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(MENAFN - AFP) In a small beige building in a leafy Stockholm suburb, Maria Sjodin bustles around her design studio putting the finishing touches on her sleek fashions for an unexpected clientele: female clergy.

One of the pioneers in the industry, Sjodin creates sophisticated, tailored garments for women pastors and ministers that feature a discreet flair: form-fitting black ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) On May 24 last year a pregnant woman and an older housewife staggered into Kenema hospital in eastern Sierra Leone and were diagnosed within a day as the country's first Ebola cases.

The younger patient lost her baby but both were lucky to survive a virulent tropical virus which over the following 12 months laid waste to the country, leaving nearly 4,000 people ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The operator of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has jointly won a large power and water infrastructure contract in the desert state of Qatar, it said Monday.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp have been selected by a company backed by the Qatari government to build and operate power and water plants ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian markets advanced on Monday, continuing a rally at the end of last week, with Tokyo boosted by a weaker yen after the head of the Federal Reserve stuck to her plan to raise interest rates by the year's end.

The euro suffered further losses as Greece warned it did not have enough money to service its debts next month unless it receives the rest of its bailout ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Japan swung back to a trade deficit in April after the first surplus in almost three years in March, but the shortfall shrank drastically year-on-year thanks to stronger exports and lower energy bills, official data showed Monday.

The monthly deficit came in at 53.4 billion yen ($440 million), about one-15th of the 825.5 billion yen posted a year earlier, finance ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Greece warned Sunday it has no money to repay the International Monetary Fund on time in June unless a deal is reached with its creditors, in a stark warning that the country could be just days away from defaulting.

Athens already had a close shave in May, when it was only able to scrape together the 750 million euros ($845 million) due to the IMF then by raiding ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis admitted Sunday on his personal blog that he recorded a reportedly stormy April 24 meeting in Latvia with his European counterparts, a precaution he often takes.

"In the absence of minutes, I often record my interventions and responses on my mobile phone... to be able to recount my exact phrases and, accordingly, to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Online retailer Amazon has started paying tax on profits from its sales to German customers in Germany instead of in Luxembourg, a newspaper reported Sunday.

The change to book sales from Amazon.de in Germany rather than Luxembourg took effect May 1, the online edition of the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily quoted a company spokesman as saying.

Amazon is among ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Negotiations to form the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade zone are in the "end-game", US Trade Representative Mike Froman said Sunday.

"Our negotiators are working even as we speak, working through issues. We hope to conclude it soon. We are very much in the end-game," he told reporters.

Asked about a timetable, Froman said: "We agreed to conclude ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Deep in the English countryside, there's a bizarre sight: rows of trees being grown into upside-down chairs, slowly taking shape over years of careful nurturing.

Around 150 armchairs, 100 lampshades and other items including mirror frames are being grown out of the ground in a highly unusual adventure in furniture design.

The brainchild of Gavin Munro, ...

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