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(MENAFN - AFP) As a study in disconnect, Paris's haute couture fashion week -- which came to a close on Thursday -- is hard to beat.

The outside world might be suffering economic austerity, or the fear of Islamist attacks, or simply a winter to chill the bones.

But inside the warm, gilded bubble offered to the jetset designer crowd, a springtime fantasy was stage-managed ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) With its hot-selling large-screen iPhones released last year, Apple has roared back to the top of the pack with South Korea's Samsung in the smartphone market.

Surveys released Thursday showed the popular iPhone 6 and 6 Plus helped Apple pull to a virtual tie in the fourth quarter with Samsung, which has been the leader for the past three years.

The research ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The European Union and Germany warned Greece's radical new left-wing government Thursday that there was little support for a reduction in its massive debts, before it holds the first talks with its eurozone partners.

Radical Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will on Friday meet Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the current head of the eurozone group of finance ministers, which ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Third quarter profits plunged 61 percent at Russian gas giant Gazprom, the company said Thursday, hit by the suspension of deliveries to Ukraine, and with the outlook darkened by slumping global energy prices.

The group's profits between July and September reached 105.7 billion rubles ($1.5 billion).

Revenues held up better, sliding just 6 percent year-on-year ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Nigeria on Thursday confirmed that the H5N1 strain of bird flu has spread from seven to 11 states within a week, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of poultry but no human cases.

Agriculture Minister Akinwumi Adesina told an emergency meeting on the outbreak that "as of yesterday (Wednesday) a total of 11 states, have reported positive cases".

Cases ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Mashable, a news website focused on technology and entertainment, said Thursday it raised $17 million in capital led by Time Warner Investments, to help fuel expansion plans.

The move will allow Mashable to add some 100 employees and is the latest in a series of investments in the growing digital media sector.

The funding will be used for "investing heavily ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Shares in energy companies fell Thursday after they announced falling profits on tumbling oil prices, although European markets were broadly steady.

London's FTSE 100 index, home to energy majors Royal Dutch Shell and BP, slid 0.22 percent to end the day at 6,810.60 points.

Frankfurt's DAX 30 index added 0.25 percent to 10,737.87 points.

While official ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) New York oil prices tumbled to a near six-year low underneath $44 per barrel on Thursday, as record-high US crude inventories deepened worries over the global supply glut.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for March delivery dived to $43.57 a barrel, a level last seen on March 12, 2009.

The contract later stood at $43.87, down 58 cents from Wednesday's close.

European ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday unveiled plans to slash spending by more than $15 billion after posting lower annual profits on tumbling oil prices.

The group said it would cut spending by the equivalent of 13 billion euros over the next three years, mirroring similar cost-cutting moves by rivals in the energy sector which are also reacting to slumping ...

29 Jan 2015   EU tourism hits record in 2014 
 
(MENAFN - AFP) The European Union attracted a record number of tourists in 2014, with visits to France leading the bloc, official data showed on Thursday.

Last year tourists spent 2.7 billion nights in tourist accommodations across the EU's 28 countries, the Eurostat data agency said, up 1.7 percent from 2013.

France still came top of the heap, with 403 million visitor ...

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