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(MENAFN - AFP) Crimea's two Ukrainian Premier League football clubs have been left facing an unenviable dilemma after the lightning annexation of the Black Sea peninsula by Russia from Ukraine.

With Moscow now making every effort to harmonise every aspect of life in Crimea -- even the clocks -- with that in mainland Russia, it would seem likely that the clubs would become ...


(MENAFN - AFP) South Korea has blocked the newly launched Korean version of the global adultery hook-up site Ashley Madison, saying Wednesday that it threatened family values in a country where marital infidelity is a crime.

The Korean site of the Canada-based company -- slogan: "Life is short. Have an affair" -- went online in the middle of last month, garnering close ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Global mining giant BHP Billiton lifted full-year iron ore guidance on Wednesday and posted better than expected March quarter output of 49.6 million tonnes.

A five million tonne increase in guidance to 217 million tonnes was the second improvement this year.

BHP said seasonal bad weather in western Australia had "relatively limited impact" on performance ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Looking the odd one out may seem like a recipe for mating disaster, but it could make you more attractive to the opposite sex.

So said a study Wednesday which may also explain why fashions change.

Researchers in Australia used beards to test a theory that some features become more desirable when fewer people have them.

They showed women sets ...


(MENAFN - AFP) A hi-tech scanner can help tell whether a brain-injured patient who appears to be in a vegetative state has a chance of regaining some consciousness, a study said Tuesday.

In an unprecedented trial among comatose patients, Belgian researchers said the scanner, an expensive tool not routinely used for this purpose, could identify those who were unresponsive ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Scientists in Brazil have genetically modified a goat to produce milk with an enzyme to treat a rare genetic disorder, O Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper reported Tuesday.

The goat, named "Gluca," is the first of its kind in South America. It has been genetically modified to produce the enzyme glucocerebrosidase.

Gaucher's disease is a rare human genetic ...


(MENAFN - AFP) General Motors chief executive Mary Barra announced Tuesday the creation of a new team to enhance safety in the wake of an ignition-recall scandal that has engulfed the company.

Barra said the new product-integrity team aimed to ensure that future technical problems are addressed and resolved quickly. The automaker has come in for heavy criticism over its ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The US Treasury said Tuesday that China cannot be ruled a manipulator of its currency despite the yuan's sharp slide since January.

But the Treasury warned that the recent fall could "raise particularly serious concerns" if it represents a reversal in Beijing's commitment to a more free-floating yuan.

In a twice-yearly report to Congress, which would ...


(MENAFN - AFP) US computer chip giant Intel reported a modest dip in earnings in the first quarter on Tuesday, amid a stabilization of the key personal computer segment.

Profits in the January-March period dipped five percent to $1.9 billion, results which slightly beat Wall Street estimates.

Revenues meanwhile grew 1.5 percent from a year earlier to $12.8 billion, ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Medina Mercedez lugs her possessions into the abandoned office space she now calls home, joining the growing ranks of Italy's poor forced to live in squats amid social misery despite a tentative economic recovery.

Mercedez came to Italy from Ecuador 20 years ago but lost her job as a private nurse last year even as a painful two-year recession formally came ...

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