Designer Alexander Wang to leave Balenciaga

Designer Alexander Wang, pictured during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 14, 2015 in New York, will reportedly leave fashion house BalenciagaDesigner Alexander Wang will be leaving the Balenciaga house nearly three years after he became one of the rare Americans to run an old-school French couture house, according to fashion magazine WWD. Women's Wear Daily, a leading fashion publication, reported that Balenciaga and its holding company Kering had decided not to renew Wang's contract and his last collection for the house would be unveiled during Paris Fashion Week from September 29-October 7. Balenciaga has not confirmed the information and Kering said that "discussions were underway" on Wang's contract.



Impending execution brings out mixed feelings in India

In this July 27, 2015, photo, activists of the Social Democratic Party of India carry placards with portraits of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai bombings, during a protest against his death sentence outside Maharashtra House in New Delhi, India. Jailed for more than two decades over his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, he has made many appeals and is scheduled to be hanged Thursday, July 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)NEW DELHI (AP) — Few countries sentence more people to death than India. Whether those punishments are actually carried out is another matter. Though well over a thousand people have been sent to death row this century, just three have been executed.



Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on PKK, stoking Kurdish ire

A Turkish F-16 fighter jet takes off from Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, TurkeyBy Humeyra Pamuk and Nick Tattersall ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible. The strikes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets including shelters, depots and caves in six areas, a statement from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's office said. Iraq condemned the air strikes as a "dangerous escalation and an assault on Iraqi sovereignty", saying it was committed to ensuring militant attacks on Turkey were not carried out from within its territory.



Germany warns of possible attacks on public transport in Istanbul

"There could be increased attack activity by the PKK," the foreign ministry said in a statement on its website, referring to the Kurdistan Workers Party. "Beyond that there are indications of possible attacks on the underground rail network and bus stops in Istanbul," the ministry added. The number of foreign visitors to Turkey fell by 2.25 percent to 14.89 million people in the first six months, data from the Tourism Ministry showed on Wednesday.
US strength helps Goodyear top expectations

FILE - In this April 3, 2014 file photo, Goodyear tire technical officials discuss tires at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Goodyear reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. on Wednesday reported a drop in second-quarter profit as a strong U.S. dollar cut into international sales, but the results beat Wall Street expectations.





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