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(MENAFN - AFP) Greek Cypriots have been authorised to hold a Good Friday mass at a church in the Turkish-held town of Famagusta on divided Cyprus for the first time in decades.

Famagusta mayor-in-exile Alexis Galanos said Friday's landmark service at Saint George Exorinos church will send a message of reconciliation on one of the most important dates in the Greek Orthodox ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Prosecutors in Rome opened an investigation on Wednesday over an embryo mix-up at an assisted reproduction centre that resulted in a woman getting pregnant with another couple's embryos.

The investigation follows a legal complaint brought by a couple who could be the biological parents of the woman's twins.

Four women became pregnant after undergoing ...


(MENAFN - AFP) US cereal maker Post Holdings is close to a deal to acquire food processor Michael Foods Group for about $2.5 billion, a person familiar with the transaction said Wednesday.

A deal could be announced as soon as Thursday, the person said.

A manufacturer of iconic cereal brands such as Grape-Nuts and Honeycomb, Post has diversified its product offerings ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Google said Wednesday its first quarter profit rose 32 percent from a year ago to $3.45 billion, in results below most Wall Street expectations.

Chief executive Larry Page hailed "another great quarter" for the tech giant, with revenue of $15.4 billion, up 19 percent year on year.

"We got lots of product improvements done, especially on mobile. I'm ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The German government rejected Wednesday a call by two newspapers to remove Russian tanks from a World War II memorial in central Berlin in protest against spiralling tensions in Ukraine.

The top-selling daily Bild and local tabloid B.Z. launched a petition drive Tuesday to urge parliament to send a message to Moscow against last month's annexation of Crimean ...


(MENAFN - AFP) One of the world's largest yellow diamonds will go under the hammer in Geneva next month, with the Sotheby's auction house hoping to rake in up to $25 million for the gem.

The Graff Vivid Yellow, the colour of a daffodil and weighing 100.09 carats, figures among a wide range of pieces for sale at Sotheby's spring Magnificent Jewels and Nobel Jewels auction ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The extra copy of Chromosome 21 that causes Down's syndrome throws a spanner into the workings of all the other chromosomes as well, said a study published Wednesday that surprised its authors.

Using data from a set of twins, one with Down's and one without, researchers found a major difference in how genes functioned between the two.

The twins were ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Scientists said Wednesday they had made the long-sought discovery of how sperm latches onto an egg in the very first spark of reproduction, the outcome of a near decade-long hunt.

The find opens up avenues for new contraception or treating infertility, they said.

When a sperm meets an egg, they fuse to form a single-cell entity called a zygote, which ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The UN's AIDS body said Wednesday it had appointed Brazilian football star David Luiz to help rally fans to join efforts to prevent the spread of HIV ahead of the World Cup.

UNAIDS said it had named the Brazilian vice captain as its "International Goodwill Ambassador" in a bid to "mobilise football fans around the world, particularly young people," to join ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The US economy is showing clear signs of emerging from the brutal winter, with consumer spending picking up broadly, the Federal Reserve's Beige Book survey said Wednesday.

"Economic activity increased in most regions" of the country since the prior Beige Book in early March, the report said, with "modest or moderate" expansion in most of the Fed regions ...

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