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(MENAFN - AFP) Dogs sniffing hopefully at cafe tables are a common sight the world over -- but in Sweden, one restaurant chain is serving up a dedicated menu for canines, complete with imitation beer.

Man's best friend can now sup on cod or organic beef at Avenyfamiljen in the western city of Gothenburg, with non-alcoholic "dog beer", made from beef stock, set to be added ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Pakistan is moving closer to eradicating polio, officials said Tuesday, with no fresh traces of the crippling childhood disease found in sewage samples taken from 40 high-risk sites across the country over April.

"This is in line with our objective of eliminating polio by the end of the year," said Rana Safdar, national coordinator of the Emergency Operation ...

(MENAFN - AFP) People who travel to Zika-hit areas should practice safe sex or have no sex at all for at least eight weeks after their return to avoid sexual transmission of the virus, WHO said Tuesday.

That is double the one month of safe sexual practices previously recommended by the World Health Organization, which explained that new studies showed the Zika virus could ...

(MENAFN - AFP) US electricity utilities Great Plains Energy and Westar Energy announced Tuesday they would merge in an $8.6 billion deal aimed at building operational efficiencies.

Great Plains will assume control of Westar to create a single company with 1.5 million customers in the Midwest states of Kansas and Missouri and 13,000 megawatts of generation capacity.

The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Steady buying and tight supplies pushed US home prices solidly higher in March, with the gains largest in the West, according to fresh data Tuesday.

The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index showed prices for the leading 20 cities up 0.9 percent over February and up 5.4 percent year-on-year.

The pace of gains appeared to be moderating from a pickup late ...

(MENAFN - AFP) US consumers reopened their wallets in April after holding tight in the first quarter, with spending registering the largest one-month jump in seven years, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

Consumer spending rose 1.0 percent over March, or $119.2 billion, compared with just a $3.7 billion gain the previous month.

The gain, better than economists ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The leaders of 50 of Europe's mightiest companies, from Shell and BP to Heineken and BMW, warned Tuesday that Britain will be weaker if its people vote to break away from the European Union.

Weeks away from the June 23 referendum in Britain, the corporate chiefs said the continent, already challenged by terrorism and migration, now faced a new "fork in the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) India's economy grew 7.6 percent in 2015-16, official figures showed Tuesday, retaining its place as the world's fastest-growing major economy and providing a boost to the right-wing government as it marks two years in power.

Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded at a faster pace in the fourth quarter of the financial year, growing 7.9 percent year-on-year, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Belgium faced growing disruption on Tuesday after public sector staff halted work in protest at the centre-right government's austerity plans, adding to ongoing strikes on the rail system and in prisons.

Thousands of trade union members took part in peaceful protests in Brussels and other cities during the latest walkout at schools, city transport networks, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) French firm Technip has signed a preliminary contract worth more than $500 million (557 million euros) to rebuild a major oil drilling platform off the coast of Libya, officials said Tuesday.

Technip signed the letter of intention in Paris with Mellitah Oil and Gas, a joint venture between Libya's National Oil Corporation and Italy's Eni.

The drilling ...

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