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(MENAFN - AFP) Dancers -- some nearly naked, others in elaborate costumes -- strutted into the final round of the Rio Carnival's samba championship Monday, capping a wild party that has helped Brazilians forget about Zika and other worries.

The Vila Isabel samba school went first in the final group of six, with dancers parading in feather headdresses and shining, barely-there ...

(MENAFN - AFP) One of Bangladesh's biggest art shows has covered up an exhibit by Tibetan artists after the Chinese embassy in Dhaka said it was "offended" by the artwork, an organiser said Monday.

A photographic exhibit entitled "Last Words", featuring the letters of five Tibetans who self-immolated in protest at Chinese rule, was covered with white sheets at the Dhaka Art ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Twin births have almost doubled in developed countries in four decades, said researchers Monday who cautioned about the associated health risks.

In a study published in the US journal Population and Development Review, scientists said the rate of twin births nearly doubled in the United States from 9.5 twins per 1,000 deliveries in 1975, to 16.9 in 2011.

They ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The black spots on old banana peels may unlock a faster, easier diagnosis of human skin cancer, boosting survival chances, scientists said Monday.

When bananas ripen, their skin is covered in small, round black spots caused by an enzyme known as tyrosinase.

The same enzyme is present in human skin, and in greater quantities in people suffering from melanoma ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Adults who suffer a concussion may see their risk of suicide rise three times or more in the years after the injury, according to a study out Monday.

The medical records of more than 235,000 patients who sustained concussions over a 20-year period in Ontario, Canada were analyzed in the journal of the Canadian Medical Association (CMAJ).

Overall, those ...

(MENAFN - AFP) President Barack Obama on Monday asked for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funds to tackle the fast-spreading Zika virus in the United States and beyond.

The mosquito-borne illness has surged through Latin America, prompting fears that clement spring weather could bring a spate of cases north of the Rio Grande.

The White House said fresh cash is needed ...

(MENAFN - AFP) One of Argentina's holdout creditors has accused Buenos Aires of buying support from another creditor as the country tries to settle its long debt battle.

The new government offered $6.5 billion on Friday to settle the dispute and US court case that have roiled global sovereign debt markets while harming Argentina's ability to access international capital to ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Mexico's president replaced the head of troubled state energy giant Pemex on Monday amid a steep fall in world oil prices that have caused the company to lose millions.

Emilio Lozoya, who has led Pemex since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office in December 2012, was succeeded by Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya, director of the Mexican Social Security Institute.

In ...

(MENAFN - AFP) "Kung Fu Panda" easily bested its rivals to top the North American box office for a second straight time, raking in $21.2 million on a slow Super Bowl weekend, industry figures showed Monday.

Dreamworks' computer-animated comedy -- the third installment in the popular franchise -- follows the adventures of Po as he evolves from martial arts student to teacher, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) 21st Century Fox reported a sharp drop in profits in the past quarter, largely in line with forecasts for Rupert Murdoch's media-entertainment conglomerate.

The company said earnings in the quarter to December 31 slumped 89 percent to $672 million, compared with a $6.2 billion profit a year earlier that was largely the result of a one-time sale of assets.

Revenues ...

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