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(MENAFN - AFP) Australian mogul James Packer's Crown Resorts has paid Aus$280 million (US$260 million) for a prime site on Las Vegas Boulevard in a bid to crack the American casino market, the company said Monday.

The billionaire, who runs Crown - a worldwide gambling empire - has teamed up with former Wynn Las Vegas president Andrew Pascal in a joint venture, backed by Oaktree ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) For almost 50 years, "The Sound of Music" has captured the imagination of movie-goers and musical fans with its catchy tunes and lovable characters set against the stunning Austrian Alps.

And this has proven to be big business for the city of Salzburg, where the real-life singing von Trapp family lived and the 1965 Hollywood movie was filmed.

While Mozart ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Move over Beverly Hills: image-conscious Brazil has overtaken the United States as the world's capital of cosmetic surgery.

O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper on Sunday quoted official figures as saying the South American giant had recorded 1.49 million procedures in 2013, outstripping the United States by more than 40,000.

The paper reported that the roaring ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Ask any child in Gaza to do a drawing and the resulting picture is likely to be a house being bombed by a fighter plane.

In the strife-torn Palestinian enclave, thousands of children are suffering from the trauma of war but resources to help them are scarce.

At a school in the northern town of Jabalia which has been converted into a refuge, specialist ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A US doctor infected with the Ebola virus "seems to be improving," a top US health official said Sunday after the aid worker was flown back to the United States from Africa for treatment.

Kent Brantly, one of two American aid workers infected with the deadly virus in West Africa, is being treated in an isolation unit at Emory University hospital in Atlanta. ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Portugal will inject 4.4 billion euros ($5.9 billion) into the crisis-hit Banco Espirito Santo (BES), national bank governor Carlos Costa announced late Sunday, amid fears of a catastrophic bank run.

The bank will be split into two entities, with its toxic assets isolated and its healthier assets regrouped in a new Novo Banco, Costa said.

Novo Banco will ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) EU sanctions targeting Russia over its role in Ukraine's conflict have hit Aeroflot's low-cost domestic airline Dobrolet, forcing it to cancel all its flights because of scrapped leasing deals for Boeing aircraft.

Dobrolet said in a statement on its website that "due to the sanctions imposed by the EU... we are forced to temporarily suspend flights on all routes ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone is heading for a $100 million settlement to halt his bribery trial in Germany, local media reported at the weekend.

The 83-year-old Briton upped his offer to secure a deal, according to reports which said if it goes ahead it would the biggest of its kind.

The Munich court where the trial is due to resume on Tuesday ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Wearing only underwear and angel wings, three young women wiggle their hips to entice customers to enter one of the many nightclubs in Magaluf, a Spanish beach resort notorious for its sex and booze excess.

"We came to get drunk, basically. Everyone knows Magaluf is partying big time," said Bruce Stenning, an 18-year-old from London who came to the Mediterranean ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Doctors worked to save America's first Ebola virus patient Saturday after he arrived in the United States aboard a private air ambulance and was whisked to a state-of-the-art hospital isolation unit.

Onboard was stricken doctor Kent Brantly, one of two American aid workers infected with Ebola as they helped to battle an Ebola outbreak that has claimed more ...

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