Please, no Brexit talk: Merkel, Macron hit the bar for beer and fries

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BRUSSELS: Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and the leaders of Belgium and Luxembourg surprised late-night drinkers by dropping by a Brussels bar for beer and fries after an evening of summitry on Brexit with British Prime Minister Theresa May. The German chancellor and French president chatted and shook hands with tourists and locals on the picturesque Grand Place with their local host, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, and his Luxembourg neighbour Xavier Bettel, who said he bought the drinks to celebrate his re-election as premier on Sunday. “It was very nice,”…

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NEW E-PAYMENT METHOD: INSTAGRAM PICS

In a bid to attract millennials, a Milan sushi bar has come up with a new electronic payment method that is based on a currency more valuable than cash in some quarters. ‘This Is Not A Sushi Bar’ is offering free meals to people with 100,000 or more Instagram followers. In return, users of the social media service must present an Instagram post that includes a restaurant hashtag and a photo. Italian fashion blogger Clizia Incorvaia had a free lunch on Tuesday courtesy of her 200,000 followers. ‘We tasted everything…

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French finance minister Le Maire cancels trip to Saudi conference

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PARIS: French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday he had cancelled his attendance at an investment conference in Riyadh next week, following the disappearance of a Saudi journalist that has led to a worldwide diplomatic dispute. “No, I will not go to Riyadh next week,” Le Maire told Public Senat TV. “The conditions are not right,” he added. The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has raised concerns around the world. Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was critical of the authoritarian…

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