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(MENAFN - AFP) Japan is to give up to $1.5 billion in financial aid to Ukraine, the government in Tokyo confirmed Tuesday, as the club of rich nations booted Russia off the membership list.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the figure as he and fellow world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, cancelled an upcoming G8 meeting in Sochi, and said it would be replaced ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) A judge has placed the head of a Mexican oil services firm under house arrest under suspicion that his company defrauded US bank Citigroup in a multi-million-dollar case.

Amado Yanez, chief executive and majority shareholder of Oceanografia, will be held for up to 40 days as prosecutors determine what charges might be lodged against him, Attorney General ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Standard & Poor's cut Brazil's credit rating by one notch, citing the government's unclear policy signals as it faces a weaker fiscal situation and slower growth.

S&P put Brazil's rating at BBB-, the lowest level for investment grade debt, and called the outlook stable.

S&P said the rating cut reflects "slippage" in the government's fiscal ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Forty-four years ago, Jairzinho carved out a piece of World Cup history as one of the stars of Brazil's celebrated 1970 side.

The dashing winger known as the "Hurricane" remains the only man to score in every round of the tournament, notching seven goals in six games as Brazil swept to victory in Mexico.

But as his homeland prepares to host the World ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Google on Monday said it is joining forces with the frame giant behind Ray-Ban and other brands to create and sell Glass Internet-linked eyewear in the US.

The California-based technology titan billed the partnership with Luxottica as its "biggest step yet into the emerging smart eyewear market."

Luxottica brands include Oakley, Alain Mikli, Ray-Ban, ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Air pollution by sources ranging from cooking fires to auto fumes contributed to an estimated seven million deaths worldwide in 2012, the UN health agency said Tuesday.

"Air pollution, and we're talking about both indoors and outdoors, is now the biggest environmental health problem, and it's affecting everyone, both developed and developing countries," ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) A traveller returning to Canada from west Africa has been hospitalized after displaying symptoms consistent with those of the Ebola virus that has killed dozens in Guinea, a health official said Monday.

"All we know at this point is that we have a person who is critically ill who travelled from a country where these diseases occur," Denise Werker, joint ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Lower back pain causes more disability around the world than any other single condition, and accounts for a third of work-related handicaps, a specialist journal reported on Monday.

Nearly a tenth -- 9.4 percent -- of the world's population has lower back pain, with the prevalence highest in Western Europe, followed by North Africa and the Middle East, and ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) A more than 15-year old laptop doesn't go for much on eBay -- unless it's the one Bill Clinton used to send the first ever US presidential email.

The still-functional laptop -- with Clinton's cheerful exchange with Space Shuttle astronaut John Glenn in November 1998 still on the hard drive -- is the featured item in an online sale by Massachusetts-based ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Youths who play video games are more likely to think and act in aggressive ways, suggested a study out Monday of more than 3,000 schoolchildren in Singapore.

The research, published in JAMA Pediatrics, a journal of the American Medical Association, was based on more than 3,034 children who were studied over the course of three years.

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