Hams are greased with lard before drying as part of the Parma ham curing process at Pio Tosini Industria Prosciutti in Langhirano, Italy. Russia announced a one-year ban on a range of foods from the EU and US in retaliation for sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
A worker carries coal in a basket to a wholesale market in Mumbai, India. The country, the world’s third-largest coal consumer, imported 43 per cent more fuel than a year ago due to increased demand from power stations and steelmakers, according to shipping data, and is set to eclipse China as the top importer of power station coal by 2014
The world’s largest container ship, the CMA CGM Jules Verne which is sailing under the French flag, can carry 16,000 containers. It arrived in the port of Marseille on Monday.
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A worker makes chair frames to be woven with rattan at a workshop manufacturing furniture in Trangsan village near Sukoharjo, Central Java province, Indonesia. Indonesia’s deputy industry minister has been looking at ways to boost the rattan trade in the country. The government put a stop to raw rattan exports in 2012 in an attempt to increase sales of rattan products, which rose in 2012.
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Weighed down: a man carries goods on his tricycle in Shanghai on Monday as data from the National Bureau of Statistics show that output in China rose 9.3 per cent in April. This is an acceleration from March but below market expectations, underscoring sluggish growth momentum
A soldier stands guard in front of a French (r) and Chinese national flag (l) at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Thursday. French President François Hollande arrived in Beijing on a trip aimed at boosting exports to China, with hopes that deals can be reached over the sale of aircraft and nuclear power.
Boys play on teak logs piled at a port in Yangon, Myanmar, on Thursday.