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(MENAFN - AFP) The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards due to be announced in London Wednesday have stoked up passions in the global gastronomic community even before the winners are named.

Organisers have hired the Deloitte consultancy to oversee voting following accusations of cosy deals in a petition by a French group backed by some of the world's top chefs.

The influential ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An 11th-century French religious manuscript from a private collection sold for 356,800 euros ($388,900) in Vienna on Monday, in what auctioneers described as a "sensational deal".

The document, which once belonged to the cathedral of Puy-en-Velay in the Auvergne region, was acquired by an anonymous buyer after a heated bidding war, said Michaela Strebl of the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Breastfeeding a baby for at least six months may be linked to a lower risk of childhood leukemia, according to a review of previously published research on the topic Monday.

The findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics suggest that breastfed babies have a 19 percent lower risk of the blood cancer compared to babies who are ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A lawmaker in Sierra Leone was in police custody Monday after being arrested on suspicion of flouting the country's anti-Ebola laws by washing the body of his dead father, police said.

Alie Badara, from the northern district of Kambia, is accused of taking part in a traditional burial ceremony on Friday last week without informing the authorities of the death, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) French unemployment rose to a fresh record high in April, official statistics published Monday showed, with 3.53 million people out of work, a rise of 26,000 compared with the previous month.

The news will come as a blow to the government of President Francois Hollande, who has pledged not to seek a second term in office in 2017 if he fails to reverse the upward ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The European Union's top trade official on Monday said member states needed to show more leadership in persuading citizens about the benefits of a massive and controversial free trade agreement with the United States.

"Some of them (EU members) should engage much more to convince (citizens) why they think this is good for their country and for Europe, so I ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Stock market operator Euronext announced Monday the launch of country indices for Germany, Italy and Spain, adding major economies to the pan-European exchange.

The primary exchange in the eurozone already has indices in Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon. The country indices are composed of the 30 companies with the highest free float market capitalisation ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European equities closed mixed on Monday as the markets wait while Greek debt crisis talks plod on, with the country facing a key debt repayment deadline this week.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index of top companies finished down 0.44 percent at 6,953.58 points.

In the eurozone, the CAC 40 in Paris rose 0.35 percent to end the day at 5,025.30 points, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Government policies aimed at increasing the number of organ donors in the United States have fallen flat, and bolder steps are needed to fix an urgent public health crisis, researchers said Monday.

Each year, about 120,000 people are on the waiting list for an organ transplant, but fewer than 30,000 operations are performed and about 10,000 people either die ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Six leading oil and gas companies Monday called on governments to put into place a carbon pricing system, saying this would be the most effective way of cutting the emission of greenhouse gases.

"We firmly believe that carbon pricing will discourage high carbon options and reduce uncertainty that will help stimulate investments in the right low carbon technologies ...

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