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(MENAFN - AFP) Canada has approved the use of the abortion pill mifepristone after three years of tests, the ministry of health said Thursday.

The pill, also known as RU-486, is already legal in 60 countries, including the United States and France, where it was legalized in 1988.

Unlike the morning after pill, mifepristone can be taken up to seven weeks after conception ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The world's largest cosmetics company L'Oreal on Thursday confirmed a "significant growth" in results for 2015 after posting an 8.5 percent jump in net profit in the first half of the year.

The beauty market leader's net profit in the six months through June was 1.88 billion euros ($2.05 billion) compared with a year earlier, while sales soared by 14.7 percent ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Flights in and out of Rome's disaster-hit Fiumicino airport were seriously disrupted for a second day Thursday after a fire in a nearby pine grove threw dense smoke across the runway.

The blaze on Wednesday forced the suspension of all flights for two hours, with long delays stretching into the night even after the fire was brought under control.

On Thursday ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund approved a $1.24 billion emergency loan for Iraq Thursday, saying the country needs extra support in the face of the Islamic State insurgency and depressed oil prices.

The money, to be disbursed immediately, will help the government meet urgent budget and balance of payments shortfalls while it undertakes fiscal and structural ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it would not join a new bailout program for Greece until conditions for debt sustainability, including debt relief and economic reforms, are clearly assured.

"In order to ensure that medium term sustainability, there is a need for difficult decisions on both sides... difficult decisions in Greece regarding reforms, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Several thousand people protested Thursday against a new labour law as a part of reforms required by the EU, arguing that it would reduce the local labour force to "slavery".

"It is a road to hell, a path towards a society of slaves," union leader Selvedin Satorovic said.

Bosnian authorities agreed to introduce economic and social reforms to reduce unemployment ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The EU said Thursday it will extend until next year a multi-million euro aid package to help struggling European farmers hit by Russian sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

The European Commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation European Union, said it was finalising details after Russian President Vladimir Putin last month extended a ban against most Western ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Procter & Gamble offered a tepid sales outlook Thursday after reporting a huge drop in quarterly earnings due to lower revenues and a big charge in its Venezuelan operations.

Net income for the quarter ending June 30, P&G's fourth fiscal quarter of 2015, was $521 million, down 79.8 percent from the year-ago period.

Revenues fell 9.2 percent to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Authorities in Wenzhou, known as China's Jerusalem, have given Christian churches a deadline to remove prominent crosses within weeks, worshippers and an activist group said Thursday, stepping up a long-running campaign.

The eastern province of Zhejiang, where Wenzhou is located, earlier this year proposed rules requiring crosses for Catholic and Protestant ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) More than a century after slavery officially ended in Brazil, DNA tests are giving Afro-Brazilians the intriguing chance to find out who they are beyond mere skin color.

"Above all, slaves lost their names and their identity. With these DNA tests, they can re-establish the connection," said Carlos Alberto Jr, head of "Brazil: DNA Africa," a series of five upcoming ...

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