19th-century wine a hit at Hong Kong auction

Sep 3, 2016

19th-century wine a hit at Hong Kong auction

Some 2,000 bottles of vintage French burgundy wine from the venerable Maison Bouchard Pere et Fils, including one from 1846, were snapped up at a Hong Kong auction Saturday. The 1846 vintage, from the Meursault-Charmes region, sold for HK$134,750 ($17,451) — far exceeding a ...

Malian masons rebuild Timbuktu tombs destroyed by Islamist occupiers

Jul 20, 2015

Malian masons rebuild Timbuktu tombs destroyed by Islamist occupiers

Malian masons have rebuilt eight mausoleums destroyed by Islamist militants who took over the desert city of Timbuktu in 2012, the United Nations and Malian officials said. Invading Islamist fighters considered a local Sufi veneration for the tombs as idolatrous and hacked them to ...

Jan 24, 2015

Second French suspect charged over 'Luxleaks' tax probe

A second French suspect was charged Friday with theft and money-laundering in ongoing investigations into the leaking of secret tax avoidance deals between Luxembourg and multinational companies, a scandal dubbed “Luxleaks.” The identity of the new suspect was not released, but he is a ...

Jan 2, 2015

French investigators to arrive Friday at AirAsia crash scene

France’s crash investigation agency said its specialist black box search team and equipment would arrive early Friday at the search area for the AirAsia flight that crashed on Sunday en route from Indonesia to Singapore. France’s BEA crash investigation agency assists in the investigation ...

Dec 8, 2014

Russians, French held in Nigeria over military-related air cargo

Nigerian authorities on Sunday said they had detained a Russian cargo plane carrying military equipment in the north Nigerian city of Kano. The country’s defense chiefs announced on Twitter that the Antonov aircraft was held pending an investigation into its provenance and what it ...