Paraguayan plant stevia upends sugar market

Oct 23, 2014

Paraguayan plant stevia upends sugar market

The maker of America’s top sugar brand, Domino Sugar, is launching its first no-calorie “natural” sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay, the strongest sign yet that the upstart product is threatening to eat into demand for sugar. In less than a decade, ...

Oct 21, 2014

World would be $11 trillion richer after WTO Doha deal: study

Sealing a global free trade deal would add $11 trillion to the world economy and pull 160 million people out of poverty by 2030, economists said in a study published Tuesday. Member states of the World Trade Organization launched negotiations in 2001 in the ...

Oct 19, 2014

Ukraine says it has agreed on interim gas price with Russia

Ukraine’s and Russia’s leaders have reached a preliminary agreement on a price for gas supplies this winter, but Kiev may need international help to pay, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday. Poroshenko met Russian President Vladimir Putin in Milan on Friday to discuss ...

Oct 16, 2014

EU, China agree to step up cooperation against terrorism

Leaders from China and the European Union agreed to step up cooperation to counter extremism and terrorism in the Middle East and Africa, the EU said on Thursday. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held talks with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council ...

World ministers step up effort against Ebola

Oct 12, 2014

World ministers step up effort against Ebola

World financial leaders promised swift action against Ebola at the fall meeting of the IMF and World Bank on Saturday as countries across the world scrambled to stem the deadly outbreak, which U.N. officials warn is getting worse. Officials also pledged to act boldly ...

Global finance leaders pledge bold efforts for growth

Oct 12, 2014

Global finance leaders pledge bold efforts for growth

World financial leaders on Saturday promised “bold and ambitious” action to boost a global recovery that has shown recent disturbing signs of weakness. That pledge from the International Monetary Fund’s policy-setting committee came after a week of stomach-churning swings in the financial markets triggered ...

Hong Kong, the golden goose Beijing cannot sacrifice

Oct 9, 2014

Hong Kong, the golden goose Beijing cannot sacrifice

Hong Kong’s democracy protests have stoked fears of retribution from China, but observers say the city is simply too valuable to punish and sideline even though it faces a challenge in the long term from mainland rival Shanghai. Demonstrators, sometimes numbering in the tens ...