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(MENAFN - AFP) A Taiwanese court has rejected a gay couple's appeal against a government agency for refusing to register their marriage in the latest setback for the recognition of same-sex unions on the island, activists said Friday.

Gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei and his partner filed a complaint with the Taipei High Administrative Court last year against a government ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Having four or more children could be bad for a mother's heart, a US study suggested Friday.

Plaque buildup, an early sign of heart disease, was far more common in women who had given birth to four or more children than in those who had two or three, according to the research presented at the American College of Cardiology conference.

The survey did ...


(MENAFN - AFP) BlackBerry reported fresh losses Friday but offered some reasons for optimism as the smartphone maker struggles to escape from a death spiral.

The Canadian firm reported a loss of $423 million in the fourth quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, as revenues sank.

Revenues fell to $976 million in the fourth quarter -- down from $2.7 billion 12 months earlier. ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Spanish oil giant Repsol said on Friday its shareholders had approved a deal to accept $5 billion in compensation from Argentina for the country's seizure of its subsidiary YPF.

The deal seeks to repair the financial hit taken by Repsol when Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner ordered the nationalisation of Repsol's 51-percent stake in YPF in April 2012.

"We ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Lufthansa, Germany's biggest airline, faces further industrial action next week, this time with its pilots set to walk out for three days next week, the Cockpit union said on Friday.

Just a day after the airline was forced to cancel around 600 flights following stoppages by ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance workers at Germany's main airports, ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Chinese President Xi Jinping began a landmark visit to fellow export powerhouse Germany Friday for the third leg of his European tour, which is expected to cement flourishing trade ties and focus on the Crimea crisis.

Under grey skies, Xi, accompanied by his singer wife Peng Liyuan, was greeted with military honours by his counterpart Joachim Gauck, a former ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Being married makes for a healthy heart, while being divorced or widowed is linked to higher rates of cardiovascular disease, according to a study of 3.5 million people released Friday.

The study is the largest of its kind to show how heart health is linked to marital status, and was presented at the American College of Cardiology conference.

"These ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Guinea's capital Conakry was on high alert Friday after a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed dozens in the southern forests was confirmed to have spread to the port city of up to two million people.

Four new cases, of people believed to have been infected after attending the funeral of a brother in central Guinea, were put in isolation centres to avoid ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The rate of inflation in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, fell to its lowest level in more than three years in March, official preliminary data showed on Friday.

The cost of living rose by 1.0 percent on a 12-month basis this month, down from 1.2 percent in February, the federal statistics office Destatis said in a statement.

The last time inflation ...


(MENAFN - AFP) US consumer incomes and spending gained for the second straight month in February, while inflation pressure remained subdued, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

In a suggestion that the frigid winter storms that battered the country in December-February did not completely repress economic activity, consumer spending rose 0.3 percent on an equal gain ...

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