Incheon (South Korea) (AFP) - Thousands of athletes and officials gathered in Incheon on Wednesday as the clock ticked down to Asia's biggest sports spectacular and organisers fretted over low ticket sales.
NEW DELHI: India may have just spent billions of dollars on hi-tech French fighter jets, but experts say it needs to do a lot more if it is going to face up to an increasingly assertive China. The world's top defence importer has signed several big-ticket deals as part of a $100-billion upgrade since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took power in 2014. But it has been slow to replace its dwindling fleet of Russian MiG-21s -- dubbed "Flying Coffins" because of their poor safety record. An agreement to buy 36 cutting edge Rafale jets from France's Dassault aims to fix that.
It's only getting worse.
"Deaths of despair" — deaths related to suicide, drugs, and alcohol — continue to increase among middle-aged white working-class Americans without a high-school degree, according to research by Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton. Their deaths are now outpacing those of minorities of the same class by a stunning margin.
The possibility of a French recession is not exactly new: even the venerable Economist penned an an extensive article - with a humorous cover - over a year ago describing just such a possibility (the French were unamused).
France's nude art models have had enough - protesting low wages and poor working conditions, nude models in Paris went on strike. This is not the first time La Coordination des Modeles has staged protest: back in 2008, they held a naked protest outside Paris' city hall after regulations stripped them of their tip-jar. The models demand equal treatment afforded most French workers, like job security or vacation pay.