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(MENAFN - AFP) German semi-conductors giant Infineon said late Wednesday it will acquire its US rival International Rectifier for $3.0 billion (2.3 billion euro).

"Infineon Technologies and International Rectifier announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under which Infineon will acquire International Rectifier for $40 per share in an all-cash transaction valued ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The sun brollies are up, the beach loungers full and the water is full of daytrippers splashing about.

It is a classic Italian scene but with one crucial difference: the beach bums frolicking in the waves at Maccarese are nearly all dogs, revelling in a rare chance to romp by the seaside.

Welcome to BauBeach, a canine-friendly stretch of sand on the outskirts ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Vietnam has released two Nigerians isolated after arriving from west Africa with fevers, saying they show no symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus.

Ebola test results for the pair are not yet known but the health ministry said their condition had improved.

"After 24 hours of monitoring, the two patients were without fever, showing no abnormal signs or symptoms ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) High in the hills of Myanmar's war-torn borderlands, a clutch of new leprosy cases among communities virtually cut off from medical help is a sign that the country's battle with the ancient disease is far from over.

It took six days by plane, boat, motorcycle, bus - and an arduous mountain trek - for a group of medical workers to treat two leprosy patients ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia's capital Wednesday when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family.

Four residents were injured in the clashes that flared in Monrovia's West Point slum which has been contained as part of new security measures aimed at containing the deadly virus.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China's manufacturing growth slowed in August, indicating a recovery in the world's second-largest economy has yet to take hold, HSBC said Thursday.

The HSBC preliminary purchasing managers index (PMI), which tracks activity in China's factories and workshops, slipped to 50.3 this month, the British banking giant said in a statement.

The figure was down ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Seals and sea lions probably brought tuberculosis to the Americas centuries before Christopher Columbus first set foot there, scientists said Wednesday.

A new study challenges the theory that Europeans introduced TB to the New World, where it killed millions of indigenous Americans along with other foreign diseases like whooping cough, chicken pox and flu.

As ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Botox has frozen the faces of countless Hollywood stars, and international researchers said Wednesday the toxic injections might also be able to stop cancer in its tracks, at least temporarily.

The findings in the journal Science Translational Medicine are based on studies of mice with stomach cancer.

Researchers found that Botox could block signals from ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A total of 172 "suicide tourists" travelled to Switzerland in 2012, double the 2009 number, to die with medical assistance - a practice prohibited in many countries, a study said Thursday.

German and UK citizens were the bulk of visitors, and the reasons most often cited were neurological conditions like paralysis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's and multiple ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Brazil's central bank said Wednesday it would ease banks' reserve requirements for the second time in less than a month, freeing up $4.5 billion to stimulate lending and boost the sluggish economy.

Under the new rules, banks will be allowed to use up to 60 percent of reserves for credit operations, an increase from the 50-percent limit announced on July 25.

The ...

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