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Teacher strike closes schools in Argentina

A teacher holds a placard reading "While there are teachers standing, there will be no people on their knees" during a 48-hour nationwide strike demanding pay rises, in Buenos Aires on March 6, 2017 (AFP Photo/Juan MABROMATA)

Buenos Aires (AFP) – A teachers’ strike for higher pay in Argentina forced the suspension of classes Monday at the start of the new school term, in a challenge to President Mauricio Macri. Thousands of teachers dressed in white marched in the capital Buenos Aires to mark the start of ...

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Hazard scores, avoids West Ham fan as Chelsea extends lead

Chelsea players celebrate a goal as security escort a spectator from the pitch during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Chelsea at London Stadium, Monday, March 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea took a confident step closer to the Premier League title with goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa enough to sweep aside London rivals West Ham 2-1 Monday. The result lifts Chelsea 10 points clear of second-placed Tottenham, with 11 games left. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte ...

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After 44 days, hearings end for giant telescope in Hawaii

FILE - This Aug. 31, 2015, file photo shows telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island. Long-running hearings for whether a giant telescope can be built atop a Hawaii mountain have wrapped up. State Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesman Dan Dennison says testimony ended Thursday, March 2, 2017, after 71 people testified over 44 days on the Big Island. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

HONOLULU (AP) — Long-running hearings for whether a giant telescope can be built atop a Hawaii mountain have wrapped up. But it will be a while before a decision is made on a project that has prompted intense protests by those who believe it will desecrate sacred land. Oftentimes emotional ...

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Welcome to the wall: artist Banksy opens Bethlehem hotel

People stand outside the Walled Off hotel, which was opened by street artist Banksy, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem March 3, 2017. REUTERS/ Ammar Awad

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) – Under an army watchtower and across the street from the concrete wall Israel has built in parts of the occupied West Bank, street artist Banksy has opened a guesthouse in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem. In the revered birth town of Jesus, the Walled Off ...

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Interjet increases frequencies to New York

interjet from NY / Mexican Times

Mexico, Mar.3 (Notimex).- Interjet began its third frequency between Mexico City and New York, which operates four days a week, and joins the two daily flights offered by the airline, which is equivalent to an offer of 5 thousand 400 seats a week. In a brief statement, the company said ...

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Meade Kuribreña: Mexico grows robust despite uncertainty

José Antonio Meade / Mexican Times

Mexico, Mar. 3 (Notimex) .- The Mexican economy maintains a permanent and robust growth rate, despite facing a complicated environment and uncertainty, said the head of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP, for its acronym in Spanish), José Antonio Meade Kuribreña. In a radio interview, the official pointed ...

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Missing Mexican baseball manager Estrada found ‘unharmed’

FILE- In this March 4, 2006 file photo, Team Mexico manager Francisco Estrada, left, and pitching coach and former Los Angeles Dodger great, Fernando Valenzuela, right, look out over the field as the team works out before the start of their spring training baseball exhibition game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Tucson Electric Park in Tucson, Ariz. Estrada's team Los Bravos de Leon reported on Thursday, March 2, 2017, that Estrada is missing since Wednesday, March 1, when he failed to show up for a news conference. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Francisco “Paquin” Estrada, the manager of Mexican League baseball team Bravos de Leon, was found Thursday hours after his club and league officials reported him missing. Guanajuato state chief prosecutor Carlos Zamarripa announced via Twitter that Estrada had been located by state authorities and was “unharmed.” ...

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Chloe designer’s swan song in Paris; fashion gets political

PARIS (AP) — Solange Knowles was among the fashion, film and music industry stars out for British designer Clare Waight Keller's swan song at Chloe at Paris Fashion Week Thursday.

But politics also was in the air with France's culture minister saying the rise of nationalism could threaten Paris' multicultural fashion industry.

Some highlights:

CHLOE DESIGNER BIDS FAREWELL

The final chapter in Clare Waight Keller's reign strayed not too far from the hippy-chic '70s DNA that's now synonymous with the Chloe house.

It was a play-it-safe moment to cap six years at the helm of one of Paris' most iconic fashion houses.

Diaphanous jabot collars, fluttery layers of cascading chiffon, oversize retro fur coats and exaggeratedly billowing slung pants were on this season's menu of loose boho silhouettes.

The '70s penchant for color was also clearly referenced in the 43-piece collection's use of prints and lashings of icy pastel hues — shades of mint, peach and lilac that merged into earthy tones.

But, at times the garments and collection — though executed to perfection — seemed to lack a little soul.

Perhaps the house is ready for a change.

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SOLANGE JOINS STARRY FRONT ROW

A fresh-looking Solange Knowles jetted in to the City of Light to catch Waight Keller's final outing.

"I'm in Paris for one day only. I'm very excited to be here, as it's her last show," the American singer told The Associated Press in the bright, lofty salon inside Paris' Grand Palais.

