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(MENAFN - AFP) Her elder half-sister Kim Kardashian may have tried to "break the Internet" with a provocative nude photo shoot last week, but Kendall Jenner is taking a more conventional route to fame and fortune.

The slender 19-year-old model has until recently lived largely in the shadow of her more famous, curvaceous sibling, despite featuring regularly in the hit US reality ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The first word Mr En learned when he started work on a construction site in Japan after moving from China was "baka" -- "idiot".

The 31-year-old farmer is one of 50,000 Chinese who signed up for a scheme run by the Japanese government that promises to allow foreigners to earn money while they train on the job.

Like many of his compatriots, he hoped to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Thousands of wine lovers braved the cold to get the first sip of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau in its home town as part of a time-honoured tradition to celebrate the arrival of the young French wine.

Eager crowds gathered Wednesday outside the church in the eastern French town of Beaujeu ahead of midnight when at the cry of "The Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived!" ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Top executives from US technology giant Apple and Chinese smartphone upstart Xiaomi traded light-hearted barbs on Thursday at a Chinese Internet conference, acknowledging the fierce competition between the rivals.

Apple's iPhones and iPads are wildly popular in China, encouraging smuggling and crowds at the company's stores as consumers try to lay their hands ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) British financial regulators have fined state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland a combined £56 million for a series of IT failures that left customers unable to access services, they said Thursday.

The fines, worth the equivalent of $87.6 million or 70 million euros, occurred in June 2012 for failures at also RBS units NatWest bank and Ulster Bank.

The Financial ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China and New Zealand agreed to expand their burgeoning trade relationship during a state visit by President Xi Jinping Thursday, including a deal to allow television co-productions to be aired on Chinese media.

Wellington became the first developed nation to sign a free trade agreement with Beijing in 2008, and Xi joined New Zealand Prime Minister John Key ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A state-owned Chinese company has signed a $12 billion agreement to build a railway along Nigeria's coast that it billed as China's single largest overseas contract, state media said Thursday.

China Railway Construction Corp. Ltd. (CRCC) signed the official construction contract with the Nigerian government on Wednesday in Abuja, the Xinhua news agency said.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Manufacturing activity in China stagnated in November, British banking giant HSBC said Thursday, warning of "significant" pressures on the world's second-largest economy as its key purchasing managers' index (PMI) hit a six-month low.

HSBC's preliminary PMI for the month came in at the 50.0 breakeven point dividing expansion and contraction, the bank said in ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The world's biggest miner BHP Billiton Thursday defended its plan to split the company by spinning off non-core assets, saying it would generate stronger growth, with a vote on the demerger set for May.

BHP announced in August a proposal to create a new independent company by demerging some assets, including aluminium, manganese, silver and selected coal and ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian markets mostly fell Thursday after another round of weak manufacturing data underlined the slowdown in China's economy while minutes from the US Federal Reserve's latest meeting gave few hints about its plans for interest rates.

Further losses in the yen to multi-year lows against the dollar and euro were not enough to lift Tokyo's Nikkei after this week's ...

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