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Russia bans Ukrainian dairy imports from six companies MOSCOW: Russia's consumer protection agency said on Monday it had suspended imports from six Ukrainian dairy producers, the latest sign of worsening trade relations between the two countries since Russia annexed Crimea. Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement it had found that the products violated dairy regulations after conducting laboratory tests. "To ensure consumer rights Rospotrebnadzor has suspended imports into the Russian Federation of (six) Ukrainian dairy producers," the agency said. Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Hungarian voters poised to re-elect maverick prime minister BUDAPEST: Hungarians were set to return Prime Minister Viktor Orban to power for another four years in a parliamentary election on Sunday that was also expected to further entrench the far-right Jobbik party as a political force.Orban, 50, has had repeated rows with the European Union and foreign investors, particularly over heavy taxes imposed on the country's mostly foreign-owned banks, telecoms and energy firms, and increased state control over the energy sector.But many Hungarians see ...
Germany wants to call unions to order over strikes BERLIN: A pilots' strike in Germany last week has highlighted the power comparatively small groups of employees have to lay low key areas of the economy in pursuit of their own interests.And the German government is looking to draw up legislation later this year to prevent this from happening again."One company, one wage agreement" is the motto behind a proposed "Tarifeinheit" or unified wage-bargaining mechanism masterminded by Labour Minister Andrea Nahles.Over three days last week, ...
PM Katainen says he will resign in June HELSINKI: Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen announced on Saturday that he was stepping down in June, saying he was interested in top EU posts. Katainen, who has been leading a quarrelsome six-party coalition government since 2011, said he would not run for a new term as a chairman of his conservative National Coalition party at its congress in June, which means he will no longer be prime minister after that. Katainen also said he would ...
Two Italian priests kidnapped in Cameroon: official ROME: Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun have been kidnapped by gunmen in northern Cameroon, Italy's foreign ministry and media reports said on Saturday.The attack occurred overnight in the north of the west African country, which borders violence-wracked Nigeria, according to the Ansa news agency. The Italian foreign ministry said that two priests from Italy's northern Vicenza region had been seized, but gave no other details.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
UK holds Chinese over US 'Iran' exports ban 'breach' LONDON: Britain is holding a Chinese national who is wanted in the United States on suspicion of conspiring to evade a goods export ban, London police said Saturday.Cheng Sihai, 34, was arrested in February at London Heathrow Airport. The BBC said he faces allegations of conspiracy to export devices to Iran that could be used in uranium enrichment.London's Metropolitan Police force said Cheng had already appeared at a court in the capital and was awaiting ...
McDonald's to go as fast food chain shuts its doors in Crimea SIMFEROPOL: US fast food giant McDonald's said on Friday it was temporarily shutting its three stores in Crimea following the Ukrainian peninsula's annexation by Russia.McDonald's said in a statement posted on its Ukrainian website that the decision was taken "for manufacturing reasons beyond the company's control".But it also reflects a broader uncertainty among major Western companies about their future positions in Russia following the Kremlin's military intervention in Ukraine.Washington and the European Union have both ...


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