Made in North Korea: goods store opens to brisk business in Seoul

Business Aug 7, 2015

Made in North Korea: goods store opens to brisk business in Seoul

A shop in South Korea's capital specializing in goods made in the North has run nearly $140,000 through its tills in just three months of business, helping dispel the notion that products from the impoverished state are shoddy and undesirable. The Kaesong Industrial Complex Shop ...

Slowboat to China: No quick fix for luxury yacht firm Ferretti

Business Jun 29, 2015

Slowboat to China: No quick fix for luxury yacht firm Ferretti

When Chinese industrial conglomerate Weichai Group snapped up cash-strapped Italian luxury yacht builder Ferretti in 2012, the deal looked like a match made in heaven. Debt-laden Ferretti, known for the elegant Riva speedboats favoured by film star Sophia Loren, was the world's top maker of ...

In Africa, a record year for slayings of rhinos

World / Science & Health Jan 4, 2015

In Africa, a record year for slayings of rhinos

South Africa lost a record number of rhinos in 2014 as big animals across Africa were relentlessly poached to meet rising demand for horn and ivory in newly affluent Asian countries or to provide meat to fighters in the bush. From South Sudan, where conservationists ...

Synthetics strike fear in the heart of world diamond industry

World Aug 7, 2014

Synthetics strike fear in the heart of world diamond industry

Diamonds are a girl's best friend — but only if they are natural. That is the message mining companies and luxury jewelers are keen to instill in consumers as the diamond trade faces a growing challenge from the production of synthetic diamonds. Global diamond jewelry sales ...

Food labs fight organized crime

World / Crime & Legal May 4, 2014

Food labs fight organized crime

by Jamie Doward and Amy Moore

At first glance the sprawling campus amid glorious countryside looks an unlikely base from which to wage war against Italy's most feared crime organization, the 'ndrangheta. And yet the laboratories of Campden BRI, once part of the University of Bristol and now a major research ...

'Ethical' gold mines tried in South America

Business Mar 10, 2014

'Ethical' gold mines tried in South America

Tucked between two desert ridges in southern Peru, Relave looks like any of the hundreds of ramshackle mining towns that blight the landscape in the world's sixth-largest gold exporter. Its name in Spanish means "tailings," a nod to the heaps of mining waste that the ...