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(MENAFN - AFP) It was not until late on her wedding day that Aygul told her parents she was even in a relationship. And they were furious.

A year later, her Uighur father was still so angry she had chosen a Han husband he beat her up in a Beijing train station, stamping on her throat as he hurled insults.

"They hounded me and demanded I choose: my mother and father ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Pitchfork in hand, Hanna Wielgus turns the dark, rich soil of her allotment on a major thoroughfare of the Polish capital known for its monster traffic jams.

Her little vegetable patch sitting on some of the most expensive land in Warsaw has long been eyed greedily by developers, but city authorities vow it will not be sold off.

"I don't know how I'd ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of Seven wealthiest nations gathered in Dresden Thursday to discuss the global economy and tax evasion, but the Greek crisis was also high on everyone's minds.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and his counterparts from Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Japan and the United States began the three-day ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The stench of rotting dog corpses used to waft through Mauro Quintanilha's Rio slum home. Outside stood a towering mound of detritus of every size and shape.

It took a decade and lots of help from volunteers, but Quintanilha moved that stinking mountain. Now, where all the rot once piled up is a park with birds, butterflies and even monkeys.

For his trouble, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Racist trolling on social media is casting an ugly pall over, of all things, the world's foremost spelling bee.

For seven years in a row, and for 11 of the past 15 years, the $30,000 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship has been won by American youngsters of Indian heritage.

Chances are as good as ever that another one will follow suit at this year's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) South Korea said Thursday it had confirmed two more MERS virus infections, bringing the total number of cases to seven, as one suspected victim ignored warnings and flew to China on a business trip.

The infections, all traced to the original case of a 68-year-old man diagnosed on May 20 after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia, have triggered public concerns ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US aviation regulators announced on Wednesday a study of the mental health of US airline pilots in the wake of the Germanwings and Malaysia Airlines disasters.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the study's findings could result in changes to the way pilots are evaluated for fitness to fly.

"US pilots undergo robust medical screening, but recent ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Waistlines of American adults kept growing last year with obesity creeping up to 27.7 percent, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday.

It was the highest percentage since Gallup started studying American weight issues in 2008, the pollster said.

The rate was 27.1 percent in 2013, 26.2 percent in 2012 and 25.5 percent in 2008.

The percentage ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Canada must boost its capacity to treat cancers as new cases among its aging and growing population are set to soar, the Canadian Cancer Society said Wednesday.

The agency released a report in collaboration with Statistics Canada and the nation's public health agency predicting a 40 percent rise in new cancer cases in the next 15 years.

The study estimates ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The dollar soared to its highest level against the yen in more than 12 years on Thursday, powered by expectations for a US interest rate hike and more monetary easing from Japan's central bank.

The greenback briefly touched 124.30 yen in Tokyo midday trading, its highest level since late 2002, before settling back to 124.11 yen. That compares with 123.63 yen ...

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