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(MENAFN - AFP) A British hospital's accident and emergency wing was temporarily shut down on Monday while it investigated two cases of suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Both patients at the Manchester Royal Infirmary in northern England have been isolated for treatment, the local public health trust said in a statement.

"This afternoon, we confirmed ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A court has sentenced the head of a Taiwanese company to 20 years in jail for his role at the centre of a "gutter oil" scandal that gripped the island's food industry and brought down a minister.

Yeh Wen-hsiang, chairman of Chang Guann Co, was also fined Tw$50 million ($1.6 million) for his part in selling on 243 tonnes of tainted oil collected from cookers, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Toyota has fallen behind Volkswagen in the race for the world's biggest automaker title, figures showed Tuesday, as the German giant outsold its Japanese rival in the first half of the year.

Toyota said it sold 5.02 million vehicles worldwide between January and June, falling below earlier figures from Volkswagen of 5.04 million units shifted in the same period.

US-based ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Chinese shares sank on Tuesday, a day after Shanghai's steepest slide in eight years, defying renewed government vows of support that analysts warned were not enough to settle nervous investors.

The fresh losses, in a volatile session, came despite an unprecedented effort by the government of the world's second largest economy to shore up prices following a ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Greek government and its international creditors began work on a mammoth new bailout Monday overshadowed by revelations that Greece's ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis had been secretly planning for a parallel system of liquidity.

As the European Commission confirmed that technical talks on Greece's third bailout had started in Athens, the embattled ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Barking and snarling in his cage, "Killer" -- South Africa's most successful poacher-catching canine -- looks ready for another helicopter mission tracking down armed hunters who slaughter rhinos for their horns.

In the first half of this year, Killer has already helped rangers arrest more than 15 poachers in the Kruger National Park as authorities try in vain ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Flexing her muscles in defiance of the Gulf's conservative cultural stereotypes, bodybuilder Haifa Musawi has lost all hope of pumping iron for Bahrain so now is looking elsewhere for recognition.

The 32-year-old began working out a decade ago after finding a personal trainer to help her overcome obesity -- a widespread problem in the oil-rich region.

"I ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Boy Scouts of America officially ended its decades-old ban on gay troop leaders Monday, a historic but controversial shift after years of legal wrangling and internal strife.

The decision was approved by 79 percent of the organization's 80-member national executive board. It was effective immediately.

A smaller governing committee unanimously voted ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A dengue vaccine candidate by French drugmaker Sanofi protects more than three quarters of participants, an analysis found Monday.

The experimental drug allowed 80.8 percent of children aged nine and older to avoid hospitalization, according to three trials analyzed by the New England Journal of Medicine.

For younger children, those less than nine years ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Drugmakers have delayed reporting serious and unexpected "adverse events" from their drugs, including death, in nearly 10 percent of cases, a study said Monday.

US regulations require drugmakers to report such incidents to the Food and Drug Administration within 15 days, but researchers at the University of Minnesota found that they delayed doing so in about ...

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