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(MENAFN - AFP) Spoof Nobel prizes that honor the humor in science were handed out at Harvard University, celebrating the physics of stepping on a banana skin and the neuroscience behind spotting Jesus in toast.

The 24th edition of the annual Ig Nobel Prizes were handed out Thursdayto winners from across the world by genuine Nobel laureates in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Ugandan MPs have been inundated with complaints that many condoms on sale in the east African nation are too small, warning the problem is a blow to the fight against AIDS.

Insisting that one size doesn't fit all, MP Tom Aza said Uganda's Parliamentary Committee for HIV/AIDS said a recent tour of areas worst hit by the virus revealed that some men "have bigger ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Syria's opposition said Thursday that 16 children who died during a measles vaccination campaign in the mostly rebel-held province of Idlib had been given an anaesthesia additive by mistake.

"Reports point to the possibility of human error which led to atracurium being used in place of the solvent which should have been used with the vaccine," said opposition ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A former director of Brazilian oil giant Petrobras who has accused dozens of politicians of taking kickbacks allegedly pocketed one himself for the purchase of a US refinery, local media reported.

Paulo Roberto Costa, currently in custody for money laundering, told police and justice ministry officials probing his allegations that he took 1.5 million reais ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Russia has demanded changes to a landmark political and economic pact between the EU and Ukraine in order to meet Moscow's concerns, according to a letter seen by AFP on Friday.

The European and Ukrainian parliaments on Tuesday simultaneously ratified the association agreement, the rejection of which last year triggered the political crisis in the former Soviet ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A US court on Friday dismissed an appeal by Citibank and Argentina to let the country make payments on debt tied up in a bitter legal battle with hedge funds.

The Federal Appeals Court for the Second Circuit ruled it did not have jurisdiction in the case and sent the appellants back to New York District Judge Thomas Griesa, who has blocked Argentina from servicing ...

(MENAFN - AFP) General Electric is lined up with Germany's Siemens and other companies in pursuit of oil equipment maker Dresser-Rand Industries, with any deal likely to be worth more than $6 billion.

Sources close to the matter confirmed to AFP Friday that GE has had preliminary discussions with the Houston, Texas company, though they would not say whether GE intends to ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Ratings agency Fitch on Friday said the United States still deserves its triple-A credit rating, with its solid financial system able to bear a high level of public debt.

"The economy is large, rich and diverse, with GDP per capita (at purchasing power parity) and levels of human development above the 'AAA' median," Fitch said.

But it also took note of ...

(MENAFN - AFP) ExxonMobil said Friday it would "wind down" a drilling project in the Russian Arctic following US sanctions targeting Moscow over its support for Ukraine's separatist rebels.

Exxon said the US Treasury Department granted it extra time to safely conclude the University-1 well in the Kara Sea, seen as a critical step in the US oil giant's long-term goal to discover ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The Cuban government announced plans Friday to sell nearly 9,000 state-owned restaurants to private operators, the latest step in the communist island's economic reforms.

Cubans frequently complain about the country's 8,984 state-owned restaurants, which are famous for poor quality, bad service and running out of food.

Deputy Trade Minister Aida Chavez ...

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