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(MENAFN - AFP) Wood fashioned into lace and sculpted into evening dresses: the Hanae Mori Manuscrit label led the way this Tokyo Fashion Week in showing the world the original craftmanship that helps set Japan apart from the crowd.

Dresses of persimmon wood lace paired with soft falling black fabric were the star of the show at designer Yu Amatsu's autumn/winter 2017 collection ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Along with banks that have signalled they will be moving jobs abroad, Brexit will probably see the European Banking Authority leave London -- and rival cities are jockeying to be its next host.

The London headquarters of the European Union's financial regulator, in the Canary Wharf district, has 170 staff members from 27 of the 28 European Union nations.

Brexit ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Once a flourishing community, only a handful of Egyptian Jews, mostly elderly women, remain in the Arab world's most populous country, aiming at least to preserve their heritage.

Egypt still has about a dozen synagogues, but like many of the country's monuments they need restoration. Part of the roof of a synagogue in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria caved ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) EU fishing fleets are increasingly anxious about their future access to teeming British waters as Britain prepares to trigger the two-year countdown to its exit from the bloc.

Fleets from nine EU countries including France, Germany and Spain have banded together in a newly-created European Fisheries Alliance, formerly launched at the European Parliament last ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A quarter of a century after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia is finally set to pay off all the foreign debt it inherited from the vanished Communist empire.

Keen to establish a reputation of a reliable borrower -- despite Western financial sanctions over the Ukraine conflict -- Moscow announced last week it would pay off $125.2 million in Soviet-era debt ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Spain's textile sector, flush with the glittering success of brands such as Zara, is beginning to recover from a crisis sparked by cut-throat competition from Asia that destroyed a third of its firms in less than a decade.

Inditex, owner of a range of brands such as Zara, Massimo Dutti and Bershka, easily beat its closest rival, Sweden's H&M, in terms of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) With higher unemployment rates than western Germany and support for the anti-immigration AfD party reaching 20 percent, the country's former communist east has often been associated with economic decline and xenophobia.

But some cities in eastern Germany have emerged as economic bright spots where populist politicians are finding it hard to gain ground.

Take ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Are robots coming for your job

Although technology has long affected the labor force, recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are heightening concerns about automation replacing a growing number of occupations, including highly skilled or "knowledge-based" jobs.

Just a few examples: self-driving technology may eliminate the need for taxi, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Several thousands of people took to the streets of Romania and Moldova in an anti-abortion March for Life on Saturday, including 2,000 in Bucharest, police said.

According to the organisers, rallies took place in more than 300 towns across the two countries.

"Women deserve better than abortion," read one of the banners, while others said: "Life for ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Monaco police were hunting for two suspects Saturday after a daring afternoon robbery at the famous French jeweller Cartier, prompting a brief lockdown of the tiny principality and jet set haven.

Three men entered the boutique toward 3:40 pm (1440 GMT) while a driver waited in a car, the Monaco prosecutor's office said, adding that no shots were fired and no ...

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