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(MENAFN - AFP) Sixteen-year-old Arthur Brown is finishing his second year in high school in a suburb of Chicago. While his peers are looking forward to summer days at the local mall, Brown knows navigating that simple ritual of American teenage life will be fraught with complexities.

"You calculate when you're going to be out, and you pray that you're not going to have to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asia stocks were broadly up Monday after comments from Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen that suggested a US interest rate hike was looming.

Speaking at Harvard University Friday, Yellen said she believed growth and the strengthening of the labor market would continue, and in that case, "probably in the coming months such a move would be appropriate".

That ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Transgender people live under dramatically varying circumstances around the world -- often facing violent repression, but also conquering crucial new rights most notably in Europe and the United States.

There are few reliable statistics on the community, in part because many transgender people around the world are unable to come out. And there are sometimes ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Iran's foreign minister kicked off an EU trade drive in Poland on Sunday, in one of Tehran's first moves to drum up business with the West after the lifting of sanctions earlier this year.

Javad Zarif is also expected to travel to EU members Finland, Sweden before winding up his trip in Latvia on June 2.

"I'm convinced that our (Warsaw) ambassador's wish ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Andre Rousselet, founder of the French film and television network Canal+ and former close friend of the late president Francois Mitterrand, died on Sunday at his Paris home, his family said. He was 93.

"He died peacefully at his home," Philippe Rousselet, one of his sons, told AFP.

President Francois Hollande led the tributes for the entrepreneur, praising ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Superhero sequel "X-Men: Apocalypse" debuted as the top movie at North American box-offices this Memorial day weekend with ticket sales of $65 million, industry figures showed on Sunday.

In the United States, the three-day holiday weekend -- the unofficial start of summer -- is popular with moviegoers, and cinemas generally do a booming business, although box ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Bayer's chief executive said in an interview published Sunday he is ready to meet environmental groups to address concerns about his group's plans to take over US agrochemicals giant Monsanto.

In an interview with the Sunday newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Werner Baumann also hinted that the Monsanto brand could disappear once the business ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) German airline Lufthansa said Sunday it will suspend flights to Venezuela from next month owing to the economic crisis in the country.

"We have decided to suspend the service between Frankfurt and Caracas for the time being as from June 17," a company spokesman told AFP.

The service, three times a week, was Lufthansa's only flight between Germany and ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Chad Braverman is an early riser -- you have to be to keep ahead as America's top sex toy magnate, overseeing production of tens of thousands of "pleasure products" a week.

Every day the 34-year-old gets up around dawn, jogs for 30 minutes and heads to work, where he runs the largest maker of vibrators, massagers, strokers and other R-rated gadgets in the United ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Gripping a monkey-faced chess piece, Thein Zaw swipes his hand across the chequerboard and topples an advancing demon, demonstrating an ancient form of the game that Myanmar traditionalists are battling to revive.

Sittuyin, as Myanmar's unique chess is called, is similar to the modern game but has distinctive pieces as well as moves that echo a time when warriors ...

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