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(MENAFN - AFP) Almost four centuries after Dutch master Rembrandt painted a young married couple, their two portraits are back home in The Netherlands thanks to a unique joint 160-million euro purchase with France.

Dating from 1634, the portraits show wealthy Dutchman Marten Soolmans, 21, and his new wife Oopjen Coppit, 23, both wearing black with white lace as they mark ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Shark encounters and sightings along California's coast are at their highest level in decades, scientists say, warning that warmer waters mean beachgoers will have to be on the lookout for the predators all summer.

The latest near-deadly encounter came in late May when a 52-year-old woman was mauled by a shark near Los Angeles, prompting beach closures for ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Britain and France on Friday marked 100 years since their troops fought and died side by side in the Battle of the Somme, one of the defining offensives of World War I.

Britain's royal family, Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande took part in the official commemoration at the Thiepval Memorial in northern France in remembrance ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The uncertainty sparked by the British vote to leave European Union will "inevitably" harm economic recovery in the euro area, European Central Bank executive board member Benoit Coeure said in a newspaper interview Friday.

The pick-up in the eurozone economy "will inevitably suffer from the 'uncertainty shock' that the British referendum has triggered, even ...

(MENAFN - AFP) British finance minister George Osborne warned Friday that the government would likely scrap its promise to achieve a budget surplus by 2020 owing to fallout from Brexit.

The Conservative government, whose Prime Minister David Cameron resigned last week after losing a referendum on Britain's EU membership, had previously pledged to eliminate the budget deficit ...

(MENAFN - AFP) British investment fund manager Fidelity will move 100 jobs from London to Dublin, it said Friday, but stressed the decision was made before the shock EU exit referendum result.

"We have been recruiting into the Dublin office at the moment and there are some roles that will be moving from the UK," a Fidelity spokeswoman told AFP.

"To be clear, this is ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The German economy ministry said a special incentive to persuade consumers to buy electric cars will finally come into effect on Saturday.

"The purchase premium for electric cars begins on July 2," said Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Friday.

"It's an important political signal for the industry."

From this weekend, buyers of fully electric ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Global stocks rose Friday, with the London market now in a much better place than before Britain's vote to leave the EU, and others firmly on road to recovery.

Asian stocks led the way, ending the week with another rally on optimism that central banks globally will step up to support growth in the face of uncertainty caused by Britain's vote.

After the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) With a cannon blast and a piercing whistle, Britain and France on Friday marked 100 years since soldiers emerged from their trenches to begin one of the bloodiest battles of World War I at the River Somme.

Under grey skies, unlike the clear sunny day that saw the biggest slaughter in British military history a century ago, the commemoration kicked off at the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Eurozone unemployment fell to a near five-year low in May, official data said on Friday, in a rare positive sign for a sluggish European economy struggling to return to solid growth.

The data covers a period before last week's shock Brexit vote, which economists believe has made the eurozone more unstable and could negatively affect growth and job figures in ...

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