Russian fund bypassed by U.S. sanctions

Aug 29, 2014

Russian fund bypassed by U.S. sanctions

by Jeff Horwitz

As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose ...

U.S. seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

Aug 29, 2014

U.S. seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The U.S. Agriculture Department is trying to stop them. Since June, department authorities have seized more than ...

Invasive Asian insect threatens U.S. citrus

| Aug 28, 2014

Invasive Asian insect threatens U.S. citrus

by Tamara Lush

Once, emerald-green trees bursting with citrus carpeted more than half of Florida, from the northern reaches of Jacksonville and the parks of Orlando to the Miami coastline. Oranges, especially, have long been synonymous with the magic of Florida. Advertisements tout orange juice as a ...

Poroshenko to seek cease-fire after ‘very tough’ talks with Putin

Aug 27, 2014

Poroshenko to seek cease-fire after ‘very tough’ talks with Putin

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised after late-night negotiations with Russia’s Vladimir Putin to work on an urgent cease-fire plan to defuse the separatist conflict in the east of his former Soviet republic. The first talks between the two leaders since June were described by ...

Japan, ASEAN members hold first talks on regional business promotion

Aug 26, 2014

Japan, ASEAN members hold first talks on regional business promotion

Government officials and business leaders from Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered Tuesday in Myanmar’s capital for their first talks on business promotion. Participants hope to create demand in Southeast Asia in promising sectors such as the environment and medicine, organizers ...

Ukraine celebrates independence day as rebels parade captives

Aug 25, 2014

Ukraine celebrates independence day as rebels parade captives

As armored vehicles rumbled through downtown Kiev in an ostentatious celebration of Ukraine’s independence, pro-Russian rebels who are battling government forces in the east paraded captured soldiers down the besieged streets of Donetsk and displayed charred wreckage of destroyed Ukrainian tanks. Sunday’s rival demonstrations ...

U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions

Aug 23, 2014

U.S. says Russia must pull convoy from Ukraine or face more sanctions

The United States on Friday demanded Moscow remove an aid convoy it has sent into rebel-held eastern Ukraine without permission, accusing Russia of a flagrant violation of the sovereignty of its former Soviet neighbor and threatening more sanctions. Moscow, which has thousands of troops ...

Aug 22, 2014

Venezuela proposes fingerprinting grocery shoppers

Venezuelans could soon have to scan their fingerprints to buy bread. President Nicolas Maduro says a mandatory fingerprinting system is being implemented at grocery stores to combat food shortages by keeping people from buying too much of a single item. He calls it an ...

Aug 14, 2014

Eurozone growth grinds to a halt

The eurozone’s economy unexpectedly stalled in the second quarter of the year, dragged down by shrinking growth in Germany and stagnant France, ringing alarm bells about the health of the bloc’s economy as it braces for impact of sanctions against Russia. The 18 countries ...