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(MENAFN - AFP) Kim Kardashian flashed a new, platinum blonde hair-do at the Paris Fashion Week on Thursday as she watched the shows with rapper hubby Kanye West.

The attention-grabbing make-over by the normally brunette American reality TV star overshadowed the 2015 autumn collections unveiled by fashion houses Balmain and Lanvin, with photographers pushing to get snaps of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The MERS virus has killed 10 more people in Saudi Arabia over the past week, pushing the death toll above 400, as health officials broaden their campaign to halt its spread.

Saudi Arabia is the country worst-hit by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The latest deaths occurred between February 27 and March 5, adding to a surge of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Human exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals could cost the European Union some 157 billion euros a year in health care and lost productivity, according to a study published Thursday in a scientific journal.

The study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism linked endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) to IQ loss, autism, attention hyperactivity ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The euro dived Friday to another 11.5-year low, one day after the European Central Bank announced it would launch its massive stimulus package next week.

The single currency sank to $1.0963 -- the lowest since September 2003 -- as investors also awaited US non-farm payrolls data that, if strong enough, could support a Federal Reserve interest rate increase.

Analysts ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Germany's Commerzbank will pay at least $1.4 billion to settle US claims that it violated sanctions on countries including Iran and Sudan, Bloomberg reported.

The second-biggest German lender agreed to the settlement with US authorities, which could be finalised this month as part of an accord that would also resolve a separate money-laundering matter, according ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Excluding Russia from the SWIFT banking system would be a measure of last resort if the crisis in Ukraine escalates, the British and Polish foreign ministers said Friday.

"When it comes to sanctions, SWIFT is the nuclear weapon. It is the last resort and we are all aware of that," Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna said at a joint press conference in ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) British energy giant BP said Friday it would invest $12 billion (11 billion euros) in gas fields in Egypt together with Russian-owned partner DEA, calling it a "vote of confidence" in the country.

"The WND (West Nile Delta) project investment is the largest foreign direct investment in Egypt," BP's chief executive Bob Dudley said in a statement after final ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Chinese conglomerate Fosun International announced Friday it had bought a five percent stake in UK-based tour operator Thomas Cook in its latest foray into the travel market.

The move comes less than a month after it snapped up 92.8 percent of French holiday resorts group Club Med.

A statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange, where Fosun is listed, said ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China's budget deficit this year will be higher than previously declared as the government boosts fiscal spending in a bid to bolster economic growth, the finance minister said Friday.

Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday in his "work report" to the National People's Congress (NPC), the country's Communist-controlled parliament, that the deficit would amount to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has requested a meeting with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, a government source said Friday, after Athens got no help from the European Central Bank to address a cash squeeze.

"The prime minister called Mr Juncker to arrange a meeting next week," a government source said.

The government later said in ...

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