Deaths prompt vaccine probe

The Japanese health ministry has halted the use of some vaccines made by Sanofi-Aventis and Pfizer. That followed the deaths of four children


New test for prostate cancer

A team of scientists at the University of Surrey in the UK have found a way to test for prostate cancer using urine. They have identified a protein


LVMH taking over Bulgari

There has been more major consolidation in the luxury goods world as LVMH – the world’s biggest such company – announced it is to take over the


Prada looks east for listing

Italian fashion house Prada is pressing ahead with plans for an initial public offering of share in Hong Kong – spurning its home bourse of Milan


Moody's slashes Greek rating

Moody’s has slashed Greece’s credit rating on fears Athen’s efforts to reduce its debt will not be enough. The rating was cut by three notches to B1


Chirac to get his day in court

Former French president Jacques Chirac is due in court this week to face corruption charges. A trial centred on allegations he created bogus jobs


Rio's carnival parade kicks off

Rio de Janeiro’s annual Carnival parade has kicked off to the sound of drums, dancing and fireworks. An estimated 800,000 revellers turned out for