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(MENAFN - AFP) Lithuania won the EU's final green light this week to join the eurozone in 2015, completing a Baltic embrace of Europe's checkered single currency as security concerns over Russia nudge other reluctant eastern candidates towards adoption.

A special clock has started ticking at Lithuania's central bank in Vilnius, counting the days until the country of three ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Among the white sandy beaches, luxury villas and temples, authorities on the Indonesian island of Bali are carrying out mass culls of dogs in an anti-rabies campaign, an official confirmed Sunday.

Despite a stomach-churning 16-minute video posted on YouTube of a mass slaughter that has prompted outrage from animal welfare groups, Bali Animal Husbandry Department ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) India sits on one of the world's biggest coal reserves, yet its power stations are starved of the fuel with some idle and others running dangerously low on supplies.

Coal accounts for nearly 60 percent of India's electricity, and the country's biggest utility company warned the government this month that supplies at many plants were severely depleted.

While ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Laduree chairman David Holder is a man on the move. His summer itinerary includes Brussels, Luxembourg and Monaco. In the fall, he heads to Canada, Chile and Mexico.

The 152-year-old Paris-based bakery, best known for its iconic macaron, unveiled a new boutique last week in Rome near the Spanish Steps. New sites in Dubai and Bangkok will open in the coming ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) In a world still struggling to shake off the worst financial crisis for a generation, many economists are worrying that new asset bubbles are already threatening to derail the tepid global recovery.

Concern has been rising that investors are paying too much for securities in a search for good returns when interest rates are hovering near record lows, creating ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A faint smell of cannabis smoke hangs in the air as Susana relaxes on the sofa with her mother Juana and lights up a joint.

Welcome to Pachamama - one of the hundreds of cannabis clubs that are making Barcelona rival Amsterdam as a smoker's haven.

With shelves full of books and board games the place could be someone's sitting room, but for a hookah pipe ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The New York Times called for the legalization of marijuana, in a bold editorial comparing the federal ban on cannabis to Prohibition.

The prestigious publication said pot laws disproportionately impact young black men and that addiction and dependence are "relatively minor problems" - especially when compared with alcohol and tobacco.

"It took 13 years ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Any airline would struggle with the devastating impact of losing one jet full of passengers, especially if it had already been bleeding money for years.

But losing another just months later is pushing crisis-hit Malaysia Airlines to the brink of financial collapse, airline experts said, spotlighting whether it can steer its way out of extended turmoil as once-troubled ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Your smartphone is not only your best friend, it's also become your personal trainer, coach, medical lab and maybe even your doctor.

"Digital health" has become a key focus for the technology industry, from modest startups' focus on apps to the biggest companies in the sector seeking to find ways to address key issues of health and wellness.

Apps that ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Under a US court order, Argentina has until Wednesday to either pay hedge funds demanding full payment on of its bad debts - or face a default that could have serious economic consequences.

With the July 30 deadline looming, the South American country has just days to deal with the fallout of its previous 2001 default, which plunged Latin America's third largest ...

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