U.S. officials said the United States would sign a record 10-year multibillion-dollar security assistance deal with Israel — ”the single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in U.S. history.”
Azerbaijan resumes manufacture of oil products.
Manufacturing discontent: India’s workers in crisis. Labour courts are overburdened and the justice system is a nightmare for the poor to negotiate.
The Indonesian environment ministry has denied the Aceh provincial government’s proposal to rezone part of Mount Leuser National Park for geothermal development, saving the lives of the tigers, orangutans, elephants and rhinos who co-exist there.
Fewer Chinese people are getting married, a shift with profound implications for China’s economic and social life. The decline in marriages means a decline in the number of babies, and potentially less spending on homes, appliances and other family-related purchases — the kind of spending China needs to drive economic growth. Already some businesses are thinking single. Jewelry makers are offering cheaper baubles for unmarried sweethearts. One appliance maker is selling smaller rice cookers. Foreign fertility services are advertising for Chinese women who want to freeze their eggs — a process that is prohibited for single women in China — to have children later.
Grapes are ripening earlier and more quickly around the world, pressuring the winemaking business. In Australia, some of the biggest wine companies, along with scientists, are mulling methods to mitigate the impact.