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27 March 2015
Asia & Pacific
Brave New World
Connecting The Pieces
14:04 26 March 2015 / updated: 14:08
Global Stocks Extend Losses on Yemeni Risks, Oil Advancing
Lobbyist Claims Monsanto’s Roundup Safe to Drink, But Won’t Put His Poison Where His Mouth Is
A controversial former environmentalist who claimed on French TV that Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller was safe to drink was offered some in a glass by a journalist during the interview - and refused to drink it.
US Defends Anti-Iran Group in Defamation Suit, Citing State Secrets
In a bizarre, first-of-its-kind decision, a US court has dismissed a defamation lawsuit between a Greek shipping magnate and an advocacy group against a “Nuclear Iran.” The reason? Despite the fact that the case involves no government agencies, an unknown official convinced the judge that a trial could reveal critical state secrets.
Russian Vodka Tycoon Yuri Shefler Shot Down Over Brand Rights
A Netherlands court has ruled that the rights to the Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya vodka brands should be handed back to Russia in a decade-long fight against Swiss-based Russian businessman Yuri Shefler.
Snubbing US, South Korea Decides to Be a Founding Member in China’s AIIB
South Korea released a statement on Thursday saying it has decided to seek founding member status at the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), despite US objections.
Leaders of 16 Nations Expected at China BFA Annual Conference
The March 26-29 conference in the southern Chinese city of Boao comprises 77 official events devoted to economic cooperation, technical innovation, political security and social welfare under the headline, “Asia's New Future: Towards a Community of Common Destiny.”
Oil Up on Yemen Fighting, Weak Dollar
Oil settled up about three percent on Wednesday as a weak dollar, fighting in Yemen and speculative buying boosted crude prices despite record-high US inventories.
Oil Company to Pay $232Mln for Violating US Sanctions Against Iran, Sudan
A subsidiary of the world’s largest oilfield services company Schlumberger pleaded guilty to violating US sanctions against Iran and Sudan, and will pay more than $232 million in fines, the US Department of Justice said in a statement.
Iran's Nuclear Program Amid Western Sanctions
China Built the First Hydrogen-Powered Tram
China has introduced the world’s first hydrogen-powered tram, developed to combat its air pollution crisis.
40 Billion Dollar Aid Won’t Help Ukrainian Population – German Magazine
Ukrainians are unlikely to take advantage of the foreign aid package, as much of the money will be spent on weapons purchases and divided among the oligarchs.
Italian Businessmen to Open Clothing Production in Crimea
The representatives of province Reggio Calabria also expressed their willingness to cooperate with the peninsula in the food industries, construction, and recycling.
German Exports to Russia Drop by More Than One Billion Euros Amid Sanctions
Germany’s economic analysts and entrepreneurs are seriously concerned with the decline in German exports to Russia, relating them to the anti-Russian economic sanctions.
Monsanto Demands WHO Retract Study Linking Product to Cancer
In the wake of a scathing World Health Organization report which found connections between cancer and one of its major products, Monsanto is demanding a retraction.
Broke in the USA: Half of All American Families Have No Savings
With the unstable economic situation in the US, many Americans have learned to live on a budget. But what happens when one faces a substantial cost outside their budget?
Political Storm Looming in Denmark Over Huge Dong Deal
Another a huge political row over the partial sales of Danish state-owned Dong Energy has blown up after it emerged taxpayers missed out on billions over what critics say was an undervaluation of the company.
Russian Car Market – Slowing Down but Still Going
General Motors’ and South Korean SsangYong’s recently announced scaling down of their activities in the Russian Federation proved to not be entirely true as they now say they are staying on and even launching new production lines.
China Unveils Country's First 3D-Printed Car (VIDEO)
Chinese manufacturers unveil a battery powered, 3D-printed convertible car that can reach a maximum speed of 24 miles per hour (40kmh).
China's 'Moderately-Wealthy' to Surpass US Counterparts by 2020 Twofold
The sole remaining indicator where China lags behind the United States is the sheer number of rich people, including billionaires.
Worldwide Markets Mostly Flat as US Fed Uncertainty Lingers
US data is good, posting higher inflation and better home sales Tuesday, but the markets are still cautious.
Too Many Questions, Not Enough Answers: UK Parliament Slams TTIP Plans
A UK parliamentary committee has raised fresh concerns over the potential impact of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US, questioning the secrecy of negotiations and drawing doubts over the purported benefits of such a deal.
Hungary Settles Dispute With EU on Nuclear Plant Project With Russia
The Hungarian prime minister chief of staff said all the obstacles regarding the contract on fuel deliveries for Hungarian-Russian Paks-2 nuclear plant had been cleared.
Failing US Mid-East Policy Likely to Cause Proxy War in Yemen - Senators
Lobbyist Says Roundup Safe, But Won’t Put His Poison Where His Mouth Is
OSCE Chairman Urges to Increase Journalists’ Safety in Europe
US Drone Strikes in Yemen Likely to Continue - Former CIA Officer
Saudi Arabia Coalition Starts Naval Blockade of Bab El-Mandeb Strait
Germanwings A320 Passenger Jet With 150 Aboard Crashes in Southern France
Russia’s Top-Secret Battle Tank Captured on Video
Russia Rolls Out All-New Armored Vehicle
Russia’s Armata Tank on Par With US Abrams and German Leopard
Obama Refuses to Meet With NATO Secretary General in Washington
Yemeni Capital Sanaa After Airstrikes
Coloring Outside the Lines
Proton, Russia's Legendary Space Launch Vehicle
Do you think that the EU economic sanctions against Russia should be lifted, tightened or remain the same?
Lifted, the measures are counterproductive and have a negative impact both on Russia and the EU.
Tightened, the current sanctions have not worked, pressure on Russia should be increased.
Remain the same until the Ukrainian crisis is resolved.