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(MENAFN - AFP) The United Nations Security Council on Friday strengthened its protection of global cultural heritage sites threatened by armed conflicts, saying perpetrators of unlawful destruction could be prosecuted for war crimes.

From the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan to the ancient shrines of Timbuktu, deliberate attacks against the world's great heritage sites have ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Dogs can sniff out cancer from a piece of cloth which had touched the breast of a woman with a tumour, researchers said Friday, announcing the results of an unusual, but promising, diagnostic trial.

With just six months of training, a pair of German Shepherds became 100-percent accurate in their new role as breast cancer spotters, the team said.

The technique ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday lauded President Donald Trump, saying the 70-year-old in the White House had the hardy good health to excel in his new job.

"He's got perfect genes. He has incredible energy and he's unbelievably healthy," Mnuchin said, during an event organized by the news website Axios.

"This guy has got more stamina than ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The World Health Organization said Friday 116 million children are to receive polio vaccines in 13 countries in west and central Africa as part of efforts to eradicate the disease on the continent.

"The synchronised vaccination campaign, one of the largest of its kind ever implemented in Africa, is part of urgent measures to permanently stop polio on the continent," ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Thousands of Israelis and foreigners got filthy and battled through miles of obstacles on Friday to take part in the country's first "Mud Day" race.

Around 5,000 people took part in the event, organisers said, held in the main park of Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv.

Visitors from France, America, Poland, Ukraine and other countries joined thousands ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Twitter has begun surveying members on a paid subscription service that would give frequent users more tools for using the social network for marketing, journalism and other fields.

The survey this week showed Twitter is looking at building a more powerful version of Tweetdeck, the dashboard that many use to manage their accounts.

An upgraded Tweetdeck ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Orders for manufactured big-ticket products continued to rise in February, boosted by strong civilian aircraft sales, the US Commerce Department reported Friday.

Aircraft sales, which can cause large swings in the data, were not the only story, however, as orders excluding the volatile transportation category have now risen for six consecutive months.

President ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Russia's central bank cut its key rate Friday for the first time in six months and said more cuts were coming, offering a welcome boost to the country's struggling economy.

Falling inflation gave the central bank the leeway to shave a quarter-point off its headline rate and to promise more easing down the road.

The central bank announced the cut to 9.75 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) True to his pledge, President Donald Trump gave final approval on Friday for TransCanada to build the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, overriding environmental concerns in favor of boosting jobs and energy supply.

"It's a great day for American jobs and a historic moment for North America and energy independence," Trump said at the White House.

He ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Germany on Friday called on the European Commission to back its steelmakers by insisting on global trade rules in a dispute with US competitors.

The US Department of Commerce has launched "dumping" proceedings against foreign steel firms, including two German producers -- suspecting they may be selling stock at unfairly low prices to undercut US producers.

German ...

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