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(MENAFN - AFP) Twitter shares shot higher by some 30 percent Tuesday after its quarterly report showed surprisingly strong revenue and user growth, despite a widening loss.

The popular one-to-many messaging service said its quarterly loss widened to $145 million from a $42 million loss a year ago.

But revenue more than doubled from a year ago $312 million in the three ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) It is past dusk when Wilhelm II uncorks the sparkling wine for his top army brass on August 1, 1914.

The German emperor has just declared war on Russia, is preparing to attack France, and has received word from his ambassador in London that Britain would remain neutral in the conflict.

Germany had started World War I.

Wilhelm believed the matter ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Amazon on Tuesday suggested its battle with publishing giant Hachette is about making sure book lovers' on a budget pay less for digital titles.

"A key objective is lower e-book prices," the online retail colossus said in a Kindle forum update.

"E-books can be and should be less expensive."

Factors for holding down prices of e-books include the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Aurelio Mendez has played the wooden chirimia flute, an instrument from pre-Hispanic days, for 40 years at Mexico's Guelaguetza festival, considered Latin America's biggest indigenous folklore and dance event.

The mustachioed 54-year-old musician is helping to keep local traditions alive in the annual festival held in the southern state of Oaxaca, home to one ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) British artist Tracey Emin's controversial "My Bed" is to be exhibited in Britain as part of a long-term loan to the Tate group of museums, its new owner said on Tuesday.

German art collector and industrialist Christian Duerckheim, who bought the controversial work for $3.8 million at auction earlier this month, will lend the unmade bed to the Tate group for ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Startup Eaze on Tuesday released a smartphone application promising prompt, professional delivery of medical marijuana at the doors of patients in San Francisco.

Eaze said that drivers referred to as "caregivers" will get medicinal doses to their intended recipients in an average of 10 minutes in most cases.

Eaze checks the medical eligibility of those ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) British nutritionists threw down the gauntlet to dietary guidelines in April by declaring seven daily portions of fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than the recommended five, were the key to health.

But a new foray into the arena of sound eating says the famous five-a-day recommendation made by the UN's World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2003 should be fine.

Researchers ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met Tuesday with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, calling for accelerated bilateral trade talks and more investment by the Asian economic powerhouse.

Speaking after a meeting at the presidential palace, Santos noted that Japan was the biggest Asian investor in Colombia.

"We are looking at the possibility of increasing ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Argentina's economy minister flew into New York on Tuesday for last-ditch talks to resolve a dispute with hedge fund creditors that has pushed the country to the brink of default.

Economy Minister Axel Kicillof threw his weight behind the talks after Argentina got a boost in its fight against so-called "holdout" hedge funds from others bondholder who appealed ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that an escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine would raise the risks for banks exposed to those countries.

Hit by US and European Union economic sanctions against Moscow, Russian businesses in particular could see financing and revenue dry up, pushing them to fall behind in servicing debts.

"As ...

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