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(MENAFN - AFP) Norway ranks as the world's best place to be a mother, well ahead of the United States which dropped to the 33rd spot in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday.

Somalia is the worst place, just below the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

Save the Children released its 16th annual Mothers' Index, which ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Cases of dengue have soared in Brazil where the disease has caused 229 fatalities this year, the Health Ministry said Monday, as authorities try to combat its spread using transgenic mosquitos.

The health ministry said it had logged 745,900 cases nationwide in the first 15 weeks of the year -- an annual increase of 234 percent.

That equates to 367.8 people ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Puerto Rico's Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla has authorized the use of marijuana for medicinal use, in a surprise move after the US possession's legislature failed to act on the issue.

Garcia Padilla signed the decree late Sunday, instructing his health secretary to work out the details of its implementation.

The measure will clear the way for suppliers ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The second person in France to receive a much-hyped new-generation artificial heart has died eight months after receiving the transplant, biomedical firm Carmat said Tuesday.

The 69-year-old man, who wished to remain anonymous, was terminally ill when he received the experimental heart that was seen as a long-term solution for patients with end-stage heart ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Worker productivity lost due to heat stress cost Australia some US$6.2 billion (5.6 billion euros) in 2013/14, said a study Monday that warned of worse to come as the planet warms.

Three-quarters of respondents to a productivity questionnaire said they were affected by heat at the workplace over a 12-month period, according to findings published in the journal ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China has replaced the heads of its three biggest energy companies, the firms said in separate statements, as speculation mounts over reforms to the oil industry.

China's Communist Party controls the management of the country's major state-owned enterprises with power to shuffle their heads at will.

Industry giant China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Australia's central bank on Tuesday cut the official cash rate by 25 basis points to a new record low of 2.0 percent, its first easing since February amid a soft economic outlook.

"At today's meeting, the board judged that the inflation outlook provided the opportunity for monetary policy to be eased further, so as to reinforce recent encouraging trends in ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) It promised to turn the page on five years of austerity that brought Greece to its knees, but the first 100 days of the radical government of Alexis Tsipras has seen that hope disappear into the yawning gulf between it and the country's creditors.

With the state coffers all but empty, the youthful Tsipras came face to face with the harsh financial reality less ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Spain has recovered only five percent of 51.3 billion euros ($57.2 billion) of state aid given to the country's banking sector since 2009 to prevent its collapse, the Bank of Spain said.

A total of 53.55 billion euros were provided to Spain's banking sector via a restructuring fund in the aftermath of the financial crisis, including 2.25 billion euros of contributions ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group on Tuesday posted a modest first half net profit rise of three percent to Aus$3.5 billion (US$2.7 billion), spurred by growth in both domestic and international operations.

ANZ's cash profit, which strips out one-off and other items and is a measure often preferred by financial institutions, jumped five percent to ...

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