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(MENAFN - AFP) James Bond may have quit smoking 14 years ago, but he remains at high risk from the puffing habits of his many sexual partners, researchers warned Tuesday.

Delving into the British spy's on-screen smoking history, a team of public health researchers sought to highlight the tobacco hazards faced by the fictional action hero -- and the real-life people he may ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Swedish researchers said Tuesday acupuncture "appears to reduce crying" in babies suffering from colic.

But their work was criticised by colleagues in the medical field, with one calling the study methodology "appalling".

A duo from the Lund University's medicine faculty tested the traditional Chinese needle-piercing remedy in a trial involving nearly ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Italy is in discussions with the European Commission to try to prevent Brussels imposing penalties over Rome's management of its public finances, sources close to the talks said Monday.

Italy was one of eight eurozone countries warned in November that they could face fines and restricted access to funds from Brussels over their failure to stick to the EU's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US Vice President Joe Biden, speaking just days before he leaves office, on Monday urged the incoming Trump administration to maintain his national fight to eradicate cancer.

"This is the one bipartisan thing that exists and I pray will continue to exist in the new administration," Biden told an audience of executives and opinion-makers at the World Economic ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Forty of the world's biggest companies assembled in Davos agreed on Monday to come up with cleaner ways to make and consume plastic as waste threatens the global eco-system, especially in oceans.

The plan was announced at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort, where powerful executives are gathering just days ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) There are no neighbours and the views are stunning, and if you can live without heating, running water, electricity and internet, then why not apply for a job as a hermit

Such is the position that Saalfelden near Salzburg in Austria is seeking to fill, inhabiting alone one of central Europe's last hermitages, built into a cliff above the town.

"Since ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Former shareholders of defunct Russian oil giant Yukos were back in a Dutch court Monday as Moscow's lawyers pressed judges for a quick resolution of a complex appeals case.

The claimants, led by the former main shareholder GML, in July last year appealed a Dutch court's decision to overturn a ruling ordering Moscow to pay them a record $50 billion in damages.

"The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US motor giant Ford announced Monday the recall of 4,500 1.6-litre Kuga cars in South Africa after nearly 40 incidents in which vehicles were reported to have burst into flames.

Over recent years, the SUV model has been the focus of repeated accounts in South Africa of spontaneous fires taking hold while the car was being driven.

"We are now announcing ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund on Monday boosted its estimates for US growth on expected stimulus spending by the incoming Trump administration, but kept the forecast for global growth unchanged.

The IMF's quarterly World Economic Outlook (WEO) however said the forecasts for 2017 and 2018 are beset by uncertainty and risk, including signs of rising protectionism. ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Mozambique, caught between a scandal over hidden debt that has prompted an aid cut-off and a commodity price slump, said Monday it would miss a $60 million interest payment.

The country is currently in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over resuming support that was suspended in April due to the hidden debt scandal.

"The deteriorating macroeconomic ...

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