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(MENAFN - AFP) Allen Lau considers himself living proof that love of good writing is alive and well in the age of streaming video and terse text messages.

He offers as further evidence the 32 million people who each month visit online literature social network Wattpad, which he and Ivan Yuen launched eight years ago as an online venue for writers and readers to connect.

"Wattpad ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The European Central Bank will this week unveil details of its plans to inject cash into the moribund eurozone economy, even as analysts express doubt about the effectiveness of the measures.

Following its surprise rate cut last month, the ECB is not expected to announce any new policy moves at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, held this time in the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) In a matter of days, the new social network Ello, described as the "anti-Facebook" for its stand on privacy and advertising, has become perhaps the hottest ticket on the Internet.

Created last year as a "private" social network, Ello (www.ello.co) recently opened its doors on an invitation-only basis.

Because of the limited supply and strong demand, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Just a few years ago barely anyone had heard of wines from Ningxia in China, but today the region is producing some of the country's best vintages and it doesn't plan on stopping there.

At a gathering in Beijing last week, 50 wines from Ningxia -- a largely arid region with harsh, cold winters -- were on show and the general consensus was that the quality of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) It has been called fashion's dirty little secret but according to Miuccia Prada, soon everybody will be doing it.

Made-in-China's just fine with Prada's supremo and a host of other influential industry figures.

But for Chinese companies and designers seeking to become global style players, producing high-end clothing on home soil is complicated.

Trade ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, seeking re-election next week, says she will pursue media regulation if she returns for a second term, seeking to boost pluralism without influencing editorial content, media reports said Saturday.

A media bill has been in the offing since Rousseff took office in January 2011, and she told a meeting of mainly pro-government ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Washington stands ready to help Ukraine attract private US investment if Kiev acts to root out corruption, a senior US official said Saturday, without pledging any more direct aid for the war-torn country.

"The US has a stake in helping Ukraine build a stable and prosperous country that benefits all of its citizens," US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The UN's top watchdog on Friday said that countries must not trample over human rights during the battle against Ebola.

The 47-nation Human Rights Council -- whose members include Ebola-afflicted Sierra Leone -- said the loss of life in the epidemic was "horrifying" and lauded the "tireless efforts" of a host of players to try to defeat it.

Ebola has ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US President Barack Obama Friday said West Africa has been "overwhelmed" by the Ebola crisis and that the world must never allow such a tragedy to happen again.

A day after leading calls at the United Nations for a swift global effort to confront the disease, Obama issued a challenge to inventors to come up with new protective gear for health workers on the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) War-torn Ukraine on Saturday distanced itself from an EU-brokered agreement with Russia that would have restored its gas supplies during winter and helped rebuild trust between the neighbouring foes.

The European Union's energy commissioner emerged from hours of acrimonious negotiations in Berlin on Friday to pronounce the three month dispute on the verge of ...

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