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(MENAFN - AFP) European stock markets sank on Thursday as investors worried over reports of increased Russian interference in war-torn Ukraine, dealers said.

In late morning deals, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index dropped 0.22 percent to 6,815.74 points and the Paris CAC 40 lost 0.45 percent to 4,375.33 compared with Wednesday's close.

Frankfurt's DAX 30 index shed ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) South Africa's Impala Platinum (Implats) announced a net loss on Thursday and waived a dividend for the financial year ending in June, reflecting the fall-out from a bitter five-month strike.

The world's second-biggest platinum group said it had posted a net loss of 129 million rand ($12 million), while turnover fell by three percent from the level the previous ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Unemployment in Germany remained steady in August, official data showed on Thursday, as clouds continue to build over Europe's biggest economy and the eurozone as a whole.

The unemployment rate stood at 6.7 percent in August after adjustment for seasonal blips, the same rate as in July.

But the number of people registered as unemployed edged up by 2,000 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Spain's economy grew by 0.6 percent in the second quarter compared with output in the previous three months, the fastest rate since 2007, the national statistics office said on Thursday in a further sign of recovery from recession.

The Spanish economy, the eurozone's fourth-largest, grew by 1.2 percent over 12 months, following four consecutive quarters of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Unemployment in Germany stagnated in August, as clouds continue to build over Europe's biggest economy, official data showed on Thursday.

The unemployment rate stood at 6.7 percent in seasonally adjusted terms in August, unchanged from July, while the number of people registered as unemployed edged up by 2,000, the Federal Labour Office said in a statement.

That ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An Argentine couple danced their way to first place in the stage competition at the 12th annual World Tango Championship, where a same-sex pair also took home a top prize for the first time.

Manuela Rossi and Juan Malizia Gatti came in first place before a crowd of 7,000 spectators who gathered Tuesday at Buenos Aires' Luna Park stadium in the heart of the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) South Korea's Samsung and LG unveiled new smartwatches Thursday with upgraded functions and design as they step up their drive to lead an increasingly competitive market for wearable devices.

The "Gear S" is Samsung's first smartwatch able to make stand-alone phonecalls with built-in 3G alongside Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.

Users can make and receive ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Pilots of the Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings are to strike on Friday in pursuit of their demands for better early retirement provisions, their union announced on Thursday.

The pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit said in a statement it is "planning... strikes for all Germanwings flights departing from all German airports between 6:00 am and midday" (0400-1000 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Half-naked revellers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo on Wednesday in Spain's Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for "the world's biggest food fight".

Locals and visitors from as far away as Australia, Japan and the United States crammed into the eastern town of Bunol as mushy tomatoes flew in every direction in a world-famous ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Despite her sore feet, Federica Simonetto smiles for a photo by the last signpost on the Way of Saint James - one of a new wave of young pilgrims bringing fresh life to the Medieval trail.

After eight days hiking with a friend, the Italian nurse has reached Santiago de Compostela, the northern Spanish city where the saint's bones are said to lie.

Pilgrims ...

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