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(MENAFN - AFP) A Canadian law firm said Thursday it planned to expand its class actions against embattled Japanese auto parts giant Takata and car manufacturers over defective airbags.

The plaintiffs are seeking more than Can$3.0 billion from Takata and auto manufacturers Chrysler, Honda, Nissan and Toyota for the loss of value of their vehicles caused by the recall, according ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Hewlett-Packard announced Thursday it was selling a 51 percent stake in its China-based server business, creating a joint venture with Tsinghua Holdings that will be a sector leader in China.

The US tech giant said it would sell the stake for $2.3 billion, creating a new business called H3C worth $4.5 billion that would be the leader in China in computer servers, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) It's another sun-drenched day but the deckchairs of a four-star hotel on the island of Djerba stand empty, in a sign of the "catastrophic" summer on the horizon for Tunisian tourism.

"It's dead. It's all over for this year," was the blunt verdict from Adel Tarres, manager of the hotel on the holiday island off the south coast of Tunisia that has in past years ...

(MENAFN - AFP) With the engines throbbing, young Libyans battle it out among the sand dunes, not with Humvee-style fighting vehicles but brightly coloured and sporty four-wheel drives.

In a weekly escape from the violence gripping their country, they converge every Friday -- the Muslim weekend -- for races in Qarabuli on the Mediterranean coast, 60 kilometres (35 miles) east ...

(MENAFN - AFP) From a distance it could be a scene from Qatar's ancient past, long before the country's modern-day wealth was secured by the discovery of gas and oil.

Several kilometres (miles) off the coast of southern Qatar, five traditional dhow boats bob gently up and down on the becalmed blue-green waters of the Gulf.

On board each vessel are a number of gawas, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Ukrainians led by President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday donned the country's traditional embroidered dress -- a yearly celebration that has become a manifestation of national identity and unity.

On a visit to an EU-Eastern Partnership in Riga, Poroshenko was photographed wearing a colourful folk-style shirt for "Vyshyvanka Day", named after the national clothing, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Ignoring noisy buses and curious onlookers, street dentist Allah Baksh plunges his hands into a patient's mouth to fit a sparkling set of dentures for $12 in the Indian city of Bangalore.

With his plastic stool, mirror and glass cases of teeth on display, Baksh is among hundreds of such dentists frowned upon by their licenced counterparts in rapidly modernising ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Europe's human rights court will on June 5 rule on whether a man in a vegetative state can be taken off life support, a case that has ignited a fierce euthanasia debate in France, a spokesman said Thursday.

Vincent Lambert, 38, who was left severely brain damaged and quadriplegic as a result of a 2008 road accident, has for months been at the centre of a judicial ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Hong Kong-listed property, finance and wine trading conglomerate Goldin bounced back Friday, a day after its stocks plunged more than 40 percent, wiping more than $20 billion off their combine market value.

Goldin Financial edged up 3.66 percent and was trading at HK$18.12 ($2.34) Friday while Goldin Properties surged 10.86 percent to HK$15.92. The two firms ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The Bank of Japan on Friday held fire on launching more stimulus, days after official data showed the world's number three economy grew more than expected in the first quarter.

Policymakers kept the central bank's annual 80 trillion yen ($662 billion) monetary easing programme in place after a two-day meeting and investors will now be watching a briefing by ...

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