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(MENAFN - AFP) Birdwatchers often go to extreme lengths to spot a rare species, even travelling to the westernmost of Alaska's Aleutian islands.

By contrast, the bird sanctuary in Nigeria's Amurum Forest Reserve, where undulating rock formations surround a savannah dominated by lush, tall grass, is rarely, if ever, on any twitcher's wish list.

More than 260 bird species ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) International lenders will withhold the next payment in Cyprus's 10 billion euros bailout unless parliament this week passes a crucial law speeding up foreclosures of non-performing bank loans (NPLs).

Around 45 percent of loans by Cyprus banks are classed as non-performing because borrowers are seriously late with their payments, and under current laws it can ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An experimental drug from Swiss pharma giant Novartis reduced deaths from chronic heart failure by 20 percent compared with an existing treatment, according to the results of a vast new study.

The new drug, called LCZ696, has been labelled a potential "blockbuster" with sales in the billions of dollars, say analysts.

Cardiovascular failure, in which ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A group of Japanese porn actresses raised tens of thousands of dollars at the weekend by having their breasts squeezed by fans at a "Boob Aid" charity event for AIDS prevention.

The nine adult movie stars, sporting yellow campaign T-shirts rolled up to reveal their breasts, flashed a big smile as punters came to them at an event that opened Saturday.

Having ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) When Japan announced it was ready to supply a new drug to help combat the deadly Ebola virus, one unusual detail emerged - it would be made by Fujifilm.

The company synonymous with cameras and photobooths said it could start producing Avigan, which has been approved in Japan to treat the flu but which scientists think also could crimp the vicious illness.

Fujifilm's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Just weeks before Joko Widodo takes office, a ham-fisted attempt by the state energy firm to tackle huge fuel subsidies has sparked panic buying and highlighted the most pressing economic issue confronting Indonesia's next president.

The subsidies are a perennial dilemma for Indonesian leaders - economists have long decried the expensive payouts as unsustainable, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) "Wizard of Oz" heroine Dorothy only had to click her ruby red slippers together and they would spirit her home to Kansas.

Now, an Indian high-tech start-up is promising to do the same in real life with a new, GPS-enabled smart sports shoe that vibrates to give the wearer directions.

The fiery red sneakers, which will also count the number of steps taken, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Chinese authorities have formally arrested six employees from a unit of US food supplier OSI Group, the parent company and the government said, over a scandal involving expired meat sold to fast food giants.

Authorities have previously announced the detention by police of six officials of Shanghai Husi Food Co., a subsidiary of OSI which operated a factory ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Ministers in Norway - a major and rich oil-producing country - are under increasing public pressure to reduce perks and tax breaks for booming electric car sales.

"It's become a problem," said Erik Haugstad, a bus driver in the Oslo region who complains about the numerous electric cars clogging bus lanes, which they have the right to use in Norway.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Los Angeles isn't the world's wettest city at the best of times. But a record drought has triggered extra measures - now including "water police" checking on over-zealous sprinkler users and the like.

The Water Conservation Response Unit is a five-strong team from LA's Department of Water and Power utility, who aim to "educate customers about the importance ...

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