Gaza: surviving the blockade

For more than three years the people of Gaza have been surviving on a trickle of humanitarian aid. The blockade imposed by Israel to prevent rockets


Danone expands into Russia

France’s Danone and Russia’s Unimilk are to merge their fresh dairy products businesses in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus. Danone is to be


41st Basel Art Fair

The international art world is having its annual summer reunion in Switzerland. This is the 41st time the city of Basel, a cultural capital for


Obituary: José Saramago

One of the highlights of José Saramago’s career was at the age of 76, when he received the Nobel prize for literature in 1998.  This was a writer


Humanitarian crisis in Somalia

Torn by conflict and poverty, Somalia continues to suffer one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Some one and a half million people


Osh tense after ethnic violence

More evidence has emerged of the violence in Kyrgyzstan that has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. In Osh the epicentre