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2008-06-24 18:00:00

By JONATHAN EVANS ASK any farmer why he farms and the answer will often be that farming is "in the blood". Farming is a long family tradition for the majority. Yet this tradition is under threat as falling farm incomes push the younger generation out of farming towards better-paid jobs. A report published by the NFU in July 2007 showed that the majority of UK farmers are now aged over 55, and the average age is rising. Only 10,000 people under 35 in the UK have a farming business...

2008-06-18 09:01:17

Text of report in English by state-run North Korean news agency KCNA Pyongyang, June 18 (KCNA) - A special attention is paid to the reproductive health of people in the DPRK. The Korean Family Planning & Maternal and Child Health Association, founded on January 25, juche [chuch'e] 79 (1990), is working to solve urgent problems arising in reproductive health. The association has project sites including family planning clinics and mobile service teams in various provinces. It...

2008-06-17 06:00:27

By Dan Buglass TIME flies and another Royal Highland Show is almost upon us. Having missed only one show since the event was first staged at Ingliston in 1960, and that was because of the foot-and-mouth outbreak in 2001, I have witnessed many changes and all of them have been for the better. The fact is that Ingliston can fairly lay claim to being just about the best show venue in the UK and trade stand holders repeatedly state that they do more real business than at any other show....

2008-06-17 06:00:27

By Dan Buglass rural THE announcement yesterday that the Dutch-owned Vion had agreed terms to acquire the Grampian Country Food Group has generally received a warm welcome from the Scottish livestock industry. Jim McLaren, the president of NFU Scotland, has already arranged a meeting with Peter Barr, the chairman of Vion's UK operations, for later this week at the Royal Highland Show. Barr, a former chairman of the Meat and Livestock Commission, is a Scot with a lifetime involvement in...

2008-05-25 15:00:09

By BETH REINHARD, ALFONSO CHARDY and CASEY WOODS, MC CLATCHY NEWSPAPERS MIAMI In a bold and politically risky move, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama called for "direct diplomacy" with communist Cuba before a prominent Cuban-American organization Friday. Obama made the pitch to a Republican-leaning constituency that is one of the keys to presidential victory in Florida. Obama outlined to the Cuban American National Foundation a new Cuban policy approach. He did so to an audience accustomed...

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2008-04-15 00:50:00

Cuba's new president, Raul Castro, has quickly dispensed with many of the small but infuriating restrictions put in place by former President Fidel Castro.   Raul Castro took over as president of Cuba in February, after Fidel formally stepped down amid failing health.  Under Fidel's government, citizens of Cuba had only limited access to modern conveniences such as cell phones, kitchen appliances, hotels and other luxuries. The restrictions were an attempt to create economic...

2006-09-05 21:02:39

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States have discussed warning North Korea against conducting a nuclear test, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said in Beijing on Wednesday. Hill, speaking to reporters after meeting Wu Dawei, China's chief diplomat in charge of negotiations with North Korea, said he had no clear information to substantiate reports that Pyongyang might be preparing to test a nuclear device. "We discussed the danger that the DPRK could take...

2006-09-02 23:49:56

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing for another missile test, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday, but a government official in Seoul discounted the report. Yonhap also reported China is likely to invite North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to visit this week in an effort to restore their relationship strained after North Korea's missile tests in July. China is the North's main benefactor. Beijing voted in support of a U.N. Security Council resolution...

2006-09-01 21:08:30

By Marc Frank HAVANA (Reuters) - Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro, looking well along the road to recovery, was shown on television on Friday meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez after temporarily ceding power a month ago to undergo intestinal surgery. The video from the communist-ruled island appeared aimed at putting to rest rumors Castro was near death and out of public life for good after ruling the Caribbean island for more than 47 years. The seven-minute clip first...

2006-09-01 21:07:21

HAVANA (Reuters) - A clearly recovering Cuban President Fidel Castro was shown on television on Friday meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez after temporarily ceding power a month ago to undergo intestinal surgery. Castro appeared much stronger than when he was last seen on in a video on August 13, when his ally Chavez visited him to celebrate his 80th birthday. On Friday Castro, wearing red pajamas, was seen sitting at a small table talking animatedly with Chavez. On August...