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(MENAFN - AFP) Fashionistas the world over are snatching up a must-have item for the "boho chic" look -- an embroidered blouse or dress that is, in fact, Ukraine's national costume and new symbol of unity.

Fashion bible Vogue wrote in its US May issue that the peasant-style "vyshyvanka", as it's called at home, has "made waves far past the Eastern European country".

It ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Officials are investigating a new non-travel related case of Zika virus near the port city of Tampa, suggesting the local spread of Zika in Florida may have reached the state's Gulf Coast, the governor said Tuesday.

A statement from Governor Rick Scott's office said only that the Florida Department of Health "is investigating one new individual with non-travel ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Sales of new homes in the United States hit their highest pace in nearly nine year in July, helped by pent-up demand and ultra-low mortgage rates, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Sales of new single-family houses registered an annual rate of 654,000 units, 12.4 percent higher than June and more than 31 percent higher than a year ago.

That was ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The European Central Bank (ECB) may be forced to bolster its monetary stimulus programmes if governments fail to act to boost their economies, board member Benoit Coeure said on Tuesday.

"If there is not much taking place on the structural reform front, if there's not much taking place on the fiscal policy front... then the ECB will do more," Coeure told a ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A five-fold price hike for EpiPen, which allergy sufferers use to counteract life-threatening reactions, has made Mylan the newest drugmaker to come under attack in the United States for profiteering.

Mylan Pharmaceuticals, which holds a near-monopoly position on the epinephrine injectors used by millions against severe allergic attacks, was assailed by two ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The number of tourists visiting France has dropped seven percent since January, with foreigners deterred by terror attacks but also by bad weather and transport strikes, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Monday.

"Tourist arrivals since the start of the year have fallen by seven percent across the country," with Paris worst- hit, said Ayrault, who is also ...

(MENAFN - AFP) European stock markets rebounded on Tuesday, with some support coming from slightly improving eurozone data.

The single currency's economic activity edged higher in August with few signs that Brexit-linked dangers were yet hurting the European economy, a closely watched survey showed Tuesday.

Investors were meanwhile looking ahead to a key speech from ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Energy firms sank in Asian trade on Tuesday as oil prices extended the previous day's sharp losses due to profit-taking after a recent rally and fresh worries about a global oversupply.

Even a fall in the dollar, which usually makes crude cheaper, could not stop the slide in the commodity after Iraq flagged a pick-up in output and rebels in key producer Nigeria ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A Chinese-born businessman has agreed to pay New Zealand authorities US$31 million to settle their money laundering investigation into him, although he remains wanted by Beijing over the alleged multi-million-dollar fraud.

William Yan, 45, holds New Zealand citizenship and denies any wrongdoing. Although he was never charged in New Zealand with money-laundering, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A rash of gun-toting Americans visiting Canada prompted its border agency to launch a public awareness campaign reminding tourists about their northern neighbors' relatively strict firearms laws.

"Canadian laws are different than US ones," the Canada Border Services Agency said in a statement.

"Non-restricted firearms can be used for hunting purposes ...

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