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(MENAFN - AFP) Nevermind the Ukraine crisis and Washington's sanctions against Moscow: US automakers say the Russian market is their next big frontier.

Russia is simply too large and too important for carmakers to ignore, experts said this week.

"The Russian market is going to be larger than Germany," said John Branch, a professor at the University of Michigan Ross ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) After the tech euphoria of 2013, the fast-moving sector has hit a speed bump.

The wobbly action of 2014 is still an open question: is this a correction, bear market or a bubble like the catastrophic dot-com boom and bust of 1999-2000?

By some measures, segments of the tech sector look to be over the top, even after recent slumps.

"There are some ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The United States said Friday there had been progress but no final deal in talks with Japan that are crucial to advancing the ambitious 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Negotiations failed to achieve a significant breakthrough just days before US President Barack Obama, who has made the TPP a key goal of his administration, arrives in Tokyo ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) For the first time in almost 60 years Greek Cypriots thronged a church in the Turkish-held north for a Good Friday mass amid a drive to reunify the Mediterranean island.

The church of St George Exorinos in Famagusta on the east coast was packed with crowds of worshippers for the historic mass.

Those who could not find place inside the 14th century ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The Google Android platform grabbed the majority of mobile phones in the US market in early 2014, as consumers all but abandoned non-smartphone handsets, a survey showed Friday.

The poll by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners found 53 percent of new mobile phones activated by US customers were Android devices in the January-March period.

Apple's ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) A mosque in the Paris suburbs said Friday it had filed a complaint with police after slices of pork pate and a threatening letter were stuffed into its letterbox.

Authorities at the mosque in Mantes-la-Ville, a town of 19,000 in the western suburbs of Paris, said the incidents reflected a "worrying climate" after the town last month elected a mayor from ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Vietnam is scrambling to contain a deadly outbreak of measles that has killed more than 100 people, mostly young children, and infected thousands more this year, the government said Friday.

At least 112 people -- the majority of them under 10 years old -- have died of the disease so far in 2014, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

It warned ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) For the first time, US researchers have cloned embryonic stem cells from adult cells, a breakthrough on the path towards helping doctors treat a host of diseases.

The embryonic stem cells -- which were created by fusing an adult skin cell with an egg cell that had been stripped of genetic material -- were genetically identical to the donors.

The hope ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) A foreigner has died after she contracted MERS in the Saudi capital, the health ministry said on announced Friday, bringing the nationwide death toll to 73.

The 55-year-old woman, whose nationality was not disclosed, was suffering from chronic illnesses, a statement said.

The health ministry said five other people living in Riyadh were infected with ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The world's three biggest platinum producers have made a new pay offer to end a strike which has crippled their South African operations for 12 weeks, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

The new terms would raise the total pay and benefits for an underground miner at the Implats, Amplats and Lonmin companies by 7.5-10.0 percent a year on average.

The total ...

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