Global Edition. April 21, 2014  Updated: 15 min ago
    Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.
    Finance

      ECB Exchange Rates (April 17, 2014)
    1 EUR=1.3855USD +0.00150graph »
    1 EUR=0.82430GBP +0.00040graph »
    1 EUR=1.2175CHF +0.00060graph »
    1 EUR=8.6149CNY +0.00250graph »
    1 EUR=83.5820INR +0.05830graph »
    1 EUR=141.57JPY +0.02000graph »

      Key ECB Interest Rates, effective from November 13, 2013
      Deposit facility 0.0000 % p.a.  +0.0000  
      Marginal lending facility 0.7500 % p.a.  -0.2500  
      Main refinancing operations (fixed) 0.2500 % p.a.  -0.2500  

      NY Foreign Exchange Noon Rates of April 11, 2014
    1 EUR=1.3898USD +0.00060graph »
    1 GBP=1.6736USD -0.00450graph »
    1 USD=0.8748CHF -0.00100graph »
    1 USD=6.2111CNY -0.00120graph »
    1 USD=60.1800INR +0.11000graph »
    1 USD=101.5600JPY +0.13000graph »
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    Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has made over 199,519 World Soccer Cup 2014 tickets available for on-line sales as of Tuesday (Apr. 15). They apply to 54 out of the total 64 matches of the competition, which will take place in 12 Brazilian host cities from June 12 to July 13 this year.
    A high-protein diet during middle age was associated with higher mortality in a new study. In adults over 65, however, a high-protein diet was linked to lower mortality. A team led by Dr. Valter Longo at the University of Southern California set out to explore the link between dietary protein and mortality.
    Heart block is a problem that occurs with the heart's electrical system. This system controls the rate and rhythm of heartbeats. Heart block occurs if the electrical signal is slowed or disrupted as it moves from the upper to the lower chambers of the heart.
    Heart valve disease is a disease in which one or more of your heart valves don't work properly. The heart has four valves: the tricuspid, pulmonary, mitral, and aortic valves. These valves have tissue flaps that open and close with each heartbeat. The flaps make sure blood flows in the right direction through your heart's four chambers and to the rest of your body.
    Palpitations are feelings that your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering, or beating too hard or too fast. You may have these feelings in your chest, throat, or neck. They can occur during activity or even when you're sitting still or lying down.
    Vaccines provide safe, cost-effective, and efficient means of preventing illness, disability, and death from infectious diseases.
    Humans can distinguish more than 1 trillion scents, according to new research. The findings show that our sense of smell is far more discriminating than previously thought.
    Many of us would love to believe that chocolate is a health food. Maybe you’ve heard or read about its potential benefits. Eating chocolate may have some health pluses, but the research is far from certain. The drawbacks, on the other hand, are clear. Think twice before you reach for that tempting treat.
    High winds propelled a wildfire through parts of Valparaiso, Chile, on April 13, 2014. It quickly became the largest fire in the history of this port city.
    For the second consecutive business day, the dollar has closed at its lowest price against the real in almost six months. On Monday (Apr. 7), it sold at R$2.22, hitting a bottom from the R$2.192 in October 30. In total, the US currency has decreased 5.45% over the past 30 days and 6% so far this year.
    A mineral compound has been developed to produce a fertilizer which increases agricultural productivity at reduced environmental impact. The material also provides benefits for irrigation. It reduces irrigation needs by 50% of the cycle. The study went on to compare the use of other urea (ammonia)-added material commonly used in agriculture to the zeolite compound.
    Politics
    South Korea president says conduct of ferry crew tantamount to murder
    JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday the actions of the captain and crew of a ferry that sank last week with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder, as authorities arrested four more officers of the vessel.
    Japan PM makes offering to Yasukuni Shrine; China seizes ship
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to the Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, a move that may increase strains on Tokyo's ties with Asian neighbors China and South Korea.
    Air strikes in Yemen kill 40 al Qaeda militants in two days
    ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Air strikes in southern Yemen killed about 30 suspected al Qaeda members on Sunday, local tribal sources said, in the second day of strikes against militant targets in the country.
    Business
    Apple, Google vie to offer exclusive game apps: WSJ
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc and Google Inc are wooing game developers to ensure that top game titles arrive first on devices powered by their respective operating system, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
    China seizure of ship could hurt Japan business: Japan spokesman
    TOKYO (Reuters) - China's seizure of a ship owned by Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd for allegedly failing to pay compensation stemming from a wartime contractual obligation is "extremely regrettable" and could hurt Japanese business there, Japan's top government spokesman said on Monday.
    Asian stocks subdued on Ukraine caution in holiday-thinned trade
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stock markets started the week on a subdued note on Monday, as tensions in Ukraine kept investors cautious amid an absence of catalysts as several markets remained closed for the Easter holiday.
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