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(MENAFN - AFP) Former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso said Congress should investigate a growing scandal surrounding the controversial 2006 purchase by oil giant Petrobras of a Texas refinery.

The controversy has deepened in recent days over the nature of a purchase authorized in 2006, when current President Dilma Rousseff chaired the state firm's board of ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Apple is in talks with US cable and Internet giant Comcast about a streaming-television service that would use an Apple set-top box, a report said Sunday.

Talks are in their early stages but any deal would allow Apple to get special treatment on Comcast's cables to ensure it bypasses congestion on the web, The Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) About a million children, double the previous estimate, fall ill with tuberculosis every year, said a study Monday that also gave the first tally of drug-resistant TB among the young.

"Many cases of tuberculosis and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis disease are not being detected in children," it said.

The team's computer model, based on population ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Russian spending in British shops fell by 17 percent last month compared to February 2013, according to tax-free shopping statistics out Monday.

Visitors from Russia spent an average £669 ($1,103, 800 euros) per transaction, according to Global Blue, seeing them overtaken in third place by those from Nigeria compared to 12 months ago.

Spending by ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) An Ebola epidemic which has already killed dozens of people in Guinea's southern forests has spread to the capital Conakry, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Sunday.

"At least 59 out of 80 who contracted Ebola across the West African country have died so far. Over the past few days, the deadly haemorrhagic fever has quickly spread from the communities ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Spanish police detained 24 people during street violence late on Saturday following a large anti-austerity demonstration in Madrid in which dozens were injured, a police spokesman said.

Tens of thousands of people, some having walked from the farthest corners of Spain, marched though the streets of Madrid on Saturday to demonstrate against spending cuts, ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Russia's Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov on Sunday said Germany's decision to halt a major arms deal over Moscow's takeover of Crimea was "unconstructive" and taken under pressure from the United States.

Berlin on Wednesday blocked German defence group Rheinmetall from proceeding with a 100-million-euro ($140-million) contract to build a training ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) China's central bank hinted Sunday that it was willing to accept some debt defaults in the $1.8 trillion wealth management market, as the world's second-largest economy struggles to curb bad debts that pose a risk to the financial system.

"Under the premise of preventing systematic risks, allowing some default cases to happen naturally in compliance with ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) It's a global health fad with millions of fans in Europe and the United States, and yet in Greece, many people have never heard of 'Greek yoghurt'.

Equally surprising in an age when billions are spent on marketing, the term 'Greek yoghurt' is basically a quirk of fate.

"What is known abroad as 'Greek yoghurt' is called 'straggisto' (strained yoghurt) ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Tunisia is working against the clock to salvage its 2014 tourist season after three turbulent years, by revamping the country's image -- with the help of online media and a few Star Wars characters.

"To change a country from one that is relatively inexpensive to a top-end tourist destination will take 10 or 15 years," said Amel Karboul, Tunisia's new tourism ...

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