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(MENAFN - AFP) A memorial set up in Germany by some of Michael Jackson's most ardent fans the day after his sudden 2009 death has come under threat in a strangely emotional turf war.

Rival factions enamoured with the King of Pop beyond the grave are locked in a bitter battle over who tends best to the American singer's memory, in a spat that has at times even turned violent.

Authorities ...

(MENAFN - AFP) More than a century after slavery officially ended in Brazil, DNA tests are giving Afro-Brazilians the intriguing chance to find out who they are beyond mere skin color.

"Above all, slaves lost their names and their identity. With these DNA tests, they can re-establish the connection," said Carlos Alberto Jr, head of "Brazil: DNA Africa," a series of five upcoming ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Being healthier may be found in something as simple as standing more and sitting less at work, said a study Friday.

Replacing sitting time with standing time appeared to improve sugar, fat and cholesterol levels in the blood, researchers wrote in the European Heart Journal.

The findings suggest that making small changes to a sedentary lifestyle can have ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The most lasting health impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster will likely be psychological not physical, according to a trio of studies published Friday in The Lancet.

Moreover, the mental health toll comes not only from the trauma of dislocation and the spectre of harmful radiation, but from deficiencies in the way civic and health officials managed the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Ukraine's finance ministry warned Thursday it could declare a technical default in two months should its lenders fail to accept less stringent repayment terms and a possible partial debt write-off.

The war-shattered country's words of caution came on the eve of a crucial Washington meeting at which the International Monetary Fund is expected to back the release ...

(MENAFN - AFP) China's two stock exchanges have slapped trading limits on more than 20 accounts as the market regulator on Friday announced a crackdown on computerised "programme trading", which it blamed for recent volatility.

The moves are the latest steps by authorities to try to stem a market rout that saw the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index plunge more than 30 percent, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Most Asian markets advanced Friday on a healthy batch of economic growth data out of the United States but Shanghai sank again after the previous day's sell-off.

The dollar ticked lower following a recent rally, although analysts expect it to continue its advance with expectations for a Federal Reserve interest rate rise as soon as September.

Tokyo added ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Etihad Airways on Friday vowed to keep fighting a lawsuit brought in Australia by a man who claims he hurt his back after being seated next to a sick, obese passenger.

Brisbane man James Bassos, 38, is seeking damages, reportedly Aus$227,000 (US$165,000), after claiming he suffered permanent health problems from being forced to twist and contort his body to ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Japanese inflation was tepid last month while household spending suffered a surprise drop, official data showed Friday, fanning speculation the central bank would unleash a fresh round of stimulus.

Core inflation, excluding volatile fresh food prices, edged up 0.1 percent from a year ago, the government said, while excluding food and energy, prices rose 0.6 ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Google rejected a French demand to globally apply the so-called right to be forgotten, which requires the company to remove links to certain information about users if asked.

It was responding to a call by France's national data protection authority, CNIL, to globally implement a May 2014 ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that allows people to ask ...

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