Bananas are one of the most political commodities we put in our shopping baskets every week. Do you know how they made it to your local supermarket, asks Peter Gaynor. More »In Ireland we eat about 5 million bananas every week, but do you know where they come from?
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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has agreed to suspend visa requirements for foreigners during the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's official gazette reported on Wednesday, despite heightened security fears after the Paris attacks. The government hopes the move will encourage tourism and help revive Brazil's sluggish economy, which is expected to stay in recession for a second year in 2016. Foreigners who arrive between June and Sept. 18 will be able to stay for up to 90 days without a visa, according to a law already passed by Congress that was signed by Rousseff and published in the gazette. More »Brazil's Rousseff waives visa requirement for Olympics despite security fears
Artur Galtsov survived the bombs and bullets on the frontline in east Ukraine but after returning home the army volunteer faced another battle -- overcoming his horrifying memories. More »Mental scars of war leave Ukraine troops battling suicide threat
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will continue air strikes against Islamic State targets located in Syria near the Turkish border, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. "We would like for the terrorists and militants to keep further away from the Turkish border, but unfortunately they tend to be situated on the Syrian territory close to the Turkish border," Peskov told journalists on a conference call. "(Russia's) operations will continue without doubt." (Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Maria Kiselyova) More »Russia will continue air strikes in Syria near Turkish border - Kremlin
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As part of this weeks' spending review, the Chancellor announced that the health service will receive an extra £3.8bn pounds next year and an extra £1.5bn in 2017/18 to help deal with the pres-sures of rising demand and staff shortages. Notably, some of the extra funding for the NHS will come from cuts on public health spending, with sources in the public health sector suggesting that year-on-year cuts of 4 per cent over this parliament will be announced. The decision to provide extra funding for the NHS - while cutting public health - will accentuate a long term disparity in funding between these parts of our health system. More »Is Osborne's NHS Handout as Good as It Seems?
The first trailer of Captain America: Civil War was released on Tuesday (24 November) as fans have been eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of Marvel's upcoming superhero epic. The trailer (below) looks fantastic and even though it might be too much to ask for in the first trailer itself, we sure did miss Tom Holland's Spider-Man in the clip. Spidey is clearly one of the major draws of Civil War and for the first time the web-slinger will be seen along with other superheroes in the same film. More »No Spider-Man in first trailer of Captain America Civil War: Will he feature in the next one?
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp on Wednesday said sales of its PlayStation 4 video game console exceeded 30.2 million units as of Nov. 22, as global price cuts ahead of the year-end holiday season bolstered demand. The PlayStation 4, which went on sale in late 2013, has been Sony's fastest-selling game console, the Japanese electronics manufacturer said. It hit sales of 20 million consoles in March. The console helped Sony book its highest second-quarter operating profit in eight years. (Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki; Editing by Christopher Cushing) More »Sony's PlayStation 4 sales top 30 million consoles
By Maria Kiselyova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is to send an advanced air defence system to reinforce its air base in Syria and is considering cancelling a raft of joint business projects with Ankara after Turkey shot down of one of its warplanes, top government officials said. The incident, which resulted in the killing of one of the SU-24 plane's two pilots and a Russian marine, has thrown Russo-Turkish relations into crisis and cooled Kremlin hopes of rapprochement with the West. On Wednesday, the Kremlin said Moscow would dispatch an S-400 air defence system to bolster its Khmeimim air base in Syria's Latakia province, an advanced weapons system that can be used to shoot down planes at long distance. More »Russia to bolster Syria base, eyes economic retaliation against Turkey
Business lobby groups are calling on Chancellor George Osborne to bolster confidence and to refrain from cutting spending areas that boost or protect growth. In the chancellor's spending review and budget statement, businesses are hopeful Osborne will realise the importance of companies and business growth. The Confederation of Business Industry (CBI) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) have both urged the Tory leadership hopeful to focus on infrastructure as one of the most prominent points on the agenda – especially train links as part of the Northern Powerhouse are key for geographical advantages. More »Autumn Statement 2015: What do businesses want from George Osborne?
