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(MENAFN - AFP) Google on Monday said it is joining forces with the frame giant behind Ray-Ban and other high-end brands to create and sell Glass Internet-linked eyewear in the United States.

The California-based technology titan billed the partnership with Luxottica as its "biggest step yet into the emerging smart eyewear market."

Luxottica brands include Oakley, ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The Ebola haemorrhagic fever plaguing Guinea is caused by one of the deadliest viruses known to mankind, killing up to 90 percent of people it infects.

The tropical virus can fell its victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, weakness, vomiting and diarrhoea. In the worst cases it shuts down organs and causes unstoppable bleeding.

Of ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Tokyo resident Reiko Oguma is splashing out the yen in a last-minute buying spree as she and millions of Japanese shoppers brace for the country's first sales tax hike since the late 1990s.

Oguma, a forty-something housewife, reckoned there was no time to lose so she shelled out the equivalent of $2,000 for a new refrigerator and clothes ahead of the increase ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated seven million deaths worldwide in 2012, the UN health agency said Tuesday.

"Air pollution, and we're talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the biggest environmental health problem, and it's affecting everyone, both developed and developing countries," ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Ireland's government on Tuesday said it had agreed to sell part of state gas firm Bord Gais Eireann under a privatisation programme following Dublin's exit from an EU-IMF bailout.

The company said in a statement that it would sell its gas and electricity arm Bord Gais Energy to a consortium including British energy giant Centrica for 1.1 billion-euros ($1.5 ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Kingfisher, Europe's biggest home-improvements retailer, said Tuesday that it will return cash to shareholders after annual profits rose by a quarter, sending its share price surging.

London-listed Kingfisher said in a results statement that it would return £200 million ($329.9 million, 239 million euros) to investors in its current 2014/2015 financial ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Hungary's central bank cut its main interest rate to a record low 2.60 percent on Tuesday, in an effort to boost the economy before elections on April 6.

The 10-basis-point cut from 2.7 percent was the 20th in a row in an easing cycle begun in August 2012 when the rate was 7.0 percent, and was expected by most analysts despite investor concerns over a weakening ...


(MENAFN - AFP) From collapsing pushchairs to chemical-polluted shoes -- an ever-rising number of toxic toys and skin-irritating textiles are being removed from supermarket shelves by Europe's consumer safety squad.

Products from China top the list of suspect items.

Thanks to better policing, Europe's Rapid Information System (RAPEX) issued 2,364 notifications of ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Greece will be "victorious" in efforts to break out of "encirclement" by its EU-IMF creditors, President Karolos Papoulias said on Tuesday.

"Our people is waging a struggle to break the encirclement of the creditors," the 84-year-old president told reporters after a military parade held annually in Athens to commemorate the Greek independence war against ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Honda will axe 340 jobs by cutting shifts at its factory in western England in response to weak European demand for its cars, the Japanese automaker said on Tuesday.

The firm will cut the production rate at its factory in Swindon from three shifts to two. This would mean that the number of production workers would fall by about 10 percent.

Most cars ...

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