Knowles stunned in a diaphanous, sheer white Chloe gown with embroidered motifs and high neckline. No jet lag here. "I feel super ethereal and comfy and cozy," she added, smiling.

Her front row neighbor — 26-year-old "American Horror Story" star Emma Roberts — cut a sharp style contrast in chic '70s-style oversized kooky shades and flower power pant suit. She chatted with fellow attendee Isabelle Huppert, the Oscar-nominated French actress, who hid behind a pair of shades.

"Game of Thrones" star Gwendoline Christine and fellow Briton, singer Marianne Faithful, also attended.

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CHLOE IS PART OF FRENCH IDENTITY

The presence of France's culture minister at the Chloe show was a sign of how cherished the Parisian house, founded in 1952 by Mademoiselle Gaby Aghion, is to French national identity.

The house is actually credited with inventing the concept of ready-to-wear.

"Clare was the longest-serving designer there since Karl Lagerfeld, so this is an important moment," said Minister Audrey Azoulay, who added that she was eager to learn the name of Chloe's next designer.

Names reportedly being considered include Natacha Ramsay Levi, a womenswear designer at Louis Vuitton.

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BALMAIN'S AGGRESSIVE ANIMAL PARADE

Flamboyant designer Olivier Rousteing used the wild animal kingdom as inspiration for his remarkable fall-winter show.

Each model evoked a different creature prowling the runway in tribal-inspired silhouettes.

Snake, crocodile, zebra, tiger, antelope, wolf, bird, horse and sheep were all represented — totems conjured either literally in the material or in the imagery of the looks.

Some models were clad head-to-toe in leathers and croc or snakeskins, while others sported angry animal motifs that growled at guests.

These women were warriors or huntresses, wrapped proudly in the prey they vanquished.

Kendall Jenner wore a leather bodice that resembled armor with an asymmetric, feathered tribal skirt, her hair pulled back in severe braids with harsh black eye makeup. She reappeared in black crocodile.

Love it or hate it, one thing is certain — Rousteing's designs are totally original.

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CULTURE MINISTER: ULTRA-NATIONALISM WILL THREATEN FASHION

France's culture minister says a rise in nationalism in France will negatively impact the prized French fashion industry that relies strongly on foreign talent.

Minister Audrey Azoulay told The Associated Press outside the Chloe show in Paris that a "populist power" like the far-right National Front party that wants France to leave the 28-nation EU would be "absolutely incompatible with the idea of fashion and freedom."

Azoulay, who said she was fearful, added "a lot of our great fashion designers come from elsewhere."

National Front leader Marine Le Pen, who's leading in polls for France's two-part April-May presidential election, has campaigned against immigration and in favor of a French exit.

Each season, hundreds of fashion industry workers with EU passports travel to Paris without visas because of the EU freedom of movement rules.

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RICK OWENS GETS CEREMONIAL

Rick Owens explored the theme of the ritual for his ever-creative fall-winter collection Thursday, attended by singer Alicia Keys in a patterned headdress.

The American designer said he wanted to play with the very idea of a runway show that he considers a modern-day version of a ceremony.

Hybrid religious headdress — evoking Catholic or Coptic miters — defined the show aesthetic, fashioned, of course, from faded sweatshirts and T-shirts.

This ironic juxtaposition of high and low was a typical Owens touch and triggered smiles from the crowd.

Further down the body, segmented pieces of shiny duvet created voluminous, abstractly-shaped silhouettes, alongside floor length A-line coats with geometric segments that evoked ecclesiastical cassocks.

The unusual stretch-sock shoe wear was also of note, though it strayed from the ceremonial theme. The designer described it as "my version of an opera glove combined with a sneaker."

Irony is ubiquitous in any Owens display.

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LAURYN HILL PERFORMS AT KENZO

Kenzo's guests were treated to a surprise performance by multi-Grammy Award-winning hip hop star Lauryn Hill late Wednesday.

The dinner/fashion show transformed itself into an impromptu concert when Hill strutted out in a drop-waist pink Kenzo taffeta dress.

House founder Kenzo Takada was among guests tapping to the rousing hits including "Doo-Wop (That Thing)," ''Killing Me Softly" and "Everything is Everything."

The 41-year-old singer raised the roof with her energetic performance.

PARIS (AP) — Solange Knowles was among the fashion, film and music industry stars out for British designer Clare Waight Keller’s swan song at Chloe at Paris Fashion Week Thursday. But politics also was in the air with France’s culture minister saying the rise of nationalism could threaten Paris’ multicultural ...

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Five things to look for in the Premier League

Chelsea's defender Gary Cahill (3R) jumps above Liverpool's defender Dejan Lovren (2R) as they vie for the ball during the English Premier League football match January 31, 2017 (AFP Photo/PAUL ELLIS)

London (AFP) – With the Premier League in the thrilling final third of the season, AFP Sport looks at five storylines to watch out for in this weekend’s action: Can anyone catch Chelsea? With a remarkable 17 wins from their last 20 league games, rarely has the phrase “runaway leaders” ...

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