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(MENAFN - AFP) Dutch King Willem-Alexander on Friday officially reopened the renovated Mauritshuis museum, home to Vermeer's "Girl with the Pearl Earring" and a treasure trove of other Golden Age masterpieces.A woman dressed as the girl from the iconic painting emerged from a wooden cargo box lowered by a crane and handed the king a key with which he symbolically opened ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Junya Watanabe turned men's fashion blue on Friday with a collection in every imaginable shade while Maison Martin Margiela sparkled with a blend of daring and classic for spring/summer 2015.Japanese designer Watanabe, who once famously told an interviewer he had no interest in the mainstream, kicked off day three of the Paris shows with a rich tapestry of ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The World Health Organization has warned that Ebola could spread beyond hard-hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to neighbouring nations, but insisted that travel bans were not the answer."We want other countries in west Africa to be ready," WHO Ebola specialist Pierre Formenty said on Friday."I'm talking about bordering countries like Ivory Coast, ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) A US laboratory sold across at least eight countries blood samples taken without consent from an indigenous group, Ecuador alleged Friday after a months-long investigation.The samples were taken from the Huaorani ethnic group of about 3,000 people who live in a corner of Ecuador's isolated Amazon basin region, it is alleged.The group is known for its ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Thai health authorities on Friday said cigarette packets will carry warnings on the risks of smoking across 85 percent of their surface, in a blow to tobacco companies who had fiercely opposed the move.The warnings - featuring gruesome photographs of smoking-related ailments - will increase from 55 to 85 percent of the surface of both sides of every cigarette ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Bulgaria's central bank warned of an attempt to destabilise the country on Friday following an apparently coordinated campaign to spread rumours that some of its banks were in financial trouble, triggering public panic. "In recent days there has been an attempt to destabilise the state through an organised attack against Bulgarian banks without any reason," ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) A US judge said Friday a deposit from Argentina towards paying off restructured debt was illegal unless hedge funds holding $1.3 billion in bonds were also paid.Judge Thomas Griesa warned Buenos Aires that any further such payment attempts would put it in contempt, and said the $539 million sitting in an account of Bank of New York Mellon should be returned.He ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The crisis in Ukraine is damaging German exports to the war-torn region and to Russia, new trade data showed on Friday.In the first four months of this year, exports to Ukraine and Russia declined by more than 2.0 billion euros ($2.7 billion), according to data compiled by the Committee on Eastern Europe Economic Relations. Exports to Ukraine plunged ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Carmakers Renault-Nissan and Daimler announced Friday that they will join forces to build compact cars in Mexico. The Franco-Japanese and German groups said in a joint statement that they would invest 1.0 billion euros ($1.36 billion) in the construction of a brand new plant in Aguascalientes, north-central Mexico. "The new plant will be built in the ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Portugal, which has just emerged from a bailout programme, nearly halved its budget deficit in the first quarter of the year relative to national output, official data showed on Friday.The ratio of the public deficit to gross domestic product fell from 10.0 percent at this time in 2013 to 6.0 percent, the national statistics institute Ine said, marking a ...

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