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(MENAFN - AFP) The House of Representatives votes Thursday on long-awaited legislation endorsed by US President Donald Trump that replaces his predecessor's health care reforms.

Supporters hail the plan as a more free-market, patient-centered system.

But how would it work

Here are key points about the current health care system -- which is credited with helping ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A new vaccine that is cheap to make and does not require refrigeration has shown promise in preventing rotavirus, a contagious and fatal disease that disproportionately strikes children in Africa, researchers said Wednesday.

A trial in Niger found that the new vaccine was almost 67 percent effective in preventing gastroenteritis caused by rotavirus, which is ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) AT&T and Verizon on Wednesday joined global firms pulling ads from Google, saying they did not want their brands associated with inappropriate content on the internet giant.

The moves by the two US telecom giants came despite a pledge by Google this week to offer new tools for companies to avoid placing ads alongside undesirable websites or videos.

"We ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Cheerleader outfits can be protected by copyright, the US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a verdict criticized by some as curbing creative freedom in the world of fashion and costumes.

The vote among the eight judges was 6-2, a rare instance in which conservatives and liberals on the nation's highest court agreed on something.

The case may seem minor ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The global box office for films took in a record $38.6 billion last year, industry figures showed Wednesday, although receipts outside North America declined for the first time in 12 years as the Chinese market slowed.

The worldwide figure, bolstered by globe-striding behemoths like "Captain America: Civil War" and "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," marked a one ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A new smartphone device can analyze a man's sperm quality and let him know in a matter of minutes whether he suffers from infertility, US researchers said Wednesday.

Infertility affects more than 45 million couples worldwide. Over 40 percent of fertility problems are due to poor quality sperm.

The technology described in the journal Science Translational ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Saudi Arabia on Wednesday lost its high-quality credit rating from the Fitch agency, which lowered the kingdom a notch because of worsening public finances as the oil price wobbles.

Dropping its notation from AA- to A+, Fitch said it was doubtful whether Saudi Arabia could implement its reform programme after a "significantly wider than expected fiscal deficit ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Wednesday expressed "regret" over his comments that southern European countries blew their money on "drinks and women" but rejected calls to resign.

Dijsselbloem faced a firestorm with Portugal's prime minister and former Italian premier Matteo Renzi calling for his immediate departure, and the head of the European Parliament ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A Singaporean woman inseminated with a stranger's sperm in a startling in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) mistake cannot be compensated in full for raising the child, the city-state's top court ruled Wednesday.

Allowing the woman compensation would go against public policy on one's obligations as a parent, the Court of Appeal said, adding that the expenses incurred ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Leading Dutch bank ING is under criminal investigation in The Netherlands due to concerns related to "money laundering and corrupt practices", bank officials and prosecutors said Wednesday.

The Dutch anti-fraud agency FIOD "is leading, under the direction of the Dutch prosecution service, an inquiry into ING Bank N.V," Marieke van der Molen, spokeswoman for ...

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