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(MENAFN - AFP) Carmela de la Hoz sent a customer away with his hair half cut when the power went off in her salon. The customer will be back -- but so will the blackouts.

The rolling electricity cuts the Venezuelan government ordered across the country starting this week have hit the city of Maracaibo hard.

Security forces are patrolling the streets to prevent unrest ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The Trevi fountain in Rome was bathed in red light Friday, symbolising the spilt blood of persecuted Christians, in a grim makeover for one of Italy's most iconic monuments.

Tourists looked on as survivors and relatives of victims of attacks on Christians in Africa and the Middle East made emotional pleas for an end to religious violence next to the fountain ...

(MENAFN - AFP) After 17 years of helping climbers reach the roof of the world, Argentinian Damian Benegas won't be returning to Everest this year, frozen out of the business by cheaper and some say dangerous operators.

"It's impossible to convince clients to pay us $65,000 for an expedition when there are guys offering trips for $28,000 or less," the respected guide told ...

(MENAFN - AFP) People over 54 who suffer from steadily-worsening depression may run a higher risk of developing dementia, according to new research published Saturday that suggested it may be an early symptom.

Other types of depression, such as one-off or recurring episodes, did not appear to pose a similar threat.

"Only the group whose symptoms of depression increased ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The first Zika-related death on US soil was reported Friday in Puerto Rico, raising new concerns about the dangers of the mosquito-borne virus.

"The patient died of complications related to severe thrombocytopenia," a poor clotting condition related to a low number of platelets in the blood, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

"Although ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Embattled Canadian drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals averted a debt default on Friday by finally filing overdue financial statements, while announcing sweeping changes to its board.

Its fiscal 2015 reporting had been delayed after an internal review uncovered an error that forced the drug maker to restate its earnings.

Amended filings to the Securities ...

(MENAFN - AFP) French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi vowed to open a hostile takeover battle Friday after its $9.3 billion (8.2 million-euro) offer for US cancer drug maker Medivation was dismissed for being too cheap.

Sanofi, warning that has a strong record in takeovers, said it will not give up its pursuit of the reluctant American prey, manufacturer of the high-priced, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Eric Newman eases into an armchair on the top floor of his century-old factory, lights a cigar named after his grandfather, and ponders the prospect of his family legacy going up in smoke.

The 68-year-old Newman says new regulations on cigars expected any day now from the US Food and Drug Administration could snuff out his 130-year-old business, the J.C. Newman ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The United States named Germany, China and three other East Asian countries on Friday to a new "monitoring" list of trade partners with excessive current account and trade surpluses.

Taiwan, South Korea and Japan were also on a new watchlist of the US Treasury that points out countries that Washington suspects are behaving unfairly to support their economies.

The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Portugal kept its much-needed access to EU financial help Friday after an European Central Bank-approved credit agency maintained its rating of Portuguese debt at investment grade level.

Toronto-based DBRS announced it had kept Portugal's rating at "BBB" level, with a "stable" perspective.

"The rating reflects Portugal's eurozone membership, favourable ...

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