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(MENAFN - AFP) Durable goods orders in the United States rebounded in June from a sharp fall in May, boosted by a jump in defense aircraft orders, official data released Friday showed.

Durable goods orders rose 0.7 percent in June, after falling 1.0 percent in May, the Commerce Department said.

The June increase, the fourth in the past five months, was much stronger ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Anglo American on Friday announced a tripling of first-half profits as the global miner shrugged off disruptions caused by strikes at platinum mines in South Africa.

Profit after tax jumped to $1.46 billion (1.1 billion euros) in the six months to the end of June compared with $403 million for the equivalent period in 2013, Anglo said in a results statement.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Fans dressed as Transformers, Iron Man and Jedi knights were among thousands at the first day of Hong Kong's comic and games expo Friday, where Xbox and Playstation went head-to-head with their new consoles.

The Ani-Com show at the city's harbourside convention centre is one of the biggest of its kind in Asia and was packed with teenagers, many of them in coloured ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases surpassing 1,000, the World Health Organization said Friday.

WHO spokesman Paul Garwood said that the extent of what is the deadliest outbreak of Ebola on record was still emerging.

"This is a trend, an overall picture. It's hard to get an exact picture on the scale ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A Liberian man hospitalised in Lagos with Ebola-like symptoms has died, an official said Friday, without confirming the virus was the cause of his death.

The 40-year-old Monrovia resident arrived in Nigeria's mega-city on Sunday and was admitted to hospital after suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhoea.

He was placed in isolation because his symptoms ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Global food and dairy group Danone reported a first-half profit slump on Friday, blaming weak emerging currencies and the effects of a false food scare last year which hurt China sales.

Net profit fell by 37.0 percent from the equivalent figure last year, but the French-based group said that this was partly because an asset sale had inflated the 2013 figure.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Europe's stock markets dropped on Friday as a fall in German business confidence offset positive British growth data, while traders reacted to a huge tie-up of the continent's pay-TV sector.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index dipped 0.12 percent to stand at 6,813.09 points around midday in the capital, with investors shrugged off the in-line British output data.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Russia's central bank moved on Friday to shield the country's economy from tightening Western economic sanctions over Ukraine, raising its main interest rate in a surprise move.

The Bank of Russia explained its decision to raise its main rate by half point to 8.0 percent by saying that "inflation risks have increased due to a combination of factors, including, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China has approved the setting up of three private banks, including one by Internet giant Tencent, the industry regulator said Friday, in a long-awaited economic reform aimed at bringing competition to state banking giants.

Previously, China had just two privately-owned banks, Minsheng Bank and Ping An Bank, according to state media.

The China Banking ...

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