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Ikea monkey being weaned off human contact, sanctuary owner testifies

OSHAWA, Ont. - Darwin the Ikea monkey is being weaned off human contact at the primate sanctuary where he has been housed for the past six months as the woman who calls herself his "mom" fights in court to get him back. The Japanese macaque escaped from a locked crate in Yasmin Nakhuda's car in December while she was shopping at an Ikea store in Toronto. He was scooped up by Toronto animal services and sent to Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Sunderland, Ont., where he has been ever since.

Toronto animal services had no authority to detain the Ikea monkey: trial hears

OSHAWA, Ont. - A Toronto animal services supervisor says they had no authority under a city bylaw to detain Darwin the Ikea monkey. Carl Bandow is testifying at the trial for a lawsuit launched by Yasmin Nakhuda, who is trying to get the monkey back after he was found wandering an Ikea parking lot. She is suing Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary, where Toronto animal services sent Darwin after seizing him, for recovery of personal property.

India approves IKEA plan to open stores

The Indian government on Thursday approved a plan worth almost $2-billion by Swedish furniture giant IKEA to open stores in India for the first time, officials said. IKEA's plan to invest in India was approved in a cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, according to officials. The Swedish firm, which submitted its application last June, hopes to open 25 stores in India through a 100-percent owned unit called Ingka Holding. It comes as part of a wider push into emerging markets such as China and Russia.

India approves IKEA plan to open stores

The Indian government on Thursday approved a plan worth almost $2-billion by Swedish furniture giant IKEA to open stores in India for the first time, officials said. IKEA's plan to invest in India was approved in a cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, according to officials. The Swedish firm, which submitted its application last June, hopes to open 25 stores in India through a 100-percent owned unit called Ingka Holding. It comes as part of a wider push into emerging markets such as China and Russia.

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Swedish fashion retail giant H&M aims to open 50 stores in India to tap the South Asian nation's growing middle-class market, an Indian government statement said Monday. It is the second Swedish chain to seek entry into India after the government last year relaxed legislation to allow foreign retailers to set up shop in India and sell directly to Indian consumers to boost investment from abroad.

Ikea may sell horsemeat tainted meatballs

Furniture giant Ikea said Tuesday it was looking at selling or giving away meatballs in its home country of Sweden that were recalled after tests showed they contained traces of horse DNA. "We are looking at ways of using the meatballs as food, since they are completely safe to eat. But we are still in talks with the authorities over this," spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said. "If we are unsuccessful our other option is to use them as biogas," she added.

Meatballs back on the menu at Ikea

Swedish furniture giant Ikea said Thursday it had started gradually reintroducing meatballs in its restaurants worldwide after horsemeat was found in the product last month. "We're starting with Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Austria" on Thursday, Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said. Ikea pulled its trademark frozen meatballs off the shelves and from its restaurants in 25 countries in Europe and Asia in late February after traces of horse DNA were found.

IKEA stops selling sausages in Russia after horsemeat found

MOSCOW, March 7 (Reuters) - Swedish retailer IKEA has stopped selling sausages in its 14 Russian stores after tests showed that sausages from its local supplier contained horsemeat, the company said on Thursday. The world's No. 1 furniture retailer, known also for the restaurants at its huge out-of-town stores, said that the tests confirmed the presence of horsemeat in sausages produced by meat processing company Remit. Remit was not available for comment.

IKEA halts hotdog sales in Russia after horsemeat find

Swedish furniture giant IKEA said Thursday it was halting hotdog sales in its Russian stores after finding horsemeat in a locally-produced shipment of the fast food. The case was the second such discovery in Russian sausages in the past week. IKEA said the product was detected during a general food safety check that followed the Russian agricultural watchdog's February 28 discovery of horsemeat in an Austrian shipment of frankfurters. Horsemeat sales are legal in Russia but not permitted in foods that fail to specify it on their ingredient list.

IKEA turns the global local for Asia push

By Anna Ringstrom MALMO, Sweden, March 6 (Reuters) - Without a willingness to lug cheap flat-pack wardrobes home and wrestle with self-assembly, there would be no IKEA, but in Asia, where the locals have other ideas, the Swedish furniture giant thinks it still has a bright future. As it expands in China and prepares to break into India, IKEA Chief Executive Mikael Ohlsson trusts that its core concept, influenced by painstakingly acquired local knowledge, will, over time, give it an edge.
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