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(MENAFN - AFP) Next month, international surfers converging on a popular Costa Rican beach for the World Surfing Games will be facing more than big waves and tough competition -- the zone is also a Zika hotspot.

But promoters of the August 6-14 event in the Pacific coastal town of Jaco, which is organized by the International Surfing Association, insist there's little to ...

(MENAFN - AFP) China's main offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC will lose more than $1 billion in the first half of this year because of low oil prices, it told shareholders in a profit warning.

On the basis of a "preliminary assessment" it expects a net loss of 8.0 billion yuan ($1.2 billion) for the first six months, it said in a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The yen soared Friday and Asian stock markets slipped as the Bank of Japan's small adjustments to its stimulus programme disappointed traders who had expected a huge boost to its arsenal.

After weeks of anticipation that the central bank would pump fresh cash into the economy, policymakers said only that they would boost its exposure to riskier investments, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) All eyes were on the Bank of Japan (BoJ) Friday as more tepid data heaped pressure on policymakers to deliver a one-two punch for the sluggish economy, after Tokyo unveiled a huge growth-boosting package this week.

Central bank policymakers wrap up a meeting later in the day as speculation runs high that it will make a move, after a senior government official ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Chinese Internet giant Baidu's second-quarter profits plunged 34 percent, it reported, as a scandal over its policies for displaying paid ads cut into customer growth.

In May, Baidu was summoned by regulators and lashed by Chinese media over the death of a student whose family used the search engine to seek a cancer cure that did not work.

Following the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Microsoft is cutting more jobs from its smartphone hardware and global sales divisions by shedding an additional 2,850 positions, the company said.

The news came in a corporate annual report filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

It noted the company had announced in May it was cutting 1,850 jobs and that the new cuts were "an extension ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Transgender identity should no longer be classified as a mental disorder in a World Health Organization list of diseases, according to a study presented in Mexico on Thursday.

Violence and social rejection are the cause of mental distress and impairment among transgender people, not their gender identity, according to the research published in the journal The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The World Food Programme warned Thursday that it could be forced to suspend humanitarian aid for malnourished infants in Niger from September because of a lack of money.

WFP said a shortage of funds was threatening all its activities in Niger, one of the world's poorest and least developed countries, where more than four out of every 10 children are chronically ...

(MENAFN - AFP) US regulators Thursday called for a halt to blood donations in the Miami area as investigators probe four potential non-travel associated cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause birth defects.

If confirmed, the cases would mark the first time that mosquitoes carrying the virus are known to be present in the mainland United States.

The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Japan on Friday published another batch of tepid inflation and spending data, heaping pressure on the central bank to respond with a fresh round of stimulus to boost the faltering economy.

Bank of Japan policymakers wrap up a meeting later in the day as speculation runs high that it will make a move, in a one-two punch after Tokyo announced a huge government ...

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