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(MENAFN - AFP) Brazilian superstar Neymar's brain activity while dancing past opponents is less than 10 percent the level of amateur players, suggesting he plays as if on auto-pilot, according to Japanese neurologists.

Results of brain scans conducted on Neymar in February this year indicated minimal cerebral function when he rotated his ankle and point to the Barcelona striker's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Britain's state-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland posted a surge in profits on Friday, boosting its share price, but warned over future earnings.

Net profit almost tripled to £1.425 billion ($2.42 billion, 1.8 billion euros) in the six months to the end of June, compared with the same period in 2013, the bank said.

Pre-tax profits jumped 93 percent to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Britain's economy grew in the second quarter, overtaking the size it reached before the global financial crisis, official data showed on Friday.

Gross domestic product expanded by 0.8 percent between April and June from the first quarter, when it grew by the same amount, the Office for National Statistics said in a statement.

The economy is now 0.2 percent ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Captain America is now black, Thor becomes a woman, and comic character Archie Andrews is shot and killed while saving his gay friend.

The annual pop-culture carnival that is the Comic-Con Festival got under way in San Diego on Thursday with fans welcoming the world of change facing so many beloved characters.

An estimated 150,000 devotees of comics, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A campaign to promote male circumcision to prevent AIDS infection also indirectly benefits women by reducing their risk of contracting the HIV virus, according to a study presented at the world AIDS forum Friday.

In a South African community where large numbers of men had been circumcised, women who only had sex with circumcised partners had a 15-percent-lower ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) British satellite television group BSkyB said on Friday it had agreed multi-billion-dolla deals with Rupert Murdoch's media empire 21st Century Fox to create a pan-European pay-TV giant.

Murdoch's 21st Century Fox media conglomerate owns 39 percent of BSkyB.

This latest shake-up in the sector is seen as a bid by the media mogul to strengthen his European ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Once a deadpan radio announcer under the Taliban, Masood Sanjer has gained renown for being a thorn in the side of accountability-dodging Afghan officials, exemplifying hard-won media freedoms that are at stake in a pivotal year.

His radio talk show "Safai Shahar" (cleaning the city) is something of a cross between a public helpline and a kangaroo court, enabling ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Shakespeare's 16th-century Padua is a far cry from Jean-Christophe Maillot's scintillating new "Taming of the Shrew" at the Moscow Bolshoi.

Instead, for his debut this month at the scandal-hit theatre, the French-born choreographer has devised a sensual and modern version of the comedy, with a minimalist stage set and music woven together from film scores. ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) From budget problems to widely publicised management disputes, the Salzburg Festival, one of the world's top opera events has seen almost as much drama behind the scenes as on stage in recent years.

For the next month, the Austrian city and birthplace of Mozart will again welcome the cream of the music world, with singers like Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Hashish addict Noor Rehman has spent three years chained to a concrete slab covered by insects.

Beaten and malnourished, he lost his eyesight in a "clinic" run by a Pakistani mullah claiming to cure addicts who were kept against their will and forced to recite the Koran.

"They treated us worse than animals," the 30-something with a salt and pepper beard ...

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