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(MENAFN - AFP) A 19-year-old Indian woman whose face was brutally disfigured in an acid attack will walk the catwalk in New York next month in her first trip overseas.

Reshma Qureshi, who lives in Mumbai, was attacked by her brother-in-law and pinned down by his friends who doused her face in acid in 2014.

Her features were horribly damaged and she lost sight in one ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The conflict and civil strife that has erupted across the eastern Mediterranean region since the Arab Spring began in 2010 has shortened lifespans and damaged health, according to a study released Thursday.

Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt all lost about three months in life expectancy between 2010 and 2013, with deteriorating conditions threatening health gains made ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A US firefighter who received a face transplant a year ago said Wednesday that he feels normal again and even managed to swim for the first time in 15 years.

Patrick Hardison, 42, from Senatobia, Mississippi, was horribly disfigured when the roof of a burning home collapsed on top of him in 2001.

He underwent the complex surgery in New York in August ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Being overweight can raise the likelihood of being diagnosed with cancers of the stomach and digestive tract, as well as certain brain and reproductive tumors, international researchers said Wednesday.

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine adds eight more kinds of cancer to the list of those already known to be more likely among overweight people.

In ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday it has approved a $723 million three-year line of credit to Jordan aimed at boosting the kingdom at a time of war in the region.

"The executive board of the International Monetary Fund today approved a three-year extended arrangement under the extended fund facility for Jordan," the Fund said in a statement.

It ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The number of unemployed young people is set to swell by 500,000 worldwide this year to reach 71 million, marking the first hike in three years, the UN said Wednesday.

In a new report, the UN's labour agency estimated that the global youth unemployment rate would reach 13.1 percent in 2016, up from 12.9 percent in 2015, and nearing its 2013 record high of 13.2 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The US stepped up its fight against the European Commission's crackdown on tax avoidance by Apple and other multinational companies, accusing the commission of unilateralism and overstepping its mandate.

In a white paper, the US Treasury said the EC probe into alleged special tax treatment that certain EU countries gave Apple, Amazon, Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The American Medical Association urged the maker of the EpiPen, a life-saving device that counteracts severe allergies, to drop its price Wednesday as public outrage mounted over a soaring cost hike.

Mylan Pharmaceuticals has come under fire for raising the price of epinephrine injectors from $100 to $500 over the course of five years, a price tag critics say ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) North Sea oil revenues for Scotland have plunged, according to official data out on Wednesday that unionists said undermined the case for independence following Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

Revenues fell to £60 million (71 million euros, $79 million) in the 2015-2016 financial year from £1.8 billion in the previous 12 months -- a 97-percent ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The European Commission and Portugal said Wednesday they have agreed on a 5-billion-euro deal to recapitalise the state-owned Caixa Geral de Depositos (CGD) bank, including through a 2.7-billion-euro injection of state funds.

The deal was provisionally approved by European Union competition chief Margrethe Vestager to meet the 28-nation bloc's tough rules on ...

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