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(MENAFN - AFP) Starwood Hotels on Tuesday took over management of a luxury hotel in central Havana, becoming the first big American hospitality chain with a presence on the island since the Cuban Revolution a half-century ago.

The newly-rechristened Cuba Four Points by Sheraton on Havana's Quinta Avenida -- a hotel owned by the Cuban military -- now will be managed by the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Consumer confidence in Germany is on the rise as households feel that robust domestic demand, rising wages and low inflation will keep Europe's biggest economy on a growth path, a poll found on Wednesday.

"In contrast to the weather, German consumer sentiment is showing itself from its sunny side," market research company GfK said in a statement.

"The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian markets rose again Wednesday on hopes that authorities will unveil fresh stimulus to counter the effects of Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union.

After Friday's battering, regional investors have this week led a return to global equities and higher-yielding currencies.

However, analysts warned there would likely be a period of volatility ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) When allegations emerged that Facebook was skewing its trending news stories, many learned about it... on Facebook.

That underscored the rapid shift in media -- not only is news moving from print to digital, but Facebook, Google and other tech platforms are increasingly becoming the main gateways for information.

Technology and social media firms are ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters" hits theaters next month amid a savage backlash by Internet trolls that has thrown the spotlight back onto Hollywood's gender discrimination problem.

The film's first trailer has become the most reviled in YouTube history, having amassed almost 900,000 dislikes, while director Paul Feig and his cast have been bombarded ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian markets rose for a second day Wednesday on hopes that authorities will unveil fresh stimulus to counter the effects of Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union.

After Friday's battering, regional investors have this week led a return to global equities and higher-yielding currencies.

However, analysts warned there would likely be a period ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Obama administration on Tuesday emphasized the need for funding to treat opioid and heroin addiction, releasing new statistics showing explosive growth in overdose deaths.

From 2010 to 2014, the number of heroin overdose deaths in the United States more than tripled, while deaths from opioid drugs such as fentanyl -- which killed the singer Prince -- almost ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) France's foie gras industry is struggling with the fallout of a bird flu scare that has led to a 25 percent drop in production of the controversial delicacy.

Jean-Jacques Caspari of the foie gras industry association CIFOG warned Tuesday of shortages and soaring prices that were likely to last even beyond this year's festive season.

Foie gras -- consumed ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The US Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the reach of its major ruling in support of abortion rights, denying efforts by two states to reinstate restrictions on doctors providing the procedure.

In brief orders without comment, the court refused to take up appeals by Mississippi and Wisconsin, effectively upholding lower court rulings blocking their laws on ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Florida on Tuesday reported its first case of a baby born with the birth defect microcephaly after the child's mother, a Haitian citizen, was infected with the Zika virus while pregnant, officials said.

The mother contracted Zika in Haiti and came to Florida to deliver the baby, said a statement from Governor Rick Scott's office.

The Florida Department ...

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