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Extinction Rebellion targets Victoria Beckham's London fashion show

London - Victoria Beckham unveiled a timelessly chic collection in the ornate court of Britain's Foreign Office on Sunday as environmental demonstrators shut the road outside to protest waste created by fast fashion.

Hard Brexit threat looms over French fishing fleet

Granville - The waters for French fishermen are being stirred up by uncertainty of what will happen if Britain leaves the EU without a deal on October 31 and their boats barred from British waters.

Hard Brexit threat looms over French fishing fleet

Granville - The waters for French fishermen are being stirred up by uncertainty of what will happen if Britain leaves the EU without a deal on October 31 and their boats barred from British waters.

Big Tech backlash kicks into gear with antitrust moves

Washington - The backlash against Big Tech moved into a new phase Monday as officials from nearly all US states announced an antitrust investigation into the dominance of internet giant Google.

Office sharing startup WeWork plans to cut valuation to below $20 bn

New York - Fast-growing office-sharing startup WeWork plans to again cut its valuation, this time to below $20 billion, and is under pressure from some investors to postpone its stock market debut, sources said Sunday.

E-bike grumbles echo in the Bavarian Alps

Lenggries - Robert Werner and his wife Ursula usually make time to say a friendly hello to hikers as they ride their gently whirring e-bikes up trails in the Bavarian Alps. But more often than not, their greetings are met with frowns.

In Greenland village, shorter winters cast doubts over dog sledding

Kulusuk - Tethered between pastel-coloured wooden houses in the Greenlandic village of Kulusuk and on hills nearby, the island's famous sled dogs wait through the summer for the ice to form so their hunting season can begin.

Report crowns Vienna 'most liveable city' for second year

Vienna - The Austrian capital Vienna has retained its ranking as the world's most liveable city, according to an annual report from the Economist.

In post-Bashir Sudan, change comes in many guises

Khartoum - Earlier this year, hairdresser Mazen Kamal was stopped by paramilitary forces on a street in Khartoum for having long hair and was shaved on the spot.

Apple expected to unveil new iPhone at Sept. 10 event

San Francisco - Apple sent out invitations on Thursday to a September 10 event at its Silicon Valley campus where it is expected to unveil a new-generation iPhone.

Can global matcha craze save Japan's tea industry?

Fujieda - From matcha ice cream to cake and chocolate, producers of traditional Japanese green tea are capitalising on growing global interest in its flavour -- even as demand for the drink declines at home.

Skin in the game: Hong Kong protesters get inked

Fpo - As a tattooist's black ink fills the petals of Hong Kong's Bauhinia flower on her upper thigh, 'C' says the indelible act of rebellion will forever serve as a reminder of the city's summer of defiance.

Cuba falls in love again with the beard — and it's not about Fidel

Havana - Cubans and beards have gone hand in hand, or cheek by jowl, since the days of Fidel Castro's revolution, but after falling out of favor, facial hair is back -- and this time, it's not political.

Robust baht, travel trends rattle Thai tourism market

Bangkok - A strong Thai baht and a slowdown in arrivals from China are battering the kingdom's moneymaking tourism machine even as the country hopes to welcome a record 40 million visitors by the end of the year.

International launch set for Disney+ streaming service

San Francisco - The Walt Disney Company said on Monday its streaming television service will debut in November in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

Twitter to let users follow interests as well as people

San Francisco - Twitter users will be able to follow a small number of interests by the end of the year in the same way they follow people, the company said Tuesday.

Hit rewind: Sony Walkman triggers nostalgia on 40th birthday

Apo - Must-have 80s gadget and one-time icon of Japan electronics cool, Sony's Walkman turned 40 this year and like its now middle-aged fans, is clinging to its youth with high-tech updates.

The many ways of crossing the English Channel

Paris - By plane, hot-air balloon and gondola: the English Channel has been crossed in many inventive ways, and on Sunday Frenchman Franky Zapata succeeded in crossing on a jet-powered hoverboard on his second attempt.

Frenchman takes off on 'Flyboard' for second Channel crossing bid

Sangatte - A daredevil French inventor on Sunday launched his second attempt to cross the English Channel on a jet-powered hoverboard, taking off from the northern French coast amid a crowd of onlookers.

First Miss Venezuela crowned after ditching contestants' measurements

Caracas - A 19-year-old student has been crowned Miss Venezuela, becoming the first winner of the annual pageant since it opted not to publish contestants' waist, hip and bust measurements.

Flying Frenchman fails in Channel crossing bid

Sangatte - A daredevil French inventor on Thursday failed in his attempt to fly across the Channel standing on a jet-powered "flyboard", crashing into the sea but vowing to try again.

Flying Frenchman to attempt pioneering Channel 'flyboard' crossing

Sangatte - A daredevil French inventor is Thursday to attempt a flight across the Channel standing on a jet-powered "flyboard", in an ambitious crossing he sees as following in the footsteps of the aviation pioneers.

Five things to know about Ukraine

Kiev - Ukrainians go to the polls on Sunday, with President Volodymyr Zelensky's party "Servant of the People" set to win the biggest share of votes in the ex-Soviet country's early parliamentary election.

Poland probes Russian-made FaceApp behind viral old age selfies

Warsaw - Poland said Thursday it was looking into the potential security risks of using a Russian-made face-editing app that has triggered a viral social media trend where users post "aged" selfies.

Facebook needs 'very high standard' for Libra coin: US Treasury

Washington - Facebook must meet "a very high standard" before it moves ahead with its planned digital currency Libra, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday.

In Paris, cars forced to make way for the two-wheel revolution

Paris - With the wind rushing through their hair, they zip past on bikes, electric scooters and mono-wheels, effortlessly passing lines of hot-and-bothered drivers stuck in the endless Paris traffic.

Google launches review after leak of audio conversations

San Francisco - Google said it was conducting an internal review after it discovered confidential audio had been leaked by a contractor of private conversations with its digital assistant.

Kyoto mayor steps into #KimOhNo row over Kardashian line

Apo - The mayor of Japan's ancient capital Kyoto has entered into an unlikely correspondence with the queen of selfies Kim Kardashian West, asking her to reconsider naming her shapewear line "Kimono".

Selfies and the self: what they say about us and society

Rio De Janeiro - The selfie craze speaks volumes about the era in which we live: how images race around the globe and can dominate public discourse, eliciting strong emotions and even blurring the lines of reality.Sometimes, that can be a very toxic mix, experts say.

Taiwan bike makers peddling home as trade war rumbles along

Taichung - Set to a rhythmic soundtrack of clacking machinery, whirring drills and inflating tyres, bikes take shape at a factory run by Taiwan's Giant, which is leading the island's push to regain its crown as bike maker to the world.
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