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(MENAFN - AFP) North Korea is set to lift a four-month ban on foreign tourism imposed over concerns of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, a Beijing-based tour group said Monday.

Koryo Tours, one of the handful of agencies running regular tours to the North, said it had been contacted by the National Tourism Administration in Pyongyang with news that there was "some movement" ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China's official news agency Xinhua has re-launched its English-language presence on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, it announced -- all of which are blocked in China.

Like many official Chinese bodies, Xinhua is an avid user of Western social media despite their illegality in the country, and by January Xinhua had 30 accounts in different names across the three ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) After seven decades holed up in a Catholic church basement in the Lithuanian capital, thousands of Yiddish manuscripts that survived the Holocaust and Stalin's anti-Jewish onslaught are finally seeing the light of day.

A browning, century-old play by renowned Jewish playwright Jacob Gordin is among them. Penned in Yiddish but using the Latin alphabet, it still ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Japanese company behind an experimental Ebola treatment says it offers new hope for thousands of people infected with the deadly virus in west Africa, but acknowledged it is "not a miracle drug".

In their first comments to media since the release of early clinical trials last week, executives from Fujifilm's drug unit Toyama Chemical said the results were ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China's manufacturing activity in February improved more than initially thought, HSBC said on Monday, but weakening foreign demand and declining prices signalled the world's second-largest economy still faces multiple woes.

The British bank's final purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the month came in at 50.7, up from its preliminary reading of 50.1 and the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian markets mostly rose on Monday after China at the weekend cut interest rates for the second time since November, while better-than-forecast US economic data helped push the dollar up against the yen.

Several key events will also be taking investors' attention this week, including a meeting of China's Communist Party, the European Central Bank and the release ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Rio de Janeiro showed Sunday that partying really is a piece of cake, as residents tucked into a monster birthday confection to mark the Brazilian city's 450th anniversary.

Those adverse to carbs should look away now: the 450-meter (500-yard) cake was made with 2.5 tons of flour, 2.1 tons of sugar, 1.5 tons of margarine, 3,000 eggs, 1,000 liters (264 gallons) ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Energy production has been shut down at France's oldest nuclear power plant after a pipe defect was discovered, the station's operators said Sunday.

The Fessenheim plant, which is near the Swiss and German borders, was halted on Saturday just before 1900 GMT due to a flaw in a pipe in the machine room, which does not house nuclear material, a statement from ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) New designers at Hermes, Nina Ricci and Adam Andrascik will be turning heads at Paris fashion this week, but all eyes will be on John Galliano, recently returned from disgrace.

Fresh from shows in New York, London and Milan, the fashion world returns to Paris on Tuesday for nine days of autumn/winter collections.

There are 92 ready-to-wear shows on the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Several big Asian phone companies launched new high-end smartphones and other wireless gizmos on Sunday, hoping to challenge US giant Apple in a big year for wireless gadgets.

Samsung, fellow South Korean firm LG and hip Chinese maker HTC timed their smartphone launches to grab the attention on the eve of the Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest telecoms ...

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