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(MENAFN - AFP) Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt visited Cuba this week along with three other top executives to promote "a free Internet," Cuban independent online newspaper "14yMedio" reported Sunday.The four executives "met with officials," spoke "with youth at polytechnical schools" and, on Saturday, visited the University of Computer Sciences in western Havana, ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Signature bottle of bourbon in one hand, "Amy Smackhouse" sticks out the other one and slams down her opponent's arm, her latest victory in a Washington women's arm-wrestling tournament.The tongue-in-cheek event aims at humor and to raise money for charity, but there is a competitive edge of sorts.In regular life, Smackhouse is called Andrea Kavanagh, ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Istanbul on Sunday for the city's Gay Pride parade, an event that has taken on added political significance a year on from massive anti-government protests.The crowd marched with a show of brightly coloured flags along Istiklal Avenue, a main pedestrian street in the city, under the watchful eye of a large ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Argentina took out paid ads in major US newspapers for the second weekend running on Sunday, slamming an "absurd" American court decision as a ploy "to bring us down to our knees."The country is poised to default on its debt for a second time in 13 years if a payments deal cannot be achieved by Monday with hedge funds holding $1.3 billion in bonds.Judge ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Bulgaria's president denied on Sunday its banks were on the verge of collapse as six people were arrested for "spreading false information" about the health of the country's financial institutions."There is not a crisis in the banking sector. There is a crisis of confidence and a criminal attack," President Rossen Plevneliev said after announcing a declaration ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Pope Francis has accused communism of stealing its ideas from Christianity, and said its founding thinker Karl Marx "did not invent anything."Commenting on suggestions in the media that his world view is not dissimilar to communist ideology, the pope responded that it was the church that got there first. "The communists have stolen our flag. The flag ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) A new "supercooling" technique keeps rat livers alive three times longer than before, boosting hopes for easing shortages of human transplant organs, scientists said Sunday.The method involves cooling the livers while flushing them with oxygen and nutrients and preserving them in a solution containing a form of antifreeze. The livers can be conserved ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) French bank BNP Paribas is expected to pay a record $9 billion fine and admit its guilt for years of dealing with US-blacklisted Sudan and Iran, in a case that has strained ties between Paris and Washington.US justice authorities could announce the hefty penalty as early as Monday, capping months of haggling which saw French President Francois Hollande pressing ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Spanish firms seeking to escape a sluggish eurozone are heading in ever greater numbers to reap the financial benefits of doing business in the faster-paced economies of Latin America.But the corporate business traffic now runs in both directions: Latin American groups are building business links with Spain as a gateway to entering the rest of Europe.On ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) A study detailing how Facebook secretly manipulated the news feed of some 700,000 users to study "emotional contagion" has prompted anger on social media.For one week in 2012 Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to place posts into user news feeds to study how this affected their mood.The study, conducted by researchers affiliated with Facebook, ...

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