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(MENAFN - AFP) Merchants plying the ancient Silk Road between China and the Mediterranean moved more than gold, fabrics, spices and tea -- they also exported gut parasites, researchers said Friday.

It has long been theorised that the Silk Road helped spread bubonic plague, leprosy, anthrax and other infectious diseases between East Asia, the Middle East and Europe -- though ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A second case of Zika virus possibly acquired locally is being investigated in Florida, just days after the first potential case was announced in Miami, officials said Thursday.

Until now, there have been hundreds of cases of Zika virus in Florida but all involved people who were infected while traveling to areas where the mosquito-borne virus is spreading.

If ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Walk into a minefield, enter a military base or simply cross the road without looking: fans of Pokemon Go are prepared to do whatever it takes to capture the likes of Pikachu and its friends.

A virtual hunt that has taken players worldwide by storm, the game has had real-world consequences in the Tokyo stock exchange and beyond.

The "augmented reality" ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Boeing warned Thursday that second-quarter earnings will be hit by $2.1 billion in unexpected after tax costs, including its third charge in a year on a large Air Force tanker contract.

Boeing said its quarterly earnings release on July 27 will recognize $393 million in costs associated with the KC-46 tanker program, a next-generation military refueling aircraft. ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a popular and politically powerful cable network that help redefine US television news, resigned Thursday under the cloud of a sexual harassment lawsuit.

He was replaced by Rupert Murdoch, head of parent company 21st Century Fox and founder of the empire that includes Fox.

The company said in a statement that the resignation ...

(MENAFN - AFP) French automaker Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) said Thursday it had signed a preliminary agreement on creating a joint venture that plans to invest more than 300 million euros ($330 million) to build and sell Citroen vehicles in Iran.

The move follows a deal by PSA last month on a 400-million-euro deal with its old partner Khodro to build 200,000 Peugeot vehicles a ...

(MENAFN - AFP) US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on Thursday said top economies should refrain from competitive currency devaluations -- a message likely directed at China, which hosts a G20 finance ministers meeting this weekend.

"The global outlook... underscores our focus on the commitment made at the last G20 in Shanghai to consult closely with one another on exchange rate ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The Dow's six-day streak of records ended Thursday, while European stocks treaded water after the European Central Bank opted against additional stimulus.

After almost four weeks of steady gains, US stocks paused, with the Dow retreating from records following disappointing earnings reports from components Intel and American Express.

As expected, the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) General Motors lifted its 2016 profit forecast Thursday following strong second-quarter earnings as it again reaped rewards from booming sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles in its home market.

The better-than-expected results included the US auto giant's first quarterly operating profit in Europe in five years.

But executives warned that uncertainty ...

(MENAFN - AFP) South Africa's central bank Thursday cut its 2016 growth forecast to zero percent, as the continent's most advanced economy struggles with high unemployment, a severe drought and global uncertainty.

Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago said the domestic outlook remained "extremely challenging" after GDP contracted by 1.2 percent in the first quarter of the ...

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