May 23, 2001 |
Delegates from 127 countries formally adopted a global treaty banning 12 highly toxic chemicals Tuesday, but the success was overshadowed by tension between the United States and Europe over environmental policies. With the bang of a gavel, the pact on persistent organic pollutants--concluded in December in South Africa--was adopted by consensus after nearly two years of sometimes tense negotiations. A signing ceremony was scheduled for today.
May 11, 2001 |
A diplomatic charm offensive by the Bush administration aimed at persuading skeptical NATO allies that they need a space-based missile shield has sold Europeans on the style of the U.S. pitch but not the substance of the project. The high-level delegation that swept across the continent this week also made headway in convincing security partners that a new concept of strategic deterrence is needed to ward off threats from strange new menaces labeled "nations of concern."
April 14, 2001 |
Dole Food Co., the world's largest fruit and vegetable producer, blasted a settlement between the U.S. and European Union over EU banana-import rules, saying the accord favors rival Chiquita Brands International Inc. The agreement, which allocates shares of the EU banana market to producers from various parts of the world before the quotas are scrapped in 2006, is anti-free trade, said Westlake Village-based Dole.
February 28, 2001 |
European Union governments on Tuesday hailed their agreement on a pioneering plan to allow duty-free access to its markets for virtually all products from the world's poorest countries. "This is a global first," said a triumphant EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy after foreign ministers adopted his hard-won proposal after five months of debate.
February 23, 2001 |
Colin L. Powell leaves today for a whirlwind tour of the Middle East and Europe, but the tenor of his first overseas trip as secretary of State has been transformed as a result of the U.S.-British airstrike on Iraq last week. The secretary may well find that the honeymoon for the Bush administration on foreign policy is already over--at least when it comes to the Mideast, U.S. analysts and Mideast experts say.
February 4, 2001 |
On the Bush administration's maiden voyage into the choppy waters of transatlantic relations, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld put European allies on notice Saturday that the Pentagon will press ahead with a national missile defense despite their objections. Rumsfeld and a chorus of U.S.
December 26, 2000 |
When I first met Brett Ratner, he was basking in the success of having directed "Rush Hour," the Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan action comedy that was the surprise hit of 1998. Then 29, Ratner was living large. He'd been getting congratulatory calls from Jonathan Demme and Roman Polanski. Sony was wooing him to do "Charlie's Angels." Warren Beatty was having him over to his house. But despite all the attention, something was bugging the young director. The one movie Ratner wanted to make was the one no one would let him direct: "The Family Man," the new romantic drama starring Nicolas Cage that took in an estimated $12.8 million this past weekend.
December 18, 2000 |
European Commission chief Romano Prodi will lead a delegation to Washington today for a transatlantic summit with President Clinton that will zero in on issues ranging from a trade dispute about bananas to NATO's future. For the Europeans, the real focus might be on gatherings being lined up on the summit's sidelines with possible officials of the incoming Bush administration.
November 26, 2000 |
The U.N. conference on climate change collapsed in an embarrassing international fiasco after overnight parleys Saturday, as the United States and Western Europe twice failed to agree on the fine print of a plan for reducing polluting gases that are heating up the planet.