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(MENAFN - AFP) The latest entrant to the fast-growing global festival calendar is moving beyond crowd-pleasing rock acts, offering a New York audience an immersion in art and technology.

Panorama -- put together by the promoters of Coachella, the California festival that is among the world's most lucrative music events -- opened Friday in Randalls Island off the city's East ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The UN is offering tens of thousands of children in the Gaza strip, traumatised by three wars with Israel since 2008, a summer break at play camps throughout the territory.

Over three weeks, 165,000 children will attend camps offering play activities and access to psychologists, said Bo Schack of UNRWA, the United Nations agency responsible for Palestinian ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Dutch retail giant Ahold and Belgian rival Delhaize on Saturday said they had finalised their mega-merger after US regulatory authorities gave the union the green light.

Both groups said they had inked an agreement to take effect from 2201 GMT after the Federal Trade Commission gave its assent.

The FTC had earlier said the sale of 81 stores must be split ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the US urged G20 countries gathering on Saturday to do more to boost the slowing global economy, with Britain's vote to leave the European Union (EU) threatening to further derail growth.

Central bank chiefs and finance ministers from the world's top 20 economies met in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, and ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov on Saturday broke the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said.

Flight coordinator John Wallington said Konyukhov, who took off from Western Australia on July 12, had successfully flown the route by Saturday afternoon but had yet to land.

His journey, taking just over 11 days, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) In a world where motor vehicles can be weapons and cars increasingly depend on internal computers and internet connections, automakers are under increasing pressure to find ways to guard against cyber-attacks.

Auto industry chiefs, security experts and government officials warned at an auto industry conference here Friday that hackers can threaten to do everything ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Germany's legendary Bayreuth opera festival dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner opens Monday, but security fears and off-stage drama threaten to cast a long shadow over the 140-year-old event.

The curtain goes up just days after an 18-year-old German-Iranian went on a shooting rampage in Munich killing nine people before shooting himself.

Only a ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned risks to the global economy are growing, as it called on some G20 nations to boost government spending.

Central bank chiefs and finance ministers from the world's top 20 economies gathered in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu on Saturday to tackle a slowing global economy facing new uncertainties with ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The world's major economies need to deepen cooperation on tax collection and information sharing as companies seek to minimise the amount they pay to governments, finance ministers said on Saturday.

The issue has become controversial in many countries, with multinational firms from Google to Starbucks facing accusations of not contributing appropriately to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) While British politicians have spent the month since the EU referendum in a whirl of resignations, recriminations and political backstabbings, civil servants have been quietly beginning the mammoth task of implementing Brexit.

Unpicking 43 years of EU laws and regulations and forging new alliances outside the 28-nation bloc arguably represents the biggest challenge ...

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