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Switzerland, Hungary sign deal to fight tax evasion
Switzerland HungarySeptember 17, 2013 ET
Switzerland and Hungary signed a new agreement to avoid double taxation, fight tax evasion and scout for accounts of alleged tax dodgers.
New USDA trade initiative for Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa agricultureSeptember 16, 2013 ET
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden will lead a trade mission to promote U.S. agricultural trade and investment in sub-Saharan Africa, September 16-20.
EU indigenous communities to get IP rights over biodiversity
PharmaSeptember 16, 2013 ET
The European Parliament has agreed to rules that would prevent EU companies, particularly in the pharma sector, from exploiting the natural resources of the indigenous communities by recognising their intellectual property rights over local biodiversity.
South Africa to change pharma patents practice
South Africa intellectualSeptember 16, 2013 ET
The South African government is calling for comments on its proposed National Policy on Intellectual Property, which supporters say will, if implemented, curb patent evergreening and expand production of generics.
Brazil to stop the Volta Grande project over environmental concerns
Xingu RiverSeptember 16, 2013 ET
Brazil wants to block the permit for a massive gold mine planned by Belo Sun Mining on the Xingu River in the Amazon. Federal prosecutors are arguing that the Canadian company has failed to study the impact on local Indian communities.
UK is selling Royal Mail for $4.7 billion
Royal MailSeptember 13, 2013 ET
The U.K. government started the privatization of a majority of Royal Mail Group, which could value the postal and parcel delivery services company at up to 3 billion pounds ($4.7 billion).
Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago together in oil business
Trinidad and TobagoSeptember 13, 2013 ET
Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago said that Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA will work with U.S. company Chevron to develop an offshore natural gas field, one of three that span the Caribbean countries' maritime border.
Ukraine gives Shell green light to enter country
ShellSeptember 13, 2013 ET
The Ukrainian government and Royal Dutch Shell have signed an agreement on operating activities regarding a production sharing agreement for hydrocarbons to be extracted on the Yuzivska area.
Medical insurance in China to be more expensive
China farmerSeptember 13, 2013 ET
Medical insurance subsidies for rural residents will increase in 2013, China's health authority said. China launched the rural insurance scheme in 2003.
Ukraine proposes to develop law to combat maritime piracy
Sea piratesSeptember 13, 2013 ET
Ukraine has developed within the framework of the United Nations a law defining the legal principles of the fight against piracy at national level.
PATA chief to governments: Tourism is not tobacco
MartinSeptember 12, 2013 ET
Chief of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Martin Craigs said that governments should stop "taxing and harassing" tourism and focus on building a holistic package to promote it.
Ontario sells General Motors shares for $1.1 billion
General MotorsSeptember 12, 2013 ET
The federal and Ontario governments have sold a block of 30 million shares in General Motors valued approximately $1.1 billion, a portion of the equity they received when they bailed out the automaker in 2009.