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Fiat Chrysler an enticing takeover target for China
Aug 18

Fiat Chrysler an enticing takeover target for China

Detroit : Italian-American car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles would be an alluring takeover target for a Chinese company, instantly putting it at the top rung of the US auto industry, analysts say. In July, a well-known but unnamed Chinese automaker made at least one offer to buy Fiat Chrysler at a price...

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Australian researchers in peanut allergy breakthrough
Aug 17

Australian researchers in peanut allergy breakthrough

Sydney : Australian researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the relief of deadly peanut allergy with the discovery of a long-lasting treatment they say offers hope that a cure will soon be possible. In clinical trials conducted by scientists at Melbourne's Murdoch Childrens Research...

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Emma Stone tops list of best paid actresses
Aug 17

Emma Stone tops list of best paid actresses

Los Angeles : Oscar-winning Emma Stone capped a perfect 12 months on Wednesday as she knocked Jennifer Lawrence off the top spot on Forbes' 2017 list of the world's highest-paid actresses. Stone, 28, who won best actress for her role as a struggling performer in "La La Land," made $26 million in...

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Two lung diseases killed 3.6 million in 2015
Aug 17

Two lung diseases killed 3.6 million in 2015

Paris : The two most common chronic lung diseases claimed 3.6 million lives worldwide in 2015, according to a tally published Thursday in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. About 3.2 million people succumbed that year to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), caused mainly by smoking and...

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China blockbuster joins top 100 grossing films worldwide
Aug 16

China blockbuster joins top 100 grossing films worldwide

Shanghai : Fresh from shattering China's box-office record, patriotic blockbuster "Wolf Warriors 2" has claimed another slice of history by becoming the first non-Hollywood film to break into the top 100 all-time grossing movies worldwide. The flag-waving action movie's plotline of Chinese soldiers...

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Marvel's battle-scarred 'The Defenders' find teamwork tough
Aug 16

Marvel's battle-scarred 'The Defenders' find teamwork tough

New York : Riding the slipstream of the Avengers, X-Men and Fantastic Four, "The Defenders" is promising to bring a more tortured and cerebral superhero vibe to Netflix's ever-growing repertoire of Marvel series. The show unites for the first time the titular characters from the streaming service's four...

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fashionista who shook up the royal dress code
Aug 16

fashionista who shook up the royal dress code

London : Princess Diana revolutionised the royal dress code with the help of some of the world's greatest designers during a glamorous life that came to a tragic end 20 years ago this month. "Diana has become a fashion icon in the same way as Jackie Kennedy or Audrey Hepburn --...

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Hungary pulls tainted egg products from shelves
Aug 16

Hungary pulls tainted egg products from shelves

Budapest : Hungary on Tuesday became the latest European country to withdraw egg products imported from Germany containing the insecticide fipronil. The EU member state's food safety agency Nebih said it had ordered the withdrawal of Asian-style frozen foods imported from Germany by a Hungarian catering trade...

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Common mosquito can carry Zika virus, Brazilian scientists find
Aug 16

Common mosquito can carry Zika virus, Brazilian scientists find

The common Culex mosquito is able to transmit the harmful Zika virus, Brazilian scientists have discovered, according to a study published on Wednesday.  Scientists at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) in the northeast state of Pernambuco (noreste) have shown the virus can reach the insect’s salivary...

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Yemen cholera cases soar past half-million
Aug 14

Yemen cholera cases soar past half-million

Geneva : Cholera is believed to have affected more than 500,000 people and killed nearly 2,000 since late April, the World Health Organization said Monday. A full 503,484 suspected cases and 1,975 deaths are attributable to the outbreak that erupted last than four months ago in the war-ravaged country, a WHO...

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'Gift from God' Elvis is semi-divine, 40 years after death
Aug 14

'Gift from God' Elvis is semi-divine, 40 years after death

Memphis : Pilgrims come all day every day, filing past in silence, fighting back tears as they place mementos at Elvis Presley's gravesite, pausing to reflect, take pictures or say a prayer. More than 600,000 fans visit each year, paying tribute to the icon of popular culture, the once...

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Facebook discretely fields China photo-sharing app
Aug 12

Facebook discretely fields China photo-sharing app

San Francisco : Facebook's interest in China has led it to discretely create a photo-sharing application released there without the social network's brand being attached. "We have long said that we are interested in China, and are spending time understanding and learning more about the country in different...

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Satellite photos suggest North Korea preparing submarine missile test
Aug 12

Satellite photos suggest North Korea preparing submarine missile test

Washington : Recent satellite photos suggest North Korea could be preparing for fresh submarine-based ballistic missile tests, an expert on its military said Friday. Joseph Bermudez, a specialist in North Korean defense and intelligence affairs, posted photographs on the authoritative 38 North blog of the...

