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(MENAFN - AFP) Christian Dior's creative director Raf Simons brought a "garden of earthly delights" to Paris Fashion Week on Monday, slipping models into luxurious chainmail in a couture collection inspired by mediaeval art and fashion.

Sashaying down a lilac catwalk, models in flowing silk taffeta gowns inspired by the Belle Epoque and cowl-necked cloaks in deep purple and ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An exquisite gold chalice, an emerald-encrusted crucifix and a gold bar go on auction in New York next month, recovered from a Spanish ship that sank off the coast of Florida in 1622.

The extraordinary items were discovered by a US treasure hunter from the wreckage of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, the most famous vessel in a Spanish flotilla that sank after ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday the door was open for a return to debt negotiations with Greece, but the pair called for serious and clear proposals from Athens.

"The door is open to discussions and it is now up to the government of Alexis Tsipras to make serious, credible proposals so that this willingness ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Spain's far-left party Podemos, an ally of Greece's ruling Syriza, on Monday urged France and Italy's social democratic governments to back Athens as it bids to negotiate a new debt deal.

"From the beginning, both (Italian Prime Minister) Matteo Renzi and (French President) Francois Hollande showed a different attitude, a more positive attitude towards the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Former French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing, an architect of Greece's entry into the European Union (EU) in 1981, said Monday the country should be suspended from the euro.

"Greece must be put on hold from the euro," since its voters have "abandoned economic union, and therefore indirectly monetary union," Giscard told the magazine L'Express in an interview ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Police in the Armenian capital on Monday routed anti-government protesters who had blocked the city's main thoroughfare for several weeks over a hike in energy prices.

Riot police detained dozens of protesters and dismantled a barricade of dumpsters they had built across an avenue close to the presidential palace in Yerevan, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

Some ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European stock markets fell on Monday after Greece rejected creditors' austerity demands in a weekend referendum and fears rose that it would crash out of the eurozone.

The CAC 40 in Paris fell 2.01 percent to 4,711.54 points, while Frankfurt's DAX 30 shed 1.52 percent to close at 10,890.63 points.

Milan's bourse plunged 4.03 percent to 21,601 points, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) All eyes turned to the European Central Bank Monday as it organised a conference call to decide whether to maintain a key financial lifeline to Greek banks in the wake of Greece's historic referendum.

Financial markets and analysts were waiting to learn whether the ECB's governing council would continue to provide emergency liquidity to Greek banks and keep ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Germany on Monday dismissed Greece's bid to swiftly seal a new debt deal after the country delivered a resounding 'No' to more austerity, appearing little moved by the surprise resignation of the Greek finance minister.

Yanis Varoufakis, a firebrand who had infuriated European counterparts, announced he was resigning at Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's request ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A molecule that accumulates in the blood with age may be linked to cognitive decline, said scientists Monday who mooted hopes of a memory-restoring treatment.

The protein, dubbed B2M, is found in higher concentrations in the blood and cerebral spinal fluid of ageing humans, they said.

And in mice, inhibiting B2M improved learning and memory in lab experiments.

"We ...

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