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(MENAFN - AFP) Going out for a quick, daily run may be just as effective as a long-distance jaunt when it comes to prolonging your life, said a study out Monday.

Running as little as five to 10 minutes per day can significantly cut the risks of getting heart disease and dying young, said the findings in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

People who exercised ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The deadly Ebola virus can spread like a forest fire, US health authorities said Monday, urging travelers to West Africa to take extra precautions amid the largest outbreak in history.

Since March, there have been 1,201 cases of Ebola and 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Two Americans ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The EU is expected to take the plunge Tuesday and impose tougher sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, but the measures could hit its own struggling economy - especially should Moscow reply in kind.

"It is clear that there is a risk of Russian reprisals," one EU diplomat said, noting that Moscow has repeatedly used trade embargoes to put pressure on former communist ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The leaders of China, Russia and Japan all descended on Latin America in recent weeks, jostling with the United States to increase their influence, invest and tap into resource-rich markets.

The latest arrival was Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who on Monday was in Trinidad and Tobago, the second stop on a five-country tour that began on Friday in Mexico.

Abe's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) South Africa will press the United States to extend a key trade pact for another 15 years at a meeting in Washington next week, the trade minister said Monday.

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), due to expire next year, provides preferential market access for some products from African countries deemed to be democratic and following good economic ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Argentina admitted Monday it may default on some of its debts but downplayed the consequences, just two days before time expires in negotiations with hedge funds demanding full payment on their bonds.

Argentine officials traveled to New York to take a fresh stab at breaking the impasse with the so-called holdout hedge funds, who refused to join the restructuring ...

28 Jul 2014   Airbnb woos business travelers 
 
(MENAFN - AFP) Airbnb on Monday set out to woo business travelers to its service that lets people turn unused rooms in homes into de facto hotel space.

Airbnb announced new tools that include letting business travelers book lodging and have expense reports automatically generated using TripLink software from "spend management solutions" specialty firm Concur.

The service ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Interest on Spanish and Italian debt fell to record low on Monday while Portugal's continued to drop as investor concerns about the eurozone's former laggards eased.

Borrowing costs for southern European countries have fallen since the European Central Bank brought in unprecedented measures in June to help boost weak inflation in the bloc.

Investors have ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) France is stepping up cargo checks on trucks carrying fruit over the border from Spain in what is increasingly looking like a "peach war" between the EU neighbours.

In the past two weeks, 150 trucks have been stopped and 10 infractions recorded, France's agriculture ministry said Monday on receiving French fruit growers who have complained of what they see ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Microsoft said Monday it was under investigation by antitrust authorities in China, pledging to cooperate in the investigation.

"We aim to build products that deliver the features, security and reliability customers expect, and we will address any concerns the government may have," Microsoft said in an emailed statement.

A source familiar with the matter ...

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