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(MENAFN - AFP) French fashion house Givenchy will make a rare appearance on New York's catwalks later this month when it presents its summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection, a temporary move which will allow it to squeeze in over a thousand fashionistas and wannabes to view its show.

The Givenchy catwalk show is due to take place on September 11, during New York fashion week, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) To mark the 300th anniversary of the Sun King's death on Tuesday, the Palace of Versailles turned to modern-day town crier Twitter to relay his slow and agonising demise from gangrene.

"Breaking News. Louis XIV passed away," the palace said from its account @CVersailles at 0615 GMT (8:15am) on Tuesday, after livetweeting the king's illness as if it were taking ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Three out of four Americans' hearts are older than their chronological age, raising the risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death, officials said Tuesday.

An online tool at www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/heartage.htm can help people determine how old their heart is, based on factors like weight, smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure, said the US Centers ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Global stock markets plunged further on Tuesday as more gloomy evidence emerged of China's economic slowdown, leading to heavy sell-offs from Hong Kong to New York.

Downbeat data showed factory activity in China hit a three-year low, fuelling concern over the health of the world's number two economy.

Tokyo stocks tumbled almost four percent as China woes ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Google on Tuesday refreshed its logo to better suit mobile devices that are supplanting desktop computers when it comes to modern Internet lifestyles.

Google's logo keeps its four-color scheme but shifts to a soft sans-serif font. The company is also replacing the well-known blue lower case "g" icon with an upper-case "G" combining blue, green, red and yellow.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Italy enjoyed a boost to its economy in the second quarter as well as a welcome drop in the unemployment rate, official data showed Tuesday, sparking hope that the years of recession may finally be over.

The National Statistics Institute (ISTAT) revised up the growth rate in the second quarter from 0.2 percent to 0.3 percent, while the jobless rate dropped ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Reeling from low oil prices, Canada fell into a recession in the first half of the year, government data confirmed Tuesday, putting Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the defensive in the run-up to October elections.

According to Statistics Canada, the economy contracted 0.5 percent in the second quarter after retreating 0.8 percent in the previous ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) World stock markets plunged further on Tuesday as more gloomy evidence emerged of China's economic slowdown, triggering heavy sell-offs from Hong Kong to New York and raising fears of weakening global growth.

Downbeat data showed factory activity in China hit a three-year low, fuelling concern over the health of the world's second largest economy which has ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The number of cigarette smokers in the United States has dropped to about 15 percent of the population, its lowest in decades, US health authorities said Tuesday.

About 36.7 million adults are current smokers, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"The prevalence of current cigarette smoking among US adults declined from 24.7 percent ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian stocks sank Tuesday after more data showed weakness in China's economy, while gold and the yen advanced as investors fled to safer assets.

The Tokyo bourse, which shed almost 4 percent, was the biggest loser in the region, providing a lead for the major European markets, which opened sharply down.

Uncertainty over interest rates in the United States ...

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