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Brazil raises basic interest to 10.75%
Brazil central bankFebruary 28, 2014 ET
Brazil's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate to 10.75% from 10.5%, and left the door open for more rate increases while slowing the pace of the hikes.
Kazakhstan to create regional airline with Bombardier
KazakhstanFebruary 28, 2014 ET
Kazakhstan will create a new airline to serve domestic routes and has entered a partnership agreement with Bombardier on delivery of its first 10 planes, the Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund said.
Brasilia to host World Water Forum
BrasiliaFebruary 28, 2014 ET
The capital of Brazil has been chosen to host the eighth edition of the meeting, in 2018. The voting took place during a World Water Council meeting in South Korea.
Bulgaria, Turkey to sign trilateral border center agreement
Bulgaria TurkeyFebruary 28, 2014 ET
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin said that an agreement on a tripartite border center between Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey is to be signed within a few days.
Green lobby urges EU to make all airlines pay for carbon
Europe airlinesFebruary 28, 2014 ET
Foreign airlines that failed to comply with emission curbs in the European Union's cap-and-trade program must be forced to pay for their pollution, according to the Transport & Environment lobby group.
Conflict and migration worsening food security
Jose GrazianoFebruary 28, 2014 ET
The worsening of the food security situation in the Near East is not only caused by the structural constraints in producing enough food and an increasing dependence on food imports but by conflict, refugees and migration, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said.
Canada and U.S. to use same terms for meat
Canada US meatFebruary 27, 2014 ET
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said the agreement between Canada's and U.S to harmonize wholesale meat-cut terminology will reduce the costs of maintaining separate inventories.
UAE and Hungary sign open skies agreement
UAE HungaryFebruary 27, 2014 ET
Saif Al Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) signed an air services agreement with Gyula Gyori, Hungary's Director of Civil Aviation, at the Abu Dhabi Air Expo.
South Korea and Australia sign swap currencies deal
Australian dollarFebruary 27, 2014 ET
South Korea has signed a pact to swap currencies worth A$5 billion ($4.7 billion) with Australia. The two countries now can use their local currencies for their trade activities that are normally settled using U.S. dollars.
Brazil farmers for Mercosur-EU deal without Argentina
Katia AbreuFebruary 27, 2014 ET
Brazil would like free-trade talks between the European Union and Mercosur to include Argentina, but would be prepared to proceed without Argentina, according to Katia Abreu, the head of Brazil's farming confederation.
Brazil and Europe against U.S. spying
Brazil EUFebruary 27, 2014 ET
Brazil and the European Union agreed to lay an undersea communications cable from Lisbon to Fortaleza to reduce Brazil's reliance on the United States after Washington spied on Brasilia.
Doer: Comparing to water, Keystone will look silly
Gary DoerFebruary 27, 2014 ET
Debates over Canadian oil pipelines are going to look silly compared with future U.S-Canadian discussions over water, Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer said.