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 Dutch hospitals to drop U.S. body brokers, cite ethical concerns

Two major Dutch hospitals say they will stop importing human body parts from American firms, which they have been doing without any regulation for a decade. The hospitals told Reuters in recent weeks they made their decisions on ethical grounds. The move comes amid investigations by U.S. law enforcement into some so-called body brokers - companies that obtain the dead, often through donation, dissect them and sell the parts for profit. Earlier this year, Reuters reported that one broker under scrutiny by the U.S.…

Apple shares drop on iPhone suppliers’ warnings

CALIFORNIA: Apple Inc shares fell to their lowest in more than three months on Monday as three suppliers issued warnings on results that pointed to weakness in iPhone sales. The Cupertino, California company’s signature product has become pricier with every new launch and analysts say that consumers, especially in emerging markets such as India, are ditching them for cheaper alternatives like those offered by China’s OnePlus. The company warned earlier this month that holiday sales would miss Wall Street expectations,…

Myanmar authorities drop ‘incitement’ charges against journalists

YANGON: A Myanmar court dismissed on Friday a case against three senior journalists from the country’s largest private newspaper, after authorities in the city of Yangon agreed to drop the charges. Eleven Media’s chief reporter, Phyo Wai Win, and two editors, Kyaw Zaw Lin and Nayi Min, were arrested on October 10 for incitement after publishing an article that quoted lawmakers raising questions over spending by the Yangon city government. They were freed on bail on last month after President Win Myint ordered…

Honda’s China vehicle sales drop for fifth straight month

BEIJING: Honda Motor Co’s China vehicle sales fell 6 percent in June from a year earlier to 107,985 units as the company continues to reel under the impact of a quality issue earlier this year. Sales fell for a fifth straight month in June, the Tokyo-based carmaker said on Tuesday. Honda’s sales took a hit after a quality issue surfaced in its popular CR-V sport-utility vehicle earlier this year. Though the company resolved the issue in May, sales for that month were down 15.3 percent. During the first half of 2018,…

England drop Stoneman for Jennings against Pakistan

England dropped Mark Stoneman and replaced the opening batsman with Keaton Jennings for the second and final test against Pakistan after the hosts were thrashed by nine wickets in the series opener at Lord’s on Sunday. Jennings’ recall is the only change in the 12-man squad for the second test at Headingley, that starts on Friday, which the hosts must win to level the two-match series. Stoneman was clean bowled in both innings at Lord’s, scoring four and nine. The 25-year-old Jennings has played six tests for England,…

Afghan security forces see drop in numbers as security deteriorates

WASHINGTON: The number of Afghan security forces decreased by nearly 11 percent in the past year, the U.S. government’s top watchdog on Afghanistan said on Tuesday, an indication of the difficulty Kabul will have in dealing with its precarious security situation. Twin blasts in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least 26 people on Monday, including nine journalists who had arrived to report on the first explosion and were apparently targeted by a suicide bomber. The attacks, a week after 60 people were killed as they…

Bitcoin drops below $6,200 for first time after hitting $19,511

TOKYO: Bitcoin plunged 20 percent to a three-month low on Tuesday, its latest sharp loss following a series of setbacks for the cryptocurrency that, with a collapse across global mainstream markets adding to the selling. The virtual currency fell to $6,190 for the first time since mid-November, according to Bloomberg News, and represents the latest hammering for a unit that saw a stratospheric 26-fold rise last year. Tuesday's collapse comes just six weeks after bitcoin hit a record high of $19,511, fuelled by a flood…

‘Global oil demand to drop sharply by 2040 under climate regulations’

HOUSTON: Exxon Mobil Corp said that it expects global oil demand to drop sharply by 2040 if regulations aimed at limiting the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on climate are fully implemented. Under this scenario, Exxon projected world oil consumption will drop 0.4 percent annually to 2040 to about 78 million barrels per day (bpd). That is about 25 percent below current levels, which the U.S. Energy Information Administration puts at 98 million bpd. The findings were contained in a report produced after Exxon’s…

Apple shares drop on iPhone 8 demand worries

CALIFORNIA: Apple Inc’s shares fell 1.5 percent in premarket trading on Thursday as brokers and traders speculated over poor demand and cuts in production of iPhone 8, ahead of the November launch of the 10th anniversary iPhone X. Apple no longer gives regular updates on sales numbers but indications from supply channels, phone operators and analysts who track the sector have fueled talk of poor sales for the latest update of the smartphone. KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst John Vinh reported earlier this week that a…

Dropped catches cost us the match, rues Mathews

CARDIFF: Sri Lankan captain regretted three dropped catches let his team down in a crucial must-win game against Pakistan at Cardiff, losing by three wickets in a tense finish on Monday. Chasing 237 to win Pakistan were down and out at 162-7 but Sarfraz Ahmed (61 not out) and Mohammad Amir (28 not out) played out of their skins during a match turning 75-run unbroken stand for the eighth wicket. But Sarfraz was lucky to get two lives, first when on 38 he lobbed a catch to mid-on where an experienced Thisara Prera…