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(MENAFN - AFP) A smog outbreak in Southeast Asia last year may have caused over 100,000 premature deaths, according to a new study released Monday that triggered calls for action to tackle the "killer haze".

Researchers from Harvard and Columbia universities in the US estimated there were more than 90,000 early deaths in Indonesia in areas closest to haze-belching fires, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Samsung rolled out replacements for Galaxy Note 7s plagued by exploding batteries in South Korea on Monday, but only a handful of customers appeared to have taken the opportunity to swap their handsets.

The world's largest maker of mobile phones recalled 2.5-million units of its top-of-the-range model more than two weeks ago, after batteries began catching ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A key gauge of China's debt has reached its highest level on record, setting off alarm bells of imminent risk to the banking system, a Swiss banking watchdog reported.

China's credit-to-GDP gap reached 30.1 percent in the first quarter of 2016, its highest level ever and far above the 10 percent level associated with banking risks, the Bank for International ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) New chairman Chase Carey said Formula One cannot continue as a "dictatorship", as speculation grows over the role of long-term supremo Bernie Ecclestone under the sport's incoming American owners.

Ecclestone has built Formula One into a global powerhouse over the past four decades but Carey said US mogul John Malone's Liberty Media now wanted to take it to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Hollywood's A-list sparkled in the California sunlight on the red carpet for the Emmy Awards, television's top honors.

Bright colors -- red, yellow and emerald green -- dominated the annual fashion parade, but basic black was still a winner. Unusual dress cutouts provided visual allure, and plunging necklines were plentiful.

The following are briefs from ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The race for the White House took center stage at the Emmy Awards on Sunday with plenty of jabs at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who was even compared to Adolf Hitler.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won her fifth consecutive statuette for her role as president in HBO's "Veep," set the tone for the evening apologizing for "the current political climate."

"I ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The daily grind of London commuting is being brightened by a collection of black marker pens and white boards -- giving city dwellers a welcome boost as they travel through the metropolis.

The hall of Oval underground station looks more like a living room than a Tube stop -- complete with plants and a small library, while Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No. 5" ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) At a hostel for dozens of pregnant women, impoverished widow Sharmila Mackwan weighs up her decision to carry twins for another couple -- her only ticket out of poverty -- as the government moves to close India's multi-million dollar surrogacy industry.

She has left her own children at an orphanage for the whole nine months of her pregnancy because her contract ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Nearly 20 years ago, Nadim Khoury created the first Palestinian brewery. Now, with his son Canaan, he wants to add Palestine to the map of the world's wines.

In 2013, after Canaan returned from studying in the United States, they founded a winery in the village of Taybeh set in the hills of the occupied West Bank.

The Khourys, a Christian family, are ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Soaring rates of population growth and ageing have long been seen as portending a global explosion of Alzheimer's, the debilitating disease that robs older people of their memory and independence.

But an unexpected, and hopeful, trend may be emerging.

In rich countries at least, recent data suggests the rate of new cases has slowed or even reversed -- ...

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