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(MENAFN - AFP) They may no longer be a couple away from the catwalk, but Italian style duo Dolce and Gabbana underlined that their creative partnership burns as brightly as ever on Sunday.

A collection inspired by Spain's historical links to Sicily was a welcome 'and-now-for-something-completely-different' moment at the end of a Milan fashion week that has been given a slightly ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) They were famed for their jet-set lifestyles and the names of their companies were emblazoned on airplanes, Formula One cars and the shirtfronts of cricket teams.

But now the debt-laden empires of three of India's best-known tycoons -- Vijay Mallya, Subrata Roy and T. Venkattram Reddy -- are crumbling before their eyes, downfalls that observers say stem from ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Zhu Chongyun, the glamorous Chinese entrepreneur and designer who has taken over Krizia, has vowed to maintain the historic fashion house's made-in-Italy heritage.

Zhu, who bought the stricken brand from its iconic founder Mariuccia Mandelli earlier this year, outlined her plans in an interview with AFP in Milan during the Spring/Summer 2015 womenswear shows.

All ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off Saturday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer, as millions of revellers are set to soak up the frothy atmosphere in the 16-day annual extravaganza.

With the cry of "O'zapft is" ("The keg is tapped"), the amber fluid began to flow at noon after Munich's mayor, Dieter Reiter, with due pomp and ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Perched up an Albanian mountain, the mediaeval church of St Nicolas was rebuilt from a crumbling ruin with help from local Muslims after the fall of communism, a symbol of the religious tolerance Pope Francis will be celebrating here on Sunday.

Majority Muslims and the tiny Catholic and Orthodox communities all faced persecution under the ruthless regime of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) West Africa intensified its response to the deadly Ebola epidemic on Sunday, with Sierra Leone uncovering scores of dead bodies during a 72-hour shutdown and Liberia announcing hundreds of new hospital beds.

The outbreak has killed more than 2,600 people in the two countries and neighbouring Guinea this year, cutting a swathe through entire villages at the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Dubai property prices are cooling to "healthy" levels after a two-year rally during which real estate rebounded from a slump when the global financial crisis hit in 2009.

Developers at a property show have rolled out scale models of latest projects, including Mall of the World, a larger-than-life venture announced in July complete with temperature-controlled ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Washington's stately Kennedy Center is staging its first opera in Spanish -- a dreamy tale of a jungle boat journey and lost love, all inspired by the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The Washington National Opera is performing "Florencia in the Amazon," by the late Mexican composer Daniel Catan, starting Saturday, with five shows planned.

It will treat ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) To Ghana's legions of jobless young men, Eric Bimpong has a money-making proposition: sell your blood.

Bimpong spends his days outside schools, bars and on the streets of poor neighbourhoods in Accra, scouring for teenagers and 20-somethings to give blood outside the capital's largest hospital.

Commercial blood donors, as the authorities call them, fill ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) West Africa intensified its response to the deadly Ebola epidemic on Sunday, with Sierra Leone uncovering scores of dead bodies during a 72-hour shutdown and Liberia announcing 1,000 hospital beds.

The outbreak has killed more than 2,600 people in the countries and neighbouring Guinea this year, cutting a swathe through entire villages at the epicentre and ...

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