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(MENAFN - AFP) The eurozone jobless rate showed further signs of improvement in January, hitting its lowest level since April 2012 as the economy picked up from a soft patch late last year, official data showed Monday.

Unemployment in the 19-nation eurozone fell to 11.2 percent from 11.3 percent in December, with the jobless queues down by 140,000 to 18.06 million, the EU ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Eurozone consumer prices decreased again in February, but the rate of decline slowed sharply, easing concerns that the economy faced a dangerous deflation spiral, official data showed Monday.

Prices in the 19-nation eurozone were down 0.3 percent in February, much less than the drop of 0.6 percent in January when tumbling energy costs slashed the cost of living, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Rising foreign demand boosted Germany's key mechanical engineering sector in January, the VDMA industry federation said Monday.

The manufacture of machine tools is a key part of Germany's industrial and export performance.

In January, overall incoming orders rose by 3.0 percent compared with the same month a year earlier, VDMA said in a statement, with ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) On the road to Walgett a sign welcomes visitors: "Farming is not a way of life, it keeps everyone alive." But with drought taking a heavy toll on the region, farming has become a battle for survival.

The Australian agricultural town, which takes its name from the Aboriginal word meaning the meeting of two rivers, is in the grip of the worst drought in a century, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) From outfits for Lady Gaga and Beyonce to disabled fashion: Antonio Urzi, a long-time collaborator with Armani, is trying to revolutionise Milan fashion week with creations designed for amputees.

Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Britney Spears have all worn his masterpieces, but Urzi's latest face is hunky British amputee Jack Eyers, the star of a radically different ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) North Korea is set to lift a four-month ban on foreign tourism imposed over concerns of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, a Beijing-based tour group said on Monday.

Koryo Tours, one of the handful of agencies running regular tours to the North, said it had been contacted by the National Tourism Administration in Pyongyang with news that there was "some ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Five of the 10 wealthiest people in Communist-ruled China are due to take part in two major political meetings starting this week, government websites show, highlighting the influence of the country's mega-rich.

Super-wealthy delegates to the "two sessions" are often the focus of public attention, with some criticised for showing off their influence or lobbying ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Defying scepticism and geek-stigma, mobile phone firms are determined this year to sell you a wristwatch wirelessly connected to your mobile phone.

Numerous models have hit the market over the past year but 2015 will see an explosion, analysts say, with manufacturers making their watches and other wearable connected devices more elegant and useful.

US ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) North Korea is set to lift a four-month ban on foreign tourism imposed over concerns of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, a Beijing-based tour group said Monday.

Koryo Tours, one of the handful of agencies running regular tours to the North, said it had been contacted by the National Tourism Administration in Pyongyang with news that there was "some movement" ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China's official news agency Xinhua has re-launched its English-language presence on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, it announced -- all of which are blocked in China.

Like many official Chinese bodies, Xinhua is an avid user of Western social media despite their illegality in the country, and by January Xinhua had 30 accounts in different names across the three ...

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