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(MENAFN - AFP) South Korea's Samsung and LG on Thursday launched rival smartwatches powered by Google's new software as they jostle to lead an increasingly competitive market for wearable devices seen as the mobile industry's next growth booster.

Samsung's "Gear Live" and LG's "G Watch" - both powered by Android Wear - are the first devices to adopt the new Google software ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Pakistani health officials are rushing to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of children against polio amid fears that a civilian exodus from a tribal area where the virus is rampant could spread the disease around the country.

Nearly half a million people have fled a military operation against Taliban strongholds in North Waziristan, a hotspot for the crippling ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) North and South Korea resumed talks Thursday on managing their Kaesong joint industrial zone, after a six-month hiatus caused by rising tensions between Pyongyang and Seoul.

The two Koreas set up a joint committee to run Kaesong after the zone shut down completely in April for five months as military tensions on the Korean peninsula surged to dangerous levels.

After ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Designer Raf Simons on Wednesday kicked off five days of Paris men's fashion with a collection making it clear he intends to make his audience work for his art.

Last year the Belgian designer - who as well as having his own label is also artistic director at Dior - bussed several hundred photographers, journalists and buyers out to a distant Parisian suburb.

This ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) With thousands of cameras capturing their every move for billions of fans, footballers know the World Cup isn't just about sport - it's about tattoos, hairstyles, clothes and the big business of setting trends.

They arrive at airports, training sessions, press conferences and matches with carefully crafted looks, conscious that a new hairdo or tattoo can ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) New York prosecutors sued British bank Barclays for fraud Wednesday, saying it ran a "dark pool" securities trading operation to the benefit of "predatory" high-frequency traders.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Barclays promised clients that it would protect them from aggressive high-speed trading firms in the dark pools but at the same time took ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) France strongly attacked the US-based body that assigns internet addresses on Wednesday, saying it was not a fit venue for internet governance and that alternatives should be sought.

The eurozone's second-largest economy has been at war with the body, which assigns domain names like '.com' and runs crucial internet infrastructure, over the '.wine' and '.vin' ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Talks between Argentina, seeking to avoid defaulting on its debt, and hedge fund bondholders are underway but there is not yet any resolution, a New York lawyer confirmed Wednesday.

Daniel Pollack, appointed by a US federal judge to preside over the talks, said he met counsel for the parties for several hours Tuesday and that they had communicated with him ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) General Motors has told dealers to stop selling about 33,000 new and used Chevrolet Cruze sedans from model years 2013 and 2014 due to a potential problem with airbags from Japan's Takata.

Potentially faulty airbags manufactured by Takata - that could rupture and propel debris inside a car - have triggered the recall of millions of vehicles around the world, ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Taxi drivers snarled traffic in downtown Washington on Wednesday in protest against smartphone car-hailing services such as Uber, which they say are cutting into their business.

Several hundred cabbies took part in the demonstration on wheels spearheaded by the Washington DC Taxi Operators Association, affiliated with the powerful Teamsters union.

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