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'Party city' Amsterdam to crack down on tourists

Den Haag - Amsterdam is seeking to contain the flood of tourists swamping the city, with the incoming council proposing a series of tough measures and plans to hike tourism taxes.

Twitter tweak steps up fight against trolls

San Francisco - Twitter said Tuesday it was stepping up its long-running battle against online trolls, trying to find offenders by looking at "behavioral signals.

Tom Wolfe, author of 'The Right Stuff', dies at 88

New York - Author Tom Wolfe, the acerbic chronicler of American society known for best-selling books "The Right Stuff" and "The Bonfire of the Vanities," has died at the age of 88.

Global demand for air conditioning to triple by 2050: report

Washington - The worldwide demand for air conditioning is expected to triple over the next 30 years, making the pursuit of energy-efficient cooling systems a top priority, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.Some 1.

Tesla reorganizing to speed up production

San Francisco - Tesla chief Elon Musk told employees Monday the electric carmaker is being reorganized to speed up production of Model 3 vehicles -- a key to profitability at the fast-growing firm.

Fashion priestesses get holy at New York Met Gala

New York - Madonna and Rihanna stunned as fashion high priestesses on the red carpet at New York's Met Gala on Monday, headlining the most sought after invitation in the celebrity universe.

Corner the market: Shanghai's streetside stock pundits

Shanghai - They may not have the wealth or financial savvy of Warren Buffett, but you will be hard-pressed to find more passionate punters than the silver-haired stock-pickers at Shanghai's curbside investment forum.

Zuckerberg unveils plans for Facebook dating service

San Jose - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday the world's largest social network will soon include a new dating feature -- while vowing to make privacy protection its top priority in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Zuckerberg says Facebook to add dating service

San Jose - Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday that the world's largest social network will soon include a new dating service.

No smokes, many drinks for North's Kim at summit: reports

Seoul - North Korean leader and known heavy smoker Kim Jong Un refrained from lighting up during a summit with the South's President Moon Jae-in, but enthusiastically accepted every offer of a drink.

Brazilian prisoners get fashionable in couture project

S - Never mind running away -- these Brazilian prisoners prefer the fashion runway.

Amazon delivers hefty profits, led by web services

San Francisco - Internet colossus Amazon on Thursday reported that its quarterly profit more than doubled on soaring revenue from online commerce and cloud services.Amazon said it earned $1.

Brazil's Anitta: careful strategy behind singer's rags-to-riches tale

Rio De Janeiro - First, Anitta conquered Brazil. Now, the singer best known abroad for her smoldering, booty-shaking video "Vai Malandra," has her eyes set on the rest of the world.

Profits up at Facebook, no impact from privacy scandal

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday reported a sharp jump in profits in the past quarter, with gains in its user base and strong ad growth as the social network appeared to see no impact from a controversy over privacy.

Profits up at Facebook, with no impact from privacy scandal

San Francisco - Facebook on Wednesday reported a sharp jump in profits in the past quarter, with gains in its user base and strong ad growth as the social network appeared to see no impact from a controversy on privacy.

Twitter momentum grows with second straight profit quarter

Washington - Twitter reported its second consecutive quarterly profit Wednesday in a positive sign for the short messaging service after years in the red.

Privacy fears weigh on Facebook with earnings ahead

San Francisco - Facebook reports quarterly results Wednesday as it grapples with a data privacy scandal that strikes at how the huge social network makes money from what it knows about people.

Fashion giants in rights drive after Bangladesh factory tragedy

Paris - Five years on from the industrial disaster that killed over 1,130 clothing factory workers in Bangladesh, high street fashion giants have invested millions in developing more socially responsible practices.

Google parent Alphabet profit leaps on ad growth

San Francisco - Google parent Alphabet on Monday reported a surge in quarterly profits, lifted by strong growth in the digital advertising segment it dominates along with Facebook.Profit in the first three months of 2018 soared more than 70 percent from a year to $9.

Over a year into presidency, Trump hosts first state dinner

Washington - US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hold their first state dinner on Tuesday, hosting the leader of America's oldest ally for a glittering event at the White House.

Boxing fights back in Nigeria after years down and out

Lagos - When Selah Fawaz decided to organise his first boxing match in Lagos, he didn't expect more than 500 spectators. In the end, over 800 tickets were sold and he had to turn away dozens of fans at the door.

France's Ritz hotel smashes record with furniture sell-off

Paris - Luxury furniture auctioned off by the legendary Ritz hotel in Paris sold for 7.3 million euros ($9 million), a world record in the industry, auction house Artcurial said Saturday.

Mexico court blocks sales of Frida Kahlo Barbie

Mexico - A Mexican court has barred sales of a controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll in the painter's home country, ruling her family owned the sole rights to her image, lawyers said Thursday.

Pakistani-American brings politics to NY's Met rooftop

New York - A Pakistani-American sculptor brings dark times, science fiction and a desire to provoke to New York's famed Metropolitan Museum of Art for this year's rooftop installation overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

Parental diet before conception affects child's health

Paris - A child's health can be compromised not only by a mother who smokes or drinks during pregnancy, but by the obesity and poor diet of both parents well before the act of procreation, researchers said Tuesday.

Night owls risk dying younger, should sleep in: study

Paris - People who stay up late and have to drag themselves out of bed are likelier to die younger than those who rise and set with the Sun, researchers said Thursday.

With bikes, transit, Uber unveils urban transport vision

Washington - Uber said Wednesday it plans to add mass transit, bike-sharing and other options to its mobile app, as it unveiled a vision for urban transport that goes well beyond its core ridesharing offer.

Vice or virtue? Exhibition charts Germans' mania for saving

Berlin - While the European Union gears up for another of its endless post-crisis bouts over spending, debt and deficits, Berlin's German Historical Museum has turned a microscope onto the mania for saving in Europe's largest economy.

Ex-Saint Laurent designer wins huge payout in contract dispute

Paris - Star designer Hedi Slimane has won an 9.3 million euro ($11.5 million) settlement from the luxury group Kering in a court judgement which lifts the lid on how much fashion's big names are paid.

In Cambodia, fears tarantula may go off the menu

- While a plate piled high with hairy, palm-sized tarantulas is the stuff of nightmares for some, these garlic fried spiders are a coveted treat in Cambodia, where the only fear is that they may soon vanish due to deforestation and unchecked hunting.
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