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(MENAFN - AFP) The world's first driverless taxis went into operation on Thursday in Singapore in a limited public trial, beating giants like Uber in the race to roll out the revolutionary technology.

The "robo-taxi service" is being tested at a small research campus well away from the thrum of the Asian business hub.

Data from the experiment will feed into the roll-out ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel, the so-called Queen of Knitwear, died on Thursday at the age of 86 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, her daughter told AFP.

"My mother died at 5:00 this morning at her home in Paris from the effects of Parkinson's," Nathalie Rykiel said.

The pioneering Rykiel was a fixture in the industry for half a century, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Fierce storms which hit France in April will help to push wine production down almost 10 percent this year on 2015 output, the ministry of agriculture said Thursday.

Unseasonally cool weather through the spring and into the summer will drag overall production down to 42.9 million hectolitres from 47.8 million a year ago, a seven percent fall on a five-year ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Japan's All Nippon Airways said Thursday it is cancelling some Boeing Dreamliner flights owing to a problem with the plane's engine, and warned of more groundings.

The carrier, the biggest worldwide Dreamliner operator with a fleet of 50 jets, said nine domestic flights scheduled for Friday would be halted so it could fix a problem with a Rolls Royce-produced ...

 
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(MENAFN - AFP) Monsanto has pulled an application seeking Indian approval for its next generation of genetically modified, pest-resistant cotton seeds, it said on Thursday, sharply escalating an ongoing row with the Indian government.

The US agribusiness giant said it withdrew plans to introduce the seeds in July over regulatory "uncertainty", including a proposal to force ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian energy firms suffered further losses Thursday after another sharp fall in oil prices, while currency traders moved cautiously the day before a key speech by Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen.

World markets have struggled to gain traction this week with few catalysts to spur business ahead of Yellen's talk at the annual Jackson Hole symposium of global ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China's main offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC saw its shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange fall on Thursday, after it reported a $1.16 billion net loss for the first half of 2016.

It was the company's first half-year loss since it started trading on the Hong Kong exchange in 2000, with CNOOC blaming low oil prices and write-downs on assets for its performance.

"Further ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) As Turkish troops approached his village on August 14, 1974, Georgios Kantoni packed a simple meal of bread, cheese and watermelon for his family and sent them to hide in the wheat fields.

Antonis Christofi, Kantoni's grandson, was 14. It was the last time he would see his grandfather.

"We were afraid because we heard people say the Turkish were killing ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A 19-year-old Indian woman whose face was brutally disfigured in an acid attack will walk the catwalk in New York next month in her first trip overseas.

Reshma Qureshi, who lives in Mumbai, was attacked by her brother-in-law and pinned down by his friends who doused her face in acid in 2014.

Her features were horribly damaged and she lost sight in one ...

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