World Bulletin / News Desk
Italian carmaker Fiat SpA will stop production at its Pomigliano plant for two more weeks at the end of October because of a weak European market.
Fiat will place workers at Pomigliano, where it makes the Panda compact, on a temporary layoff scheme from Oct. 29 to Nov. 9, a company source said on Tuesday.
Fiat has sent workers home from many of its Italian plants on temporary layoffA this year because of slack demand. At Pomigliano, workers will end a two-week layoff on Oct. 5.
Fiat Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said last month the European car market's five-year slump made it "more likely" there will be co-ordinated plant closures across the continent.
However, he reassured unions he would not close factories in Italy despite a plunging domestic market.
Car sales dropped further in austerity-hit France, Italy and Spain last month and European car executives have warned that a rebound may be years rather than months away.
Truck and tractor maker Fiat Industrial SpA, which was spun off from Fiat last year, will also halt production at the San Mauro Torinese plant of its U.S. farm equipment unit CNH Global NV, the Fiom trade union said in a statement on Tuesday.
Workers at the CNH plant will be put on temporary layoff for nine days in November and five days in December, it said.
Production from conflict-free mines are bagged and tagged with a barcode to make it easily traceable.
"We will further expand our capacities to be able to respond to the high market growth," Jochem Heizmann, head of VW's China operations told reporters on Saturday ahead of the Beijing auto show.
The State Duma lower house on Friday ratified a 2012 agreement to write off the bulk of North Korea's debt. It said the total debt stood at $10.96 billion as of Sept. 17, 2012.
Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, is likely to be liquidated after a Tokyo court dismissed the company's bid to resuscitate its business.
Discussions will continue in the days and weeks ahead, but there is no particular deadline for concluding the talks, the official added.
Russia's oil output stands at over 10 million barrels per day, the world's largest, but it needs new sources of crude oil, including hard-to-recover deposits and the Arctic, to sustain this level
The strike at Yue Yuen is not just one of China's biggest in recent years, it's also more clearly driven by workers' fears that they have been scammed by an opaque and convoluted welfare payment system.
When the system is in place citizens will be able to buy a limited amount of subsidised fuel, and will have to pay a normal, market price for any extra quantities.
Production in Upper Nile state's Paloch oilfields, where output has not been hampered by the conflict, stood at 159,000 barrels per day this week.
Dragomir Stoynev accused fellow European Union members of a politically-motivated attempt to scupper the project, and urged the bloc to understand the effect that doing so would have on its members.
The drops have come mainly because Japan did not take any cargoes in March and South Korea is not scheduled to take any shipments in April, according to the tanker data.
Japan's finance ministry and central bank have declined to comment on the payments.
But a survey shows that most people believe inflation is speeding up and could surpass 37 percent this year.
A fifth payment of $450 million was due on April 15, contingent on Iran having diluted half of its most sensitive stockpile of nuclear materials
The year-on-year inflation rate in the 18 countries sharing the euro was 0.5 percent in March against 0.7 percent in February, the European Union's statistics office Eurostat said.
Pushed by higher food and shelter costs, the consumer price index rose in March.