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(MENAFN - AFP) Oil prices resumed their rise Thursday and held above the $50 barrier following OPEC's decision to carry out its first output cut in eight years.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries at a meeting in Vienna on Wednesday agreed on specific targets to enact a preliminary deal struck in September designed to ease a global crude supply glut and ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) It came as a shock. But Virginie Routis learned very early that one of the obstacles she was going to have to overcome to become a top wine waiter was sexism.

The soft spoken sommelier was working in one of Britain's best restaurants when a man threw the wine list back at her.

"I want to talk to a man," he barked.

"He didn't want to talk to me ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) One of Austria's most important anti-Nazi films was thought lost for decades, until it was uncovered by chance last year.

Now experts must race to keep from losing "The City Without Jews" again -- this time from decay.

Shot and screened in Vienna in 1924, the silent film proved disturbingly prophetic in its dark depiction of anti-Semitism clutching the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Energy shares led a rally across Asian markets Thursday after OPEC hammered out a last-minute deal to cut oil output for the first time in eight years, which sent crude prices soaring almost 10 percent.

Adding to the buying sentiment was a better-than expected reading on Chinese factory output that provided fresh hope the world's number two economy was stabilising ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Homeless men curl up on mattresses along a broken sidewalk littered with trash and syringes in Miami, a city struggling with the highest rate of new HIV infections of any big American metropolis.

Around the corner, Florida's first-ever needle exchange program opens Thursday, decades later than in many parts of the United States, and experts hope not too late ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Some put Chancellor Angela Merkel on a pedestal, but French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo placed her on a toilet seat in seeking to conquer Germany with its provocative brand of humour.

The magazine hit German newsstands Thursday -- its first foreign-language edition, an innovation undertaken nearly two years after its staff was almost wiped out in a deadly ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Norwegian Magnus Carlsen extended his dominance over the chess world on Wednesday by winning the World Chess Championship for the third consecutive time on Wednesday, beating his Russian challenger Sergei Karyakin in a tiebreaker.

The win puts Carlsen closer to the status of chess legends such as Garry Kasparov, who dominated the game for 15 years.

Although ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) It took a fair bit of cheek -- and not a little phlegm on a freezing Paris night -- for the brash US lingerie brand Victoria's Secret to hold its first-ever fashion show in the city that invented sexy underwear.

And true to the brand's brazen style, the spectacle featured a (slightly wounded) megastar, history-struck A-lister models -- and a jewel-encrusted ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Brazil's central bank cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the second month running, as data showed that the recession hitting Latin America's largest economy continued into the third quarter.

The central bank lowered the benchmark Selic rate by a quarter of a percentage point, to 13.75 percent -- still one of the world's highest.

"The available evidence ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Oil prices jumped nearly 10 percent Wednesday, boosting energy-linked equities after OPEC thrashed out its first output cut since 2008.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, meeting in Vienna, agreed on specific targets to enact a preliminary deal struck in September designed to boost crude prices.

That helped send US oil prices up $4.21 ...

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