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(MENAFN - AFP) Brazil is in recession, official figures showed Friday, adding to the gloom in the world's seventh largest economy already battered by falling commodity prices, political crisis and a corruption scandal.

In the second quarter of this year, gross domestic product slipped 1.9 percent. GDP had already been down 0.7 percent in the first quarter, the government ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Ex-Soviet republic Kyrgyzstan on Friday inaugurated a Chinese-financed power line officials say will bring energy independence to the country, one of the many projects Beijing has sponsored in the region.

The 450-kilometre Datka-Kemin power line is expected to save Kyrgyzstan millions in transit fees, as its electricity will no longer pass through neighbouring ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Bella tops the British charts for female dog names with Alfie once again the favourite for male pooches but it's Rover and out for traditional monikers, a survey shows.

Bella is the most popular overall name in a list compiled by MoneySuperMarket.com from more than 165,000 dogs' names supplied for pet insurance quotes.

The name takes the lead from Poppy, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A rare grey pearl necklace that once belonged to a British aristocrat is expected to fetch up to $7 million when it goes under the hammer in Hong Kong, Sotheby's said Friday.

The string of pearls was part of the collection of Viscountess Cowdray, Lady Pearson -- a renowned collector in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.

It will go for auction in ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Swiss food giant Nestle is being sued in the United States for allegedly knowingly allowing its Fancy Feast cat food to contain fish from a Thai supplier that uses slave labor.

Pet food buyers who filed the class action lawsuit on Thursday in US federal court in Los Angeles seek to represent all California consumers of Fancy Feast who would not have purchased ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Cliff divers in Acapulco say they never forget their first time: the leap into the void, the feeling of flying, the shock of hitting the water at high speed.

Across the generations, whole families of divers have earned their living wowing tourists from around the world with the 35-meter (115-foot) plunge off La Quebrada, the rock face that looms above the Mexican ...

(MENAFN - AFP) As labour pains gripped Junu Shrestha around midnight one day in early July, the heavily pregnant villager set off on foot along a muddy path destroyed in Nepal's earthquake, desperate for help.

She stumbled in the dark for two hours before reaching a handful of medical tents erected after the 7.8-magnitude quake on April 25 flattened her local clinic.

"It ...

(MENAFN - AFP) US Internet search giant Google on Thursday rejected accusations by EU anti-trust regulators that it illegally abuses its market dominance, in its first formal reaction to allegations by Brussels earlier this year.

"We believe that the statement of objections' preliminary conclusions are wrong as a matter of fact, law, and economics," Google general counsel ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Ukraine stepped back from the brink of default Thursday with a crucial debt deal that sees lenders accept a 20-percent write-down and keeps global markets open to the cash-strapped ex-Soviet state.

The announcement marks a monumental victory for Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko -- a US-born economist whom President Petro Poroshenko plucked from a Kiev investment ...

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