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(MENAFN - AFP) Huge black and gold sarcophaguses with kohl-rimmed eyes dwarf visitors at Turin's palatial Egyptian museum, which is reopening to the public after a "pharaonic" five-year renovation.

What was it like to be an early 20th-century explorer, stumbling across the ancient tombs of pharaohs and dignitaries and unearthing the mummified bodies and treasures within

Now ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Thai police said Wednesday they are investigating a senior Bangkok-based World Health Organization official and his wife after their Ethiopian maid accused them of modern-day slavery and physical abuse.

The 25-year-old maid filed a complaint last month accusing her employers of beating her and forcing her to work without pay for nearly two years at their residence ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Fresh talks between Greece and its creditors on a list of reforms ended without a deal Wednesday, with a widely anticipated meeting of eurozone finance ministers now unlikely to happen in the near future, sources said.

Eurozone experts held a conference call Wednesday to discuss the state of the reform plans that Greece's new hard-left government has been discussing ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Bulgaria has dropped a deal with US-based firm Westinghouse Electric to build a new reactor at its only nuclear plant because of financial pressures, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced Wednesday.

"We cannot uphold the agreement" which is worth $4 billion (3.8 billion euros), Borisov told parliament, adding that the cash-strapped country was unable to shoulder ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US mall giant Simon Property late Tuesday ended a hostile campaign for rival Macerich after Macerich rejected the latest takeover offer.

Simon said it was pulling the campaign "in light of the Macerich board of directors not to engage in discussions with Simon."

Earlier, Macerich said that Simon's offer of $95.50 per share "continues to substantially ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The top two US automakers reported weaker US sales in March Wednesday, as consumers stayed cautious through the end of a harsh winter.

General Motors, the largest automaker, said its US sales fell about two percent from a year ago to 249,875 cars and trucks, with strength in sales to commercial fleets outweighed by sagging retail purchases.

Ford sales ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The German cabinet drew up rules Wednesday on the hitherto unregulated technology of "fracking" in Germany, narrowly restricting its use, but stopping short of an outright ban.

Under the law, fracking will be banned in specified regions "to protect drinking water, health and the environment," the environment and energy ministries said in a statement.

It ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) President Barack Obama ordered a new sanctions program Wednesday which could block assets of US and foreign hackers and of companies that seek to profit from cyberattacks.

Obama said the threat from cyberattacks was a "national emergency" and the new sanctions could help strike back against those involved in attacks on US targets.

"Starting today, we're ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Vatican said Wednesday it had signed an agreement to share financial information with Italy in a bid to stamp out tax evasion within the once-secretive city state.

The deal followed months of negotiations with Rome and will see the Vatican share information on individuals and companies resident in Italy.

Religious institutes banking with the Institute ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) GoDaddy shares surged in their Wall Street debut Wednesday, as the market welcomed the company that tries to make Internet domain management and website hosting sexy.

The stock trading under the symbol GDDY jumped 31 percent to $26.19 at 1520 GMT, following the initial public offering at $20 a share raising some $460 million.

At the current price, GoDaddy's ...

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