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(MENAFN - AFP) A near-flawless edition of the first book featuring cartoon hero Superman from June 1938 has fetched $3.2 million at auction, according to e-Bay, surging past the previous record for a single comic book.

After the 10-day online auction concluded Sunday, the hammer came down for Action Comics No. 1 with a price of $3,207,852, according to the online commerce ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The annual Emmys awards show has kicked off with "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad" among TV hits tipped for gold at television's equivalent of the Oscars.

The show was preceded by a two-hour red carpet parade, at which television's top stars strutted their stuff, before sitting down to await their awards evening fate.

While "Thrones" had the most nominations, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Ecuador's state-run Petroamazonas oil company is in the process of terminating a contract with Canada's Ivanhoe Energy, officials said Monday.

Ivanhoe has held a 30-year oil exploration contract in Ecuador's Amazon jungle, at a price of $37 per barrel.

"We are currently in the process of terminating the contract with Ivanhoe" and "thinking of how to redefine ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Vintners in California's prestigious wine country on Monday were shaking off the effects of a major earthquake and thanking the very soil from which their prized vintages stem.

Winemakers who endured the 6.0-magnitude South Napa Quake were quick to conclude that how much damage was suffered depended not only on proximity to the epicenter, but the "terroir" ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The UN's Ebola envoy said Monday the fight against the epidemic was a "war" which could take six more months, as its global health body claimed the disease was affecting an "unprecedented" number of medical staff.

David Nabarro, a British physician the United Nations appointed to coordinate the global response to the crisis, was in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Women in China who are exposed to pollution from cookstoves and highways face a greater risk of high blood pressure, researchers said Monday.

The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences focused on the role of black carbon, which after carbon dioxide is the second leading human-caused emission driving climate change.

Black ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) More than 120 health workers have died of Ebola across West Africa, the World Health Organization said on Monday, claiming the epidemic had affected an "unprecedented number of medical staff".

In a statement, the WHO said more than 240 health care workers working in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone have developed the disease with "more than 120" succumbing ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Germany strongly signalled Monday it will continue to push for fiscal austerity in Europe alongside Spain, even as France was thrown into political turmoil over its economic policy.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Madrid's austerity drive during a visit to Spain and gave her powerful backing to the country's economy minister in his bid to lead the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The S&P 500 topped the 2,000 mark for the first time during trade Monday but slipped back to finish just below the benchmark.

Stocks were broadly higher in confident buying during the session, bolstered by the Federal Reserve's caution over raising rates and a handful of new merger deals.

The broad-market S&P 500 index gained 9.52 points (0.48 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Amazon said Monday it has agreed to buy the videogame platform Twitch for $970 million, bringing it access to a huge audience who watch games being streamed live via the site.

The three-year-old, San Francisco-based Twitch Interactive streams games being played for non-playing viewers to watch, and hosts gaming events.

It allows viewers to chat with the ...

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