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(MENAFN - AFP) Call it a clinic to restore marred beauty: arms, noses, hands and other appendages missing from sculptures due to vandalism or old age are replaced in a unique Argentine workshop.

Patiently waiting their turn, some 100 artworks from parks, gardens and other public spaces are scattered over the grounds of the outdoor facility in Buenos Aires.

Some 25 artists ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Austerity measures in Europe have hit the poorest hardest by limiting access to healthcare, a medical charity said Monday, as it called for every EU resident to have equal access to public health facilities.

In its annual survey of European healthcare access, the Medecins du Monde non-governmental organisation said all pregnant women must have access to termination, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Scientists on Monday said they had unlocked a pathway for producing opiates from genetically-engineered yeast but feared the discovery could one day be a bonanza for drug lords.

Other experts agreed, saying anyone with basic skills could use such a yeast to churn out morphine, codeine and drugs using a simple home-brew beer kit.

The discovery, published ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Japan will announce a $100 billion plan to invest in roads, bridges, railways and other building projects in Asia, a report said Tuesday, weeks after China outlined its vision for a new infrastructure development bank in the region.

In the latest twist of a tussle for influence in the fast-growing region, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to unveil the five-year ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto and Mongolia agreed a multi-billion-dollar expansion of a vast copper and gold mine, officials said on Tuesday, ending a two-year dispute as Ulan Bator seeks to restore its foreign investor appeal.

The deal on the underground second phase of the Oyu Tolgoi project, estimated to cost $5.4 billion, comes with Mongolia looking ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Asian markets mostly rose on Tuesday following a record close on Wall Street but concerns about Greece's long-running debt reform talks dragged the euro after a recent rally.

Another weak US indicator further narrowed expectations the Federal Reserve will raise US interest rates soon, with analysts now tipping the bank to wait until the final quarter of the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The head of global miner BHP Billiton on Tuesday warned an inquiry into the iron ore industry in Australia would send "a terrible signal" about the nation's competitiveness and turn off key buyer China.

The government is considering a parliamentary probe amid claims mining giants BHP and Rio Tinto have been flooding the market, driving down prices, to wipe ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Greece on Monday entered the final stretch of tortuous talks with its international creditors on a bankruptcy-saving loan deal, with the government calling for a breakthrough by the end of the month.

"A deal is required immediately, this is why we are talking about the end of May, to resolve these critical liquidity issues," government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Months after ending its tradition of CD sales, coffee giant Starbucks confirmed the rapid growth of music streaming as it announced a partnership with Spotify.

The Swedish streaming leader will give accounts to its premium service to Starbuck's 150,000 employees in the United States starting this fall, allowing them to create playlists for stores.

Starbucks ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The United States signed Monday its second $1 billion loan guarantee deal for Ukraine aimed at helping the crisis-wracked country surmount a Russia-backed insurgency and rebuild its tattered economy.

The US loan guarantee agreement is part of a $7.5 billion package of support for Ukraine over the coming year from its bilateral and multilateral partners, the ...

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