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(MENAFN - AFP) British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday finalised a $150 million loan guarantee agreement tied to crucial IMF financing for Egypt.

In Johnson's first visit as foreign secretary to Egypt, he also discussed boosting trade, with UK company investments having reached $30 billion in 2016, according to Britain's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An artist entombed inside a 12-tonne rock for nearly three days has described the experience as like "tripping", insisting he would stick it out for a week.

Speaking to AFP through a crack in the limestone boulder late Friday, Abraham Poincheval said he had been buoyed by how his performance has "got into people's heads".

"I am travelling in this rock ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The famous frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, whose ceiling was painted by Michelangelo, can now be examined in minute detail thanks to an unprecedented photographic venture, the Vatican Museums have said.

By combining innovative digital technology and special LED lamps which aimed to reproduce daylight, photographers were able to make images measuring 43 centimetres ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Bottega Veneta looked to the 1940s for inspiration for its understated but luxurious autumn-winter 2017 collection showing Saturday in Milan, with fitted waists, accentuated shoulders and day-time tuxedos.

Creative Director Tomas Maeir is the latest fashion great to sign up to the co-ed trend, and showed his men's and women's collections together for the first ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Italy's fashion queen Donatella Versace sent a message to women everywhere Friday with a show that screamed defiance at attempts to turn back the clock on feminism.

Supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kendell Jenner and Behati Prinsloo strutted their stuff on a runway strong with athletic yet sexy autumn-winter 2017 looks that positively oozed glamour.

"This ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A UN fund set up for Haiti's cholera victims is failing to draw support, with only two percent of the needed $400 million raised so far, according to a letter by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Guterres asked member-states in the letter sent this week to notify the United Nations by March 6 whether they intend to pledge aid to Haiti, where more than ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Shell has confirmed it will invest $300 million to develop a shale oil and gas reserve in southern Argentina, executives said Friday.

Argentina oil company YPF said in a statement it would partner with the Anglo-Dutch company Shell to exploit the huge Vaca Muerta reserve.

Exploration of the field has yielded "excellent results," it quoted Shell Argentina ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Spain has invited the head of Airbus to travel to Madrid next month to brief defence officials about its troubled A400M military transport plane, the defence ministry said Friday.

The A400M was commissioned jointly in 2003 by the governments of Germany, Belgium, France, Britain, Luxembourg, Spain and Turkey, but since its delayed launch in 2013 it has run into ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) German auto giant Volkswagen on Friday said it raced back into the black in 2016 as car sales hit an all-time high, in the latest sign of its "dieselgate" scandal fading into the rearview mirror.

VW reported a net profit of 5.1 billion euros ($5.4 billion) last year, recovering from a stinging 1.6-billion-euro loss in the immediate aftermath of the emissions ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Internet users Friday were being urged to change all their passwords in the wake of a Cloudflare bug that could have leaked passwords, messages and more from website visits.

A Cloudflare service used by millions of websites to enhance security and performance said that it had fixed the flaw quickly after being alerted a week ago by Google researcher Tavis Ormandy.

"It ...

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