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(MENAFN - AFP) Ever more Chinese women are embracing the "facekini" to protect them from the sun and the threat of a tan on a trip to the beach.

Pale white skin is highly-valued in China, where a darker complexion is associated more with poor rural women, who often labour for long hours in the sun.

The nylon accessory has tiny holes for the mouth and nose, offering ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A British hospital's accident and emergency wing was shut down on Monday as it investigated two cases of suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Both patients at the Manchester Royal Infirmary in northern England have been isolated for treatment, the local public health trust said in a statement.

"Manchester Royal Infirmary accident and emergency ...

27 Jul 2015   European stock markets sink 
(MENAFN - AFP) French farmers furious over falling food prices stopped as many as 400 lorries bringing produce from Germany for several hours on Monday, as a similar protest took place near the Spanish frontier.

The farmers later lifted the blockade near the German border after winning a meeting with France's agriculture minister but swore to remain on alert "as we wait for ...

(MENAFN - AFP) China will unleash more funds to stabilise its sharemarket, state media reported on Monday, after Shanghai stocks saw their biggest daily fall for more than eight years.

State-backed China Securities Finance Corporation (CSFC) will continue to buy stocks, Xinhua reported, citing a spokesman for the China Securities Regulatory Commission Zhang Xiaojun.

The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The World Trade Organization on Monday formally accepted Kazakhstan's bid to join the body, ending nearly two decades of negotiations that the WTO has called among the most difficult in its history.

Meeting at its headquarters in Geneva, the WTO General Council approved the membership terms finalised last month.

After the formal approval, WTO Director ...

(MENAFN - AFP) World oil prices slid on Monday to around four-month lows, hurt by poorly received economic data from China, the world's top energy consuming nation, traders said.

A strong dollar and signs of increasing US oil production added further pressure to prices, which have already been depressed by a global oversupply of crude.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate ...

(MENAFN - AFP) European stock markets sank Monday as investors reacted to the biggest one-day plunge in Chinese equities in more than eight years.

Markets meanwhile awaited this week's monetary policy meeting of the US Federal Reserve for a handle on its plans for interest rates.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index of major companies slid 1.13 percent to close at 6,505.13 ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The White House on Monday said that more than a dozen of America's biggest companies have pledged to tackle climate change, backing President Barack Obama ahead of a global summit.

The White House released details of climate-helping commitments from firms ranging from Apple to General Motors to Goldman Sachs, as Obama pushes his climate agenda.

In December ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The Greek government and its international creditors began work on a mammoth new bailout Monday overshadowed by revelations that Greece's ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis had been secretly planning for a parallel system of liquidity.

As the European Commission confirmed that technical talks on Greece's third bailout had started in Athens, the embattled ...

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