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Health experts zero in on camels to fight deadly MERS virus

GENEVA: The fight against the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which has killed at least 722 people over the past five years, is honing in on its target: camels. MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV), a member of a virus family ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, appears to have emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012 …

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Yemen cholera cases could hit one million by year-end: Red Cross

GENEVA: The humanitarian situation in Yemen is a “catastrophe”, and cholera cases could reach a million by the end of the year, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday. Warring parties in Yemen – including the western-backed Saudi-led coalition – are all using disproportionate force, leading to “very excessive” civilian casualties, said Alexandre Faite, the head of …

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Time out: Dangers of disrupting your body clock

PARIS: Messing with your body’s clock is dangerous business, in fact it could make you sick – or worse. The inner timekeeper dubbed the “circadian clock”, governs the day-night cycle that guides sleep and eating patterns, hormones, and even body temperature. It is important enough that the Nobel Medicine Prize was awarded on Monday to three US scientists whose work …

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Facebook testing facial recognition for account recovery

People tired of the two-step authentication process of Facebook will soon get some relief. Facebook is testing a new feature which will allow users to recover accounts and lost passwords using facial identification. A user identified as, Devesh Logendran, had shared the screenshot of the new feature with TheNextWeb’s Matt Navarra. “We are testing a new feature for people who …

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Google unveils new moves to boost struggling news organisations

WASHINGTON: Google announced new steps to help struggling news organisations Monday — including an end to a longstanding “first click free” policy to generate fresh revenues for publishers hurt by the shift from print to digital. The moves come amid mounting criticism that online platforms are siphoning off the majority of revenues as more readers turn to digital platforms for …

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Uber’s Kalanick rekindles power struggle, names two to board

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber Technologies Inc co-founder Travis Kalanick said he had appointed two new directors, a surprise move that publicly reignited a board battle over the role of the ousted former chief executive. Kalanick’s move on Friday sought to pre-empt a move by new Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi to restructure the board and gain greater control, a person familiar with …

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Smartphones made in India? Manufacturing ambition hits hurdles

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s ambitions to become a smartphone-making powerhouse are foundering over a lack of skilled labor and part suppliers along with a complex tax regime, industry executives say. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has championed a manufacturing drive, under the slogan ‘Make in India’, to boost the sluggish economy and create millions of jobs. Among the headline-grabbing details …

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Shah Rukh to star in Rajkumar Hirani’s next film?

Bollywood’s King Khan Shah Rukh Khan will star in ace-director Rajkumar Hirani’s next movie, according to India media. The actor-director duo has finalised the concept for a movie and are expected to make an official announcement soon. Hirani has directed blockbusters such as Munna Bhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, 3 Idiots and PK. Interestingly, Shah Rukh was the first …

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Music mogul Clive Davis tells of heartbreak over Whitney Houston death

LONDON: For music mogul Clive Davis, one memory stands out from a six-decade career – the sudden death of long-time collaborator Whitney Houston. The Grammy-winning record producer and executive – and subject of a new documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” – met the future star singer when she was an untested teenager. “Whitney and I formed this …

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Collapsing stage prop injures US rocker Marilyn Manson

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson was rushed to a hospital and halted his tour Sunday after being crushed under a falling stage prop during a concert in New York. Manson’s guitarist, Tyler Bates, indicated that the injuries were serious enough to stop concerts but were not life-threatening. The tour “is on pause for a minute. Heading home. Manson will be back …

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