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(MENAFN - AFP) Hungry for a new fine dining frontier, Michelin's fabled guide is rolling into the US capital city for the first time, officials said Tuesday.

Anonymous Michelin inspectors are already out dining their way across Washington, the fourth US city to get its own guide.

The guide goes on sale in October, covering just the federal District of Columbia, for ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An original watercolour from French classic "The Little Prince" was sold for 133,200 euros ($148,000) on Tuesday, Paris auction house Artcurial said.

Six buyers battled it out for the painting, which reached more than double its list price.

"The price obtained for this iconic image is a measure of the status of this universal work of art and its international ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US authorities said they are establishing a network of labs that can respond quickly to antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," following America's first human case of a dangerous strain of E. coli.

The announcement by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came as authorities try to identify people who had contact with a 49-year-old woman in the eastern ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Denmark will next year declassify "being transgender" as a mental illness, lawmakers from the parliament health committee decided on Tuesday.

"It is completely inappropriate to call it a sickness," the committee's deputy chairman Flemming Moller Mortensen told AFP.

"There is a longstanding wish from the trans community in Denmark to have it removed" from ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Superhero sequel "X-Men: Apocalypse" topped the North American box office in its debut over the four-day Memorial holiday weekend, raking in nearly $80 million, industry figures showed.

Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" opened in the number two spot, selling $33.5 million in tickets, according to industry tracker Exhibitor Relations.

"The Angry ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Hermes was thrown onto the defensive over claims of cruelty at a farm that allegedly supplies skins used in its luxury handbags, the second such allegations in a year.

A spokeswoman for animal rights group PETA used the French fashion house's AGM in Paris to grill Hermes CEO Axel Dumas about a video showing ostriches being slaughtered at a farm in South Africa.

PETA ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank said on Wednesday that it will sell at least $7.9 billion of its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, as it looks to pay down a whopping debt load.

The move will reduce SoftBank's 32.2 percent holding in the Chinese company to about 28 percent with the sale, it said, adding that proceeds would be earmarked to pay down ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Activist investor Carl Icahn revealed Tuesday a big stake in Botox maker Allergan, voicing confidence in the Ireland-based company's chief executive.

"We have recently acquired a large position in Allergan and are very supportive of CEO Brent Saunders," Icahn said in a brief statement. He did not disclose the size of the stake.

Shares in Allergan dipped ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Leftists have long made a sport of blasting neoliberalism, the market-guided economic doctrine championed by the International Monetary Fund, as boosting poverty and inequality.

Now that view is coming from inside the IMF itself. A new assessment from Fund economists suggests the neoliberal approach to creating sustainable growth in developing countries can ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Gulf Arab states grappling with lower oil revenues on Tuesday formed a new agency to tighten economic cooperation in the region.

The Economic and Development Affairs Authority "will boost coherence, integration and coordination between member states in all economic and development sectors," the Gulf Cooperation Council said in a statement after a summit in ...

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