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(MENAFN - AFP) The Turin Shroud, one of Christianity's most celebrated and hotly-debated relics, went on display to the public on Sunday for the first time in five years.

More than one million people have already booked their slots to see the piece of linen that devotees believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ between now and June 24.

"Whether you believe or ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Canadian health officials have quarantined another poultry farm found to be infected with bird flu, authorities said.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said tests were conducted Friday after the "sudden deaths" of some chickens confirmed the presence of the virus.

The CFIA added that all of the poultry on the farm would be destroyed.

More tests ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Canadian health officials have quarantined another poultry farm found to be infected with bird flu, authorities said.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said tests were conducted Friday after the "sudden deaths" of some chickens confirmed the presence of the virus.

The CFIA added that all of the poultry on the farm would be destroyed.

More tests ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) More than 30 percent of young Arabs are jobless because of unrest in many Arab nations and not enough investment, a top labour official said on Sunday.

"The unemployment rate among Arab youth until the age of 30 years exceeds 30 percent," the director general of the Arab Labour Organisation Ahmad Mohammed Luqman told AFP.

"Unrest and a lack of investments ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Middle-income economies must increase social spending if they wish to reach the income level of developed countries and end extreme poverty, the president of the World Bank said in an interview published on Sunday.

"We must change the relationship between growth and poverty reduction for growth to have more of an impact. How It is important to invest in human ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Saudi petrochemicals giant SABIC on Sunday posted a 39 percent decline in net profits for the first quarter of 2015 compared with a year ago before global oil prices plunged.

Saudi Basic Industries Corp, the largest publicly traded firm in the Gulf, reported net profit of 3.93 billion riyals ($1.05 billion) for the three months ending March 31.

That compared ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Australia on Sunday unveiled a Aus$26 million (US$20 million) package to increase child vaccination rates, as it removed a religious exemption allowing parents unwilling to immunise their children to claim some government benefits.

The measures reflect the government's public health concerns amid a debate over immunisation for children, with some parents believing ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China's central bank announced Sunday it would cut the level of funds that commercial banks must hold in reserve by one percentage point, the second such move this year to boost lending.

The move, effective Monday, comes days after the world's second largest economy reported its worst quarterly growth figure for six years.

In a statement on its website, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A lesbian couple held a symbolic wedding ceremony in Tokyo on Sunday, as calls grow for Japan to legalise same-sex marriage.

While their marriage will not be recognised under law, actresses Ayaka Ichinose, 34, and Akane Sugimori, 28 -- both dressed in white -- tied the knot in front of some 80 relatives and friends.

"We held the wedding ceremony so that ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Pesticide poisoning was the likely cause of the mysterious deaths of at least 18 people in a southwestern Nigerian town earlier this week, the World Health Organization said Sunday.

The "current hypothesis is cause of the event is herbicides", WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said in a tweet.

"Tests done so far are negative for viral and bacterial infection," ...

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