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(MENAFN - AFP) It is fiesta time in the famed rice terraces of the northern Philippines, and young men in colourful tribal clothing pound ancient rhythms on brass gongs as wild boars squeal ahead of slaughter.

The annual festivals, held in remote mountain communities after the planting of the rice that is at the core of their existence, are a vital way of passing centuries-old ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A squadron of Napoleon's army pant up the path that leads to Stoney Hill Wood, a copse of beech trees chosen for an ambush of the Duke of Wellington's redcoats.

"Vive l'Empereur!" shout the troops as they advance through the English countryside. "Vive Hollande!" shouts one joker, before being reprimanded.

Staying in character is vital to the business ...

(MENAFN - AFP) South Korea's health minister apologised on Sunday for failing to halt an outbreak of the MERS virus, vowing "utmost efforts" to curb the disease's spread as the number infected rose to 15.

"We apologise for causing concern and anxiety among people due to... our initial judgement on the contagiousness of MERS," Minister Moon Hyung-Pyo told reporters.

Moon ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The European Central Bank, bolstered by the success of its controversial bond purchase programme, will pledge to keep it in place while downside risks to economic growth remain, analysts said.

The ECB's decision-making governing council is scheduled to meet on Wednesday but is unlikely to announce any new policy moves, central bank watchers predicted.

Instead, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Spanish fishermen in the Strait of Gibraltar have kept alive a 3,000-year-old netting tradition that brings in tuna so tasty, buyers come for it all the way from Japan.

Silence falls as the fishermen on board their orange and blue boats stop calling out to each other and switch their engines off, to examine the surface of the water.

Four divers jump in. ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The news remains mostly bleak for the American newspaper industry, struggling over the past decade to adapt to the new digital landscape.

The sale of the San Diego Union-Tribune in early May for $85 million underscored the horrific slump in the value of "old media" companies in recent years.

Although the sum paid by Tribune Publishing was only marginally ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Worldwide, people who are diagnosed with melanoma are urged to have any lymph nodes that test positive for cancer removed, but researchers said Saturday the operation doesn't necessarily help patients live longer.

Instead, many patients with advanced skin cancer that has just begun to spread to the lymph nodes nearest to the skin tumor could have the tumor ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Immunotherapy, which has shown remarkable success against advanced melanoma skin cancers, is now being used to target other cancers that are tough to treat.

The results of several clinical trials were presented on the opening day of the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) annual conference in Chicago on Friday.

Results show early, limited successes ...

(MENAFN - AFP) FIFA is taking action to ease the fears of sponsors over corruption scandals, world football chief Sepp Blatter said Saturday as he denied authorising a $10 million payment to a disgraced official.

A US indictment says that in 2008 a FIFA official authorized the payment of $10 million -- an alleged bribe from South Africa -- through a FIFA account to Jack Warner.

"Definitely, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) After a diagnosis of localized breast cancer, women are often prescribed tamoxifen for five years to help prevent a recurrence, but researchers said Saturday another drug, anastrazole, may work better.

The federally funded phase III study involved more than 3,100 postmenopausal women with a kind of breast cancer known as ductal carcinoma in situ, which was ...

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