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(MENAFN - AFP) Canada is considering allowing the irradiation of raw ground beef in order to kill E. coli, salmonella and other dangerous bacteria, according to the health ministry.

The proposal will likely be announced in June, or at the latest by year's end, followed by a public consultation, spokeswoman Maryse Durette told AFP.

The idea was first hatched in the late ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Julio Ribas suffers from high blood pressure. If only Venezuela's currency were as high, he might be able to afford some medicine for it.

Venezuela is short of drugs, and to buy some from abroad, Ribas needs dollars -- but those are in desperately short supply too.

Ribas is just one of the countless casual victims of the economic crisis in Venezuela, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The battle for power at media group Viacom is heating up, with six independent investors vowing to fight any attempt to oust them.

At stake is the future of the $40 billion broadcast entertainment business that controls hit names like MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, as well as Hollywood giant Paramount Pictures.

Billionaire Sumner Redstone has fired ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Argentine President Mauricio Macri, who has been swept up in the Panama Papers controversy over offshore assets, said Monday he would repatriate the funds from his account in the Bahamas.

The conservative president came under fire when his name emerged in the leak of millions of documents last month from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, showing he was on ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Shipping traffic through the Panama Canal is "normal," despite the collapse of a wall segment of one of its locks over the weekend, Panama Canal Authority officials said.

Sunday's incident occurred just four weeks before Panama is to inaugurate a costly and lengthy expansion of the century-old canal with a mediatized ceremony.

But the ACP noted that the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Verizon has reached a tentative deal with unions that could end a weekslong strike and will see about 36,000 workers get a raise over the next three years, the US telecoms giant said Monday.

The company said the new contracts would mainly benefit workers in its network operations and "consumer and mass business" units, and it pledged to hire 1,400 new staff, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Belgium faced growing disruption on Tuesday after staff at schools, city transport networks, airports and government offices received calls to join striking railworkers and prison guards.

The socialist CGSP union urged public service workers to stop work for 24 hours from Tuesday to protest the centre-right government's austerity plans, including raising the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Top officials in Brussels and Berlin oppose a Chinese takeover bid of German industrial robotics supplier Kuka, a newspaper reported Monday.

"Kuka is a successful company in a strategic sector that is of key importance for the digital future of European industry," European Digital Economy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger told the Frankfurter Allgmeine Zeitung.

Oettinger ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Moscow's fourth international airport Zhukovsky officially opened Monday, but public transport problems and the economic recession put a damper on celebrations.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev opened the Zhukovsky airport about 40 kilometres southeast of Moscow city centre, Russian television reported.

The new airport has a capacity of 2 million passengers ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Kuwait's Public Works Minister Ali al-Omair Monday signed a $4.4-billion (3.9-billion-euro) contract with Turkish firm Limak Construction for a new airport terminal that will more than triple passenger capacity.

The new terminal, due to be completed in six years, will raise capacity at Kuwait's only airport to 25 million passengers annually from around seven ...

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