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(MENAFN - AFP) European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said Friday he is "confident" the ECB's recent policy measures will help get the eurozone economy back on its feet.

But the central bank chief insisted that eurozone governments needed to play their part and press ahead with reform measures, even if they were unpopular.

"I am confident that the package of measures ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Google on Friday confirmed that it bought Gecko Design to bolster its lab devoted to technology-advancing projects such as self-driving cars and Internet-linked Glass eyewear.

Gecko Design specializes in working with engineers on designs early in the creation of new products.

"This is an incredible opportunity for everyone at Gecko," president Jacques ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) There may be a growing number of applications for smartphones, but people in the US tend to cling to the few they like and shun the rest, an industry tracker says.

Nearly two-thirds of US smartphone owners download no applications monthly, comScore said in its Mobile App Report.

Nearly half of all app - mini-programs - downloads were done by just seven ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Spain reported Friday record foreign visitor numbers in July, raising the prospect of a significant economic boost from the important summer tourism season.

Foreign tourist numbers rose to an unprecedented 8.3 million in July, up 5.9 percent from a year earlier, the tourism ministry said in a statement.

"If the trend continues I think we will have a good ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Every region of Liberia has now been hit by Ebola, officials said Friday, as other affected west African nations scrambled to contain the spread of the killer virus.

After seeing people fall to the deadly disease in area after area, Liberia said two people had succumbed to the virus in Sinoe province, the last Ebola-free bastion in a country that has seen the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The death toll from the Ebola outbreak sweeping through west African countries has risen to 1,427 out of more than 2,600 cases, the World Health Organization said Friday.

The latest tally, which counts the number of victims from March when the deadly disease first reared its head to August 20, found that 77 people had succumbed to the virus on Tuesday and Wednesday. ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Chinese oil giant Sinopec said Friday its net profit for the first half of 2014 was up 7.5 percent year-on-year, despite weakened domestic demand for oil products.

Asia's largest refiner by capacity said its net profit for the six months to June 30 was 32.54 billion yuan ($5.29 billion), up from 30.28 billion yuan from the same period last year.

However, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Argentina broke global trade rules by imposing a raft of hurdles for goods sold by partners including United States, the EU and Japan, a WTO disputes panel ruled on Friday.

In the ruling, the World Trade Organization's watchdog arm said that Buenos Aires should "bring the inconsistent measures into conformity with its obligations" under international rules.

Washington ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the US jobs market has not yet fully recovered, but acknowledged that data is sending mixed signals, spurring debate over inflationary pressures.

In a speech to leading central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Yellen, who has kept Fed policy expansive due to perceived excess slack in the jobs market, gave ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Argentina lashed out Friday at the US judge blocking it from servicing its debt, saying he was "ignorant" of democratic institutions after he branded its move to pay bondholders against his orders illegal.

The Argentine government has asked Congress for authority to repay creditors in Buenos Aires instead of New York to circumvent a court order by US District ...

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