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Death-row ops to end in China

China will start phasing out its reliance on organs from executed prisoners for transplants early next year as a new national donation system is implemented.

Chinese officials acknowledge that a transplantation system that uses mostly organs from death-row prisoners is neither ethical nor sustainable, a government official said.

An organ donation system run by the Red Cross Society of China has been piloted for two years in 16 regions and is scheduled to be rolled out nationwide by early 2013,.

Organ transplants in China have long been criticised as profit-driven and unethical.

Sales on boil

at Starbucks

Starbucks cafes welcomed more customers in the latest quarter, even in the challenging economy, the coffee chain said.

The Seattle-based company said global revenue at cafes open for at least a year rose 6pc, driven by higher customer traffic. The measure is a key gauge because it strips out the impact of newly opened and closed locations.

For the July-September period, Starbucks earned $359m up from $358.5m, a year ago.

Money talks at

hi-tech ATMs

More than three quarters of Barclays cash machines across England and Wales have had audio technology installed so they can "talk" to customers who have difficulty reading screens.

Blind and partially sighted people can listen to speech output on more than 3,000 of the ATMs by plugging in their earphones to listen to the options being read out.

It is the first major high street bank to provide the facility on such a mass scale.

US airman 'in

attack on teen'

A US airman is suspected of assaulting a young boy on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.

The incident comes just two weeks after a curfew was imposed on all 52,000 US troops in Japan over the arrest of two Navy sailors for allegedly raping a local woman.

The 24-year-old airman allegedly entered an apartment and punched the 13-year-old.