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(MENAFN - AFP) In half a century of space travel more than 500 people have glimpsed the Earth from the unique vantage point of the cosmos, yet no black African has been among them.

Now a Nigerian and two South Africans are in a race to become the first after being shortlisted in a global talent search to send a "young icon of the future" into the heavens.

The winner ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European and Asians stock markets chased Wall Street higher Thursday after days of wild swings, but dealers warned that the spectre of the slowing Chinese economy means more turbulence ahead.

Equities were also boosted by one of the most senior Federal Reserve officials declaring recent China turmoil had weakened the case for a US interest rate rise in September.

In ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The US economy grew much stronger than expected in the second quarter, bouncing back from a weather-battered first quarter, government data showed Thursday.

The world's largest economy expanded at an annual rate of 3.7 percent in the April-June period, after a 0.6 percent pace in the first three months of the year, the Commerce Department reported.

That ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Europe's main stock markets rose Thursday, boosted by the latest US data showing the recovery is on track in the world's biggest economy.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index percent rose 3.56 percent to close at 6,192.03 points.

In the eurozone, the CAC 40 in Paris percent gained 3.49 percent to end at 4,658.18, points, and Frankfurt's DAX 30 added 3.18 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Europe's main stock markets rose Thursday, boosted by the latest US data showing the recovery is on track in the world's biggest economy.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index percent rose 3.56 percent to close at 6,192.03 points.

In the eurozone, the CAC 40 in Paris percent gained 3.49 percent to end at 4,658.18, points, and Frankfurt's DAX 30 added 3.18 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to a Sept. 9 media event, hinting that Siri virtual assistant software in its mobile devices will play a role.

In trademark enigmatic style, the emailed invitations provided little more than the time and place of the event. Beneath graphics based on the Apple logo was written "Hey Siri, give us a hint."

The timing ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to a Sept. 9 media event, hinting that Siri virtual assistant software in its mobile devices will play a role.

In trademark enigmatic style, the emailed invitations provided little more than the time and place of the event. Beneath graphics based on the Apple logo was written "Hey Siri, give us a hint."

The timing ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Global stock markets rose Thursday on renewed confidence in the US recovery after days of wild swings, but dealers warned that the spectre of the slowing Chinese economy threatens more turbulence ahead.

Equities in Europe and on Wall Street climbed on revised US data showing stronger US growth in the second quarter of 3.7 percent, compared with the previous ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Global stock markets rose Thursday on renewed confidence in the US recovery after days of wild swings, but dealers warned that the spectre of the slowing Chinese economy threatens more turbulence ahead.

Equities in Europe and on Wall Street climbed on revised US data showing stronger US growth in the second quarter of 3.7 percent, compared with the previous ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The vibrant sounds of brass bands and buskers echo through the streets of New Orleans ten years after the birthplace of jazz was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

But while tourists may find themselves overwhelmed by choice, locals fear some of the Big Easy's spirit of creativity and improvisation may have been lost to the floodwaters.

"There had been ...

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