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Vietnam announces big fines for social media 'propaganda'
Vietnam internetThursday November 28, 2013 3:30AM ET
Vietnam will hand out fines of 100 million dong ($4735) to anyone criticising the government on social media, under a new law announced this week, the latest measure in a widening crackdown on dissent by the country's communist rulers.
EU rejects Israeli proposal for scientific cooperation
Horizon 2020Thursday November 28, 2013 2:30AM ET
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the crisis between Israel and the European Union over the EU's imposition of economic sanctions against Israeli settlements in the West Bank is getting worse.
Utah has $338 million extra for next budget
Gary HerbertWednesday November 27, 2013 12:20PM ET
Utah legislators will have $338 million extra for the next state budget, said Governor Gary Herbert and added he was in agreement with House and Senate leaders about a new set of budget figures to use for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2014.
Japan and China on it again
Japan ChinaWednesday November 27, 2013 8:15AM ET
Japan and China are using strong language again, this time over airspace, with each country summoning the other's ambassador and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calling a newly declared Chinese maritime air defense zone dangerous and unenforceable.
South Africa: Illegal fishing is act of terrorism
Illegal fishingWednesday November 27, 2013 7:00AM ET
All illegal fishing activities by strong coalition of both local and foreign fishers are equated to "an act of terrorism," the South African Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said.
Netherlands and Norway to produce documentaries together
Netherlands FilmWednesday November 27, 2013 4:00AM ET
The Netherlands Film Fund and the Norwegian Film Institute have signed an agreement for the co-production of documentaries.
Scottish broadcaster would replace BBC
BBC ScotlandWednesday November 27, 2013 2:30AM ET
An independent Scotland will create a new public service broadcaster, founded on the staff and assets of BBC Scotland, and funded by the current licence fee, the Scottish Government said.
Argentina to buy Repsol's stake in YPF
Jorge CapitanichTuesday November 26, 2013 12:50PM ET
Argentina expects a proposed agreement for compensating Repsol for the seizure of the Spanish energy company's shares in Argentina's YPF will unleash fresh investment to rebuild energy supplies, a senior official said.
Korea, Canada in FTA after 5 years
South Korea CanadaTuesday November 26, 2013 7:30AM ET
South Korea and Canada resumed their talks to conclude a free trade agreement in Seoul on Monday, ending their five-year deadlock in negotiations.
Sharjah and U.S. to boost cooperation
SharjahTuesday November 26, 2013 4:00AM ET
The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority Shurooq and the National US Arab Chamber of Commerce, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening investment and commercial relations between the Sharjah and the U.S.
Vietnam and Israel to strengthen trade ties
Vietnam and IsraelTuesday November 26, 2013 1:50AM ET
Bilateral trade between Vietnam and Israel will likely reach some $574.4 million by year-end, up 31 percent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
China to launch crude oil futures market
Shanghai free zoneMonday November 25, 2013 9:58AM ET
China took a step towards launching a market of its own for crude oil futures which foreign investors may be allowed to trade.
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