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(MENAFN - AFP) Japan takes its aid show to Africa this weekend, with a huge development conference in Kenya, hoping quality will trump quantity in the battle for influence against cash-rich China.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe -- fresh from an appearance as Super Mario at the Olympic Games in Rio -- will meet with dozens of leaders from across Africa in Nairobi.

Officials ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Strong foreign trade and buoyant consumption drove Germany's economy, Europe's largest, to better-than-expected growth in the second quarter, federal statistics office Destatis said on Wednesday.

Gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.4 percent between April and June, adjusted for seasonal, calendar and price effects -- twice as fast as analysts surveyed by ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Spain has for months been awash with warnings that the country's long-lasting political deadlock threatens to harm a fragile recovery, but the economy is forging ahead regardless... for now, analysts say.

The country has been without a fully-functioning government for eight months with squabbling political parties unable to reach any kind of pact following ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Most Asian markets slipped Wednesday as traders trod water ahead of a key speech by Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen this week, while oil suffered fresh losses on persistent glut worries.

With speculation growing that US interest rates could rise by the end of the year, Yellen's comments at a global central bankers meeting in Jackson Hole Friday will be scoured ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) French defence contractor DCNS has been hit by a massive leak of secret data on its submarines likely to alarm India, Malaysia and Chile which use the boats, The Australian newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The 22,400 leaked pages, which the daily said it had seen, detail the combat capability of the Scorpene-class DCNS submarine designed for the Indian navy, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Police are struggling to control crowds at a hot springs park in Taiwan that has become a hub for Pokemon Go players after gaining a reputation as a spot to catch rare creatures.

The normally quiet park in Beitou, just outside the capital Taipei, has been thronged in recent days by enthusiasts of the wildly popular mobile gaming app.

Pokemon Go has sparked ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The burkini, a body-concealing women's swimsuit that fits a conservative Islamic dress code, has stirred controversy in France, but on the beaches of North Africa, it has made few waves.

On the coast of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, women are already wearing increasingly modest outfits -- but few can afford the full-body costume.

In Zeralda, a seaside ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Most Asian markets slipped on Wednesday as traders trod water ahead of a key speech by Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen this week, while oil suffered fresh losses on persistent glut worries.

With speculation growing that US interest rates could rise by the end of the year, Yellen's comments at a global central bankers meeting in Jackson Hole Friday will be ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Australian carrier Qantas Wednesday posted record annual profits and announced its first payout to shareholders in seven years, staging a turnaround after axing jobs and selling aircraft in an aggressive restructuring.

Qantas' results were also boosted by the sharp fall in global oil prices and a less competitive domestic market that has given the firm a stable ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) It is a voyage explorers only dreamed of not so long ago.

But thanks to climate change, a luxury cruise ship has undertaken a pioneering journey that will see it sail through the once impassable Northwest Passage during a month-long trip that is drawing much excitement but also criticism from environmentalists.

The Crystal Serenity, which set off from ...

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