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(MENAFN - AFP) People who shave, wax, or trim their pubic hair are at higher risk of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), but less likely to get lice, a study suggested on Tuesday.

A survey of more than 7,500 Americans aged 18 to 65, found that pubic groomers had an 80 percent higher STI risk than people who leave their nether regions hairy.

For certain infections, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Sculptor Helen Marten on Monday won the Turner Prize, at a London ceremony where the art world rallied against xenophobia and intolerance.

The prize is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition, and has become synonymous with controversy in its 32-year history with previous winners including contemporary art agents provocateurs Damien ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A DNA analysis of 2,000-year-old teeth unearthed from an Italian graveyard has offered hard evidence that malaria existed during the Roman Empire, researchers said Monday.

The findings are based on mitochondrial DNA -- genetic material inherited from one's mother -- extracted from teeth belonging to 58 adults and 10 children at three imperial-period Italian ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Bank of England governor Mark Carney on Monday warned the public was losing faith in the current economic system, urging economists to acknowledge those who have lost out from globalisation.

"Many citizens in advanced economies are facing heightened uncertainty, lamenting a loss of control and losing trust in the system," Carney said in a speech at Liverpool's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The IMF on Monday announced the release of the second installment of a loan for Iraq, despite continued financial difficulties with low oil prices and the fight against the Islamic State group.

The International Monetary Fund released $617.8 million of the $5.34 billion a three-year loan approved in July, following the first review of the government's reform ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A construction firm has admitted that a "cartel" of firms fixed bidding for contracts to do work on stadiums for the 2014 football World Cup, Brazilian authorities said Monday.

State antitrust authorities said the probe was linked to the notorious Petrobras corruption scandal that has snared numerous Brazilian politicians.

"There is evidence that at least ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Uber announced Monday it was buying the artificial intelligence group Geometric Intelligence, to form the core of the ride-sharing giant's own research center.

The move signals a stepped-up effort in artificial intelligence, helping research efforts to bring self-driving car technology into the mainstream.

The acquisition, terms of which were not announced, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Brazilian authorities said Monday a construction firm had admitted that a "cartel" of firms had fixed bidding for contracts to build stadiums for the 2014 football World Cup.

Construction firm Andrade Gutierrez is cooperating with investigators and has provided "evidence that at least five public calls for tender linked to work on World Cup stadiums were subject ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Eurozone finance ministers on Monday approved new debt relief measures to relieve Greece's colossal debt mountain in the wake of its huge 86-billion-euro bailout, but at levels far short of those demanded by the IMF.

"The Eurogroup endorsed today the full set of short-term measures" including extending the repayment period and an adjustment to interest rates, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A young Iraqi woman cycled around the centre of the Iraqi capital on Monday with dozens of other female cyclists in defiance of a conservative culture where tradition rules.

"I feel empowered and happy. We confirmed today that our society isn't backwards," said 25-year-old Marina Jaber, who cycled with her long brown hair down and an Iraqi flag draped around ...

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