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(MENAFN - AFP) The Bank of Japan on Friday held fire on launching more stimulus, days after official data showed the world's number three economy grew more than expected in the first quarter.

Policymakers kept the central bank's annual 80 trillion yen ($662 billion) monetary easing programme in place after a two-day meeting and investors will now be watching a briefing by ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A new kind of brain implant senses a patient's intent to move a robotic arm, offering new promise to people who are paralyzed or have lost limbs, researchers said Thursday.

Erik Sorto, 34, is "the first person in the world to have a neural prosthetic device implanted in a region of the brain where intentions are made," said the study in the journal Science.

Sorto, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Sweden said Thursday it wants to give single women access to assisted reproductive technologies, following in the footsteps of several other Western nations.

"We want to lift the ban on single women from our current law on medically assisted reproduction," Health Minister Gabriel Wikstrom told reporters.

"Current legislation is based on an outdated view ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Red, clown-style noses sprouted like mushrooms on faces across America Thursday in a fundraiser to help needy children.

In its first iteration of a long-standing British charity drive, Red Nose Day saw the likes of Kim Kardashian and "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage don a cherry red ball on their facial appendage.

Half of the money raised will go ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Countries have agreed to rid the world of malaria almost completely over the next 15 years, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Diplomats gathered in Geneva for the UN health body's annual decision-making assembly agreed late Wednesday to a plan to cut malaria cases by 40 percent by 2020 and by 90 percent by 2030, WHO said.

The disease currently ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The US Senate advanced legislation Thursday to give President Barack Obama fast-track authority to forge a huge Asia-Pacific trade accord, after lawmakers struck a deal on a vote re-authorizing the Export-Import Bank.

The measure would allow the Obama administration to conclude negotiations with 11 other Pacific Rim nations and bring a trade accord to Congress ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held "friendly and constructive" debt talks with the leaders of France and Germany, but gave no sign of a breakthrough ahead of a crucial June deadline.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and the Greek premier "focused on the desire to reach an agreement on the current programme" to support ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Global oil prices rose further on Thursday as falling US crude stockpiles and production boosted hopes of an easing in the global supply glut, analysts said.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in July rose $1.72 to $60.70 a barrel.

Brent North Sea crude for July gained $1.59 to stand at $66.62 a barrel in late afternoon deals in London.

"Prices ...

(MENAFN - AFP) European planemaker Airbus became the latest business heavyweight Thursday to come out in favour of Britain remaining part of the European Union, as a debate over a planned referendum intensifies.

Two weeks after Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron won re-election, the business world is sounding the alarm over an in-or-out EU referendum that he has promised ...

(MENAFN - AFP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the EU's eastern partners Thursday not to expect too much of the bloc and warned Russia to mend its ways over Ukraine if it wanted to rejoin the G7 club of top nations.

At the same time, Merkel, who has played a key role in Ukraine peace efforts, said Russia had no reason to fear closer ties between the 28-nation bloc and ...

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