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(MENAFN - AFP) The highly contagious Ebola virus, which has killed almost 11,300 people in west Africa since December 2013 and has fuelled global alarm, is among the most dangerous ever identified.

- Where did it come from -

Like AIDS, which began in Kinshasa in the 1920s before spreading worldwide, according to a recent study, Ebola was first identified ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Inflation in the 19-nation eurozone was unchanged in July while the jobless rate for June was also flat, suggesting the economy maintained only modest growth, official data showed Friday.

Analysts said the figures were disappointing, with no sign as yet that the European Central Bank's unprecedented economic stimulus programme is beginning to have a real impact ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Senior EU-IMF auditors on Friday held their first meetings with Greek ministers to finalise a new three-year bailout as the Athens stock market prepares to reopen after being shut down for over a month by the debt crisis.

Greece's main stock exchange in Athens will resume operations on Monday that were halted on June 26 as the crisis-hit government imposed ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Greece's main stock exchange in Athens will reopen on Monday after being closed for five weeks by the Greek debt crisis after the government imposed capital controls, a finance ministry source told AFP.

"The ministry's decision to reopen the Athens stock market has been signed," the source said on Friday.

According to financial media, the resumption ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Some 14 million people installed the Windows 10 operating system in the first 24 hours following its release, Microsoft said, calling the response "overwhelmingly positive."

The company said its new operating system aimed at computers, mobile devices and other gadgets got off to a strong start toward its goal of reaching one billion devices.

"We're humbled ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The EU said Friday it has opened an anti-trust probe into plans by US delivery service giant FedEx to buy Dutch rival TNT Express for 4.4 billion euros, a key tie-up for the e-commerce delivery business.

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Brussels wanted to examine whether the deal would lead to higher prices for consumers who are increasingly ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China's new home prices increased in July for the third straight month, a survey showed Friday, as the market continued to recover on the back of government policy support.

The average price of a new home in China's 100 major cities rose 0.54 percent month-on-month to 10,685 yuan ($1,721) per square metre, the China Index Academy (CIA) said in a report.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Russia's central bank on Friday made its smallest interest rate cut this year as it juggled attempts to resuscitate the economy with inflation fears after a recent slide in the ruble.

The bank cut its key rate by 50 basis points to 11 percent in its fifth reduction since January, as it struggles to breath life into an economy battered by lower oil prices and ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Switzerland's central bank said Friday it lost a record 50 billion francs ($51 billion, 47 billion euros) in the first half of 2015, due mainly to the hefty depreciation of its foreign currency holdings.

The Swiss National Bank had been holding down the value of the franc for more than three years, but suddenly announced on January 15 that it was abandoning ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A surf park on the edge of Snowdonia National Park in Wales opens Saturday, a 300-metre (985-foot) long lagoon that promises the longest man-made surfable waves in the world.

The £12 million ($18.7 million, 17-million-euro) project will see barrelling waves crash back and forth across the lagoon, offering a 20 second ride.

The waves are created once ...

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