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China’s Ant Financial is obliged to abandon an American acquisition

China’s Ant Financial is obliged to abandon an American acquisition

Finance
“THE geopolitical environment has changed considerably since…a year ago.” That was the explanation given this week by Alex Holmes, chief executive of MoneyGram International, a Dallas-based American money-transfer firm, for Ant Financial abandoning its $ 1.2bn deal to buy his firm. Ant, the online-payments affiliate of Alibaba Group, a Chinese e-commerce giant, had outbid Euronet, an American rival, in 2017 and secured the approval of MoneyGram’s board for the acquisition. In normal times, Ant would have secured the prize.But it is up against a rising tide of anti-China sentiment in Washington, DC. Donald Trump has often argued that China does not play fair in global commerce. The sense that China and its companies are not to be trusted is spreading on Capitol Hill, too. Ant’s bid was bloc
American Heart Association president credits CPR for saving his life

American Heart Association president credits CPR for saving his life

Health
The president of the American Heart Association is calling on everyone to get CPR training, crediting the CPR he received from his daughter for saving his life following the minor heart attack he suffered last month. "I never would have thought I would have had a heart attack at the age of 52," Dr. John Warner told ABC News. "I felt fine that morning." "Many heart attack victims that have a sudden cardiac arrest get no warning symptoms," he added. Warner was attending the AHA’s Scientific Sessions Conference with his family in November when he suffered a minor heart attack in his hotel room. Less than 24 hours before going into cardiac arrest, Warner gave a speech at the conference, discussing the toll that heart disease has taken on his family. "After my son was born and we were int
Study: 57 percent of American children will be obese by age 35

Study: 57 percent of American children will be obese by age 35

Health
Nov. 30 (UPI) -- More than half of American children will be obese by the age of 35 if current trends continue, according to a study released Wednesday.Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and found that 57 percent of today's children will be obese by they time they're 35-years-old. That's a significant increase from today's levels, which find 38 percent of Americans over the age of 20 to be obese."On current trends, obesity is going to be a problem for most kids as they grow older," Zach Ward, the study's lead author, told Time Magazine. "We really need to start thinking about really scaling up prevention efforts."The study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is based on "a sophisticated ...
American accused of tweeting about Zimbabwe president released from jail

American accused of tweeting about Zimbabwe president released from jail

World
Nov. 10 (UPI) -- An American citizen was released from a Zimbabwe jail on $ 1,000 bail Friday after her arrest last week for allegedly calling President Robert Mugabe a "sick and selfish man" on Twitter, her lawyer said.Martha O'Donovan, 25, was released from the Chikurubi maximum security prison outside the capital of Harare."She has been released to U.S. Embassy officials. That's all we can say," Kumbirai Mafunda, a spokesman for Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, told CNN.Authorities arrested O'Donovan on Nov. 4 during a dawn raid at her Harare residence. Police confiscated her electronic devices, including her laptop.O'Donovan, who works for Magamba TV, a satirical comedy station, was charged with insulting the president and subversion, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in pri...
A black-rights group warns would-be passengers about American Airlines

A black-rights group warns would-be passengers about American Airlines

Finance
TRAVEL advisory notices, which alert passengers to the risks of going to certain places, are standard business for frequent flyers. But last week brought an unusual one. The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), America’s oldest civil-rights organisation, warned black flyers about the dangers of travelling with American Airlines.The NAACP says that  “a pattern of disturbing incidents” has been reported by black passengers specifically about American Airlines. Such incidents “suggest a corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias”. Of the four incidents that the NAACP cite, two involved prominent black activists, PR Lockhart notes at Vox, a news site. Although the NAACP does not mention them by name, one is thought to be Rev William