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(MENAFN - AFP) Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Saturday launched a door-to-door "war" on mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus, vowing they will not jeopardize the Rio Olympics in August.

"The situation does not compromise the Olympics," Rousseff said as she joined soldiers in a nationwide campaign to teach citizens how to fight the outbreak.

"We are confident ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi renewed his call Saturday for firms to invest in India and turn it into a global manufacturing hub, painting the country as a bright spot for investment in an uncertain world economy.

The right-wing prime minister was addressing a gathering of industry leaders, CEOs and foreign dignitaries in the commercial capital Mumbai ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Venezuelans are accustomed to severe shortages of cooking oil, diapers and other staple products. But those hoping to buy what they could find got a new unpleasant surprise this week.

They found malls dark and shuttered under a government electricity rationing regime.

"This is madness, this is not the solution!" said Nataly Orta, 48, at the locked gate ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Chinese authorities have urged investors to register their claims against a now shut peer-to-peer (P2P) lender allegedly behind the country's biggest ever Ponzi scheme, according to a statement, raising hopes of compensation.

The Ministry of Public Security, or police, on Saturday called on investors in the financial products of Ezubao -- which allegedly bilked ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) South Korea on Sunday defended its decision to abruptly pull out of an inter-Korean industrial zone, claiming 70 percent of wages for North Korean workers were for years used to fund Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development.

Seoul on Wednesday announced it would withdraw from the Kaesong industrial complex -- where South Korean firms operated factories that ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Europe's airline sector is on course for further consolidation, while the region offers "massive opportunities" for growth, according to Carolyn McCall, chief executive of British budget airline EasyJet.

"I definitely think there will be consolidation in Europe," McCall told AFP in a recent interview held in EasyJet's headquarters at Luton airport, north of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Barbadian superstar Rihanna, feted as much for her daring style as her vocal chords, closed out day two of New York Fashion Week by unveiling a debut collection for Puma that put the sexy into sweatpants.

Following in the footsteps of music star Kanye West, who on Friday booked out Madison Square Garden to parade his Yeezy Season 3, "RiRi's" first catwalk collaboration ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Venezuelans are accustomed to severe shortages of oil, diapers and other staple products. But those hoping to buy what they could find got a new unpleasant surprise this week.

They found malls dark and shuttered on the first day of a government electricity rationing regime.

"This is madness, this is not the solution!" said Nataly Orta, 48, at the locked ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Jason Wu, the wunderkind best known for dressing Michelle Obama, presented a New York show Friday that was less about making a seasonal splash and more about cultivating loyalty from illustrious clients.

The Canadian-Taiwanese designer entitled "immaculate" the collection of his eponymous label at Fashion Week, where he is also making an appearance as artistic ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Shopping around for a Valentine's Day weekend made in heaven

Married or not, straight or gay, you and your sweetheart will be welcome in Lourdes, the town in southwestern France that has attracted "miracle" seekers for a century and a half, officials said Friday.

"Come to Lourdes to say I love you," beckons a flyer put out by the Lourdes diocese, touting ...

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