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Turkey's political leaders had been encouraging the Islamisation of Turkish society, something he said was a problem, Russian agencies quoted him as saying. Speaking a day after Turkey shot down one of Moscow's jets, Putin said: "The problem is not the tragedy we witnessed yesterday," the TASS news agency quoted him as saying. More »Putin says Turkey's leaders back 'Islamisation' of Turkish society - agencies
David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn will not be the main event in Westminster when they clash at prime minister's questions (PMQs) on 25 November. Corbyn has previously attacked Osborne and Cameron over their plans to curb tax credits and the Conservatives were left embarrassed and defeated when the House of Lords rejected their reforms. The Chancellor has said he will outline his revised tax credits plan in his Autumn Statement so it is likely the Labour leader will raise the issue once again during PMQs. More »Watch PMQs live: David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn to debate before Autumn Statement
Israel's highest court has rejected an ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman's petition against her transgender daughter's wish to be cremated after she had committed suicide. More »Family cannot block transgender woman's cremation: Israel court
The United States has raised its military aid to the Philippines this year to $79 million, the U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday, as tension rises in the region over China's new assertiveness in the South China Sea. Since 2002, the United States has provided the Philippines with nearly $500 million in military assistance as well as various types of military equipment. "We have upped our foreign military funding for the Philippines," Ambassador Philip Goldberg told ANC television, without giving a percentage. More »U.S. raises military aid to Philippines amid sea tension with China
The charity had supported thousands of women who had been victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence, trafficking and prostitution – providing support, accommodation, advice and advocacy to the most vulnerable. Despite two women being killed every week by domestic violence in England, unprecedented funding cuts to local authorities mean refuges are being closed one by one, ending essential services that provide victims of domestic violence with a safe space, support, healthcare and everything else needed to rebuild a life shattered by abuse. The problem is that the amount of money allocated to women's refuges is not ring-fenced. More »Autumn Statement 2015: George Osborne's cuts will condemn women to violence on White Ribbon Day
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(Adds comment from U.N. health agency) By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - A 15-year-old boy has died of Ebola in Liberia, the first such fatality for months in a country declared free of the disease in September, its chief medical officer said on Tuesday. The boy tested positive last week and died late on Monday in hospital in Paynesville near the capital, where his father and brother are also being treated for Ebola, officials said. Liberia has placed under surveillance 153 people who may have come into contact with the boy. More »Boy dies of Ebola in Liberia, first fatality in months
The Hollywood star underwent surgery to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer, and now researchers have seen a rise in the number of women following her lead. More »'Angelina effect' leads to rise in preventative double mastectomies
The main cabin crew union at Lufthansa has called off a strike planned for this week after progress was made in talks with management over retirement and pension benefits. Relations between the two sides had soured over recent months as Lufthansa sought to push through cost cuts, resulting in cabin crew staging the longest ever strike in the history of the German carrier earlier this month. The cabin crew union, UFO, had on Monday threatened to hold further walkouts from Thursday in the long-running and bitter row. More »Lufthansa cabin crew union calls off this week's strike
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One of the two Russian pilots who ejected from a jet shot down by Turkey on Tuesday has been picked up by the Syrian army and is being taken to Russia's base there, Russia's ambassador to France said on Wednesday. "One on board was wounded when he parachuted down and killed in a savage way on the ground by the jihadists in the area and the other managed to escape and, according to the latest information, has been picked up by the Syrian army and should be going back to the Russian airforce base," ambassador Alexandre Orlov told Europe 1 radio. More »Downed Russian pilot picked up by Syrian army - envoy
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey could result in cancelling some important joint projects. As a result, Turkish companies could lose Russian market share, Medvedev said in a statement published on the government website. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; editing by Polina Devitt) More »Russian PM - joint projects with Turkey may be cancelled after Russian jet downed