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(MENAFN - AFP) At 65, Ramon Alfonso has seen a lot of history in his native Cuba. But this is the first time he has eaten a vegan salad.

After decades of communist rule and centuries of eating meat and beans, the island is opening up -- and so are its taste buds.

Sitting at Cafe Bohemia on Havana's Old Square, Alfonso gobbles lettuce, eggplant and cabbage.

There ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) New research in lab animals, including Zika vaccines successfully tested on mice, boosted hopes Tuesday for a jab to shield humans against the brain-damaging virus.

Two prototype vaccines tested on lab mice "provided complete protection against the Zika virus" with just a single shot, reported the first team.

"These findings certainly raise optimism that ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Britain battled to stop worldwide Brexit alarm Monday but failed to prevent the pound crumbling to a three-decade low against the dollar as European shares took a fresh plunge.

Asian markets had steadied a little after Britain's June 23 vote to abandon the European Union wiped $2.1 trillion off international equity values Friday.

But investors started ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US consumers grew more confident in the economy in June after sentiment sagged in the two prior months but still remained cautious about growth prospects, the Conference Board said Tuesday.

The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index rebounded to 98.0 from 92.4 in May. The index was at the highest level since 99.1 in October.

Consumer views ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Irish no-frills airline Ryanair will put the brakes on new UK connections for the coming months given the uncertainty caused by the British vote to leave the EU, its CEO said on Tuesday.

"I don't think we'll open up many new lines in the UK for the next twelve or eighteen months, until this current uncertainty is removed," chief executive Michael O'Leary told ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) London Mayor Sadiq Khan rejected calls for London to secede from the rest of Britain after a national referendum in favour of leaving the EU but said he wanted a "full seat" at any Brexit negotiations.

Khan also demanded more autonomy from central government, including on public spending, in order to "protect" the British capital's economy.

While the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Volkswagen has agreed to a record $15 billion US payout over its emissions-cheating diesel cars, pledging to buy back or fix vehicles that tricked pollution tests, and pay each owner up to $10,000.

The German auto giant agreed in a settlement filed in federal court Tuesday to pay some $14.7 billion to American consumers and US authorities, and announced a separate ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Holidays abroad are already more expensive and supermarket food prices will rise -- Britons are feeling the pinch from Brexit, analysts say.

Britain voted last week to quit the European Union, despite the government's warnings of a potential recession and hefty price hikes for consumers.

Since the shock vote outcome, perhaps the most dramatic fallout ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The US economy's tepid growth in the first quarter was revised higher Tuesday and analysts expect a pick-up in the second quarter despite concerns about Britain's EU exit vote.

Growth in gross domestic product -- the broad measure of the world's largest economy's output in goods and services -- was revised upward to 1.1 percent from the previous estimate of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Analysts on Tuesday praised Nestle's choice for its new chief executive, healthcare executive Ulf Mark Schneider, as the food giant took a further step in its bid to become a leader in nutrition.

Schneider, 50, will take over on January 1, replacing outgoing chief Paul Bulcke who has been nominated to become the company's chairman.

In tapping Schneider ...

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