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(MENAFN - AFP) The news media is generating some big news of its own, as a growing number of star US journalists move online, bringing followers and financial backers with them.

Online news sites have been around for years, but in recent months the trend has gained momentum, defying predictions of a troubled media industry.

The latest was the relaunch of FiveThirtyEight, ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Ayah Bdeir is out to make creating Internet Age gadgets as fun and easy as playing with LEGO blocks.

The engineer behind littleBits kits that make a game of piecing together modular circuitry used a Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference to debut a piece to the puzzle that lets creations talk to the Internet.

"It is about allowing people ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) An appeals court on Saturday temporarily suspended same-sex marriages in Michigan, local media said, just the latest US state to wrestle with the thorny issue of gay rights.

"To allow a more reasoned consideration of the motion to stay, it is ordered that the District Court's judgment is temporarily stayed until Wednesday," The Detroit News reported, citing ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The Ebola virus plaguing Guinea is one of the deadliest known to man, claiming the lives of three-quarters of the people it has infected so far, according to the west African nation's health ministry.

The tropical virus can fell its victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, weakness, vomiting and diarrhoea -- in some cases shutting down ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Violence flared as tens of thousands descended on Madrid on Saturday, some having trekked from the furthest corners of Spain, at the end of a month-long "march for dignity" against the dire state of the economy.

What had been a day of largely peaceful demonstration took a violent turn in the late evening, as dozens of youths smashed the windows of a bank, ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Enemies have branded her a "terrorist" and sent her death threats, but 40-year-old mother Ada Colau keeps on fighting for thousands of families facing eviction in Spain's economic crisis.

As spokeswoman of the PAH, a grassroots movement campaigning to protect ruined homeowners, she has taken on Spain's banks and politicians, winning an accolade from the ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The African Export-Import Bank on Saturday announced a $100 million (72 million euro) loan to Zimbabwe's banking sector to ease a credit crunch that has deepened the country's economic woes.

"It is a well-known fact that the Zimbabwean banking sector and economy at large are currently experiencing severe liquidity challenges," president Jean-Louis Ekra of ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) India must stop its doctors prescribing "irrational" treatments to cure tuberculosis, medical humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres said Saturday, warning the practice is increasing drug-resistant strains of the disease.

India is already home to the highest number of tuberculosis (TB) sufferers globally with two million cases every year and drug-resistant ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) Some 6,000 protesters took to the streets of Armenia's capital on Saturday in the latest demonstration against a compulsory pension scheme.

The plan, which took effect at the start of the year, forces all people born after 1974 to pay five percent of their wages into private pension funds.

"We are against this thievery which the government is calling ...

 

(MENAFN - AFP) The Moody's ratings agency has raised its outlook for Cyprus to positive, while confirming the island's Caa3 credit rating.

The agency said on Friday it was raising the outlook to positive from negative because of a stronger than expected fiscal and economic performance in 2013 and because of the authorities' record of meeting conditions set by international ...

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