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$2Bln Polypropylene Plant Opens In Siberia

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President Vladimir Putin at the opening of a petrol-chemical plant in  Tobolsk.   Production started at one of the world’s biggest polypropylene  factories near Tobolsk in the Tyumen region Tuesday, an event that may  transform Russia from an importer to exporter of this widely used  material. Tobolsk-Polymer, a subsidiary of Russian petrochemical company  Sibur, will annually produce 500,000 tons of the plastic, which is used  […]

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U.S., eager to lecture others in times of fiscal crisis, plays by different rules

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Getty Images – IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, right, and Singapore’s finance minister, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, in Washington.  By Howard Schneider, Tuesday, October 15, 12:39 PM E-mail the writer For South Korea, the prescription was a “tough medicine” of budget cuts and bank closings. For Argentina it was a “tough . . . but very necessary” overhaul of government policy. […]

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China, Vietnam able to handle differences properly: Chinese premier

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HANOI, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said here Monday that his country and Vietnam have both the ability and the wisdom to settle bilateral differences in a proper manner. The two neighbors enjoy a deep-rooted traditional friendship, and the development of each country is an opportunity for that of the other, Li […]

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UN chief strongly condemns latest wave of attacks in Iraq ahead of the Eid holiday

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras  (file photo) 14 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned in the strongest terms a string of bombings which have killed or wounded scores of Iraqis ahead of the Eid Al-Adha holiday. The bombings are “particularly despicable” due to the timing given Eid is a time when Iraqis […]

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New policies needed to adjust to new dynamics in world economy – UN report

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UNCTAD’s Alfredo Calcagno presents the Trade and Development Report 2013 at a briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. UN Photo 14 October 2013 – Countries must adopt new economic policies to adjust to structural changes in the world economy sparked by the onset of the global financial crisis five years ago, according to a […]

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Not enough done to reintegrate victims of human trafficking, UN-backed report warns

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A human trafficking awareness billboard. Photo: IRIN/Mohamed Amin Jibril 14 October 2013 – Although human trafficking is recognized as modern-day slavery, many victims of the scourge in the Greater Mekong Sub-region of South-East Asia are not given adequate help for reintegration into their communities, according to a United Nations-backed report released today. “Any support offered […]

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‘Many languages, one world’: UN launches essay contest to celebrate multilingualism

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Head of UN DPI, Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal (right), and President of ELS, Mark Harris, sign the agreement to host a multilingual essay contest. UN Photo 14 October 2013 – The United Nations is asking college and university students to write an essay in one of its six official languages on the role of multilingualism in a […]

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Ban condemns attack that killed three peacekeepers in Darfur

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Photo: UNAMID 13 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the attack in Darfur on an African Union-United Nations convoy, which resulted in the death of three Senegalese peacekeepers. According to the joint AU-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), this morning the Mission’s formed police unit was escorting a water convoy from El Geneina town […]

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Greater financial investment needed to combat climate change – UN chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses meeting of the International Development Finance Club (IFDC) in Washington, D.C. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe 13 October 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon   today called on the international community to step up its financial   investment in technologies, policies and practices that can help combat   climate change, adding that time is running out to […]

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