Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

 

A Lula Continua, Zweli

Staff Reporter

Brazil offers economic policy lessons for South Africa but not in the manner proposed by Malema or Vavi.

A Lula Continua, Zweli

Developing countries say Doha talks make progress

Jonathan Lynn

Talks on a deal to free up world trade are making progress, developing country leaders said on Monday, but the chairperson of key industry negotiations said more needed to be done to reach an agreement. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the Doha round of trade could end in a deal by the end of the year.

Agreement on Doha 'extremely close'

Paul Simao

World trade talks appeared to be making progress on Wednesday as the leaders of Brazil, India and South Africa said they were committed to reaching a deal. The leaders said differences with rich countries were still blocking agreement in the Doha round, launched nearly six years ago to help developing countries grow out of poverty and boost the world economy by opening up global trade.

Brazil officially named 2014 World Cup hosts

Mike Collett

Brazil, the only bidding country, were named as the host nation of the 2014 Soccer World Cup finals by Fifa, world soccer's governing body, on Tuesday. Brazil, who have won the World Cup a record five times and are the only country to have played in all 18 World Cup finals tournaments, last staged the event in 1950.

Mugabe defends land seizures

Staff Reporter

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, whose 28-year rule has brought widespread hunger to his country, on Tuesday defended the seizure of land from white farmers, saying he is undoing a legacy of Zimbabwe's former colonial masters. Mugabe spoke to world leaders at a United Nations summit on the global food crisis against a backdrop of sharp criticism over his participation.

Food summit blames trade barriers for high prices

Stephen Brown, Robin Pomeroy

The United Nations urged a summit on the global food crisis on Tuesday to help stop the spread of starvation threatening nearly one billion people by lowering trade barriers and removing export bans. "Nothing is more degrading than hunger, especially when man-made," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told world leaders.

UN chief calls for urgent action on rising food prices

Staff Reporter

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for concerted international action on rising food prices ahead of the opening on Sunday of five days of talks on globalisation. More than 3000 delegates from 193 nations are expected to attend the 12th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Food price crisis under spotlight at UN conference

Jacques Lhuillery

More than 3000 delegates from 193 nations will descend on the Ghana capital, Accra, on Sunday for five days of United Nations talks on globalisation -- against a backdrop of rising food prices and an economic slowdown. The talks will be opened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who will warn that not everyone benefits from globalisation.

Castro says he is not well enough to speak in public

Staff Reporter

Hours after Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro was in "impeccable" health, Castro told local media he was not fit for public speaking. Lula raised eyebrows and quick questions about Castro's political future, saying after a long discussion on Tuesday: "I think Fidel is ready to take on his political role in Cuba."

Centre-leftist beats general at Guatemala vote

Frank Jack Daniel, Mica Rosenberg

Centre-leftist Alvaro Colom won Guatemala's presidential election on Sunday, denying power to a retired general who had sought to unleash the army to fight a violent crime wave. Colom, a soft-spoken textile businessman, had an unassailable lead of 5,4 percentage points over General Otto Perez Molina.