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Climate activists occupy Paris mall as global Extinction Rebellion protests begin

Paris - Hundreds of climate activists barricaded themselves into a Paris shopping centre on Saturday as security forces tried to remove them, ahead of a planned series of protests around the world by the Extinction Rebellion movement.

Dr Barbie, nurse Ken: French toymakers to fight stereotypes

Paris - French toymakers signed a pact on Tuesday, three months before Christmas, to rid games and toys of gender stereotypes the government blames for keeping women out of maths and science careers.

Can Saudi Arabia's loss be US oil producers' gain? Not so fast...

New York - Even though weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities cut that country's output in half, American petroleum producers appear neither ready nor willing to fill the void and capture new market share for themselves.

French boy, 10, dies 8 years after supermarket burger poisoning

Lille - A French boy aged 10, who fell gravely ill in 2011 after consuming a beef burger from supermarket discounter Lidl that was infected with E.coli bacteria, has died of complications stemming from his poisoning, the family's lawyer said.

Cubans fear return to 90s austerity amid cuts

Havana - Havana awoke Thursday to long lines at gas stations and public transportation stops after President Miguel Diaz-Canel warned fellow Cubans to expect fuel shortages and blackouts that he blamed on US sanctions.

Counterfeit medicine a 'growing threat': EU study

Paris - Counterfeit medicine is a "growing threat" in Europe, causing serious illness or even death and costing the pharmaceutical industry billions every year, according to a study published Wednesday.

Animal rights activists march against abbatoirs in Paris

Paris - Hundreds of animal rights campaigners from a range of groups marched through Paris Saturday calling for the closure of all abattoirs.

Rihanna hails 'carte blanche' at LVMH with new fashion line

Paris - Rihanna said Thursday she had been given complete freedom to design her first fashion line for French luxury powerhouse LVMH, which is banking on the pop diva to find a new market of millennials beyond the reach of its traditional brands.

Niger tanker truck blast toll rises to 76

Niamey - The death toll from a May 6 tanker truck explosion near the international airport in Niger's capital has risen to 76, state television reported late Sunday.

Anders Holch Povlsen, discreet Danish billionaire

Copenhagen - Danish clothing retail billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, one of Scotland's biggest landowners who lost three of his four children in the Sri Lanka attacks, is a reclusive businessman who has jealously guarded his family's privacy over the years.

Survival in arid eastern Chad depends on struggle for water

Geneina - "I've already earmarked a customer for this drum -- I need to get a move on!"Ali Ahmat,12, flicks his whip to persuade a hard-driven horse to press on with his cart, laden with 200 litres (44 imperial gallons) of freshly-fetched water.

Cuba newsprint shortage sounds alarm for economy

Havana - The newsprint shortages which forced Cuba's Communist daily to run a trimmed-down edition on Friday would pass off as a simple supply glitch in most other countries, but in Havana they carry chilling memories of the not-so-distant past.

French justice minister calls sports hijab row 'hysterical'

Paris - French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet on Wednesday waded into a row over the marketing of a sports version of the hijab Muslim headscarf in France, saying she regretted the "hysterical" debate and stressing that selling such items would in no way br...

Retailer Decathlon cancels plans to sell sport 'hijab' in France

Paris - Retailer Decathlon Tuesday cancelled plans to sell a sports version of the hijab Muslim headscarf in France, following an outcry.

Spanish supermarket Dia to slash jobs

Madrid - Financially troubled Spanish supermarket group Dia said Friday it wanted to cut up to 2,100 jobs as it reported a massive loss.

French watchdog sounds alert over chemicals in diapers

Paris - A French public health watchdog warned Wednesday about the risks of several chemicals found in disposable nappies, leading the government to demand that manufacturers withdraw them from their products.

Packaging innovations designed to reduce counterfeiting

The world's supply chains are mostly secure, but counterfeiting still represents a multi-billion industry for criminals. As part of the battle against counterfeit goods, new innovations are emerging.

Blockchain can reduce supply chain risks

In the world of modern businesses, supply chains are becoming increasingly complex and such complexity increases as supply chains cross multiple countries and involve multiple interfaces with third parties. To address this, many are turning to blockchain.

Pipeline derailed, so is Canada's climate strategy

Montr - A Canadian court has sparked the ire of the oil industry by suspending the expansion of a pipeline to the Pacific over environmental concerns -- and dealt a huge blow to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's climate plan.

New high-rises spark land battle in Paris

Courbevoie - A group of tenants near Paris whose apartments are to be destroyed to build the tallest skyscrapers in western Europe are refusing to leave after fighting for years to save their homes.

Paris, Tokyo, New York and others pledge to slash waste

New York - By slashing food waste and improving waste management and recycling, 23 global cities and regions representing 150 million people pledged Tuesday to significantly cut the pollution-causing garbage they generate by 2030.

France sees red after Spanish rose wine found in domestic bottles

Paris - Summer is the ideal time for cracking open a bottle of rose, but fans of French wine might be thinking twice after millions of bottles were found to contain less costly Spanish versions instead.

Argentine small businesses feel pinch as consumers tighten belts

Buenos Aires - President Mauricio Macri's center-right government is struggling to stabilize inflation and reassure markets, but Argentina's small businesses are feeling the pinch in a climate of deep budget cuts and layoffs.

After Cape Town, Ivory Coast city feels the thirst

Earlier this year, Cape Town grabbed the world's headlines as it careened towards a water armageddon.Crippled by a three-year-long drought, the South African city braced for a complete shutdown of domestic water supplies.

Interview: Blockchain transforms distribution in emerging markets Special

Hong Kong - OpenPort is a Hong-Kong based digital logistics platform that uses blockchain technology to transform domestic distribution in emerging markets. To discover the advantages of this technology, Digital Journal spoke with CEO Max Ward.

Sears Canada files for creditor protection

Montr - Sears Canada filed for court protection from creditors Thursday as the onetime retail giant seeks to adapt to a changed landscape and tougher online competition.

'The Little Prince' U.S. release date pulled by Paramount

Paramount Studios has unexpectedly dropped anticipated animated film 'The Little Prince,' one week before its US release.

Aliwaxima, Tehran's shoe-shine man in a red stiletto

Tehran - A giant, racy-red motorised stiletto is not what you expect to see cruising down the avenues of Iran's capital but it certainly attracts attention, and business, for intrepid shoe-shine man "Aliwaxima".

The Marshall Tucker Band's label signs deal with RED Distribution

The Marshall Tucker Band's label, Ramblin' Records, has signed a multi-year deal with RED Distribution, which is affiliated with Sony Music Entertainment.

Herbalife faces FTC inquiry after activist campaign

New York - The US Federal Trade Commission has opened a civil investigation into Herbalife, the nutritional products marketer announced Wednesday.Herbalife, which has been accused for more than a year by activist investor William Ackman of running a pyramid schem...
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