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(MENAFN - AFP) Record numbers of football fans in the United States are bracing for another edge-of-the-seat match Thursday as their team battles to make the World Cup second round - and prove the sport's growing popularity.

Nearly 25 million viewers tuned in to watch their last game against Portugal, astonishingly more than the NBA finals this year, which averaged 15.5 ...


(MENAFN - AFP) US online payments firm Stripe on Tuesday announced an alliance with Alipay aimed at making it easier for people in China to buy things from elsewhere in the world.

"We're building a universal platform for internet commerce; in order to enable China's 1.3 billion people to buy from Stripe businesses, we decided to add support for Alipay," Christian Anderson ...

24 Jun 2014   Hachette buying Perseus Books 

(MENAFN - AFP) Hachette, the French publisher locked in a battle with online retailer Amazon over book pricing, will take over Perseus Books Group, the sixth largest US trade publisher, the two announced Tuesday.

The deal will expand Hachette's already large catalogue with some 6,000 mostly non-fiction Perseus titles under imprints like Basic Books, Avalon and Moon travel ...


(MENAFN - AFP) A prominent Greek development fund on Tuesday announced plans to create a 'world-class resort' at the former Athens airport of Hellinikon that could be bring around four billion euros ($5.4 billion) to Greece's ailing economy.

"Athens will become the first European capital with its own resort," Odisseas Athanassiou, CEO of Lamda Development, told a news ...


(MENAFN - AFP) An Indonesian law requiring manufacturers to display pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs came into force Tuesday, but anti-smoking campaigners said the rule was widely ignored.

The government had given the tobacco industry 18 months to comply with the 2012 regulation on tobacco control, which demands pictures or graphics on packs to warn about ...


(MENAFN - AFP) A leading US doctors' group Tuesday urged parents to read to their children starting in infancy, in order to boost language skills in an age of screens and smartphones.

Pediatricians have long encouraged reading to children, but the guidelines are the first official policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics telling doctors to talk to parents about daily ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Smart gadget specialty firm Withings introduced a fashionable Swiss-made time piece Tuesday that doubles as a fitness tracker.

The French company billed "Activite" as a chic watch with computing brains to track steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, and sleep patterns.

"Our mission is to inspire health," Withings chief executive Cedric Hutchings ...


(MENAFN - AFP) The largest study of its kind to date has shown that three-dimensional imaging finds more breast cancers than traditional mammography alone, according to research published on Tuesday.

The technique, called 3D mammography, or tomosynthesis, was approved by US regulators in 2011 after initial research showed it could reduce false-positives and improve cancer ...


(MENAFN - AFP) Russian President Vladimir Putin hit back Tuesday at Western criticism of South Stream, saying the planned pipeline would benefit both the EU and Moscow and reduce Europe's dependence on gas flowing through crisis-hit Ukraine.

The crisis in Ukraine has made the planned pipeline a new focus of tensions between Moscow, Brussels and Washington. EU member Bulgaria ...


(MENAFN - AFP) France's cash-strapped government on Tuesday put its 3.1-percent stake in energy giant GDF Suez up for sale, in a bid to raise funds to buy a controlling stake in Alstom.

At the close, GDF Suez shares stood at 20.80 euros, valuing the sale at 1.56 billion euros.

The proceeds from the sale of 75 million shares to selected investors "can be used to finance ...

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