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(MENAFN - AFP) Britain on Tuesday became the first country to implement a vaccination programme for all newborn babies against meningitis B, which is fatal in one in 10 cases.

Campaigners hope the vaccine, which will be given to babies at two, four and 12 months old, will prevent up to 4,000 cases by 2025.

It is billed as the world's first nationwide publicly-funded ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) German media giant Axel Springer and Korean electronics group Samsung said Tuesday they are joining forces in a mobile media partnership.

The two companies said they would collaborate in producing digital media exclusively for Samsung customers, beginning with a news platform in Germany and Poland that will be rolled out in other European markets next year.

Alex ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Unemployment in the eurozone fell to its lowest level for three and a half years in July, raising hopes that economic recovery in the single currency area is taking hold, official data showed on Tuesday

Joblessness in the 19-nation bloc fell to 10.9 percent in July from 11.1 percent in June, the first time it has dipped below 11 percent since February 2012, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Boxing gloves raised, two orangutans enter a ring at a Thai zoo, a spectacle that fascinates locals and foreigners alike but sits increasingly at odds in a nation slowly embracing animal welfare.

Every morning hundreds of tourists visit Safari World, a large zoo on the outskirts of Bangkok, to see apes perform a show parodying human behaviour -- in particular ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A woman who died last week in northern Sierra Leone tested positive for Ebola, the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) said Monday, in a setback for the country's bid to gain Ebola-free status.

There had been celebratory scenes last week when the country's last known Ebola patient was released from hospital in the central city of Makeni after being cured ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Japan's factory output contracted a worse-than-expected 0.6 percent on-month in July, official data showed on Monday, owing to lacklustre demand at home and as a slowdown in China weighs on exports.

The reading published by the industry ministry was weaker than the median forecast for a modest 0.1 percent rise in a survey of economists by Bloomberg News.

In ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China's main state broadcaster on Monday paraded a financial journalist "confessing" to causing the stock market "great losses" as authorities seek to rein in a rout on the exchanges.

Wang Xiaolu, a journalist with the respected business magazine Caijing, was held after writing a story in July saying the securities regulator was studying plans for government ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) London's Notting Hill Carnival kicked off with a riot of colour despite grey skies on Sunday, in a celebration of Caribbean culture reputed as Europe's biggest street party.

Performers on stilts and wearing bright pink wigs, and dancers in feathered headdresses and rainbow outfits entertained the crowds that packed the streets of west London.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Japan's factory output fell 0.6 percent month-on-month in July, worse than market expectations, official data showed on Monday.

The reading from the industry ministry was weaker than the median forecast for an increase of 0.1 percent in a survey of economists carried out by Bloomberg News.

In June, industrial production rose 1.1 percent compared to May.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Britain's Rolls-Royce is cooperating with investigators in a massive corruption scandal at Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras, a spokesman said on Sunday.

The engineering company confirmed it had been contacted by investigators involved in the probe, which has engulfed Brazil's political and business establishment amid allegations of a massive kickbacks scheme.

"We ...

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