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More than 1.1 bn 'invisible people' lack identification

Washington - More than 1.1 billion people worldwide officially don't exist -- going about their daily lives without proof of identity.The issue leaves a significant fraction of the global population deprived of health and education services.

Harry Potter showcased with bones and cauldrons in London

London - The British Library has conjured to life the magical world of Harry Potter in a new exhibition featuring the oldest objects in its collection alongside never-seen items from J.K. Rowling's personal archive.

Trump's fortune slides by $600 mn on Forbes wealth list

New York - America's richest may be getting richer but President Donald Trump's fortune has slid by $600 million to $3.1 billion, according to a list of 400 billionaires released by Forbes magazine on Tuesday.

Turning weed into wine in Lebanon

- Sitting among the vines of Sauvignon Blanc and Tempranillo growing on his spectacular farm in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, Michel Emad remembers the not-so-distant time when he opted to cultivate cannabis.

After yoga, meditation breaks into the mainstream

New York - It is 5 pm, otherwise known as rush hour in Manhattan. Julia Lyons, 31, finishes work and heads straight for her daily dose of peace and quiet -- half an hour at meditation studio "Mndfl.

Top Singapore chef gives back Michelin stars

Singapore - A Singapore chef with two Michelin stars has announced he wants to be stripped of the honour and will close his popular eatery, the latest restaurateur to walk away from the culinary distinction.

Despite strains, Turkey's wine industry refuses to wither

- On the verdant, fertile Gallipoli peninsula in northwest Turkey, headscarf-clad women in colourful clothes harvest grapes in the blistering late summer heat.

Star authors en vogue at Frankfurt book fair

Frankfurt Am Main - Margaret Atwood, Dan Brown and Nicholas Sparks are among the big names descending on Frankfurt this week as the world's oldest book fair glams up for the Instagram generation, hoping to wow the crowds with "live events" by star authors.

Transitioning: joys and challenges for trans people

Paris - Clemence Zamora-Cruz was just six years old when she realised she wanted to change her gender.It was the start of a journey she said was full of pain.

Alphabet's DeepMind forms ethics unit for artificial intelligence

Washington - DeepMind, the Google sibling focusing on artificial intelligence, has announced the launch of an "ethics and society" unit to study the impact of new technologies on society.

Chanel goes aquatic with millennial nymphs in PVC waders

Paris - Karl Lagerfeld built a huge waterfall and flooded the vast Grand Palais for his spectacular Chanel show Tuesday on the final day of Paris Fashion Week.

McCartney proves eco fashion can turn a profit

Paris - Stella McCartney proved that eco-friendly fashion can turn a buck, with her label's profits shooting up as she unveiled her new collection Monday at Paris Fashion Week.

Iran's blooming art scene: a bubble of hope

Tehran - A gallery opening in northern Tehran, and a typical scene: silk scarves barely clinging to the backs of women's heads, young hipsters, gentlemen in that most unrevolutionary of items -- the tie.

Iran's blooming art scene: a bubble of hope

Tehran - A gallery opening in northern Tehran, and a typical scene: silk scarves barely clinging to the backs of women's heads, young hipsters, gentlemen in that most unrevolutionary of items -- the tie.

Don't bathe more than once a week says designer Westwood

Paris - Flamboyant fashion designer Vivienne Westwood revealed the secret of her eternal youth Saturday -- only taking a bath once a week.

Metro is just the ticket for Paris fashion show

Paris - Paris Fashion Week went underground in more ways than one when a rising young avant-garde designer held her show on the city's metro.Berlin-based Andra Dumitrascu had to think quickly when the venue for her show late Friday fell through at last minute....

Fashion world shaken by #NoFreePhotos row

Paris - Photographers have risen up in revolt at the way fashion labels and influencers are using their street style images without crediting them, highlighting discontent about the "work for free" culture in the multi-billion dollar industry.

Dutch website offers US 'antidote' to daily news grind

Amsterdam - A Dutch ad-free news website, which actively seeks contributors' help in its reporting and foregoes breaking news in favour of deeper analysis, is about to expand across the Atlantic.

Dutch school kids must visit Rembrandt, parliament: report

Den Haag - Compulsory viewings of Rembrandt's masterpiece "The Night Watch" and visiting parliament at least once are some plans for schoolchildren to be brought in by the new Dutch government, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Museums give peek into secret world of Yves Saint Laurent

Paris - Yves Saint Laurent was one of greatest yet most private fashion designers of the 20th century.

Twitterverse atwitter over expanded tweet limit

Washington - Twitter's test of an expanded 280-character limit is aimed at luring new users, but some of the social network's passionate loyalists fear the change will strip it of its unique appeal.

Trump won't get expanded tweet space, for now

Washington - US President Donald Trump won't be part of the group testing the expanded character limit for messages on the Twitter the social network.

Twitter aims to boost appeal with new 280-character tweet limit

San Francisco - Twitter is testing allowing tweets to be expanded to 280 characters -- double the existing limit -- in the latest effort to boost flagging growth at the social network.

EU probes Ray-Ban maker's merger with French firm

Brussels - The EU on Tuesday launched an in-depth probe into the proposed merger between French lens-maker Essilor and Luxottica, the Italian eyewear company that produces Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglasses.

Top 10 trends at Milan Fashion Week

Milan - Milan Fashion Week closed on Monday after six marathon days of powerful women, flashy sequins and frequent nods to the past, but near total avoidance of the world's current messy state.

Milan fashion glitterati peel back the curtain, a little

Milan - A fragmented digital world is forcing the beneficiaries of Milan's trade show and glitterati gathering, better known as Fashion Week, to peel back the curtain ever so slightly on the invitation-only party.

All eyes on models as much as clothes on Paris catwalks

Paris - Paris fashion week begins on Monday with all eyes as much on the models as on what they are wearing.French fashion's two biggest players, LVMH and Kering, said this month that they were banning ultrathin and underage models from their catwalks.

Robotic fashion: Wear your heartbeat on your sleeve

Milan - Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht has a vision for a world in which people stop telling themselves little lies about their emotions -- and she believes high-tech fashion is the key.

D&G's 'queen of hearts' fetes strong women on Milan catwalk

Milan - It was all crowns and queens on Sunday as Dolce & Gabbana unveiled a collection that paid joyous homage to women, who were feted on catwalks around in Milan this week.

Supermodel reunion at blockbuster Versace tribute in Milan

Milan - Donatella Versace authored the defining moment of Milan fashion week on Friday with a blockbuster show honouring her late brother Gianni which closed with a surprise supermodel reunion that brought the cheering crowd to its feet.
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