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(MENAFN - AFP) Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Saturday that his country is no longer a "companion in misfortune" of debt-wracked Greece, as it was three or four years ago.

"We need to stop calling Italy the sick man of Europe, because it's no longer true," Renzi told Italian television channel TG5, on the eve of Greece's crucial referendum which could determine ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Greece braced itself Saturday ahead of a make-or-break bailout referendum as polls showed the 'Yes' and 'No' camps neck and neck and uncertainty rose over the future of the country's battered economy.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras got a rock-star welcome at an Athens rally late Friday as he sought to revive support for a 'No' vote in a referendum called to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European aerospace giant Airbus and India's Mahindra group have inked a deal to jointly build helicopters as the Indian government moves to upgrade the country's ageing military hardware, the companies said.

The joint venture will be set up in the coming months, "aiming to become the first private manufacturer of helicopters in India", the companies said in ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Japan on Saturday pledged $6.1 billion in financial aid to the "Mekong Five" countries as it pushes infrastructure exports and courts influence in a region where rival China has an increasing presence.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled the pledge at a summit with his counterparts from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam -- fast-growing economies ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Reviled in Greece for pushing the bitter medicine of austerity, the IMF has nonetheless thrown Athens a bone by urging European countries to cough up more money to ease Greece's titanic debt load.

Ignoring its own procedures, the International Monetary Fund threw caution to the wind Thursday and shook up things both in Brussels and Athens, two days before the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Mourdja's nose has been eaten away, like one lip and part of her upper gum, leaving the 13-year-old girl atrociously disfigured by noma, a disease that thrives on malnutrition.

"It was better before," the teenager says shyly and simply in the arid heartland of Niger, one of the world's poorest nations, clearly ill at ease and fiddling with her bracelets.

Mourdja ...

4 Jul 2015   Oil, gold prices retreat 
 
(MENAFN - AFP) Oil prices came under pressure this week from concerns about Greece's future in the eurozone and the possibility of higher Iranian crude supplies.

Gold failed to benefit from its status as a haven investment.

US markets were shut Friday ahead of the July 4 Independence Day celebrations.

OIL: Prices slumped with focus on high US output as ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) When love struck Bettina and Anestis six years ago, they had little idea that their home countries Germany and Greece would be pitted against each other in a crisis with Europe's future in the balance.

Nowadays, their pillow talk sidesteps politics, even if the subject is practically unavoidable with the stakes so high.

Bettina Zauhar spoke to AFP in ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Fluffy clouds waft across a blue sky as you log in and while you chat with friends, Gospel music rings out: welcome to Facegloria, the social network for Brazilian Evangelicals.

The new website's homepage bears a passing resemblance to the global phenomenon Facebook.

But Facegloria, which has attracted 100,000 users in its first month, was set up to serve ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Gay marriage may now be legal across the United States, but that doesn't mean people won't get fired if their boss sees the wedding photos.

A week after celebrating a landmark Supreme Court ruling overturning same-sex marriage bans in 13 states, activists are gearing up for the next stage of a decades-long battle for equal rights.

"There's a lot of work ...

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