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(MENAFN - AFP) The British government has reached an agreement to sell its entire stake in the Eurostar train service between London, Brussels and Paris, the treasury said in a statement on Wednesday.

The stake is to be sold for a total of £757.1 million ($1.2 billion, 1 billion euros), part of a push to raise £20 billion in privatisation sales to reduce Britain's debt.

Canadian ...

(MENAFN - AFP) They have taken the dubious art of the selfie to a whole new level.

But now -- in what will be a relief to some and derided by others -- Washington's top museums say selfie sticks are banned, in a growing trend among visitor centers in the United States to outlaw the devices.

"For the safety of our visitors and collections, the Smithsonian prohibits the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A prosecutor in Brazil has asked the Supreme Court to investigate 54 politicians over a massive graft case that has rocked Petrobras, the South American nation's largest corporation.

"There have been 28 requests for new investigation files... which involve 54 politicians who have immunity," a spokesman for the top prosecutor told AFP Tuesday, referring to the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Leading Dutch bank ING on Tuesday said it will sell 45.6 million shares in the Voya group, ending its stake in its former US-based insurance arm.

"ING... agreed to sell shares of common stock of Voya Financial Inc. in an underwritten public offering," ING said in a statement, issued late Tuesday night.

Voya has also entered into a deal with ING to buy ...

(MENAFN - AFP) More than 140 ceramics by Pablo Picasso, many rarely seen in public, are the star turn at a month-long festival in Washington celebrating Spanish and Portuguese culture that opened Tuesday.

The Iberian Mix "remix" at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, running through March 24, gives Americans a window on modern and contemporary dance, theater, music, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday unleashed its first day of stilleto- and swagger-filled shows with a nod to young designers coming up to fill the creative ranks.

It was the French capital's turn to reveal its women's 2015-2016 autumn-winter collections after the shows in New York, London and Milan.

Yet two sombre notes cast shadows across the Paris opening: ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The proliferation of new narcotics developed to circumvent existing drug laws poses a serious health problem, the United Nations drugs control body said on Tuesday.

The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) tasked by the United Nations to oversee the existing legal vacuum with regards to the new drugs makes it easy to market these substances, often ...

(MENAFN - AFP) US retail chain Target said Tuesday it would slash thousands of jobs as it restructures to save $2 billion over the next two years.

The company made the announcement during an investors meeting, without specifying the number of jobs that will be eliminated.

"The restructuring will be concentrated at Target's headquarters locations," said the Minneapolis, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The number of Spaniards who said they started using cannabis in 2013 outnumbered those who said they took up smoking cigarettes, according to a government study released Tuesday.

A total of 169,000 Spaniards began using cannabis in 2013 compared to 142,000 who started to smoke tobacco, according to the latest annual health ministry study of drug use in Spain.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Wall Street stocks retreated from record peaks Tuesday, losing ground after lackluster US auto sales.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 85.26 points (0.47 percent) to 18,203.37.

The broad-based S&P 500 fell 9.61 (0.45 percent) to 2,107.78, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 28.20 (0.56 percent) to 4,979.90.

Ford Motor lost ...

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