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(MENAFN - AFP) An indelible blue drawing of an ornate birdcage, festooned with roses and petals, wraps its way around Navy Corpsman Jessica Bryant's forearm.

The 23-year-old sailor's tattoo is large, but not big enough to be considered a "sleeve," the type of design that covers an entire arm.

Bryant hopes to remedy that, thanks to new Navy rules kicking in April 30 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US Vice President Joe Biden won Pope Francis's backing Friday in his battle for research advances in curing cancer to be made available to everyone, as he brought his "Moonshot" campaign to the Vatican.

Biden, whose 46-year old son Beau Biden died from brain cancer last year, made an emotional speech at a stem cell summit thanking Francis for his support and ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Mobile phone roaming fees in the EU will fall sharply on Saturday, the last step before they are abolished completely for Europeans next year.

The European Union will scrap phone roaming charges outright on June 15, 2017 ending fees loathed by millions of holidaymakers and business travellers across Europe.

"We're in the home stretch now before the end ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Inflation in Germany turned negative in April, dragged down by falling energy prices, a preliminary estimate showed on Friday.

Correcting an estimate published the day before, the federal statistics Destatis calculated that Germany's national inflation yardstick, the consumer price index, eased by 0.1 percent April, instead of edging up by 0.1 percent as it ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US consumers held tight to their wallets in March, spending barely more than they had in February despite enjoying higher incomes, according to Commerce Department data issued Friday.

Consumer spending, which typically accounts for two thirds of US economic activity, edged up just 0.1 percent from February but was flat when adjusted for price changes, the department ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A whistleblower who helped expose the LuxLeaks scandal told a court Friday he had decided to do his duty as a citizen after he was "shocked" by Luxembourg's huge tax breaks for multinational firms.

Raphael Halet, one of three people on trial over the theft of thousands of documents from accounting firm PwC, retracted an earlier statement that he was asked for ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The eurozone's economy grew far beyond expectations in the first quarter of 2016, finally surpassing pre-crisis levels after eight years, as cheap oil and credit made itself felt.

Inflation in Europe however remained very low and a source of concern with the threat of long term damage caused by falling prices weighing on the economy.

The Eurostat statistics ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Around 110,000 people took part in warning strikes organised by the powerful German union IG Metall on Friday, hitting the automobile sector in particular, as way of turning up heat in wage negotiations for around 3.4 million metal sector workers across the country.

A truce period during which unions are not allowed to stage any industrial action ended at ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Luxury fashion brand Gucci has warned Hong Kong shops selling paper handbags and other goods as offerings for the dead not to market items resembling their products.

It is a tradition for Hong Kong families to purchase and burn paper replicas of everything their deceased loved ones could ever want in the afterlife.

As such the city is bustling with speciality ...

 
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