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(MENAFN - AFP) A youngster's tale of life torn between France and the Middle East by a Charlie Hebdo contributor scooped the top award at one of the world's biggest comics festivals in France on Sunday.

The Angouleme festival, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city in southwestern France, was this year dedicated to the murdered cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on Sunday said he wanted to reach a new agreement with international creditors on his country's debt burden "by the end of May".

Between now and then, Greece was "not going to ask for any more loans", he told reporters in Paris, the minister's first stop on a European charm offensive to build support for a renegotiation ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) About 50 Brazilian protesters responded with kisses Sunday at a bar that had kicked out a presumed lesbian couple for embracing in public.

The management of the bar in the town of Ribeirao Preto said in a statement the women, ages 22 and 23, had been shown the door a week ago for "inappropriate behavior."

The women immediately filed a complaint with the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A wine bar in place of a sex shop, luxury apartments where a cabaret once stood -- fans of London's once glorious, seedy Soho district fear that it will soon be regenerated beyond recognition.

"We really would like to know that this cherished golden mile is not going to resemble something that looks like Singapore airport," said Tim Arnold, a musician who has ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Billboards still read "Welcome to Arbil, 2014 Arab Tourism Capital," but most of the visitors Iraq's Kurdistan region welcomed last year were people made homeless by a jihadist offensive.

It was supposed to be tourism's takeoff year but the Islamic State (IS) group's June onslaught dashed those hopes overnight when it plunged Iraq into chaos.

"I cannot ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Greece's new anti-austerity government was set to kick off its European charm offensive in Paris on Sunday seeking to renegotiate its 240-billion-euro ($270 billion) bailout, though Germany has already refused to consider any debt relief.

Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who is looking to write down half of Greece's debt, was scheduled to meet with French ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US transport authorities have recalled more than two million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles for a second time over faulty airbags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday the recall was issued following the unexpected deployment of airbags in about 40 cars that had already ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Behind a wooden counter in downtown Yangon's Coffee Club, the unmistakable hiss of a barista steaming milk briefly drowns out a funky soundtrack piped through a store filled with students glued to their smartphones.

In any other Asian capital it would be a ubiquitous sight. But in Yangon, this is something new.

Long absent from the region's booming cafe ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US negotiators travel to EU headquarters in Brussels Monday to jumpstart talks on the world's biggest-ever free trade deal, which after nearly two years remain bogged down by public opposition.

The future of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact, or TTIP, is in doubt in the face of bitter opposition by activists and mixed signals from key governments, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Portugal's property market continues to expand at double digit rates thanks to foreign buyers, including China's new wealthy, despite a corruption scandal over visas used to lure in rich non-Europeans.

More than one in five residences sold in Portugal last year was bought by a foreigner, according to provisional data by the Portugese Real Estate Agents Association.

Britons ...

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