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(MENAFN - AFP) Authorities in Kerala have announced a ban on alcohol to tackle a growing abuse problem in the southern Indian state, a popular tourist destination.

The state government warned that alcohol abuse was becoming a danger to society as it unveiled a plan to ban its sale and consumption within 10 years.

It said no new licences to sell alcohol would be granted, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The London Stock Exchange Group's net profits surged by nearly 50 percent in the first quarter on the back of a resurgence in stock market flotations, it said on Friday.

Earnings after taxation soared to £52 million ($86 million, 65 million euros) in the three months to June, compared with £35.4 million a year earlier, the LSEG said in a results statement.

Pre-tax ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian shares mostly rose Friday after the S&P 500 index notched up a new record high, as traders awaited a keynote speech by the Federal Reserve chief for clues on the timing of interest rate hikes.

Hong Kong gained 0.47 percent, or 118.13 points, to 25,112.23, Shanghai added 0.46 percent, or 10.35 points, to 2,240.81, Sydney rose 0.12 percent, or 6.74 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A US federal judge struck down a Florida ban on gay marriage Thursday, but stayed the ruling pending further appeals.

US District Judge Robert Hinkle, in the Florida state capital of Tallahassee, said that the ban against same-sex marriages approved in a 2008 referendum was unconstitutional.

In explaining his ruling, Hinkle made reference to laws banning ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Sliding into shabbiness after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, a giant Moscow complex extolling the days of the old planned economy has been restored amid a wave of nostalgia for Russia's past.

The Exhibition of Achievements of the People's Economy, or VDNKh, opened in 1939 to trumpet Soviet successes while the capitalist world was stuck in a deep depression.

A ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) "Paris! Paris outraged! Paris broken! Paris martyred! But Paris liberated! Liberated by itself. Liberated by its people..." The words of Charles De Gaulle to an ecstatic crowd cheering the capital's liberation from Nazi occupation after four long, painful, bitter years.

It was August 25, 1944, and after six days of skirmishes between French Resistance fighters ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Workers at South Korea's two largest automakers went on a limited strike Friday to press their demands for wage reforms, their unions said.

Unionists at Hyundai Motor Co. and its subsidiary Kia Motors Corp. downed tools for four hours.

They have held 17 rounds of talks with the management over the past two months but have been unable to reach a compromise, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) To the villagers near the ancient Greek town of Amphipolis, archaeological treasure is nothing new - many in this area have lived off antiquity smuggling for decades.

But a massive tomb unearthed near the town dating back to the era of Alexander the Great has locals and visitors abuzz like never before.

"The mystery hiding behind this discovery has excited ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) It is the charity stunt that has got everyone from billionaires to pop stars and even former US presidents drenched by buckets of freezing water.

But don't expect American diplomats to get involved in the fast-growing Ice Bucket Challenge - in support of Lou Gehrig's disease research - any time soon.

The State Department has issued an internal telegram ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Hyenas howl and feast on flesh every night outside the ancient walls of Harar - one of Islam's holiest cities that is holding out against the pressures of the modern world.

But change is coming, and campaigners are working hard to preserve the gated Ethiopian city's unique history, cultural and religious traditions.

Inside the thick stone walls modern ...

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