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(MENAFN - AFP) Brussels' famous Manneken Pis statue has been cheekily urinating into its Baroque fountain for 400 years, and for about as long, fans around the world have dressed up the naked little boy in colourful costumes.

From an Elvis Presley white-sequined jumpsuit, to Mickey Mouse, or a gilded 18th century French courtly gentleman, the landmark has an enviable made-to-measure ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Viacom announced the departure of the top executive at Paramount Pictures, which has struggled for profit and was at the heart of a recent corporate power battle.

Brad Grey will give up his role as chief executive at Paramount, remaining for a time as Viacom searches for someone to take his place, according to a release.

"It has been my privilege to be ...

(MENAFN - AFP) After two decades as a yoga missionary, Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez is unleashing her inner rage on the mining industry while aiming for Bhutan-style gross national happiness.

Lopez has in recent months moved global commodity markets with a campaign to close roughly two-thirds of the existing mines in the Philippines, which is the world's ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Australian mogul James Packer's Crown Resorts reported a sharply higher second-half net profit Thursday after scaling down a Macau joint venture which offset weaker turnover from high rollers.

The casino operator, which has been hit by softening demand in Macau following a Chinese corruption crackdown, also announced its chief executive of 10 years Rowen Craigie ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Perched on a northern tip of Qatar, about an hour's drive from the gleaming capital Doha and at the end of "Route 77", stands the secretive city of Ras Laffan.

Behind its closely guarded gates, Ras Laffan is home to 30,000 people, the best white truffles in Qatar, apparently, and a turtle conservation project.

It is also one of the most significant industrial ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn said on Thursday he will quit the post to focus on overhauling scandal-hit Mitsubishi Motors, but will stay on as chairman at the Japanese automaker he was credited with saving.

Ghosn, 62, who also heads up French automaker Renault, will hand over the reins to Nissan veteran Hiroto Saikawa in April.

Among a handful ...

(MENAFN - AFP) New Zealand's competition watchdog rejected a multi-billion dollar merger between Vodafone NZ and pay-TV operator Sky on Thursday, saying the combined entity would have too much market power.

Sky Network Television and Vodafone unveiled the planned tie-up between New Zealand's largest subscription television service and its second biggest telecoms provider ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Air New Zealand reported a 24 percent fall in interim net profit Thursday amid increased competition in the domestic aviation market.

New Zealand's flag carrier said net profit for the six months to December 31 was NZ$256 million (US$184 million), compared to a record NZ$338 million for the corresponding period a year previously.

"The last six months ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Australian carrier Qantas Airways posted Thursday a 7.5 percent hit to first half earnings, impacted by lower fares, greater competition and empty seats.

Underlying profit before tax fell to Aus$852 million (US$656 million) for the six months ending December 31, but just beat the airline's own guidance.

This compares to Aus$921 million in the same period ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Aliens landed in Milan's fashion week on Wednesday with Annakiki by Chinese designer Anna Yang, who debuted in the Italian city with an out-of-this-world collection.

Chinese designers are making serious headway in Milan, which is hosting for the fall-winter 2017 season newcomers including Xuzhi Chen, who will show in Giorgio Armani's theatre later in the week, ...

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