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(MENAFN - AFP) Intensifying anxiety over Greece sent European stock markets lower Tuesday, with the new government set on a collision course with creditors over plans to renegotiate its enormous bailout, analysts said.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index of top companies fell 0.43 percent to 6,823.10 points, as investors also digested data showing Britain's economic growth ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Sony said Tuesday it has won permission to delay the release of its quarterly earnings report, after a cyberattack damaged the computer network at its Hollywood film unit.

The Japanese firm said last week that it was asking for the delay because subsidiary Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) would not have time to put together its financial statements after the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Facebook, the world's most popular social network, and its Instagram photo site were interrupted temporarily Tuesday, provoking panic, rumours of a hack, and jokes of how more than one billion users were struggling to cope.

"This was not the result of a third party attack," Facebook said in a statement after its services were restored.

The outage "occurred ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis said Tuesday strong sales of new products helped push its net profit up 12 percent last year despite harsh competition from cheaper copycat generic drugs.

During 2014, the Basel-based company said its net profit rose to $12.7 billion, while sales rose one percent year-on-year to $57.9 billion.

The results were largely ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Britain's economy grew by 2.6 percent last year in the fastest annual pace since 2007, but slowed more sharply than expected in the fourth quarter, official data showed Tuesday.

Gross domestic product expanded by 0.5 percent in the October-December period compared with the previous three months, after stronger growth of 0.7 percent in the third quarter, the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Irish carrier Aer Lingus on Tuesday backed a 1.35-billion-euro ($1.51-billion) takeover bid from International Airlines Group, parent of British Airways and Iberia, in a deal aimed at slashing costs.

Aer Lingus announced in a statement that its board was "willing to recommend" IAG's improved proposal -- its third since December -- subject to certain conditions.

The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The Church of Scientology has lashed out at a film about the controversial group at the Sundance Film Festival, calling it false and based on "obsessive, disgruntled former Church members."

The dismissive reaction -- also denouncing "vengeful apostates" -- came a day after the world premiere of "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," directed by ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The grim world of teen porn, in which thousands of 18- and 19-year-old girls have sex on camera for money, is exposed in a disturbing documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

"Hot Girls Wanted" tells the true stories of a group of those girls, mostly naive small-town kids enticed by the promise of money and fame in the bright lights of Florida or ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Alfredo Castellano travels half an hour to Havana twice a week to write emails in a computer center with a Fidel Castro poster outside and aging machines inside.

Like most Cubans, he lacks Internet access at home, but many hope this will change after the United States offered to bolster the communist island's tightly-controlled telecommunications as part of ...

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