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(MENAFN - AFP) Currency swings and slumping sales in emerging markets took a further toll on South Korea's Hyundai Motor, which reported Tuesday a drop in net profit for the 10th consecutive quarter.

Hyundai -- along with its smaller affiliate Kia -- forms the world's fifth-largest automaking group.

Net profit for April-June amounted to 1.76 trillion won ($1.55 billion), ...

(MENAFN - AFP) It is a secretive communist state with a sprawling security apparatus, but Laos has turned to a less menacing demographic to protect visiting dignitaries this week: bookish students.

The authoritarian nation, which rarely allows in foreign media, has been thrust into the international spotlight as a regional security summit brings a coterie of top diplomats ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A newborn baby has died after being given "laughing gas" instead of oxygen in a tragic mix-up at an Australian hospital which left another infant severely disabled, authorities said Tuesday.

A doctor raised the alarm after the baby boy died unexpectedly earlier this month, with tests revealing that an outlet in the wall at Sydney's Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Amazon has announced plans to test delivery drone technology in Britain, as the US online commerce giant tries to advance the idea safely.

The partnership aims to understand how drones can be used safely and reliably, and identify the regulations to put in place, it said in a statement.

Amazon got British approval for three new types of tests: flying ...

(MENAFN - AFP) With the Yahoo-Verizon deal, AOL chief Tim Armstrong has re-emerged as a figure who may be key in the effort to shape a new internet strategy.

Armstrong, who remained head of AOL when it was acquired last year by Verizon, is now set to inherit another faded internet star.

In the statement announcing the $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo's core internet ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Eurozone stock markets scored small gains Monday buoyed by resilient German post-Brexit business sentiment, while London and Wall Street tumbled on profit-taking and the drag from another fall in oil prices.

But the action was all somewhat tentative as traders awaited Japanese and US central bank meetings this week for possible hints of future monetary policy ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The NFL is stepping up penalties on teams that fail to follow its concussion protocol designed to protect players from the dangers of repeated head injuries.

The league and the NFL Players Association announced a new policy on Monday setting forth disciplinary action against a club should a member of its medical staff or other employee fail to follow the protocol ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Human testing started Monday in Brazil on a controversial anti-cancer medicine that has been distributed in the country for years without having gone through proper trials.

The drug, a synthetic phosphoethanolamine known widely as "the cancer pill," was beginning testing with 10 patients at the Sao Paulo Cancer Institute, the Sao Paulo state health department ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Those traveling to Brazil for the Olympics face a tiny risk of getting infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause birth defects in pregnant women, US researchers said Monday.

Under a worst-case scenario, just three to 37 of the up to 500,000 people expected to go to Rio de Janeiro for the games, which start next month, could be expected to ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Colombia declared Monday its Zika epidemic is over, but warned that the mosquito-borne virus, which is blamed for causing brain damage in babies, would continue circulating on a smaller scale.

Colombia has been the second hardest-hit country by the disease after Brazil, with nearly 100,000 cases and at least 21 babies born with microcephaly, or abnormally small ...

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