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(MENAFN - AFP) A giant Chinese-chartered freighter nudged its way into the expanded Panama Canal on Sunday to mark the completion of nearly a decade of work forecast to boost global trade.

Thousands of people cheered and waved flags as they watched the vessel, especially renamed COSCO Shipping Panama, inaugurate the widening of the century-old waterway, which has been fitted ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Sunday blasted a planned EU-US trade treaty, saying the ambitious deal was against "EU interests."

"No free trade agreement should be concluded if it does not respect EU interests. Europe should be firm," Valls told members of the governing Socialist Party, adding "France will be vigilant about this."

"I can tell ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Stock markets in the energy-rich Gulf states dropped Sunday in the first trading session after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

All seven Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) stock markets were closed for the Muslim weekend on Friday when the result of the British referendum was announced.

Share prices in most Gulf markets dropped sharply at the start ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Will Brexit threaten London's long-booming economy The British capital fears investors and bankers could flee the city after the shock nationwide vote, threatening its coveted reputation as a global financial hub.

Some 60 percent of Londoners voted to stay in the EU in Thursday's historic referendum, but the rest of the country cast their ballots overwhelmingly ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A giant Chinese-chartered freighter is to nudge its way through the Panama Canal on Sunday to mark the completion of nearly a decade of expansion work forecast to boost global trade.

The vessel, especially renamed COSCO Shipping Panama, will inaugurate the widened canal in an hours-long voyage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean via a new shipping lane and ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) When 2016 rang in, Divin Lwamba, a street vendor with nine mouths to feed, says he was making up to 300 dollars a day selling samosas in Lubumbashi's main market.

With meat and vegetable samosas flying off his cart almost faster than they were made, Lwamba says he could make enough cash in a single day to stock up on food for a month.

But that was before ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Britain's vote to leave the EU could open a period of turbulence for the country's airline industry, which has soared under the EU's Single European Sky system over the last two decades.

Among the mass of agreements that Britain will have to renegotiate with Brussels are those governing flights between Britain and the rest of the EU.

"They are not long, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) With property prices in Britain predicted to plummet post-Brexit, foreign investors, especially in Asia, are already poised for a buying spree.

It is an ironic twist to the shock referendum result -- many who opted to leave the European Union saw their vote as a deterrent to outsiders looking to take advantage of economic opportunities in Britain.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Bidders paid a combined total of more than $150,000 for a lock of David Bowie's hair and Prince's iconic "Yellow Cloud" guitar at a Beverly Hills auction.

Heritage Auctions, which prompted legal action by offering Whitney Houston's Emmy Award as part of a separate sale, on Saturday said the snippet of Bowie's pale blond hair went for $18,750.

It came ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Centuries have passed since Neolithic artists swirled red and white colour on the cliffs of northern Somalia, painting antelopes, cattle, giraffes and hunters carrying bows and arrows.

Today, the paintings at Laas Geel in the self-declared state of Somaliland retain their fresh brilliance, providing vivid depictions of a pastoralist history dating back some ...

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