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(MENAFN - AFP) Scientists tracking the spread of Ebola across West Africa released Thursday 99 sequenced genomes of the deadly and highly contagious hemorrhagic virus in the hopes the data may accelerate diagnosis and treatment.

As a sign of the urgency and danger at hand, five of the nearly 60 international co-authors who helped collect and analyze the viral samples have ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The World Food Programme is planning to boost its emergency aid in the west of Africa, saying the region faces a "tsunami" of need caused by the Ebola outbreak.

"We know how to do conflict, we know how to do earthquakes and we know how to do tsunamis. This is like a tsunami that is already at its peak," said Denise Brown, the WFP's regional director for west ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Investigators were digging Thursday to find who initiated and what was taken in an apparent intense hacker effort this month to penetrate the systems of US banks including JPMorgan Chase.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation acknowledged that it and the US Secret Service were "working to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Malaysian and Argentine state energy firms Petronas and YPF signed a deal Thursday to invest $550 million to develop shale oil in Argentina's massive Vaca Muerta fields, YPF said.

Malaysia's Petronas will contribute $475 million of the total investment in the Amarga Chica block, part of a sprawling shale oil and gas find in southwest Argentina that is estimated ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) France's new economy minister touched off a political storm Thursday, only one day into the job, with comments made before he was appointed about the controversial "35-hour" labour law.

Emmanuel Macron, a former Rothschild banker and ex-advisor to President Francois Hollande, told Le Point weekly he was open to allowing companies and sectors of the economy ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund board will meet "as soon as possible" to review chief Christine Lagarde's situation after being put under formal investigation in France, an IMF spokesman said Thursday.

"It's clearly going to be very soon, as soon as possible," said spokesman Gerry Rice at a news conference, without giving a precise date.

A Paris court ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US stocks fell modestly Thursday as rising fears about renewed tensions between Ukraine and Russia outweighed a batch of encouraging US economic data.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 42.44 points (0.25 percent) to 17,079.57, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite dropped 11.93 (0.26 percent) to 4,557.69.

The broad-market S&P 500 pulled back from ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Shareholders in Bank of Cyprus, the island's largest lender, Thursday approved a one-billion-euro ($1.34-billion) capital increase from private placement to help it survive following a haircut on deposits last year.

BoC announced that 87 percent of shareholders present at an EGM (extraordinary general meeting) approved the capital issue, placing 4.16 billion ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Apple gadget lovers hungered for the "next big thing" on Thursday after the iconic company fired off invites to a mystery unveiling on Sept. 9.

Fueling rampant speculation regarding what the company has in store was the fact that the event will be held in the same performing arts center in Silicon Valley where late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs introduced the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Argentine workers launched a general strike Thursday to protest rising unemployment and runaway inflation, adding to President Cristina Kirchner's headaches as her government deals with a new debt default.

Union members and radical activists barricaded the major roads into Buenos Aires Thursday morning and blocked buses and taxis whose drivers were not observing ...

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