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(MENAFN - AFP) Eurozone ministers agreed Saturday that Greece's bailout programme should expire as planned on June 30 after Greece called a referendum on reform plans, Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said, leaving Athens in danger of an IMF default.

Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, said the ministers would now reconvene without Greece to discuss the "consequences" ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Sao Paulo has banned production and sales of foie gras -- and chefs in Brazil's largest city are fuming.

Mayor Fernando Haddad -- said to like the delicacy himself -- signed a decree instituting the ban, disappointing cooks who had hoped he would veto the bill passed in May by city hall.

The dish was banned on grounds of cruelty to geese that are fattened ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Eurozone finance ministers refused Saturday to extend Greece's bailout programme past June 30 after Athens called a referendum on reform proposals by creditors, sources told AFP.

The ministers "rejected an extension of the aid programme" at a meeting in Brussels, hours after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called the plebiscite on the bailout proposal for ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Christine Lagarde has crossed the Atlantic to swap her job as a French minister for a place in the global economic elite at the head of the International Monetary Fund.

But she has never been able to leave behind one extreme headache: Greece.

In Washington as in Paris, the meteoric career of the 59-year-old lawyer has repeatedly been waylaid by Athens ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Saturday said Greece's decision to hold a referendum over the future of its bailout programme was a "sad" decision that shut the door to further talks.

"I am very negatively surprised by today's decision by the Greek government," the Dutch finance minister said as he arrived for talks with his eurozone counterparts.

"They ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Award-winning graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, famed for his work with the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and Aerosmith, says the concept of beauty in design is back.

The New-York based Austrian tipped Amsterdam, London and Zurich as the hottest places for young designers right now, but in an interview in Rome he said a creative shift has given the Italian capital ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Romania failed to make sufficient progress in implementing promised economic reforms in exchange for rescue funds, the European Commission said in a statement late Friday after a meeting in Bucharest.

"Important steps have been taken in some areas and the macroeconomic situation is strong," said the Commission.

"However, the overall progress in implementing ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) When French superchef Alain Ducasse stunned the world of haute cuisine last year by dropping meat, boosting veggies and lightening up his menus, he was less bucking convention than joining a trend of accommodating vegetarians and people with food allergies.

Fine dining at top-class restaurants run by uncompromising chefs might once have been unthinkable for ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Disney on Friday became the latest major tourism operator to ban selfie sticks as part of a growing backlash against the extendable devices.

The ban covers Disney theme parks in the United States, Paris and Hong Kong.

"We strive to provide a great experience for the entire family, and unfortunately selfie sticks have become a growing safety concern for ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The percentage of Americans using the Internet has remained unchanged for the past three years, with older and low-income people making slow progress getting online, a study showed Friday.

The Pew Research Center report showed 84 percent of American adults using the Internet in 2015, the same as in 2013 and 2014 and up just one point from 2012. The number is ...

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