The World Health Organization on Wednesday urged the recommended daily intake of hidden sugar be halved, as it steps up the fight against obesity. The UN health agency confirmed previous guidelines that sugars should make up less than 10 percent of a person's total daily energy intake, but in a new twist said countries should strive for half that amount. The UN agency pointed out that much of the so-called free sugars we consume today are "hidden" in processed foods that are not usually seen as sweet, like ketchup, which contains a full teaspoon of sugar in each tablespoon. "In reality, we find (these sugars) in the majority of products," said Francesco Branca, who heads the WHO's Department of Nutrition for Health and Development.
French nuclear group Areva confirmed Wednesday record net losses in 2014 of 4.8 billion euros ($5.3 billion) after it was forced to absorb costs linked to delays to its flagship next-generation reactor. "The scale of the net loss for 2014 illustrates the two-fold challenge confronting Areva: continuing stagnation of the nuclear operations, lack of competitiveness and difficulties in managing the risks inherent in large projects," chief executive Philippe Knoche said in a statement. Areva has taken a particular hit in the past year from delays in building its Olkiluoto 3 nuclear plant in Finland, as well as difficulties with its renewable energy contracts. Areva announced in October that it would cut investments and step up sales of non-strategic assets as it tries to shore up its finances.