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(MENAFN - AFP) The Sudanese man with an armful of battery-powered wall clocks pushes one through the taxi's open window. His head follows.

"For you, a good price," he tells the passenger. "How many dollars" he asks expectantly, hoping for an offer.

On the other side of the car, the taxi driver negotiates with a vendor selling cheap flashlights.

The Merchants of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An unprecedented second major aviation disaster in four months could further associate Malaysia with calamity in the eyes of travellers, observers warn, putting the tropical destination's vital tourism sector at risk.

Even before Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down on Thursday over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in an apparent missile strike, killing all ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Russia is struggling with a flood of refugees as more than half a million flee the fighting in eastern Ukraine and it seems many are increasingly likely to stay, officials and activists said.

Widely viewed by the West as having fomented the conflict by providing support to pro-Russian separatists - a charge Moscow denies - Russia now faces the growing challenge ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Known for kidnapping, public stonings, lashings and executions, the Islamic State (IS) is now expanding into tourism, taking jihadists on honeymoon and civilians to visit other parts of its "caliphate".

Running twice-weekly tours from Syria's Raqa to Iraq's Anbar, IS' buses fly the group's black flag and play jihadist songs throughout the journey.

One ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine has stirred memories of a 1983 incident when a Korean passenger jet was shot down by Soviet fighters in what then US president Ronald Reagan called a mid-air "massacre".

As with the Malaysian plane, the loss of life was total, with all 269 passengers and crew aboard Korean Air Lines Flight 007 perishing when ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Some of Scotland's best-loved exports, after its famed whisky, will help kick off the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday, the beginning of a two-week party in Glasgow.

Singer Susan Boyle has already been announced as a star of Wednesday's opening ceremony, while veteran mod icon Rod Stewart will perform in a homecoming of sorts.

Boyle has sold 19 million ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A French court on Tuesday cancelled a November ruling ordering a prison to provide halal meals for Muslim prisoners, in the latest legal battle over an issue that has caused controversy in the secular republic.

The French government had sought to overturn the ruling by an administrative tribunal that argued that the Saint-Quentin-Fallavier jail in southeast ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An 18-hour version of Shakespeare's epic "Henry VI" ended to sustained applause early Tuesday at France's top arts festival in Avignon, marking a triumph for the play's 32-year-old director.

The daunting task involving 21 actors, 150 characters, seven intermissions and 10,000 verses took a decade to come to fruition, director Thomas Jolly said, describing a ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A record 28 million foreign tourists flocked to Spain during the first half of the year, with British and German holidaymakers leading the wave, the government said on Monday.

The number of foreign visitors was up 7.3 percent over the figure for the same time in 2013, when the country set a new record for tourist arrivals, the tourism ministry said.

Tourism ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A German court ruled for the first time Tuesday that seriously ill patients may grow their own marijuana for medical purposes in certain cases.

The administrative court in the western city of Cologne said that while cannabis remained illegal for general use in Germany, it may be cultivated at home by some patients with medical permits for the drug.

The ...

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