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(MENAFN - AFP) French estate agent Benjamin Pastor finally found a filling station that had not run out of petrol on Thursday after four others turned him away.

Like many other Parisians, his sympathy is in short supply for a three-month-long campaign by unions against the government's hotly contested labour reform.

"Absolutely not," Pastor told AFP when asked if he ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Russian President Vladimir Putin signed several economic deals with Athens on Friday during a visit to Greece aimed at reinforcing a relationship with one of his few friends in the EU amid tensions with the West.

The visit, Putin's first to the EU since December, comes at a low ebb in relations between Russia and Europe over the conflict in Ukraine that broke ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Angola's yellow fever outbreak has killed more than 300 people since December, with cases of the deadly disease spreading to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and even China, the World Health Organization has said.

The outbreak was first detected in the capital Luanda at the end of last year, and has now been confirmed in most coastal and central regions ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The works of Ken Domon, an acclaimed photographer whose images of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bomb shocked 1950s Japan, take centre stage in Rome Friday with the opening of the first exhibition of his pictures outside his home country.

Domon, who died in 1990, is venerated in Japan as one of the country's greatest photographers and a pioneer of realism, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) French President Francois Hollande pledged Friday he would press on with his unpopular labour reforms, despite strikes that have paralysed the nation.

"I will keep going because I think these are good reforms," he told reporters on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Japan, adding that his government would ensure "freedom of movement" for citizens beset with ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Oil prices dipped in Asia Friday, pulling back further from the psychological $50 level as traders took profit and expectations of tighter global supply receded.

At about 0645 GMT, US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for July delivery was down 32 cents at $49.16 a barrel while Brent North Sea crude, the European standard, was 33 cents lower at $49.26.

Oil ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) From the country that gave the world "Bieber Fever," Canada's "other Justin" -- heartthrob Prime Minister Justin Trudeau -- has made quite a splash on his visit to Japan for the G7 summit.

Japanese media and his growing legions of female fans have been swooning over the 44-year-old PM, who celebrated his 11th wedding anniversary earlier this week by taking ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Speculation mounted in Japan Friday that Tokyo may delay an upcoming sales tax hike, after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the global economy faces a looming "crisis" similar to that in 2008.

Tokyo is scheduled to raise the sales tax from eight to 10 percent in April 2017 to help pay down one of the biggest debt loads among rich nations.

Abe has previously ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US auto giant General Motors (GM) will recall more than two million vehicles produced through a joint venture in China because of an engine component flaw, the firm and officials said.

The venture between GM and Shanghai-based SAIC will recall 2.16 million Buick and Chevrolet branded vehicles because their engine valves could corrode after extended use, the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Japan's core consumer prices fell for a second straight month in April, dealing another blow to Tokyo's faltering war on deflation, data showed Friday.

The negative reading of minus 0.3 percent offered fresh evidence of the challenges faced by the government and the Bank of Japan (BoJ) in their bid to revitalise the world's number three economy.

The weak ...

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