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Italy sunglasses king gifts staff millions in birthday bonanza

Rome - The founder of Italian eyewear giant Luxottica is celebrating his 80th birthday by giving the firm's 8,000 employees in Italy shares worth around nine million euros ($10 million).

Top cartoonist Luz to leave Charlie Hebdo

Paris - Cartoonist Luz, who drew Charlie Hebdo's front cover picture of Mohammed following the massacre of the satirical weekly's editorial team in January, said Monday he was leaving the paper.

Berlin Philharmonic votes on new chief conductor

Berlin - The Berlin Philharmonic's members cloistered in an undisclosed location Monday to elect their next chief conductor, one of the most prestigious jobs in the world of classical music.

Queen of crime fiction Ruth Rendell dies

London - Best-selling British crime writer Ruth Rendell, who wrote over 60 books in a career spanning five decades, died on Saturday at the age of 85.

Veteran tyre boss Francois Michelin dies

Paris - Francois Michelin, who led France's famed tyre company for nearly half a century, died at the age of 88, the group said on Wednesday.

French 'Spiderman' scales Paris tower for Nepal quake victims

Paris - French "Spiderman" Alain Robert has climbed up the highest building in Paris with a Nepalese flag in hand, in tribute to the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit the country.

Polish ex-foreign minister Bartoszewski dies at 93

Varsovia - Auschwitz survivor and two-time Polish foreign minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski died Friday at the age of 93, his biographer said.

Former Czech PM Stanislav Gross dies at 45

Prague - Former leftwing Czech prime minister Stanislav Gross, one of the youngest premiers ever in the EU until his resignation over a financing scandal, died Thursday at the age of 45 after battling illness, local media reported.

Finished days before death, Charlie Hebdo director's book unveiled

Paris - "One day, for a laugh, I will have to publish all the threats I received at Charlie Hebdo," French cartoonist Charb wrote in a book he finished just two days before being mowed down by jihadist gunmen.

Marion Marechal-Le Pen: The poster girl of French far-right

Paris - Marion Marechal-Le Pen was just two when she made her political debut, pictured in the arms of her grandfather Jean-Marie in an election poster for his far-right National Front (FN) party.

Spain court rejects 'frivolous' paternity suit against ex-king

Madrid - Spanish judges rejected as "false and frivolous" a paternity suit against Spain's ex-king Juan Carlos by a woman claiming to be his daughter, court documents revealed Thursday.

70% of people taking antidepressants aren't suffering depression

A new study shows that 69% of people taking antidepressants don't fit the criteria for clinical depression or major depressive disorder (MDD). Research suggests that, instead, they're suffering normal sadness and hardships, which are just part of life.

Helicopter death of Chinese billionaire ruled pilot error

Bordeaux - French justice officials have concluded that pilot error caused a helicopter crash near Bordeaux in December that killed a Chinese billionaire and his son as they flew over his newly-purchased wine estate.

Anne Frank died earlier than thought, new study says

Den Haag - Jewish teenager Anne Frank died in a Nazi concentration camp at least a month earlier than her official date of death, a new study said on Tuesday."New research...

Death threats made to BBC chief after Clarkson axe

London - British police were on Sunday investigating death threats against BBC director-general Tony Hall following his decision to drop popular "Top Gear" presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

BBC drops 'Top Gear' host Clarkson over producer attack

London - The BBC announced Wednesday that it was dropping one of its most popular presenters, "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson, for physically attacking a producer.

Angelina Jolie has ovaries removed over cancer fears

Washington - Hollywood megastar Angelina Jolie announced Tuesday that she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed over fears of a hereditary form of cancer, following her double mastectomy two years ago.

Singapore's founding leader Lee 'weakens further': govt

Singapore - The health condition of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew weakened further on Sunday as he battles severe pneumonia in hospital, the government said.

Singapore on edge as Lee Kuan Yew's condition worsens

Singapore - The health of independent Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew has worsened, the government said Saturday as one of the foremost figures of 20th century Asia struggled with severe pneumonia.

Petition for 'Top Gear' presenter Clarkson hits 1 million

London - An online petition to reinstate Jeremy Clarkson at the hit BBC programme "Top Gear" reached a million signatures as the controversial presenter hinted that he may be sacked by the corporation.

Photo Essay: Alberta Rocky Mountains Special

Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are located in the West of the province; it is a land of wilderness and nature with many rivers and trails, the Rocky Mountains draw many tourists each year.

Singapore ex-PM Lee Kuan Yew's health worsens

Singapore - The health of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew has worsened due to an infection after nearly six weeks in hospital, the government said Tuesday.

Why do we like smelling each other?

Tel Aviv - Researchers have questioned why people tend to sniff their fingers after shaking hands with someone of the same sex. The scientists suggest that the traditional greeting may transmit chemosensory signals.

Gandhi statue to be unveiled near Churchill's in London

London - A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi is to be unveiled on Saturday at the heart of the British establishment which once loathed him for his campaign against imperial rule.

Painful wait for French stars, crew stranded in Argentina

Villa Castelli - The surviving cast and crew of the ill-fated reality show "Dropped" wander aimlessly around their hotel, waiting to testify on the accident that killed their friends and colleagues, then return home to France.

Spanish court dismisses paternity suit against ex-king

Madrid - The Spanish Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a paternity suit against the former king of Spain, Juan Carlos, by a Belgian woman claiming to be his daughter, a judicial source said.

'Top Gear' presenter Clarkson jokes about suspension

London - Jeremy Clarkson, the controversial presenter of hit BBC programme "Top Gear", joked about his suspension as an online petition for him to be reinstated gathered more than half a million signatures.

Top Gear presenter Clarkson suspended over 'fracas'

London - The BBC said it has suspended Jeremy Clarkson, the controversial host of popular motoring programme "Top Gear", after he was involved in a "fracas" with a producer.

Op-Ed: The end of freedom and individualism

We are increasingly being told by our governments that the best way to stop those who would take our freedom away is to eliminate our freedom. The protection of life being the main concern, the ideals of liberty are left tarnished and forgotten.

Latvian MEP says barred from entering Russia for Nemtsov funeral

Riga - Latvian MEP Sandra Kalniete who planned to attend the funeral of slain Russian opposition activist Boris Nemtsov said Monday she had been refused entry into Russia at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.
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