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Contaminated eggs scandal spreads from Europe to Asia
Aug 12

Contaminated eggs scandal spreads from Europe to Asia

Brussels : A scandal involving eggs contaminated with insecticide spread to 15 EU countries, Switzerland and as far away as Hong Kong on Friday as the European Commission called for a special meeting on the growing crisis. Ministers and food safety chiefs from around the European Union are set to meet on...

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30 children die in India hospital over two days: police
Aug 12

30 children die in India hospital over two days: police

Lucknow : More than 30 children have died at a government-run hospital in northern India over 48 hours, police said Friday, allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply to the wards housing the sick. The children were admitted at the Baba Raghav...

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Move over 'Star Trek': there's a new show at the final frontier
Aug 10

Move over 'Star Trek': there's a new show at the final frontier

Los Angeles : As the world clamors for the first "Star Trek" series in a more than decade, a streamlined usurper with no interest in Klingons is entering the space race. Sci-fi parody "The Orville," from Emmy award-winning Seth MacFarlane, debuts two weeks before "Star Trek Discovery" and critics have been...

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End of an era as typewriting tests phased out in India
Aug 10

End of an era as typewriting tests phased out in India

Mumbai : The unmistakable chatter of typewriters outside courthouses and government offices will soon fall silent in India's financial capital Mumbai as stenography colleges on Friday hold their final manual exams. The roughly 3,500 institutes teaching the antiquated ways of the typewriter across Maharastra...

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Australia vitamin 'breakthrough' to cut miscarriages, birth defects
Aug 10

Australia vitamin 'breakthrough' to cut miscarriages, birth defects

Sydney : Taking a common vitamin supplement could significantly reduce the number of miscarriages and birth defects worldwide, Australian scientists said Thursday, in what they described as a major breakthrough in pregnancy research. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found...

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Lassa fever kills two in Lagos, 100 others on watch
Aug 09

Lassa fever kills two in Lagos, 100 others on watch

Lagos :Two people in Lagos have died and a hundred medical workers have been placed under observation after a flare-up of Lassa fever, a cousin of the deadly Ebola virus, officials said Wednesday. Lagos University Teaching Hospital said the two died this week after being admitted for treatment. "Each of...

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Japan gives world-beating fidget spinner a whirl
Aug 09

Japan gives world-beating fidget spinner a whirl

Fujisawa : One company in perfectionism-obsessed Japan is claiming it has developed a fidget spinner that whirls longer than any rival on the market -- 12 minutes and counting. Most fidget spinners, the must-have toy for 2017, can only rotate on their own for a few minutes at most. But a subsidiary of precision...

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Smartphone screen maker Japan Display cutting 30% of workforce
Aug 09

Smartphone screen maker Japan Display cutting 30% of workforce

Tokyo : Japan Display said Wednesday it would slash 3,700 jobs, or about 30 percent of its workforce, as the struggling smartphone screen maker warned it lost money again in the latest quarter. Citing intense competition, the Tokyo-based company said it would cut 3,500 positions at overseas assembly plants and...

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Disney unveils streaming TV services, including one for sports
Aug 09

Disney unveils streaming TV services, including one for sports

New York : Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it is launching two new streaming television services including one for its ESPN-branded sports channel, while ending its deal with Netflix as it shifts towards direct content distribution. The media-entertainment giant called the move "a strategic shift in the...

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Country music legend Glen Campbell dead at 81
Aug 09

Country music legend Glen Campbell dead at 81

Washington : Country music legend Glen Campbell, the mellow-voiced "Rhinestone Cowboy" who sold millions of albums over a career that spanned decades, has died at the age of 81. Campbell, who left his mark on the music, television and movie worlds, died in Nashville, Tennessee, after a long battle...

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US trade commission probing Qualcomm iPhone complaint
Aug 09

US trade commission probing Qualcomm iPhone complaint

San Francisco : The US International Trade Commission on Tuesday said it will look into Qualcomm's complaint that Apple is violating its patents in some iPhones. The step, arguably procedural, means that the commission will assign Qualcomm's complaint to an administrative law judge for evidentiary hearings...

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Hormone shows promise for treating neurodegenerative conditions
Aug 09

Hormone shows promise for treating neurodegenerative conditions

Washington : A single injection of a fragment of a life-extending protein hormone could improve cognition in those with neurodegenerative illnesses, according to new research published Tuesday. The klotho protein was found to enhance cognitive and physical performance in aging or impaired mice, said a study...

