UNDER CONTROL: An Indian vender prepares a snack. The government declared that it had controlled rising food prices, a burning issue in a country where one-quarter of the population lives in deep poverty. (Sajjad Hussain, AFP)
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US Vice President Joe Biden says Europe must improve its energy security, warning of Russia's "track record" in using energy supplies as a weapon.
Russia, the world's biggest energy exporter, does not plan to cut oil production to shore up prices, says Energy Minister Alexander Novak.
China's surprise interest rate cut is another step toward softening the exchange rate, setting the yuan on course to end the year lower.
The Opec cartel will hold one of its toughest and most significant meetings in recent years as its members must contemplate whether to cut output.
Experts warn that the density of farms and the increasing number of animals in one of the most intensive agricultural sectors in the world make it vulnerable to diseases.
President Vladimir Putin has allowed the central bank to administer strong medicine, sharply raising interest rates even as it freed the rouble to float.
EU governments have approved a new law to slash the use of plastic grocery bags, hoping to curb litter on land and a spreading "plastic soup" in the world's oceans.
Statoil says it is halting exploration in Angola after poor drilling results, retreating from an offshore area it had high hopes for.