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(MENAFN - AFP) Sierra Leone on Thursday buried a doctor it hailed as a "national hero" for saving the lives of more than 100 Ebola patients before succumbing himself to the killer tropical disease.

Umar Khan, 43, the west African nation's sole virologist, was at the forefront of his country's fight against the epidemic, which has seen more than 700 deaths in Sierra Leone ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) West Africa is grappling with the largest outbreak of Ebola virus in history, and concerns are mounting that the hemorrhagic fever could spill across international borders.

Here is some advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how people can protect themselves against Ebola.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Britain's state-rescued Lloyds Banking Group said on Thursday that net profits slumped 57 percent in the first half, hit by compensation for insurance mis-selling and fines over Libor rate rigging.

Earnings after taxation dived to £665 million ($1.125 billion, 840 million euros) in the six months to June.

That was down from £1.560 billion a year earlier ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European stocks fell on Thursday as investors digested a barrage of results, with Frankfurt sliding after German sportswear giant Adidas issued a profits warning linked to the crisis in Ukraine.

Investor sentiment remained cautious on the eve of the crucial US non-farm payrolls data, which is a major indicator of the health of the world's biggest economy.

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(MENAFN - AFP) BNP Paribas bank revealed a net loss of 4.3 billion euros ($5.75 billion) for the second quarter on Thursday, holed by charges for a record US fine for sanctions busting.

The French bank, a leading bank in Europe, said the overall loss was also weighed down by charges for new compliance procedures to ensure that such errors do not occur again.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Japan's top three banks on Thursday posted lower quarterly profits as the impact of last year's stock market surge faded.

Mitsubishi UFJ, the country's biggest lender, saw its net profit slip about six percent to 240.5 billion yen ($2.4 billion) as revenue weakened in the three months through June.

Rivals Mizuho Financial Group and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Volkswagen, Europe's biggest auto group, on Thursday posted a robust quarterly net profit thanks to growth in China and higher profits at its luxury car divisions Audi and Porsche.

In the quarter from April to June, the German group's net profit surged 12.5 percent to 3.2 billion euros ($4.3 billion).

But the strong euro weighed on group sales, which ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US oil giant ExxonMobil Thursday reported higher second-quarter profits despite pumping less oil and gas than it did a year ago.

Exxon, the biggest US oil company and the second-largest US company in terms of market capitalization after Apple, said earnings came in at $8.8 billion, up 28 percent from the year-ago level.

Production of oil and gas declined ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Argentina blamed the United States Thursday for the legal battle that forced it into its second default in 13 years, accusing the judge and mediator in the case of "incompetence."

The country officially went into default Wednesday night after the failure of 11th-hour talks with two US hedge funds refusing to accept a write-down on their Argentine bonds.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Airbus has enjoyed its best ever Farnborough show in terms of orders, the head of the European planemaker said on Thursday, helping it close the gap on US rival Boeing.

Airbus said it had won commitments and firm orders for 496 planes worth more than $75 billion (55 billion euros) at the key industry sales event that alternates annually with the Paris airshow.

Boeing ...

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