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(MENAFN - AFP) Nigeria is expected to be declared Ebola-free on Monday, just three months after fears that the virus could spread like wildfire through Africa's most populous nation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to announce that Nigeria has not had a confirmed case of Ebola for 42 days -- or two incubation periods of 21 days -- just as it did for Senegal ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A leading German pilots' union has called a new walkout at Lufthansa starting Monday in an ongoing dispute over retirement benefits.

The strike will target some passenger flights across Germany from Monday at 1100 GMT until just before midnight on Tuesday, the Vereinigung Cockpit union said in a statement.

Travellers in Germany have faced repeated strikes ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Ukraine and Russia stood on the verge on Sunday of resolving their latest gas war in time to keep the war-scarred nation and EU clients warm through the winter months.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had reached a price deal at high-stakes talks in Milan on Friday that otherwise focused on the six-month pro-Kremlin ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Sunday that criticism of his country's record on investment was "justifiable" but warned it must not be financed by public debt.

Berlin has faced calls from Paris, Rome, the International Monetary Fund and others to invest more to help spur growth in Europe.

Germany has presented a balanced federal budget ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Shuichi Yokota may be the future of Japan's struggling rice industry.

The 38-year-old is about half the age of most growers and he relies on cutting-edge technology to cultivate vast paddy fields that eclipse the bulk of the country's rice plots.

And Yokota doesn't fear opening up to foreign competition -- taboo in a place where rice is a sacred cow that ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Germany is helping France to draw up a pact with the European Commission on deficit reduction and structural reforms to win Brussels' approval of its 2015 budget, a report said Sunday.

The report by the Spiegel news weekly comes a day before French and German economy and finance ministers are due to meet in Berlin to discuss ways of boosting growth and investment ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) For years, the notion of on-demand, anywhere television has been slowly disrupting the traditional pay TV industry. Now it seems that streaming video has hit a watershed moment.

In the past week, HBO announced it would launch a standalone streaming service in 2015 to deliver hit shows like "Game of Thrones" and "Girls," directly to viewers without a cable or ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Free meals, four months of maternity leave and now egg-freezing: Facebook's latest gift to its employees has rekindled debate on the role of women in the company.

The move aims to at the very least show that "we have a lot of work to do to help companies really understand what they need to do," said Carolyn Leighton, who founded WITI, a network of women working ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China's economic growth in the third quarter fell to its slowest since the depths of the global financial crisis more than five years ago, an AFP survey projects.

The country's gross domestic product (GDP) is predicted to have risen 7.2 percent year-on-year in the July-September period, an AFP poll of 17 economists showed.

The median forecast for the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Protests in Hong Kong, an economic slowdown and anti-corruption drive in China and a coup in Thailand: Asia is no longer a market of constant growth for luxury goods firms.

LVMH, world number-one in the sector and owner of brands like Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Dior, saw its sales drop by three percent in Asia, excluding Japan, in the third-quarter of 2014, ...

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