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(MENAFN - AFP) France can't take the risk of Greece leaving the eurozone, which would have an effect across the globe, the prime minister said on Tuesday, adding that the basis for a deal with Athens was there.

"France is convinced that we can't take the risk of Greece leaving the eurozone," a move that would affect economies across the globe, Manuel Valls told French radio. ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Chinese shares took anothertumble Tuesday, defying government efforts to arrest a precipitous fall that has wiped an estimated $3.2 trillion off markets and threatens the world's number-two economy.

The government over the weekend announced a halt to initial public offerings (IPOs) and moves to pour funds into the market to end three weeks of plunging prices.

Analysts ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Japanese and Australian stocks bounced Tuesday from the previous day's Greece-fuelled sell-off, but Shanghai and Hong Kong sank again as analysts warned Chinese measures to staunch a recent mainland rout will likely not be enough.

The euro eased slightly but managed to hold its own after Greece's weekend vote against creditors' austerity proposals, with dealers ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Australia's central bank Tuesday kept interest rates on hold at 2.0 percent for the second-straight month, saying accommodative monetary policy was needed with economic growth subdued.

The Reserve Bank of Australia has slashed rates 250 basis points since November 2011 to support the resources-dependent economy as it experiences a sharp fall in mining investment ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) In a nondescript corner of Doha's Industrial Area, sandwiched between building works, a dusty landscape and overused roads, sits a green oasis for Asian labourers and cricket enthusiasts.

The Asian Town Cricket Stadium is a colourful place of rest and recreation in a mostly grey-looking part of Qatar's capital that serves as the engine room of the country's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Buoyed by a landmark US Supreme Court ruling, a prominent South Korean gay rights campaigner and movie director is suing officials for refusing to recognise his 2013 same-sex marriage.

Kim Jho Gwang-Soo -- a rare openly gay celebrity in conservative South Korea -- and his partner Kim Seung-Hwan took their fight for legitimacy to a district court in western ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Adri Kitshoff aims her gun at the antelope and pulls the trigger. Killed in an instant, the animal collapses to the ground.

The hunter rests her chin on the gun and closes her eyes in a silent prayer of thanks that the animal did not suffer.

Kitshoff, 57, has shot many such animals before but, as she goes to the corpse, her hands begin to tremble.

"If ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The world's oldest man, Sakari Momoi, has died in Japan at the ripe old age of 112, an official said Tuesday.

Momoi, born months before the Wright brothers made their first successful flight, passed away late Sunday, said the official at Saitama City, north of Tokyo, where he had lived for many years.

The supercentenarian, recognised as the world's oldest ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Smithsonian American Art Museum, beating its New York archrival to the punch, announced Monday what it called the first retrospective of Irving Penn's photography in nearly two decades.

"Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty," opening October 23, will feature 146 photographic prints, many of them never exhibited or even seen before, it said in a statement.

New ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Christian Dior's creative director Raf Simons brought a "garden of earthly delights" to Paris Fashion Week on Monday, slipping models into luxurious chainmail in a couture collection inspired by medieval art and fashion.

Sashaying down a lilac catwalk, models in flowing silk taffeta gowns inspired by the Belle Epoque and cowl-necked cloaks in deep purple and ...

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