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(MENAFN - AFP) From a symbol of power to a fashion statement, ties in all their guises are on show at a new exhibition dedicated to the neckwear at the Swiss National Museum.

They speak volumes about their wearer, whether sported by British regimental veterans and university alumni, or US presidential hopefuls -- red for Republicans, blue for Democrats.

The subtle tie-codes ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A Norwegian woman who contracted the Ebola virus while working for Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone has been cured, the organisation said Monday.

"We are very happy to learn that our colleague has been cured," said Jonas Haagensen, a spokesman for the Norwegian branch of the organisation, also known by its French name Medecins sans Frontieres, reacting ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday to appoint an Ebola coordinator to bring together resources and funding to tackle the deadly disease before it becomes a global disaster.

"My colleagues all agree that the idea of an Ebola coordinator is a good one," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters after a meeting with EU counterparts in Luxembourg.

"The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday to step up efforts to contain Ebola to prevent it becoming a global threat, including ensuring proper care for international health workers.

"A united, coordinated and increased effort is needed in order to contain the outbreak," the 28 ministers said in a statement, adding that affected and neighbouring countries ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Oil prices fell on Monday after a brief rebound, with the market weighed down by weak demand growth in an oversupplied market.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for delivery in November slipped five cents to $82.70 a barrel.

Brent North Sea crude for December lost 48 cents to stand at $85.68 a barrel in London midday deals.

Both contracts had ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European stock markets moved lower on Monday as traders took profits and eyed global economic worries on the eve of crucial Chinese growth figures, dealers said.

In afternoon trading, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index of top companies shed 0.98 percent compared with Friday's closing level to 6,248.48 points.

Frankfurt's DAX 30 index dropped 1.70 percent ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) IBM reported a collapse of its third-quarter profits Monday because of the $4.7 billion cost of offloading its micro-chip business to GlobalFoundries.

The computer services giant said that it was paying $1.5 billion in cash to semi-conductor experts GlobalFoundries to take over the chip unit.

IBM also published results for the third quarter, showing that ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Lufthansa pilots launched a strike Monday, deepening Germany's travel chaos after train drivers stopped work at the weekend just as school holidays began in much of the country.

The top-selling Bild daily complained that "ping-pong strikes are crippling our economy", Europe's biggest, as about 10,000 pilots and 20,000 train drivers had "taken hostage" 80 million ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Former Ivy League professor of German Eric Jarosinski seemed an unlikely Twitter phenomenon in the making, at least on paper.

When he wasn't teaching his students in the United States about 20th-century writers and philosophers, he was trying to write a book on transparency as a political metaphor in post-Wall Germany.

He readily admits he was averse ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Belgium's Brussels Airport on Monday became the latest European hub to screen passengers for the deadly Ebola virus when a flight landed from Guinea via Sierra Leone, an airport spokeswoman said.

Officials took the temperatures of some 200 Brussels Airlines passengers who had flown from Conakry via Freetown and had them fill out a World Health Organization ...

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