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(MENAFN - AFP) Greece is "leaving behind disastrous austerity" and the so-called troika of creditors "is finished", Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras said Sunday after his party won the general election.

"The verdict of our people means the troika is finished," the 40-year-old Tsipras said, referring to the country's international lenders the European Union, the International ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US President Barack Obama said Sunday he would recommend a large swath of Alaska be designated as wilderness, the highest level of federal protection, in a move angering state oil proponents.

By setting aside 12.28 million acres (five million hectares) of public land in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, as wilderness, the oil-rich area would be ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) After days of men's ready-to-wear clothes, Paris Fashion Week shifts up a gear on Sunday to its marquee event: the Haute Couture shows that happen only in the French capital.

Italian house Versace will be the first to step into the prestige whirl of handmade women's collections for spring-summer 2015.

In all, 24 catwalk shows, including ones by Chanel, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A French anti-smoking association said Sunday it had filed a case accusing makers of Marlboro, Camel, Lucky Strike and Gauloise cigarettes of colluding to limit prices so smokers won't cut their consumption.

According to Yves Martinet, president of the National Committee Against Tobacco, the companies cited in the complaint agreed to "limit themselves to small ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Radical anti-austerity party Syriza headed for a stunning victory in Greece's election Sunday, exit polls showed, putting it on a collision course with the EU over plans to rewrite the country's massive bailout deal.

Syriza took between 36 and 38 percent of the vote, according to updated exit polls, compared to between 26 percent and 28 percent for the conservative ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The World Health Organization's chief admitted on Sunday that the UN agency had been caught napping on Ebola, saying it should serve as a lesson to avoid similar mistakes in future.

Despite turning the corner in the fight against Ebola, there was no room for complacency, WHO head Margaret Chan told a rare emergency session of the agency.

Chan acknowledged ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) With oil prices collapsing over 50 percent in the past six months, Angola -- Africa's second-largest oil producer -- has had to introduce austerity measures and overhaul its budget to deal with a severe drop in expected revenue.

"We will go through a difficult time now because the government cannot afford to implement the budget they had adopted for the year," ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Hailing Spain's improving economic health under his conservative government's stewardship, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned austerity-weary voters against the temptation to back popular hard-left Podemos party in elections due this year.

Eyeing municipal and regional elections in May, and legislative polling expected in November, Rajoy said Sunday that hard-won ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Eat less, use beetroot instead of lipstick, swap French lingerie for Russian-made cotton panties and remember that hardships are a test from God.

These and other tips are being offered to Russians by lawmakers, top policy makers and the Russian Orthodox Church as the gravity of the economic crisis sinks in and prices soar.

The country pulled through great ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Shortly before 11 am on the last Saturday in May, a heavily laden white Mitsubishi truck pulled into the Fuji Motors East Africa car dealership in an industrial neighbourhood on the northern edge of Mombasa.

The truck's cargo was not "household equipment" as declared, but 228 elephant tusks and 74 ivory pieces weighing a total of 2,152 kilograms (4,700 pounds).

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