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(MENAFN - AFP) China's top statistician has accused local officials of "falsifying" economic figures and warned offenders would be severely punished, reflecting growing concern about the reliability of government data.

"Currently, there have been occasional cases of local sectors falsifying statistics and practising fraud, which violate statistical laws and regulations," ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Shares in Russian oil giant Rosneft lept Thursday after the Kremlin announced the 10.5 billion euro ($11.3 billion) sale of a stake to commodities trader Glencore and Qatar's sovereign fund.

President Vladimir Putin late Wednesday hailed the surprise deal for 19.5 percent of the state-controlled firm as the largest in the global energy sector for 2016, a major ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European stock markets steadied Thursday after a recent run higher, with all eyes on the outcome of the ECB's latest policy meeting.

Around 1030 GMT, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 0.1 percent compared with Wednesday's close.

In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 gained 0.3 percent and the Paris CAC 40 won 0.1 percent. The CAC earlier hit a ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, whose brief in government was to crack down on tax dodgers, was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for tax fraud and money laundering.

Cahuzac's ex-wife Patricia Menard was given a two-year sentence for her role in stashing millions of euros abroad from the couple's lucrative hair transplant business.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A Japanese city has introduced a novel way to keep track of senior citizens with dementia who are prone to getting lost -- tagging their fingers and toes with scan-able barcodes.

A company in Iruma, north of Tokyo, developed tiny nail stickers, each of which carries a unique identity number to help concerned families find missing loved ones, according to the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The encounter had seemed promising enough, but the couple brought together by an online dating site failed to connect because of one glaring, irreconcilable difference: He was a Donald Trump supporter, she was not.

It's a scene played out again and again in the dating world: In an increasingly partisan and polarized country, similarity in political viewpoints ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) HIV infections among men having sex with men in the Philippines have surged 10-fold in five years, with authorities largely ignoring the problem, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday.

The Catholic country has one of the fastest-growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia-Pacific because successive governments have failed to promote contraceptives ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Life expectancy in the United States dropped last year for the first time since the peak of the HIV/AIDS crisis more than 20 years ago, as deaths rose from nearly every major cause, federal data showed Thursday.

The total US population's life expectancy in 2015 was 78.8 years, a decrease of 0.1 year from 2014, said the report by the National Center for Health ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Greece's leading unions launched Thursday a general strike that shut down several key sectors in protest over planned new pay cuts and taxes called for by international creditors.

Civil servants, bank staff, merchant seamen, railway workers and state-employed doctors were among professionals taking part in the 24-hour stoppage against the measures, which are ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Shares in Russian oil giant Rosneft leapt over five percent Thursday after the Kremlin announced the 10.5 billion euro ($11.3 billion) sale of a stake to commodities trader Glencore and Qatar's sovereign fund.

President Vladimir Putin late Wednesday hailed the deal for 19.5 percent of the state-controlled firm as the largest in the global energy sector for ...

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