Several clerics sitting as MPs in the Iranian parliament have criticised the Tehran police chief for showing excessive zeal by ordering a crackdown on women's high boots, a newspaper said on Wednesday, December 12th.
Military-run Myanmar has wrapped up a gem auction, a major money-spinner for the junta, state media said Tuesday, november 27th despite sanctions and calls for a boycott following its deadly crackdown on protests.
Greenpeace has blocked a tanker carrying more than 30,000 tonnes of palm oil from leaving an Indonesian port to protest against forest destruction blamed on plantations, the environmental group said on Thursday.
The French luxury group LVMH moved a step closer Monday to acquiring Les Echos after the financial newspaper's owners, the British group Pearson, announced an end to consulations with the paper's employees.
Italy's anti-anorexia ads have divided France's powerful fashion industry -- with the high end couture federation deeming them "scandalous" while its ready-to-wear cousin hails a fresh move to keep skinny models out of fashion.
Photographer Oliviero Toscani on Wednesday, september 6th defended his images of a nude anorexic woman appearing in magazines and on billboards across Italy in a campaign to raise awareness about the disease.
An Italian advertising campaign featuring photos of an emaciated girl won praise Tuesday, September 25th from designers and the government for targeting anorexia, but campaigners warned it could encourage the disease.