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(MENAFN - AFP) Japan's Toyota said Tuesday it has hired 1,000 contract workers to help restart production, after its employees refused to return to work following an end to a eight-day company lockout.

The Toyota workers and its management at two plants near the southern high-tech city of Bangalore are at loggerheads over pay issues, which they have been negotiating for ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who uses cardboard tubes to make temporary housing for victims of natural disasters and refugees fleeing violence, has won his field's highest honour, the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Award sponsor The Hyatt Foundation said Monday that it had chosen the 56-year-old architect, who has offices in Tokyo, Paris and New York, as ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Under a huge white tent in the desert dust of Jordan, 100 Syrian refugee children, their own lives blighted, rehearse King Lear, one of Shakespeare's great tragedies.

They form a circle around Syrian actor-turned-director Nawwar Bulbul, who has worked with them for more than two months at Zaatari refugee camp in the hope of drawing attention to their plight.

"I ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The dark world of cybercrime has evolved from one of rogue individuals to a functioning market-based economy with its ups and downs, code of conduct and "innovation."

A study by Rand Corp. and commissioned by the security firm Juniper Networks found a well-organized, multibillion-dollar underground economy that has become "a playground of financially driven, ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Japan is to give up to $1.5 billion in financial aid to Ukraine, the government in Tokyo confirmed Tuesday, as the club of rich nations booted Russia off the membership list.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the figure as he and fellow world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, cancelled an upcoming G8 meeting in Sochi, and said it would be replaced ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) A judge has placed the head of a Mexican oil services firm under house arrest under suspicion that his company defrauded US bank Citigroup in a multi-million-dollar case.

Amado Yanez, chief executive and majority shareholder of Oceanografia, will be held for up to 40 days as prosecutors determine what charges might be lodged against him, Attorney General ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Standard & Poor's cut Brazil's credit rating by one notch, citing the government's unclear policy signals as it faces a weaker fiscal situation and slower growth.

S&P put Brazil's rating at BBB-, the lowest level for investment grade debt, and called the outlook stable.

S&P said the rating cut reflects "slippage" in the government's fiscal ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Forty-four years ago, Jairzinho carved out a piece of World Cup history as one of the stars of Brazil's celebrated 1970 side.

The dashing winger known as the "Hurricane" remains the only man to score in every round of the tournament, notching seven goals in six games as Brazil swept to victory in Mexico.

But as his homeland prepares to host the World ...

 

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

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, Alain Mikli, Ray-Ban, ...

 

(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," ...

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