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(MENAFN - AFP) Microsoft said it has sold more than five million XBox One consoles since they were launched in November.

The news came a day after video game competitor Sony said it had sold more than seven million PlayStation 4 consoles since mid-November.

Sony's numbers refer to sales to consumers while Microsoft's involve sales to retailers.

Sales of XBox ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The bass is pumping, the lights are low and the dance floor of the club is heaving. It's the weekend and the young man is enjoying himself -- until someone steals his balloon.

Dressed in a Spiderman outfit, the four-year-old boy runs to his dad by the bar to complain, before receiving a glow-stick in consolation.

Such are the highs and lows of family ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) A citrus disease spread by a tiny insect has devastated Florida's orange crop, which is expected to be the worst in nearly 30 years, and sent juice prices soaring on New York markets.

The culprit? The gnat-sized Asian citrus psyllid, which is infecting citrus trees across the Sunshine State with huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, which causes fruit ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The tavern in Diepsloot township on the outskirts of Johannesburg starts filling up early on a Friday. There are several hours left in the workday but the patrons have no work to go to and little diversion among the dusty streets and iron shacks.

"I came to Joburg thinking I'll get a job. There's no job!" says unemployed 29-year-old Elias, summarising the ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund released a bailout payment of 851 million euros ($1.18 billion) to Portugal on Thursday as the debt-riddled country gets close to exiting its three-year IMF-European Union rescue.

The IMF executive board approved the payment, which brings the total amount disbursed under the program to 25.7 billion euros.

The so-called ...

17 Apr 2014   Soweto From bullets to BMWs 
 

(MENAFN - AFP) Sunday afternoon is showtime in Soweto, a time when it seems everyone in South Africa's iconic township is out on the streets strutting their stuff.

An armada of sleek German sedans -- the must-have ride for South Africa's black nouveau riche -- slithers along the well-paved roads, lapping slow-moving buses packed with camera-wielding tourists.

"Nothing ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen elderly and disabled people including a Libyan Muslim during an Easter ritual in Rome on Thursday imitating Jesus Christ's humility.

The 77-year-old bent down with difficulty to wash and kiss the feet of the nine Italians and three foreigners aged between 16 and 86 years old at the Don Carlo Gnocchi foundation's Santa ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) British and German tourists stayed away from Cyprus in March but the number of Russian visitors rose as arrivals on the Mediterranean island plunged 16.3 percent from March 2013, official data showed Thursday.

The 16.3 percent drop to 77,533 from 92,620 in March 2013 was the largest dip in tourist arrivals for 13 months, and followed an increase recorded ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) A new work by British street artist Banksy will go on public display in his home city after a row over ownership of the painting, which features two lovers embracing as they gaze at their mobile phones, officials said Thursday.

The piece dubbed "Mobile Lovers" was found at the weekend on a wooden plank that had been screwed onto a boarded-up doorway in Bristol, ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) To mark the 70th birthday of one of Africa's most accomplished living artists, a Lagos museum chose to focus on pretty much anything but El Anatsui's globally renowned work.

Instead, three decades of payslips from the University of Nigeria, where Anatsui has taught since 1975, are collected in a binder that hangs by a string in the centre of the room.

Handwritten ...

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