate fell to a six-year low, which could bolster bets on a Federal Reserve rate hike in mid-2015. Friday’s report on hiring is the most significant gauge of the economy’s health ahead of Nov. 4 congressional elections. While President Barack Obama’s message of an improving economy has been hampered by persistent drops in family incomes under his watch, the hiring data underscored the strides made in the labor market this year. U.S. non-farm payrolls rose by 248,000 last month and the jobless rate fell to 5.9 percent, two-tenths…

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Putin, Iran’s Rouhani to discuss trade, economic ties

(Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani while they are in Tajikistan for a security summit on Friday to discuss trade and economic ties, a Kremlin official said. He did not say whether they would touch on an “oil-for-goods deal” which Tehran and Moscow have been discussing as a way to get round Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis and on Tehran over its nuclear program. “Naturally, the main focus will be on strengthening trade and economic ties,” Kremlin foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov told reporters in Moscow at a briefing on Wednesday before…

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EU tells candidate Serbia not to exploit Russian embargo

(Reuters) – Serbia said on Friday it would not encourage exports to Russia, after the European Union urged the Balkan country not to exploit the Kremlin’s ban on Western food imports. Serbian food producers hope to take advantage of the trade row to boost exports to Russia. But the West-Russia stand-off over Ukraine has put Serbian authorities in a tight spot, caught between their ambition to join the EU and historical ties with fellow Orthodox Christian Russia. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said he had received an aide-memoire this week from an EU official in Belgrade calling on Serbia to refrain from boosting exports to…

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Ukraine says ready for short-term compromise on Russian gas price

(Reuters) – Ukraine’s energy minister on Tuesday said the country was prepared to pay an interim compromise price for Russian gas and criticized Russia’s Gazprom for being unwilling to negotiate. Last year, Russia supplied about half of the gas Ukraine used, but Gazprom cut supplies on June 16 in a row over pricing and after Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. Ukraine, which is sourcing more gas from the European Union and cutting consumption from last year’s 50 billion cubic meters (bcm), is prepared to compromise on the price until a lawsuit it has filed against Gazprom is resolved, minister Yuri Prodan said. “We are ready to talk…

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Russian sanctions to hit Dutch exports by $400 million euros: stats office

(Reuters) – Sanctions Russia has imposed on agricultural products from the European Union will cut Dutch exports by “at least 300 million euros” ($400 million), based on 2013 figures, Statistics Netherlands said on Tuesday. The total value of food exports to Russia, including fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products, was 500 million euros in 2013. Those exports generated 300 million euros for Dutch businesses, while 200 million went to service providers in neighboring countries, the bureau said. The Russian measures – a response to sanctions against Moscow for its annexation of Crimea and what the EU says is its failure to curb separatist…

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Could chocolate be Haiti’s golden ticket?

Palm Beach Post

By Victoria Malmer Palm Beach Post Web Staff Maman Pye cacao is one of about 600 “supertrees” scattered throughout northern Haiti. Supertrees are not unique to Haiti. They don’t even seem remarkable, until you look closer. These mamas can produce 20 times as many cacao pods as ordinary trees, and the pods are denser with cacao seeds than ordinary pods. What’s more, their fruitful ways are easily spread, largely by grafting, according to NPR. All of which makes Maman Pye and its sisters key to realizing a long-cherished dream in Haiti: to rev up cacao production and gain a foothold in the…

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Europe weaker after Russia sanctions, ECB; Wall St rises

(Reuters) – European shares and the euro fell on Thursday and investors retreated to safe-haven government debt after a stronger-than-expected move by Russia to ban certain imports from Europe and the United States. Wall Street was higher in early trading after better-than-expected figures on weekly jobless claims. More broadly, MSCI’s world equity index slipped 0.2 percent. German government debt yields fell to all-time lows, on increased concern over the effect Ukraine’s crisis will have oneuro zone growth. The European Central Bank said following its monthly policy-setting meeting that a sanctions war could worsen the growth outlook on the continent, where demand is already…

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Egypt to build new Suez canal

The Suez canal near Ismailia, Egypt

The Suez canal near Ismailia: the new 45-mile lane, projected to cost $4bn, is expected to bring in crucial foreign currency. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters Egypt plans to add an extra lane to the Suez canal, one of the most important thoroughfares for world trade, in an attempt to increase the number of ships using the canal each day. The Suez canal, which allows ships to travel from Europe to Asia without passing southern Africa, only provides for one-way traffic, with occasional room for ships to pass each other. A new 45-mile (72km) lane, plans for which were announced on Tuesday by…

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Russia bans Ukraine’s soy, mulls ban on Greek fruit, U.S. poultry

(Reuters) – Russia has banned soy imports from Ukraine and may impose restrictions on Greek fruits and U.S. poultry next week, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday, in what could be responses to new Western sanctions. Russia has already announced several bans on food imports following Western sanctions over Moscow’s support of rebels in Ukraine. It has decided to suspend Ukrainian soy, soymeal and sunseed imports starting from Aug. 1 due to a breach of phytosanitary requirements, Interfax reported, citing the Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS). Ukraine exported 1.2 million tonnes of soy in 2013, of which 141,000 tonnes…

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