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French start-up takes off with flight-sharing app
Aug 08

French start-up takes off with flight-sharing app

London : A French start-up is reaching for the skies with a flight-sharing app, matching pilots with passengers looking for a low-cost way to take off in a private aircraft. "It's a great way to get on planes. It's quite a unique experience. It's something new," says Adam Nicholas, 27, at an airfield close to...

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Colorectal cancer rates rising in white Americans under 55
Aug 09

Colorectal cancer rates rising in white Americans under 55

Washington : The number of white Americans under 55 dying from colorectal cancer has been increasing since the mid-2000s after decades of downward movement, new research published Tuesday showed, though rates among other races remained static or declined. Researchers from the American Cancer Society examined...

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Japan actor who played original Godzilla dies at 88
Aug 08

Japan actor who played original Godzilla dies at 88

Tokyo : Haruo Nakajima, the actor who played Japan's iconic city-wrecking monster Godzilla in the original 1954 movie, has died, film studio Toho said Tuesday. He was 88. Nakajima, who went on to appear as the iconic creature a dozen times, died of pneumonia on Monday, said a spokesman for the studio that produced...

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Patriotic blockbuster breaks China box office record
Aug 08

Patriotic blockbuster breaks China box office record

Shanghai : A Chinese action film that depicts the country's soldiers saving war-ravaged Africans from Western baddies soared to become China's all-time top box-office earner Tuesday, headlining a summer of patriotic cinematic fare. The wildly popular "Wolf Warriors 2" boasts the ominous tagline "whoever offends...

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Tainted eggs scandal spreads to Britain, France
Aug 08

Tainted eggs scandal spreads to Britain, France

Brussels : Britain and France said Monday that some insecticide-tainted eggs may have entered their countries, as millions of chickens faced being culled in the Netherlands in a growing European contamination scandal. Belgium meanwhile vowed full transparency about why it kept...

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New gene study rewrites Neanderthal history
Aug 08

New gene study rewrites Neanderthal history

Miami : A new way to use DNA to peer into the history of humanity is rewriting what experts know about our long-extinct cousins, the Neanderthals, US researchers said Monday. Previous research has suggested that near the end of their existence some 40,000 years ago, only about 1,000 Neanderthals were...

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Taylor Swift in court as trial begins in groping case
Aug 08

Taylor Swift in court as trial begins in groping case

Los Angeles : Pop superstar Taylor Swift was in court on Monday as the trial began in a case pitting her against a DJ accused of groping her at an event. Eight jurors were selected Monday with Swift looking on in the courtroom, a court employee confirmed to AFP. According to local media, she sat with her lawyers,...

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Renault signs 660 mln euro deal with Iran
Aug 07

Renault signs 660 mln euro deal with Iran

Tehran : French automaker Renault signed on Monday a long-awaited joint venture deal with Iran worth  660 million euros ($779 million) to build up to 300,000 cars per year. The new deal puts Renault in partnership with Iran's state Industrial Development and Renovation Organisation (IDRO) and private firm...

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Never too old to code: Meet Japan's 82-year-old app-maker
Aug 07

Never too old to code: Meet Japan's 82-year-old app-maker

Fujisawa : When 82-year-old Masako Wakamiya first began working she still used an abacus for maths -- today she is one of the world's oldest iPhone app developers, a trailblazer in making smartphones accessible for the elderly. Frustrated by the lack of interest from the tech industry in engaging...

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Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announce separation
Aug 07

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris announce separation

Los Angeles : Action star Chris Pratt and comic actress Anna Faris announced their separation after eight years of marriage in a joint statement on Sunday. The couple, whose son Jack turns five this month, said they were "disappointed" to be making the announcement after trying "for a long time" to save their...

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China's web users fear losing tools to bypass 'Great Firewall'
Aug 06

China's web users fear losing tools to bypass 'Great Firewall'

Beijing : Enterprising internet users in China fear the tools they use to tunnel through the country's "Great Firewall" may soon disappear, as Beijing tightens its grip on the web. Tens of millions of people are estimated to use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to bypass Chinese internet restrictions -- getting access...

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Khalid bin Hamad Theatre Festival workshop today
Aug 06

Khalid bin Hamad Theatre Festival workshop today

Manama : The organising committee of the Khalid bin Hamad Youth Theater Award Festival will hold an introductory workshop today, Jamal Al Ghailan, the Director of the event, has said. Al Ghailan explained that the workshop, titled “Do We Need Theatres?”, will be held at the family of writers and...

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High call rates, poor data irk telecom users
Aug 06

High call rates, poor data irk telecom users

Manama : Telecom customers in Bahrain are an unhappy lot. For the past few months, several customers are complaining that they are surprised with higher call rates and pathetic data quality.  Consumers here say that telecom operators are silently replacing many of their low cost plans with pricier...

