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(MENAFN - AFP) Europe's main stock markets slipped on Friday with all eyes on Greece's weekend referendum on its bailout and future place in the eurozone.

In late morning deals, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index lost 0.10 percent to stand at 11,088.73 points and in Paris the CAC 40 shed 0.21 percent to 4,825.18 amid fears of a "Grexit" or Greece exit from the single currency bloc.

Outside ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Suicide, blackmail and lies -- EU leaders have accused Greece of a litany of sins since months of fruitless talks on a debt deal hit the wall, often in surprisingly undiplomatic language.

While this criticism reflects frustration with the negotiating tactics of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his radical leftist Syriza government, it may also be part ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Greece is almost evenly split over a crucial weekend referendum that could decide its financial fate, with a "Yes" result possibly ahead by a whisker, the latest survey showed Friday.

The poll by the Alco institute said 44.8 percent of Greeks intend to vote "Yes" and 43.4 percent are for "No" -- making it the first published survey to give a lead to the "Yes" ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) At a now-shuttered adoption agency on the fringes of India's capital, kidnapped toddlers and newborns were being sold for about $8,000 each, no questions asked.

After stumping up cash, prospective parents would inspect the bewildered children at the "Fastrack International" agency and take them home the same day, according to police who raided the premises ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Chinese priest Lin Xiuqiang is pleased with his new Catholic church, its tall tower topped with a cross -- and grateful to the Communist officials who paid $19 million to build it.

China's Christians are divided between state-run churches which pledge allegiance to the officially atheist Communist party, and "underground" congregations who maintain their independence.

Dozens ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Cyprus's Othello Tower, named after the ill-fated Shakespearean hero, reopened Thursday after a facelift with a performance of the tragedy that organisers hope will spread unity among long-divided communities.

The year-long, EU-funded project to renovate the mediaeval tower in the port of Famagusta's 14th century castle comes as Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US hedge fund Elliott said on Friday it had filed an appeal against a court ruling in favour of the proposed merger of two Samsung Group subsidiaries.

The Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday rejected a request from Elliott to stop Cheil Industries buying Samsung C&T Corp through an all-stock deal worth $8 billion, a move designed to facilitate Samsung's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian markets mostly retreated Friday ahead of the weekend's Greek referendum that could decide its eurozone future, while Shanghai plunged almost six percent, at the end of another torrid week for mainland investors.

Wall Street ended in the red as a strong increase in US jobs was overshadowed by the Greek crisis and stagnant wage growth.

Seoul dropped ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Camp beds, biscuits and bottles of water: each night dozens of asylum seekers find refuge in an unusual yet highly symbolic place, Milan's Holocaust memorial.

"Indifference": the word, carved in huge letters in a grey concrete wall, welcomes visitors to the site behind the north Italian city's central station, also known as "binario 21" (platform 21).

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Japanese consumers are used to paying through the nose for fruit, and now the summer's here there's another way for them to empty their wallets: cube and heart-shaped watermelons.

But this pricey produce is not intended to tempt your taste buds -- it's more ornament than the perfect picnic food.

Over at the Shibuya Nishimura luxury fruit shop in downtown ...

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