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(MENAFN - AFP) Japan's economy minister said Friday that Tokyo had not reached a basic accord with Washington over a Pacific-wide trade deal despite intense talks after a bilateral summit.

There had been hopes that Tokyo and Washington might break an impasse in the stalled talks during US President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo.

Speaking hours before Obama's departure, ...


(MENAFN - AFP) People who boosted their coffee intake by "moderate to large" doses in a US-based study had a lower risk for adult-onset diabetes than those with stable consumption, researchers said Friday.

An analysis of studies that tracked the diet and lifestyles of more than 120,000 health sector workers, showed that those who increased their daily caffeine dose by ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Portugal will receive its last tranche of aid funds form the eurozone in June, the bloc's rescue fund EFSF said Thursday, as the debt-hit country gets ready to emerge from a multi-billion euro bailout programme.

The final disbursement of bailout money amounting to 1.2 billion euros ($1.7 billion) was approved on Thursday by the eurozone.

"As we approve ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The Costa Rican woman whose healing is the reason late pope John Paul II will be declared a saint on Sunday spoke with emotion about her trip to Rome, saying she would gladly travel the world with a message of hope.

The Vatican has declared 50-year-old Floribeth Mora's apparently unexplained recovery from a brain aneurysm a miracle attributed to the Polish ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The premises of Be-Oko ("One Heart") radio in the town of Bambari are miserable but its mission immense: amid brutal sectarian violence, its call for peace hopes to stop this town in the Central African Republic from tearing itself apart.

Crumbling walls stripped of paint, the harsh glare of too-bright neon attracting hundreds of insects, a fan wedged between ...


(MENAFN - AFP) US regulators proposed the first restrictions on the soaring $2 billion market in e-cigarettes Thursday, but some lawmakers and anti-tobacco advocates said the move falls woefully short.

The new rules would also apply to other, also previously unregulated tobacco products, including cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels, and pipe tobacco, and are aimed in large ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Microsoft on Thursday reported quarterly profit slipped as lifestyles continued to shift from personal computers to mobile devices and Internet cloud software.

The US software giant said that it made a profit of $5.66 billion on $20.4 billion in revenue in the three months that ended on March 31, a slight dip from the $6 billion in net income it took in ...


(MENAFN - AFP) A blast furnace at an Italian steel plant was shut down on Thursday with 4,000 jobs at risk despite a call by Pope Francis for officials "to make every effort in terms of creativity and generosity to rekindle hope".

The government said a deal had been signed to save the site, but it came too late to prevent the shutdown at the Lucchini plant in Piombino ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Zimmer Holdings will acquire Biomet for $13.35 billion in a deal that will combine two large providers of joint-reconstruction products, the companies announced Thursday.

Zimmer, which provides spinal, trauma and dental devices, in addition to knee and hip replacements, will pay $10.35 billion in cash and $3.0 billion in stock for the privately held Biomet.

Both ...


(MENAFN - AFP) US stocks were mixed in early trade Thursday following a good report on US durable goods and strong earnings from Apple and some other big companies.

About 50 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 12.58 (0.08 percent) to 16,489.07.

The broad-based S&P 500 edged higher by 0.36 (0.02 percent) at 1,875.75, while the tech-rich ...

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