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Euclid Tsakalotos, Greece's finance minister, addresses journalists during a handover ceremony in Athens, Greece, on Monday, July 6, 2015.
Euclid Tsakalotos, Greece's finance minister, addresses journalists during a handover ceremony in Athens, Greece, on Monday, July 6, 2015.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

New Greek finance minister is a change of style, not substance

Euclid Tsakalotos, the mild-tempered professor who was appointed as Greece's new finance minister on Monday, is a clear change in style from his combative predecessor Yanis Varoufakis.

The 55-year-old Tsakalotos studied at prestigious private London school St Paul's and at Oxford University, speaks Greek with a British accent and rarely appears in public, let alone wearing the torso-hugging T-shirts Varoufakis favours.

But if European officials expect Athens' new finance chief, who has already been a key negotiator in drawn-out meetings between the Greek government and creditors, to take a softer approach in the substance of new talks, they can think again.


Historic flyby of Pluto on track despite probe glitch, NASA says

NASA said on Monday it expects the New Horizons spacecraft to be back in service on Tuesday after a computer crash over the weekend threatened its upcoming historic flyby of Pluto.

Nearing the end of a 9-1/2-year journey to the solar system's unexplored outer reaches, New Horizons shut down radio communications with Earth for a nail-biting 81 minutes on Saturday.

Ground controllers accidentally overloaded the spacecraft's primary computer, which was attempting to compress data to free up memory while simultaneously installing the operating sequence for the Pluto encounter on its flash drive, New Horizons project manager Glen Fountain told reporters on a conference call.


Starbucks to hike coffee prices in some US outlets

Starbucks Corp said it would raise prices for some of its coffee beverages by 5-20 cents in the United States from Tuesday.

Starbucks, however, will leave the prices of some popular beverages such as the Grande Brewed Coffee and the Frappuccino unchanged in most U.S. outlets, it said on Monday.

The price hike comes at a time coffee prices have cooled from highs hit last year after a drought in the world's biggest coffee producer, Brazil, triggered supply concerns.


Chiffon from Versace and high fur from Fendi at Paris Haute Couture

Floaty floor-length gowns, intricate detailing and "haute fourrure", or "high fur", mark this week's Paris Haute Couture shows, where some of fashion's best known names present some of the world's most expensive clothes.

On Monday, Christian Dior models strutted in flowing white dresses, tight-waisted coats with ankle-length puffy skirts and oversized capes in a specially built structure at the Musee Rodin.

Taking inspiration from Flemish painters, Dior designer Raf Simons paired colourful coats with wide trousers and topped short and long dresses with tank tops. He contrasted white, pale blues and pinks with patterned designs as well as sharp reds, blues and greens. "He is so artistic and I love the modernity he brings, (the) elegance and femininity," actress Emily Blunt said at the show.


Record 20.3 million watch Women's World Cup football final on US television

A record 20.3 million Americans watched on television as the United States beat Japan in the final of the Women's World Cup on Sunday, setting a new high for any soccer match televised in the nation, according to preliminary ratings data on Monday.

The match in Vancouver, which saw the U.S. women beat Japan 5-2, was broadcast live by Fox television, and was by far the most-watched TV broadcast of the night, Nielsen figures showed.

Fox said it became the most-watched soccer match in American TV history, beating the average 18.2 million strong audience that tuned in for the men's USA v. Portugal tie on cable channel ESPN at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.