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(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 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Mystery over whether Rio de Janeiro's deeply religious mayor would open the city's carnival Friday or stay away in a break with tradition overshadowed the famous event's first night.

Newly elected Mayor Marcelo Crivella, who is also a high-ranking member of a powerful evangelical church founded by his billionaire uncle, had still given no indication of his ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) German car giant Volkswagen on Friday said it was capping the chief executive's pay package at 10 million euros as it moved to rein in top brass salaries in the wake of the "dieselgate" scandal that has cost the company billions.

Other members of the board will see their annual remuneration capped at 5.5 million euros, VW said in a statement.

"This reduces ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Google said it will begin offering media groups an artificial intelligence tool designed to stamp out incendiary comments on their websites.

The programming tool, called Perspective, aims to assist editors trying to moderate discussions by filtering out abusive "troll" comments, which Google says can stymie smart online discussions.

"Seventy-two percent ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) French carmaker PSA's boss Carlos Tavares, pushing plans to buy General Motors' European brands Opel and Vauxhall, had a "constructive" talk Friday with the head of Britain's biggest trade union about the project, the union said.

Len McCluskey, head of the Unite union, said the London meeting was "relatively positive" and the two sides had agreed to "engage ...

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