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(MENAFN - AFP) The weather phenomenon known as El Nino could lead to an epidemic of dengue fever cases in southeast Asia, international researchers said Monday.

Cases of dengue fever have been shown to rise along with the ocean warming trend, which occurs some years but not others. The current El Nino, which has already begun and is forecast to last into next year, is expected ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Derived from a herb used to treat fevers some 1,700 years ago, the anti-malaria drug artemisinin is one of many treatments plucked from the treasure chest of ancient Chinese medicine and repackaged for a modern age.

The compound revolutionised cures for a killer disease for which drug resistance is a major problem, and is credited with saving millions of lives. ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Some 60 million people across sub-Saharan Africa are already going hungry and the situation could deteriorate dramatically as climate phenomena hike the risk of drought, the Red Cross said Monday.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned that a series of climatic shocks in 2014 and 2015 had decimated harvests and left ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Here is a list of the winners of the Nobel Medicine Prize over the past 10 years, following the latest award on Monday:

2015: William Campbell (US citizen born in Ireland) and Satoshi Omura (Japan), Tu Youyou (China) for their discoveries of treatments against parasites.

2014: John O'Keefe (Britain, US), Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser (Norway) for discovering ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A frontline drug in the fight against malaria, artemisinin has a history going back many centuries, for it traces its past to ancient Chinese medicine.

Tu Youyou, who helped discover its therapeutic treasures in lab work at the height of China's Cultural Revolution, was honoured on Monday with the 2015 Nobel Prize for Medicine.

Following is a factfile ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Australia's central bank on Tuesday kept interest rates at a record low of 2.0 percent, opting against a further cut that would put more downward pressure on the country's dollar.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) last moved its official cash rate in May when it slashed 25 basis points to a historic low as it tries to spur economic growth.

The bank ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Movie and television studio Lionsgate is reportedly in advanced talks to merge with the movie channel Starz, a deal that would further cement the studio's standing as a major Hollywood player.

The Los Angeles Times, citing unnamed sources, said Monday that high-level talks between the two companies have been ongoing for months.

But it added that a deal ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Argentina repaid $5.9 billion of its debt Monday in keeping with its repayment schedule, though a longstanding dispute with US hedge funds remains.

"The payment has been made on time. We have met our commitment with one of the largest repayments in about two decades," said central bank chief Alejandro Vanoli.

The payment was made by drawing on the country's ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund faces a chilly reception as it meets this week in Latin America, the region that has been most hostile toward its policy prescriptions.

There is loaded history lingering in the air in Peru as IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and her team jet into Lima for the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank from Friday to Sunday.

Many ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Twitter is betting that the second coming of co-founder Jack Dorsey as chief executive will bring blockbuster growth that has eluded its grasp and disappointed investors.

The one-to-many messaging service said Monday that Dorsey, who has been interim CEO since June, will stay permanently at the helm while also remaining chief executive of Square, the digital ...

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