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(MENAFN - AFP) A property flagship led by Asia's richest tycoon Li Ka-shing is seeking to buy into Irish aircraft leasing group AWAS - the Hong Kong businessman's first major foray into the aviation industry.

Cheung Kong Holdings said Monday in a filing to Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the company "has submitted a preliminary non-binding proposal in respect of the possible acquisition ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) If there is an afterlife for news anchors, Walter Cronkite may well be reaching for his ear muffs and a calming celestial gin and tonic.

For five years after the celebrated US broadcaster's death, two Senegalese hip-hop artists are taking current affairs in a brash new direction - by rapping the news.

Dakar-based musicians Xuman and Keyti deliver the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Everyone in Rosario has a tale to tell about Lionel Messi, the Argentinian city's most famous son who rivals Pope Francis as a national icon.

Messi's link to the city has made the people of the port city doubly nervous about Sunday's World Cup final when their country take on Germany in Rio de Janeiro.

The 27-year-old Barcelona striker has scored four ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A valet at a five-star hotel in the Indian capital caused $335,000 worth of damage to a Lamborghini Gallardo after crashing it into a concrete wall in front of horrified guests, the hotel said Thursday.

A photograph of the aftermath at Le Meridien hotel, published in the Times of India newspaper, showed the severely crumpled front end of the sleek white supercar ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Australia's human rights commissioner said Thursday the government must come clean about conditions at offshore asylum-seeker camps after an inquiry heard of an alleged cover-up of mental health problems.

The facilities have been under the spotlight in recent weeks following reports that up to a dozen mothers had attempted suicide at a detention centre on Christmas ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) British scientists are to map 100,000 complete DNA code sequences in a project that will make the country a world leader in genetic research on cancer and rare diseases, the prime minister said on Friday.

David Cameron announced £300 million ($507 million, 378 million euros) in deals to fund the mapping project, predicted to be complete by 2017.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Portugal will inject 4.4 billion euros ($5.9 billion) into the crisis-hit Banco Espirito Santo (BES), central bank governor Carlos Costa announced, amid fears of a catastrophic bank run.

The country's third-largest banking group will be split into two entities, with its toxic assets isolated in a "bad bank" and its healthier assets regrouped in a new bank called ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday sought to secure energy deals with Nepal at the start of a two-day visit aimed at boosting New Delhi's influence in a neighbourhood increasingly wooed by Beijing.

In an address to Nepal's parliament, Modi announced $1 billion as a concessional line of credit to the impoverished nation as he attempted to strengthen ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) President Barack Obama will welcome African leaders at an unprecedented summit in Washington on Monday with all eyes on the continent as it battles the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus in history.

Forging stronger economic ties between the United States and Africa is the main aim of the three-day summit, with US officials keen to boost links with a continent ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Australian mogul James Packer's Crown Resorts has paid Aus$280 million (US$260 million) for a prime site on Las Vegas Boulevard in a bid to crack the American casino market, the company said Monday.

The billionaire, who runs Crown - a worldwide gambling empire - has teamed up with former Wynn Las Vegas president Andrew Pascal in a joint venture, backed by Oaktree ...

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