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(MENAFN - AFP) A ban on bullfighting in Colombia's capital was lifted by the country's highest court which ruled that the prohibition violated the "right to artistic expression".

Mayor Gustavo Petro, a former leftist congressman and guerrilla fighter, had barred bullfighting nearly two years ago on grounds it was cruel to the animals.

But the Constitutional Court ruled ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Cornered against a wall and with a steel hook pushed around his neck, the dog emits a savage howl in a desperate attempt to fight free, but poison will soon be forced into his mouth as Kabul's cull of strays claims another kill.

About 17,600 dogs were poisoned last year by municipal workers in the Afghan capital in an effort to protect residents from disease ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A project using custom-made 360-degree cameras mounted on the backs of climbers scaling the Eiger in the Swiss Alps has captured a unique and dizzying view of the mountain's infamous north face.

Expert mountaineers Stephan Siegrist and Daniel Arnold climbed the legendary original route up a 1,800-metre (5,905-foot) wall, first conquered in 1938, over a two-day ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Yahoo on Wednesday hit the Internet catwalk with a digital fashion magazine dubbed 'Style.'

The online publication headed by print magazine veteran Joe Zee promised a fresh, sophisticated approach to fashion for people of all kinds.

"I had a mission to create a digital magazine that was a study in contrasts - accessible but aspirational, insider but inclusive," ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) In many places swimmers might prefer to avoid sharks, but wetsuit-clad tourists in Palau clamour to dive among the predators thanks to a pioneering conservation initiative that has made them one of the country's main visitor attractions.

Palau created the world's first shark sanctuary in 2009 and the move has been so successful that plans are now underway to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Bank of Japan on Thursday stuck by its view that the world's number three economy was recovering, despite a contraction in the second quarter that underlined the damage inflicted by an April sales tax hike.

Policymakers held fire on expanding the bank's vast stimulus programme following a two-day policy meeting, although they flagged housing and factory ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Hollywood suffered its worst summer for years at the box office, as filmgoers apparently grew tired of blockbuster sequels and epic computer-generated fight scenes, experts said Tuesday.

Between the first weekend of May and the last of August - Labor Day weekend, which traditionally marks the end of the summer filmgoing season - US films made some $4.05 billion, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Economic prosperity is the worst enemy of minority languages, said researchers Wednesday who listed parts of Australia and North America as "hotspots" for extinction risk.

Based on the same criteria used to determine the risk of extinction faced by animal and plant species, they concluded that about a quarter of the world's known 6,909 languages were threatened.

"Languages ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) More than 1,900 people have now died of Ebola in west Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday, warning the world's worst-ever outbreak of the virus is still gathering pace.

Global health experts have stepped up their warnings in recent days that world leaders need to do more to address the epidemic, which is most prominent in Guinea, Sierra Leone ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A French court will decide on Thursday whether Jerome Kerviel, the "rogue trader" who lost one of Europe's biggest banks nearly five billion euros with wildly risky bets, can be freed from jail.

The Paris appeals court will rule on whether Kerviel, 37, can be released from a prison just south of the capital and placed under supervision with an electronic bracelet.

The ...

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