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(MENAFN - AFP) "Twerking", "hashtag" and "facetime" are among 6,500 brash new entries in the Scrabble "Bible" that reflect the Internet age but have left traditionalists squirming.

The number of new words in "Official Scrabble Words", published by Collins, is double the amount added to the previous edition -- boosted by slang, pop culture and the web.

"The Internet ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A Malawi court has ruled that 11 prostitutes who were forced to take HIV tests by police six years ago will be awarded damages, a court official said Thursday citing a judgement.

The sex workers were rounded up in 2009 in the southern city of Mwanza, hauled to a government hospital for HIV testing without their consent and the results were disclosed in an open ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Hewlett-Packard said Thursday it was selling a 51 percent stake in its China-based server business, creating a joint venture with Tsinghua Holdings that will be a sector leader in China.

HP said it would sell the stake for $2.3 billion, creating a new business called H3C worth $4.5 billion that would be the leader in China in computer servers, storage and ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The gap between the rich and poor in most of the world's advanced economies is at record levels, according to an OECD study that also found glaring differences between men and women.

In most of the 34 countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development the income gap is at its highest level in three decades, with the richest 10 percent of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European aerospace giant Airbus has warned it could reconsider its investments in Britain if the country leaves the European Union, as a debate over a planned referendum on the issue intensifies.

"I believe that it is vital for a company such as Airbus to come out and make a stand in favour of Britain remaining in the European Union," Paul Khan, the president ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Opening the church door in Baihanluo reveals a large portrait of Pope Francis -- something of a paradox in an ethnically Tibetan area of Communist China.

The village is only reachable on foot or by horse, and surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan peaks.

But despite its remoteness French missionaries built the church -- with a curved, Chinese-style roof ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Cannes' 12-day film festival may be known for its parties and play, but there's no playing around with the dress code set half a century ago for guests climbing its celebrated red carpet.

Tuxedos and evening gowns remain "de rigueur" but stilettos are not a must, festival organisers insisted amid a row over women in flats being denied access to Cannes' legendary ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Colder weather kills more people than hot spells, a probe into a key issue of public-health policy said on Thursday.

Researchers looked into 74 million deaths between 1985 and 2012 in 13 countries where there was a wide variety of climate, from chilly to subtropical.

They matched these against data on temperatures, the average death rates and factors ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The eurozone economy showed unexpected signs of fragility in May, a key survey said Thursday, in a blow to hopes of a swift recovery and despite a welcome increase in employment levels.

The closely watched Markit Economics Composite Purchasing Managers Output Index (PMI) fell to 53.4 points in May from a revised 53.9 points in April.

Although the report ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) McDonald's Japan unveiled a limited revamp to its menu and pricing Thursday as the under-fire burger chain fights to restore its reputation -- but the modest changes met with a cautious response from analysts.

The company -- which has been battered by a series of scandals including a human tooth found in some fries -- said it was adding a new chicken patty ...

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