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(MENAFN - AFP) "What are the first words of the Ukrainian anthem" teacher Yulia Likhoshva asks her students.

It is Monday, the first day back at school for children across the country, and Likhoshva is kicking things off with a patriotic lesson on "United Ukraine."

But as the crowded classrooms in this school in eastern Ukraine go to show, there is little unity to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Nurses at Liberia's largest hospital went on strike on Monday, demanding better pay and equipment to protect them against a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed hundreds in the west African nation.

John Tugbeh, spokesman for the strikers at Monrovia's John F Kennedy hospital, said the nurses would not return to work until they are supplied with "personal ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian markets were mixed on Tuesday, with Tokyo jumping more than one percent as the yen sank against the dollar, while investors were keeping an eye on the stand-off between Russia and the West over Ukraine.

With Wall Street closed for the Labor Day weekend investors were given an anaemic lead from Europe following a disappointing set of manufacturing figures.

Tokyo ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Prices keep rising in Venezuela, economic activity is sputtering and shops struggle to fill their shelves.

But don't ask the central bank how bad things really are: it hasn't published key data in months.

The last time the central bank and the national statistics institute published the annual inflation figure was in May, when the indicator rose to 61 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) French President Francois Hollande and Mario Draghi the head of the European Central Bank (ECB) have agreed that European demand must be lifted to head off a risk of deflation, French officials said.

The two men, who met on Monday in Paris for talks, share the same "worry about growth and inflation" in Europe and believe that demand must be boosted, officials ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Market analysts have cut their 2014 growth forecast for Brazil after Latin America's largest economy entered recession, the country's Central Bank said Monday.

Analysts canvassed by the Bank revised down their annual forecast from 0.7 percent to 0.52 percent after the national statistics institute had Friday shown second-quarter GDP falling for a second straight ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Police in several European countries on Monday arrested 12 people and seized millions of euros in assets in a swoop on counterfeit Viagra dealers, authorities said.

The operation against fake, prescription-only medicines, "mainly erectile dysfunction pills", involved police in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary and Britain, European justice organisation Eurojust ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Switzerland said Monday that it had completed a programme to pay Britain and Austria hundreds of millions of euros in settlements for past tax-dodging by their citizens.

In a statement, the Swiss tax administration said that London had received a total of 469.5 million pounds (593 million euros, $779 million), and Vienna, 738.3 million euros over the course ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the EU on Monday to show "common sense" and not to engage in mutually destructive sanctions, in his first reaction to the threat of additional punitive measures over Ukraine.

"I hope that common sense will prevail... that we will work together normally and that we and our partners will not cause harm by poking at one another," ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Russia launched construction Monday of a 770 billion ruble ($20.8 bn) gas pipeline that will help bring gas from the far east of the country to China.

"We are today starting the biggest construction project in the world," President Vladimir Putin said at the ceremonial joining of the first sections of the 3,968-kilometre (2,466-mile) Siberian Strength pipeline ...

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