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(MENAFN - AFP) Asian stock markets fell in thin trading on Tuesday, extending losses on US and European markets as a stubbornly strong yen dragged Tokyo into the red while falling oil prices deflated energy shares.

With few fresh catalysts to drive deals, investors were eyeing the start of a Group of Seven summit in Japan on Thursday, as US President Barack Obama and other ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) As Rio de Janeiro prepares to play Olympic host, one art exhibit is flying a less than celebratory five-ring flag portraying five youngsters shot dead by police in this often deadly city.

Part of an exhibit by a dozen artists, the installation denounces police violence against the poor in Brazil's second-biggest metropolis and international tourist attraction.

Far ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A major exhibition of Banksy's works opens in Rome on Tuesday and, as ever with the secretive British street artist, there is mystery attached.

What will he make of a project he has not been involved in Will he show up incognito If he doesn't approve, will he make his displeasure known on the walls of Rome

The collection of more than 100 Banksy paintings, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) About one in five men over age 80 lose the Y chromosome from their blood cells, and this condition has now been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, researchers said.

The condition known a loss of Y, or LOY, is the most common genetic mutation acquired during a man's lifetime.

Previous research has shown LOY can raise the likelihood of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Brazilian scientists said Monday they have found the first hard evidence the Zika virus blamed for causing brain damage in hundreds of babies is carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Despite the fact that world health authorities have said for months that the mosquito species is the main vector for Zika, no Aedes aegypti carrying the virus had previously been ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The National Football League attempted to improperly influence a major study into links between the sport and brain disease, a report by US lawmakers found on Monday.

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce ruled in a 91-page report that the NFL and several of the organization's top health officials had waged a behind-the-scenes campaign to try and affect ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Peru declared an environmental emergency on Monday in 11 Amazon jungle districts where mercury pollution blamed on unregulated gold mining is poisoning people and fish.

Tests in the southeastern Madre de Dios region found "mercury pollution above the maximum permitted level, affecting river water, water species and local populations," said a report announcing ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Coca-Cola Company said Monday that it was forced to cut back production of its popular sodas in Venezuela due to the shortage of sugar in the politically riven country.

Spokeswoman Kerry Tressler said the US company's sugar suppliers "have informed us that they will temporarily cease operations due to a lack of raw materials."

That will impact the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A US appeals court threw out a nearly $1.3 billion penalty against Bank of America on Monday, concluding the bank had not committed fraud amid the housing bust.

The federal court ruling overturned an October 2013 jury verdict that Countrywide's sale of bad loans to mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac constituted fraud.

A federal judge subsequently ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Streaming leader Spotify said Monday that its losses deepened last year even as the company topped $2 billion in revenue amid the global boom in online music.

The Swedish company founded in 2008 has been at the forefront of the music industry's turn to streaming, which offers unlimited music on demand, yet it has never turned a profit itself.

Luxembourg-based ...

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