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(MENAFN - AFP) Nebuchadnezzar II is about to be crowned in a sumptuous Babylonian palace, and production assistants in Havaiana flip-flops are rushing to get a small army of extras into place.

Welcome to the set of "The Rich Man and Lazarus," the latest biblical telenovela from the media empire of one of Brazil's largest evangelical mega-churches.

Edir Macedo, the controversial ...

(MENAFN - AFP) At the 18th-century Spode pottery works in Stoke-on-Trent, start-up artisans like 22-year-old Emma Price are moving into abandoned buildings and breathing new life into a once-mighty industry.

The 10-acre (four-hectare) site in the heart of the Staffordshire city in central England whose name worldwide is synonymous with pottery has become a creative hub that ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Strong winds and stormy seas have helped turn the Shetland Islands in the North Atlantic into a European renewable energy giant, producing more power than it knows what to do with.

The tidal power underwater turbines that were completed last month are only the latest green energy project for an archipelago that has been reliant for decades on the North Sea ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Tourists are slowly returning to Egypt, easing pressure on a key sector battered by years of turmoil and the 2015 bombing of a plane carrying Russian holidaymakers.

"There is an increase in the number of tourists. This situation was much better in January than in previous years," tourism ministry spokeswoman Omaima al-Husseini said.

Visitors from China, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Have you needed to use your high school chemistry recently Anyone asked you lately who won the US-British war of 1812 Probably not.

But have you taken out a loan to purchase a car or a house or go to college Looked for a job Got a credit card Seen your paycheck disappear more quickly as prices rise

Those economic issues are factors of daily life, and ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Inside a Salvadaron prison Francisco Lopez teaches fellow ex-gang members how to make paper figurines, as part of a program designed to reinsert them into society once they are released.

He is one of 460 inmates in El Salvador who have left one of the country's most vicious gangs, in a nation that along with neighboring Guatemala and Honduras makes up the "Northern ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Smartphones are revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, thanks to add-ons and apps that make their ubiquitous small screens into medical devices, researchers say.

"If you look at the camera, the flash, the microphone... they all are getting better and better," said Shwetak Patel, engineering professor at the University of Washington.

"In ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with PSA chief executive Carlos Tavares to discuss its plans to take over the European arm of General Motors, which includes Britain's Vauxhall cars, her office said Saturday.

"We have received a meeting request. The meeting will take place, in principle, subject to diary availability," a Downing Street spokesman told AFP.

It ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Hussein Chalayan returned to the London catwalk on Saturday for the first time in 16 years, with relaxed but structured tailoring inspired by Greek folk culture -- and an explosion of glitter.

Models took to the stage at Sadler's Wells theatre in a collection featuring loose-fitting dresses, shirts with built-in waistcoats, and carrot-shaped trousers with wrap ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Handcuffed and bound with ropes, the heir of electronics giant Samsung appeared for questioning Saturday over his alleged involvement in the corruption scandal currently engulfing South Korean President Park Geun-Hye.

Among other allegations, Lee is accused of paying nearly $40 million in bribes to a confidante of the impeached president to secure policy favours.

The ...

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