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(MENAFN - AFP) Airport authorities in the Cook Islands on Thursday warned thrillseekers to stay away from their runway's jet blast zone after three tourists were injured when a plane was taking off.

The main road in the tiny Pacific nation passes by the bottom of the runway and daring plane-spotters often stand in the wash of jet engines, clinging to the airport's fence as ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Five hikers, all blind or partially-sighted, crossed a mountain range in eastern France last week thanks to an innovative GPS system that developers hope can help millions of people with vision problems.

Armed only with their white canes and the experimental smartphone app -- unaccompanied by sighted guides -- the group trekked 80 kilometres (50 miles) in six ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Two self-portraits by Irish-born British painter Francis Bacon, never seen before in public, sold for £30 million at a London sale on Wednesday, months after being rediscovered in a private collection.

One of the portraits, painted in 1975, fetched £15.3 million ($24 million) while the other work, from 1980, went for £14.7 million when it went under the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The head of the UN cultural organisation on Wednesday called for a campaign against the "culture cleansing" being carried out by Islamic State jihadists.

"Extremists don't destroy heritage as a collateral damage, they target it systematically to strike societies at their core," Irina Bokova said in a speech at the Chatham House think tank in London.

"This ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) For millions of Greeks worldwide, fond memories of white-washed villages under azure skies have been overshadowed by images of street protests and panicked bank queues -- and fears about the country's European future.

Anguish about relatives in Greece, feelings of helplessness and sometimes guilt are shared by many in a diaspora that spans the world's continents ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Up to 11,000 Australian dental patients were urged to see their doctors Thursday over fears they may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis due to hygiene breaches at clinics in Sydney.

New South Wales Health said 12 dentists from four surgeries were accused of poor cleaning and equipment sterilisation practices and advised patients to get blood tests for HIV ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) South Korea on Thursday reported a new case of the potentially deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, after four days in which no cases were spotted.

It brought to 183 the total number of people diagnosed with MERS in the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia.

The latest case involved a nurse from Seoul's Samsung Medical Center, the health ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Liraglutide, an injectable diabetes drug that US regulators approved last year for weight loss, helped obese people lose an average of 18 pounds (eight kilograms), a yearlong study said.

Most patients were able to keep the weight off for the duration of the 56-week study on the drug marketed as Saxenda by Novo Nordisk, according to the findings published in ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Veteran comic actor Jim Carrey has labeled California's governor a "corporate fascist" for ordering tougher rules on mandatory vaccinations, claiming they can poison children.

In an ongoing Twitter rant Wednesday, Carrey insisted he is not against vaccinations as such, but claimed that those advocated by the western US state for schoolchildren contain neurotoxins ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian markets tracked global stocks higher Thursday on hopes for a deal to keep Greece in the eurozone as the country prepares for a crucial weekend referendum, but Shanghai tumbled again despite authorities relaxing trading rules to temper recent volatility.

Regional traders were broadly upbeat on the prospects for Greece despite Tuesday's default as the government ...

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