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(MENAFN - AFP) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said it was time for a new direction in relations with Cuba, during a landmark visit to the Americas' lone communist-ruled state.

During the first visit by a Chinese premier since the two countries established diplomatic relations 56 years ago Li pledged to "inject a new dynamic in (bilateral) relations," Cuban state media reported.

Li ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A social media firestorm that forced Disney to withdraw a movie costume amid accusations it represented "brown face" shows Pacific islanders will no longer accept their culture being cheapened for profit, experts say.

Polynesian culture has proved popular in recent years, sparking fads for island-style tattoos, hipster "tiki" bars in the United States and numerous ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) President Barack Obama heralded Saturday the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a long-awaited institution dedicated to the many threads of black suffering and triumph in the United States.

The first black president of the United States cut the ribbon to inaugurate the striking 400,000-square-foot (37,000-square-meter) bronze-clad ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim hit out at Moody's on Saturday, claiming it was biased after it cut Turkey's sovereign debt rating to "junk" status.

Amid months of political turmoil, the ratings agency cut Turkey to "Ba1" level, saying the country's finances had weakened while its reaction to the July 15 attempted coup set back expected reforms.

Yildirim ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) President Barack Obama heralded Saturday the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, an institution dedicated to the many threads of black history and achievement.

The first black president of the United States cut the ribbon to inaugurate the striking 400,000-square-foot (37,000-square-meter) bronze-clad edifice before thousands ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Portugal has launched a probe into the state-owned Caixa General de Depositos bank, prosecutors said Saturday, with local media reporting that the investigation would centre on allegations of mismanagement and ruinous investments.

The Expresso weekly said the inquiry will focus on leadership at the bank, Portugal's largest by assets, post-2000, including loans ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Hollywood icon Lauren Hutton joined Gigi Hadid on the catwalk as the world of glamour united across the generations to celebrate 50 years of venerated Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta in Milan on Saturday.

In what was the eagerly anticipated highpoint of the latest round of fashion shows, the Venetian outfit celebrated for its discreet craftsmanship marked ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Giambattista Valli says his fledgling ready-to-wear line is thriving -- thanks to spillover synergy from a haute couture operation that has made him a darling of the celebrity A-list set.

The Paris-based Roman designer has made his name with spectacularly beautiful and eye-wateringly expensive made-to-measure creations for the likes of singer Rihanna, George ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Just weeks after carrying out its fifth nuclear test, North Korea put on an unprecedented civilian and military air force display Saturday at the country's first ever public aviation show.

The two-day Wonsan International Friendship Air Festival was held at the newly refurbished Kalma Airport -- previously a military airfield -- completed last year to boost ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Thousands of Parisians round off a hard day's work with a trudge up six flights of stairs to a tiny, stuffy room they resignedly call home.

In a city where it is notoriously difficult to find a flat -- especially on a low budget and without the right paperwork -- many rooms that once served as domestic helpers' sleeping quarters have been turned into apartments ...

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