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Brexit breakthrough boosts European stock markets


December 8, 2017

LONDON (AFP) – Europe s stock markets climbed Friday and the pound briefly topped $1.35 on news of Britain s breakthrough Brexit deal. Asian stock markets rallied after overnight gains on Wall Street, which opened higher as data showed the US economy continued to see robust job creation in November. Cryptocurrency bitcoin broke fresh records above $17,000 on speculative buying, …

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Expecting mothers can protect babies from asthma by eating fish: study


December 8, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Pregnant women who consume two to three servings of fish a week are as likely to protect their newborns from developing asthma, finds a recent study. Researchers at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, have found that children whose mothers consume high doses of Omega-3 fatty acids daily during the third trimester are less likely to develop …

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Open windows and doors can improve sleep quality


December 8, 2017

Leaving a bedroom door or window open may help people sleep better, a study from the Netherlands suggests. Open windows and doors helped reduce carbon dioxide levels and improve ventilation and air flow, which was related to better sleep quality for the healthy young adults in the study. “We spend nearly a third of our life in the bedroom environment, …

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China jails 21 people for 2015 nursing home fire


December 8, 2017

SHANGHAI: China has jailed 21 people for their roles in a deadly fire that killed 39 elderly people at a private nursing home two years ago, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Friday. Xinhua said the nursing home in the central Henan province had been illegally extended and flammable materials had been used on the extension. Fan Huazhi, legal representative …

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Gene editing advance reverses disease in mice


December 8, 2017

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A step forward in the gene-editing technique known as CRISPR/Cas9 suggests some diseases like diabetes and muscular dystrophy may be reversible, according to research involving lab mice published Thursday. The report in the journal Cell shows it is possible to avoid cutting genes by accident with the precision medicine technique, nicknamed “molecular scissors.” Instead, CRISPR/Cas9 can be …

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‘Go home’ drone seeks to stop Japan overtime binge


December 8, 2017

TOKYO (AFP) – A drone that hovers over Japanese employees and blares music to force them to go home was unveiled Thursday, as the country tries to reduce its notoriously long work hours. The “T-Frend” buzzes over those trying to work late, blasting out the strains of “Auld Lang Syne”, a Scottish tune typically used in Japan to announce that …

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Toshiba, Western Digital aiming to settle chip dispute next week: sources


December 8, 2017

(Reuters) – The board of the embattled Japanese conglomerate approved a framework for a settlement on Wednesday, one of the sources said. The potential for Western Digital – Toshiba’s partner in its main semiconductor plant and jilted suitor in the auction – to block a deal has been seen as the main obstacle to the planned sale of the unit …

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Spotify and Tencent announce cross-shareholding deal


December 8, 2017

STOCKHOLM (AFP) – The world s biggest music streaming platform Spotify of Sweden and China s Tencent said on Friday they had agreed to take minority stakes in each other. With the deal both companies would seek to “explore collaboration opportunities”, they said in a joint statement. Tencent s subsidiary Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) and Spotify will pay cash for …

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Pop star Ed Sheeran receives honour from Britain’s Prince Charles


December 8, 2017

Grammy-winning singer Ed Sheeran received an MBE – a British state honour – for services to music and charity from Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday. The 26-year-old “Shape of You” singer was the most-streamed artist on music service Spotify globally in 2017, and his third album “Divide”, topped the US album charts. He has also …

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Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli offered to get hitched at iconic Adelaide Oval


December 8, 2017

(Web Desk) – The trending cricket-entertainment couple, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, has been offered by the authorities at the iconic Adelaide Oval cricket stadium to get married in it after rumours of their planned wedding ceremony in Italy during next week. Andrew Daniels, CEO of the iconic sports venue, told Indian media that the management of Adelaide Oval would …

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