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(MENAFN - AFP) Gucci's new creative director Alessandro Michele unveiled a veritable feast of beanies and flouncy, nipple-flashing outfits as Milan fashion week started with a bee-themed bang on Wednesday.

It was the most hotly-awaited show of the season, with Michele unveiling the Italian luxury brand's new look after creative giant Frida Giannini departed acrimoniously ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An Italian teenager suffering from bone cancer has had half his pelvis replaced by a titanium transplant in what medics at Turin's university hospital centre said Wednesday was a world first.

The 18-year-old has been undergoing chemotherapy for a pelvic osteosarcoma, or tumour, for the last year but his surgeons decided more radical treatment was necessary ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) London stocks pulled back Wednesday from to a record high the previous day on profit-taking, while the main European markets ended flat.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index dropped 0.21 percent from Tuesday's close to end the day at 6,935.38 points.

Frankfurt's DAX 30 index edged up 0.04 percent to 11,210.27 points, while in Paris the CAC 40 was down 0.09 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The World Health Organization on called on European nations Wednesday to step up vaccinations against the highly contagious measles virus after an outbreak of over 22,000 cases across the continent since 2014.

"We must collectively respond, without further delay, to close immunisation gaps,'' said Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO's Europe director. "It is unacceptable ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The EU unveiled plans Wednesday for a continent-wide single energy market to reduce its uneasy reliance on Russian supplies and cut a massive annual import bill of some 400 billion euros.

The proposals by the European Commission, the executive body of the 28-nation bloc, are timely as Russia once again threatens to cut gas deliveries to Ukraine, putting onward ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The South African government raised taxes and scaled back spending plans in its annual budget Wednesday as Africa's most developed economy wrestles with stalling growth, rising debt, power blackouts and rampant unemployment.

Projected economic growth for 2015 is just 2.0 percent, down from 2.5 percent forecast in October last year, Finance Minister Nhlanhla ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble voiced doubts Wednesday on whether indebted Greece can live up to its fiscal promises, underlining the problems facing Athens on both the domestic and EU fronts.

His comments came on the day that the hard work for Greece's new anti-austerity government began, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying an agreement ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) World oil prices rose Wednesday, but gains were limited before a key report expected to show further build-up in US crude inventories, dealers said.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for April delivery rose 10 cents to $49.38 a barrel.

Brent North Sea crude for April climbed 25 cents to stand at $58.91 a barrel in London midday deals.

Crude ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European stock markets fell Wednesday, taking the steam out of a rally that pushed London to record highs the previous day.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index dropped 0.36 percent to stand at 6,924.30 points around midday in the British capital.

Frankfurt's DAX 30 edged down 0.07 percent to 11,197 points and the CAC 40 index in Paris lost 0.29 percent ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Saudi Arabia's stock market regulator on Wednesday suspended trading in one of the country's major telecommunication firms, Etihad Etisalat, after the company reported losses of $243 million last year.

The firm, known as Mobily, is a unit of United Arab Emirates giant Etisalat.

The suspension will run "until Mobily discusses the reasons that led to a ...

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