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(MENAFN - AFP) Startup Eaze on Tuesday released a smartphone application promising prompt, professional delivery of medical marijuana at the doors of patients in San Francisco.

Eaze said that drivers referred to as "caregivers" will get medicinal doses to their intended recipients in an average of 10 minutes in most cases.

Eaze checks the medical eligibility of those ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) British nutritionists threw down the gauntlet to dietary guidelines in April by declaring seven daily portions of fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than the recommended five, were the key to health.

But a new foray into the arena of sound eating says the famous five-a-day recommendation made by the UN's World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2003 should be fine.

Researchers ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos met Tuesday with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, calling for accelerated bilateral trade talks and more investment by the Asian economic powerhouse.

Speaking after a meeting at the presidential palace, Santos noted that Japan was the biggest Asian investor in Colombia.

"We are looking at the possibility of increasing ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Argentina's economy minister flew into New York on Tuesday for last-ditch talks to resolve a dispute with hedge fund creditors that has pushed the country to the brink of default.

Economy Minister Axel Kicillof threw his weight behind the talks after Argentina got a boost in its fight against so-called "holdout" hedge funds from others bondholder who appealed ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday that an escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine would raise the risks for banks exposed to those countries.

Hit by US and European Union economic sanctions against Moscow, Russian businesses in particular could see financing and revenue dry up, pushing them to fall behind in servicing debts.

"As ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, said Tuesday that Ukraine may need more international aid if its crisis with the pro-Russia separatist rebellion is prolonged.

"As it stands and under current circumstances and the set of our assumptions, which includes a conflict that eventually is resolved in a not-too-distant future, no additional ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) French supermarket group Casino blamed unfavourable exchange rates and a price war in its home market for pulling down first-half profits on Tuesday, but kept its full-year forecasts.

Net profit fell by 8.9 percent from the equivalent figure last year to 176 million euros ($236 million) but at constant exchange rates, it rose by 5.8 percent.

Sales for ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) On a summer's day in central Paris, hundreds of tourists are enjoying a picnic in the city's Tuileries garden.

It's a picture perfect scene, a stone's throw from the famous Louvre museum, with just one drawback - the rats.

Look carefully and they are not difficult to spot, scuttling across the lawns or along hedges in broad daylight.

"Now that we've ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A doctor in charge of an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone has become another victim of the deadly virus, the country's health chief said Tuesday.

"Dr Omar Khan died at 2:00 pm," announced the head of Sierra Leone's health services, Brima Kargbo.

Khan was admitted last week into an anti-Ebola treatment facility run by the medical charity Doctors ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US stocks Tuesday finished lower after the United States and European Union broadened sanctions on Russia, overshadowing US economic data and earnings reports.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 70.48 points (0.42 percent) to 16,912.11.

The broad-based S&P 500 fell 8.96 (0.45 percent) to 1,969.95, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index gave ...

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