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(MENAFN - AFP) London's Notting Hill Carnival kicked off with a riot of colour despite grey skies on Sunday, in a celebration of Caribbean culture reputed as Europe's biggest street party.

Performers on stilts and wearing bright pink wigs, and dancers in feathered headdresses and rainbow outfits entertained the crowds that packed the streets of west London.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Japan's factory output fell 0.6 percent month-on-month in July, worse than market expectations, official data showed on Monday.

The reading from the industry ministry was weaker than the median forecast for an increase of 0.1 percent in a survey of economists carried out by Bloomberg News.

In June, industrial production rose 1.1 percent compared to May.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Britain's Rolls-Royce is cooperating with investigators in a massive corruption scandal at Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras, a spokesman said on Sunday.

The engineering company confirmed it had been contacted by investigators involved in the probe, which has engulfed Brazil's political and business establishment amid allegations of a massive kickbacks scheme.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Protesting French seamen blockaded the port of Calais on Sunday, stranding thousands of cross-Channel ferry passengers on a busy bank holiday weekend in Britain.

About 15 sailors from the bankrupt firm Scop SeaFrance took to the water in two lifeboats, a source at the port said.

"Traffic is totally blocked, as a safety measure, as there are lifeboats ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) "Straight Outta Compton" grabbed another top spot on weekend ticket sales charts, according to estimates Sunday, extending the rap film's rule over the North American Box office for its third week running.

The film about pioneering rap group N.W.A. took in some $13.2 million in sales, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. It was half the haul "Straight ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) President Jacob Zuma inaugurated on Sunday the first unit of a massive new coal-fired power plant in South Africa, hailing it as a step away from the country's energy woes.

The Medupi power station, situated north of Johannesburg, is to produce 4,800 megawatts of electricity by 2019, when it is expected to be operating at full capacity.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Italian energy giant Eni on Sunday announced the discovery of the "largest ever" offshore natural gas field in the Mediterranean, in Egypt's territorial waters.

The discovery, confirmed by Egypt's oil ministry, could hold a potential 30 trillion cubic feet (850 billion cubic metres) of gas in an area of about 100 square kilometres (40 square miles), Eni said ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) France's government and unions Sunday called on the head of telecoms equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent to renounce reported bonuses of some 14 million euros he could receive after the firm was swallowed up by its rival Nokia.

Michel Combes, who has headed the French-American company since 2013, is due to step down as part of a 15.6-billion-euro ($17.4billion) ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Japan's Suzuki Motor said on Sunday it plans to buy back its shares sold to Volkswagen after an international arbitration court settled a dispute between the two automakers.

The ruling came four years after the Japanese small car maker attempted to end an alliance with the German auto giant, which has refused Suzuki's repeated demands to sell back the 112.21 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced he was ditching an executive order aimed at making it easier for business to buy land, in a major setback for his reformist government.

Modi said he would let the ordinance lapse on Monday, following large-scale farmer protests led by a resurgent opposition to the reform, which he pledged soon after forming ...

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