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(MENAFN - AFP) Margaret Thatcher's bodyguard would carry her high heels into the Kremlin and the ex-prime minister wore trousers only down a coal mine, according to an auction catalogue of her belongings.

Auction house Christie's is selling off 350 belongings of the late "Iron Lady" including clothes, letters, books, furniture and jewellery next month.

Charles Powell, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) With looks often described as straight out of a Bond film, Barbara Hannigan strides on to lead the orchestra dressed in vampy black leather, bondage boots and a wig.

The Canadian soprano is rewriting the rules of classical music not just as a performer but as a conductor.

"Mommy, I didn't know women were allowed to be conductors," a friend's daughter ...

(MENAFN - AFP) German consumer confidence slipped for a fourth month in a row in November as shoppers worried about the impact of a record influx of asylum seekers, a survey found Thursday.

A monthly index calculated by market research firm GfK from questioning 2,000 consumers slipped 0.2 points to 9.4, although the rate of decline had slowed from September and October.

"The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) French independent financial services company Oddo & Cie on Friday said it was planning to make an offer for asset manager BHF Kleinwort Benson, rivalling an existing bid from Chinese giant Fosun.

Oddo is offering 5.75 euros ($6.08) per share for Belgian-owned owned BHF Kleinwort Benson, whose main activities are private banking and asset management. It ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem warned Friday that a small group of EU countries may be forced to form a "mini-Schengen" if the bloc fails to resolve its migrant crisis.

"I really don't wish to have that. Such a step would have negative political and economic consequences for us all," he told German business newspaper Handelsblatt of the possibility of ...

(MENAFN - AFP) European stocks were little changed on Friday, shrugging off the impact of plunging Chinese equities, as investors eyed encouraging data and European Central Bank stimulus hopes.

At around 1230 GMT, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index was virtually unchanged from Thursday's closing level and the Paris CAC 40 added 0.1 percent.

London's FTSE 100 slid a slight 0.2 ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Britain's economic growth slowed in the third quarter, official data confirmed on Friday.

Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.5 percent between July and September, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a second estimate, in line with market expectations.

That was unchanged from the initial ONS estimate and followed second-quarter growth ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Climate disasters may double in the next two decades unless the world cuts its carbon dioxide emissions, the Asian Development Bank said Friday, with "high risk" nations in Asia set to be hard hit.

Two days before a world climate summit opens in Paris, the Manila-based lender said deadlier storms, floods and heat waves were linked to rising global temperatures, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Outrage over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal has revealed that the public will no longer settle when it comes to environmental protections, the president of last year's UN climate conference told AFP.

"A scandal like this one clearly shows that today global consumers are more demanding, that they do not accept an industry trying to make us believe it ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Mining giant Rio Tinto on Friday announced approval of a US$1.9-billion bauxite project in Australia to better meet growing demand from China.

The Amrun project will involve the construction of a bauxite mine and associated processing and port facilities on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland state's far north.

"Amrun is one of the highest quality bauxite ...

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