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Eiffel Tower shuts as workers strike over long visitor queues

PARIS: Staff at the Eiffel Tower walked out on strike on Wednesday in a dispute over lengthening queues at the Paris landmark, forcing it to close during the peak summer tourist season. Talks between the CGT trade union and the tower’s management over a new access system - which according to workers was responsible for “monstrous” lines of visitors - reached deadlock on Wednesday afternoon, and the site closed at 4 pm (1400 GMT). It was not clear whether the strike would continue on Thursday. The new system, which…

Italy shuts ports to migrant boat, asks Malta to open its doors

ROME:  Italy will refuse to let a humanitarian ship carrying more than 600 migrants dock at its ports and has asked the Mediterranean island of Malta to open its doors to the vessel, government officials said on Sunday. Malta brushed off the request, saying it had nothing to do with the rescue operation, opening the prospect of a diplomatic rift between the two European Union allies. The move by Italy’s new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who is also head of the far-right League, represents an opening gambit to make…

Starbucks shuts 8,000 stores for anti-bias training

Starbucks appealed to customers for forgiveness in a row over racial profiling on Tuesday, saying its behaviour towards two black American customers last month had been reprehensible as it closed 8,000 stores for anti-bias training. The company has settled privately with the two men after the incident in a Philadelphia store on April 12 and will try to draw a line under the row with a day of workshops in traditionally slow afternoon hours which Wall Street analysts say will only cost it $5-$7 million (3.7-5.3 million…

Abhishek shuts up troll who said Aaradhya is not having a ‘normal childhood’

The Bachchan family seems to be over-sensitive about the only child of Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan as the minor is these days in news for one reason or the other. Social media is a platform where people troll celebrities only to be overlooked by the latter, but it was hard for the junior Bachchan to let past a comment about his daughter's upbringing. So, when a follower asked why Aaradhya Bachchan is always with her mother and not at school, Abhishek gave a 'befitting reply'. Read More: Aishwarya Rai freaks out,…

YouTube-mp3.org shuts after music business suits

NEW YORK: The most popular "streamripping" site, in which millions of users have converted YouTube videos into audio files, shut down Thursday faced with a legal campaign by the music industry. YouTube-mp3.org, a site in Germany started in the bedroom of computer science student Philip Matesanz, was inaccessible on Thursday with no further message. The global recorded music industry group IFPI, along with its US and British affiliates, announced that the platform had closed and that a US court has issued an injunction…