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from The Washington Post..By The Associated PressDecember 5, 2013 SANTIAGO, Chile — Poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean is now easing at a slower pace, the UN’s regional economic body said on Thursday, calling on governments to make policy changes that encourage growth while reducing the huge gap between the rich and poor. UN economists based in Santiago said about 164 million people, or 28 percent of the region’s population, are still considered poor. That is
from Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency)..December 5, 2013 Villagers in remote Romanian commune of Pungesti have said they are driven to despair by US energy giant Chevron's starting of shale gas exploration in the area. In October, Chevron had given up plans to prospect for shale gas, but resumed them in November. Pungesti residents had staged a road block, but Tuesday it was brutally lifted by riot police and gendarmes who clashed with the villagers, detaining some 30 people. Thursday tensions are still rife in the commune, reports Romanian
from Africa.com..December 5, 2013 VENTURES AFRICA – More than 40,000 Ghana cocoa farmers across 1,700 villages have registered for CocoaLink, a digital exchange network that links farmers to modern farming information, which helps increase production. Launched in mid- 2011, CocoaLink is an innovative public-private partnership between the cocoa sector and the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) sponsored by The Hershey Company, North America’s largest producer of chocolate and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionery.Other industry partners
from MINING.com..By Anthony HalleyDecember 5, 2013 Nepalese customs officials seized 17 kilos of gold on Wednesday as two Chinese and a Nepalese national attempted to smuggle the bullion in juice cans from Tibet to Nepal. Officials say that official imports of gold have declined recently while illegal trafficking is rising. “Though the supply of gold in the domestic market is not enough to meet the demand, we have heard that partial demand is met by such illegally trafficked gold,”