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(MENAFN - AFP) Serbia signed a $3-billion (2.7-billion euro) deal Sunday with an Abu Dhabi-based developer to transform a popular area of Belgrade into an upscale housing and shopping complex, a project opponents have labelled "a scam".

The project with developer Eagle Hills, dubbed Belgrade Waterfront, is to turn arts and nightlife district Savamala near the city centre ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Many US companies drag on complying with a law against financing armed movements active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo through the purchase of "conflict minerals," according to a new study.

"Our analysis shows that most companies seem to prefer business-as-usual to genuinely addressing the risk that their mineral purchases bankroll armed groups overseas," ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Southeast Asia and the European Union (EU) agreed on Sunday to take steps toward resuming stalled talks on a free-trade agreement between the two regions.

The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the EU had launched negotiations in 2007, but broke them off in 2009 amid disagreements largely centering on European concerns over ASEAN member ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) When security fears forced Jordan to close its last border crossing with Syria this month, it severed its most important trade route to the outside, further straining an economy already hit by fallout from war.

But the damage to heavily import-reliant Jordan is not just hypothetical -- hundreds of importers and exporters lost millions of dollars worth of goods ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) There's something about a British general election that brings out oddballs, loons and eccentric buffoons who dream of making it to parliament.

In the run-up to polling day on May 7, Britain's stuffy politicians are sharing the hustings with quirky candidates poking fun at the whole election ritual.

And in a campaign derided as flat and stage-managed, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Police from seven European countries have detained 26 people in a crackdown on a horsemeat trafficking ring, two years after a tainted meat scandal rocked the continent, the EU's judicial agency Eurojust said Saturday.

Eurojust said the swoop coordinated by Eurojust and French authorities "succeeded in stopping an organised criminal network involved in trade ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The world's most advanced malaria candidate vaccine offers young children partial protection that wanes with time, but could shield millions against the deadly parasite, its developers said Friday.

Researchers published the final results of a years-long trial with the drug RTS,S in The Lancet medical journal.

"We finally have in our sights a candidate ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Cases of HIV have skyrocketed among injection drug users in a rural community in the midwestern state of Indiana where 142 people have been diagnosed since the beginning of the year, officials said Friday.

Pregnant women, grandparents, their adult children and grandchildren are among the new cases of HIV linked to abuse of oxymorphone, a potent prescription ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Fifteen years after its bubble exploded dramatically costing tens of thousands of hopeful tech millionaires their savings, the Nasdaq finally made its way back this week.

And this time, underpinning the market's new record are real earnings at reasonable price measures, suggesting investors need not fear a repeat of the dot-com crash of 2000.

The Nasdaq ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Thousands of farm workers protested again in northwestern Mexico on Friday to demand better pay for backbreaking labor picking fruits and vegetables that are exported to the United States.

The demonstration was held before talks between representatives of the workers and federal officials trying to resolve a tense labor dispute that has lasted more than a month ...

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