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(MENAFN - AFP) As she nears retirement along with millions of other Chinese, He Xiangying is too busy sending her son money and raising a stranger's child to worry about who will eventually look after her.

The nanny's plan is to work until her health fails, then go back to her home village in the Chinese countryside and grow vegetables to save money.

She holds out little ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Nestled among the bars and strip clubs of Sydney's Kings Cross is a service which not only saves lives, but continues the pragmatic approach which prevented a HIV epidemic among drug-users in Australia.

Behind a nondescript shopfront is the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre - the only place in the southern hemisphere where users can inject heroin ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Russia's annexation of Crimea has led to a surge in deaths among intravenous drug users, who no longer have access to vital therapy, specialists said at the world AIDS forum on Thursday.

Michel Kazatchkine, former head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and now the UN's AIDS envoy for eastern Europe, told AFP he was "very concerned" and had heard ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) South Korea's largest automaker, Hyundai Motor Co. said Thursday its second-quarter net profit slumped 6.9 percent from a year earlier, mainly due to a stronger won.

The April-June figure came to 2.35 trillion won (2.29 billion dollars), on sales of 22.75 trillion won, down 1.9 percent year-on-year.

It sold 2.5 million cars in the first six months to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) BASF, the world's biggest chemicals maker, said on Thursday that profits rose in the second quarter, driven by its oil and gas business.

BASF said in a statement that its bottom-line net profit climbed by 12 percent to 1.299 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in the period from April to June.

Underlying or operating profit grew by 13.9 percent to 2.019 billion ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The US food supplier at the centre of an expired meat scandal in China has apologised, as KFC and Pizza Hut's parent company said it would stop using the firm's products in the key Chinese market.

Shanghai authorities at the weekend shut a plant owned by privately-held OSI Group for mixing out-of-date meat with fresh product, and on Wednesday detained five ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) British no-frills airline EasyJet on Thursday forecast a jump in annual profits as higher passenger numbers and revenues offset disruptions caused by unrest in Israel, Russia and Egypt.

Easyjet expects to grow pre-tax profit to between £545 million and £570 million (690-722 million euros, $928-$970 million) in the year to the end of September, the carrier ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) LG Electronics posted a 165 percent surge in second-quarter net profit Thursday from a year ago, on solid TV sales and a dramatic turnaround in its long-troubled mobile unit.

Net profit for the South Korean electronics giant in the April-June period amounted to 412 billion won ($399.8 million), LG said in a statement.

Operating profit also soared 26.5 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) In a jumble of bicycle frames, six burly men in drab grey overalls tinker with blue, purple and pink children's bikes, checking brakes and gears to make sure all will be in order for their future owners in Africa.

These inmates at the Hermanice prison in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava have volunteered to fix old bicycles for a charity serving rural Gambia, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) In a bar in trendy east London, dozens of people mill about, sniffing from plastic bags. But there are no drugs inside - just slightly smelly T-shirts.

These adventurous single men and women are at a "pheromone party", an alternative dating trend based on the idea that smell plays a key role in the choice of a sexual partner.

Each of them has agreed to ...

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