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(MENAFN - AFP) President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday that Russia would soon recover from the worst financial crisis of his rule and said his grip on power was firm, even as new Western sanctions and a run on the ruble pile on the pressure.

The Russian strongman showed no willingness to change tack on Ukraine -- despite the West toughened sanctions on Thursday -- and dismissed ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The maiden flight of Etihad Airways' long-awaited Airbus A380 superjumbo will take place next week, the Abu Dhabi carrier said Thursday, also announcing its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner route.

The rapidly growing airline said it had nine more A380s and 71 additional 787s on order, describing the delivery of the first two planes in its updated fleet as "momentous".

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Internet retail titan Amazon.com on Thursday began offering to have online purchases in some New York buyers' hands within an hour for a $7.99 delivery charge.

The new speedy delivery option was available to people in some parts of Manhattan who subscribe to Amazon Prime service, which has an annual membership fee of $99.

Prime Now delivery offers tens ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) More than 6,900 people have now died from the Ebola virus, almost all of them in west Africa, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

As of December 14, there were 18,569 cases of infection of the deadly virus in the three worst affected countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and 6,900 deaths.

This is out of a total of 18,603 cases and ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Sierra Leone on Wednesday said health workers would go door-to-door as part of sweeping efforts to stem the spread of Ebola in the west of the country, which has also been hit by a ban on New Year revelries and travel restrictions.

President Ernest Bai Koroma led the charge in a nationwide radio address saying "travel and movements between districts will be ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Two owners and 12 former employees of a US pharmacy were arrested Wednesday in connection with a 2012 outbreak of meningitis that killed 64 people across the country, prosecutors said.

Barry Cadden and Gregory Conigliaro owned the New England Compounding Center (NECC), which lost its license in 2012 after inspectors found it guilty of multiple sanitary violations.

The ...

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(MENAFN - AFP) The EU agreed new sanctions against Russian-annexed Crimea Thursday to show resolve against Moscow as European leaders prepared to discuss Russia's spiralling financial crisis amid fears of the impact on their economies.

The leaders meeting at a summit in Brussels will also back a huge 315-billion-euro ($380-billion) investment plan aimed at kickstarting Europe's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) President Vladimir Putin vowed on Thursday that Russia would rapidly recover from its financial crisis and said his grip on power was firm, even as new Western sanctions and a run on the ruble pile on the pressure.

The Russian leader, who is locked in a confrontation with the West, showed no willingness to change tack on Ukraine and dismissed the possibility ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) British Airways owner International Airlines Group revealed Thursday that it had made an informal takeover approach for Aer Lingus, but added that the Irish carrier had rejected its proposal.

"International Consolidated Airlines Group notes the recent movement in the share price of Aer Lingus and confirms it submitted a proposal to make an offer for the company, ...

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