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Georgia is the Oldest Wine Producing Country in the World

Georgia is the Oldest Wine Producing Country in the World

Archeologists are hard at work sifting through the dirt at a dig in Imiri, south-eastern Georgia. The scientists believe that the site contains artefacts that could once and for all prove that Georgia is the oldest wine producing country in the world. Eight thousand years ago, during the neolithic era, …

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Big Tobacco Goes into Battle over Plain Packaging

Big Tobacco Goes into Battle over Plain Packaging

Big tobacco companies are stepping up their global fight against government attempts to make cigarettes less appealing by removing brands from packaging.  Philip Morris (PM) and British American Tobacco (BTAFF) said Friday they have filed lawsuits against a new British law requiring cigarettes to be sold in plain packs. The …

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Why Does Putin Care Who Runs a Tiny Balkan Nation?

Why Does Putin Care Who Runs a Tiny Balkan Nation?

Russian leaders, whose conflict with Ukraine has seen them tussling with eastern Europe’s largest country, are now turning their gaze to a Balkan nation with fewer residents than Brooklyn.  There’s a common theme, though: gas pipelines. Macedonia, a statelet of 2 million people carved from the ruins of Yugoslavia, is struggling …

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The Best-Selling Beer in the World

The Best-Selling Beer in the World

The global beerscape has changed dramatically over the past decade, as growth in China benefited mainland brands. Most of these aren’t sold in your local supermarket. (Rankings based on market share.) 1. Snow (China) 2005 rank: 11 Market share: 5.4% Sales volume up 573% since 2005 2. Tsingtao (China) 2005 rank: 10 …

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EU Agrees 1.8bn-euro Loan to Cash-strapped Ukraine

EU Agrees 1.8bn-euro Loan to Cash-strapped Ukraine

The EU has agreed a €1.8bn (£1.3bn; $2bn) loan to Ukraine – described as a landmark deal for a non-EU member. The agreement was signed at an EU summit in Riga, Latvia, with the leaders of six post-Soviet nations. The loan aims to help cash-strapped Ukraine implement economic reforms, as fighting …

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