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Nissan workers reject union bid at Mississippi plant
Aug 05

Nissan workers reject union bid at Mississippi plant

Canton : Nissan has defeated a bid by the United Auto Workers to unionize employees at a factory in the US Deep South, ending a bitter contest that critics said laid bare a racial divide in the company. Some 60 percent of the approximately 3,500 workers in the Mississippi factory rejected the union in the vote...

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Aldi pulls eggs from German stores over insecticide scandal
Aug 04

Aldi pulls eggs from German stores over insecticide scandal

Berlin : German discount supermarket giant Aldi said Friday it was pulling all the eggs from its shelves in the country over an insecticide scandal stemming from the Netherlands. The chain said it was making the move "purely as a precaution" but acknowledged it could lead to "market shortages" for eggs in...

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Toyota, Mazda announce tie-up over electric vehicles, US factory
Aug 04

Toyota, Mazda announce tie-up over electric vehicles, US factory

Tokyo : Japanese auto giant Toyota and smaller rival Mazda said Friday they agreed a capital tie-up to focus on joint development of electric vehicles, while building a $1.6 billion factory in the United States which will create up to 4,000 jobs. The move comes as the automotive industry is faced with...

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A Chinese 3D print studio fuses ancient art with modern tech
Aug 04

A Chinese 3D print studio fuses ancient art with modern tech

Beijing : The small, ornate figurines look like relics of a bygone age: a serene Buddha's head from the Tang dynasty, or a collection of stone-faced soldiers from the Qin era. The creation process, however, is decidedly modern. In northwest Shaanxi province's capital of Xian, home to such historic...

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Tone yourself up with great offers on VelaSmooth
Aug 04

Tone yourself up with great offers on VelaSmooth

Manama : There is a little doubt that technological advancements globally are having a positive impact on the healthcare sector.  Added to this fact is the rapid improvement in consumer awareness and acceptance of adopting and applying the usage of technology to enhance their health and appearance. One...

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BMW sticks to cautious forecast as profits shift up
Aug 03

BMW sticks to cautious forecast as profits shift up

Frankfurt am Main : German carmaker BMW reported Thursday a leap in profits in the second quarter, but stuck to its forecast for the full year as it spends on new models and research and development. Net profit at the group reached 2.2 billion euros ($2.6 billion) between April and June, a 13.6-percent increase...

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Bangladesh performs 'first' conjoined twin surgery
Aug 02

Bangladesh performs 'first' conjoined twin surgery

Dhaka : Surgeons in Bangladesh have performed what they are calling the country's first successful separation of conjoined twins in a "groundbreaking" and complex operation. Tofa and Tahura, ten-month-old sisters who were born conjoined at the spine and rectum, were separated by a team of two dozen doctors...

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Samsung heir takes stand to deny corruption charges
Aug 02

Samsung heir takes stand to deny corruption charges

Seoul : The heir to the world's top smartphone maker Samsung took the stand Wednesday in his corruption trial, to be questioned by prosecutors about the scandal that brought down South Korea's last president.   It was the first time Lee Jae-Yong, vice president of Samsung Electronics and the son...

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Aussie drug stops tumour growth
Aug 02

Aussie drug stops tumour growth

A breast cancer treatment developed by Australian researchers has successfully halted tumour growth for twice as long as previously recorded, it was announced on Friday. The therapy involves taking a new class of drug, called CDK4 and CDK6 inhibitors, and it significantly delayed tumour growth in patients with...

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Experts call for rethink of cancer screening
Aug 02

Experts call for rethink of cancer screening

Leading health experts have called for a global rethink of cancer screening processes, with new research suggesting current practices lead to unfavourable health outcomes for many patients.  The need to adequately ensure that the health of patients is secure still remains paramount, but researchers argue that...

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Kanye West sues insurer for $10 million over canceled tour
Aug 02

Kanye West sues insurer for $10 million over canceled tour

Los Angeles : Kanye West filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Lloyd's for $10 million, alleging the insurer is refusing to pay claims stemming from the cancellation of his tour following a reported mental breakdown.    The 40-year-old rap superstar filed a claim with Lloyd's shortly after cutting short...

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Santana wants album with Isley Brothers to break walls
Aug 02

Santana wants album with Isley Brothers to break walls

New York : Teaming up with The Isley Brothers for a new album, Carlos Santana isn't just uniting two musical legends. He believes the sound can change the world. The pioneering rock guitarist holds lofty hopes for "Power of Peace," a collection of covers recorded with The Isley Brothers, who set the...

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