Champagne: maisons have a surplus stock of about 400 million bottles. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP Photo

In the champagne vineyards of France, the season of ripening, plumping and sweetening of the grapes ready for harvesting at the end of August, known a(...)

Outgoing French minister for ecology Nicolas Hulot: “I do not want to give the illusion that my presence in the government signifies we are up to the challenge.” Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron has again been plunged into political crisis, this time by the on-air resignation of the most popular member of his cabinet,(...)

Local people catch fish in the Yellow River in Sanmenxia, Henan province, China.  Photograph: Jie Zhao/Corbis via Getty Images

China will impose a ban on fishing in the Yellow River, the country’s second-longest waterway, between April 1st and June 30th every year because of (...)

Beef displayed at a supermarket in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday. Brazilian police raided the premises of global meatpacking companies JBS SA and BRF SA on Friday, as well as dozens of smaller rivals, in a crackdown on alleged bribery of health officials that could threaten $12 billion in annual exports. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Brazilian police raided the premises of global meatpacking companies JBS SA and BRF SA on Friday, as well as dozens of smaller rivals, in a crackdown(...)

The disease has been found in wild birds in England, Scotland and Wales. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The strain of avian bird flu found in Co Wexford last month has yet to be confirmed as more cases are being discovered across Europe. The Department(...)

Tom Moran, former secretary general at the Department of Agriculture. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

Former secretary general at the Department of Agriculture Tom Moran has been appointed to the board of Elivia, France’s second-largest beef processor,(...)

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the plenum at Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is struggling to form a stable coalition before Wednesday’s deadline after the surprise decision of a former(...)

“The sanctions policy pursued by the West, that is, ourselves, a necessary consequence of which has been what the Russians are doing, causes more harm to us than to Russia,” Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban has said. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

The European Union has harmed itself economically with the sanctions it has imposed on Russia over the situation in Ukraine, Hungarian prime minister (...)

Poles have shown their support for local farmers by posting selfies of themselves eating  apples on Twitter

An apple a day keeps the doctor away; a Polish apple a day keeps Vladimir Putin annoyed – and Polish farmers in business. That is the idea behind an (...)

An anti-government protester looks at riot police standing behind their shields at the site of clashes in Kiev today. Photograph: Reuters

Anti-government activists have seized Ukraine’s justice ministry building as protests against president Viktor Yanukovich continued to intensify acros(...)

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