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(MENAFN - AFP) EU health ministers agreed on Thursday to launch an immediate review of the screening of passengers departing Ebola-hit countries in West Africa, health commissioner Tonio Borg said.

The health ministers meeting in Brussels had also agreed to "coordinate" measures at entry points to the 28-nation European Union, although any decision on screening for Ebola ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US stocks dropped sharply in early trade Thursday, following international markets downward as anxiety over global growth continued to prompt selling.

About 30 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 16,062.34, down 79.40 points (0.49 percent).

The broad-based S&P 500 fell 13.75 (0.74 percent) to 1,848.74, while the tech-rich ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Amazon said Thursday it would hire 80,000 seasonal employees in the United States to help with an expected flood of holiday sales.

The figure is 10,000 more than Amazon announced last year.

Amazon is adding employees in its warehouses and other centers that manage sales and deliveries, and noted that it offers "competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Chesapeake Energy plans to sell a package of shale oil production assets and undrilled acreage in the United States to Southwestern Energy for $5.4 billion, the companies announced Thursday.

The deal covers 413,000 acres of land in the US states of West Virginia and Pennsylvania that currently produce about 56,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, about eight ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Europe faces "major transit risks" to gas supplies coming from Russia this winter unless Ukraine resolves a gas dispute with Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Thursday.

"There will be no crises through a fault of Russian participants of energy cooperation in Europe," Putin said on a visit to EU aspirant Serbia.

"But there are major transit ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The ECB and European Union rushed to reassure financial markets on Thursday that help is at hand for Greece as it heads for a high-risk exit from its debt-rescue programme.

The European Central Bank, which manages how funds are fed into the eurozone economy, is promising an extra cash lifeline for Greek banks if the government sticks to its bailout programme, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year came from a different source than the epidemic raging across West Africa, scientists said Wednesday.

Even though the two deadly Ebola outbreaks have separate animal origins, the report in the New England Journal of Medicine nevertheless raises concern about the emergence of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Weight-loss guidelines have long counselled dieters that kilos shed too quickly are likelier to creep back than those lost at a slower pace.

But an Australian study, published on Wednesday, says this is wrong.

Over the long term, fast-track and slow-track dieters are equally likely to regain most of the weight they lost, according to a paper published ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Smoking should be banned in London parks and landmarks including Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square, a report by the London Health Commission said on Wednesday.

The report found that 1.2 million Londoners smoke -- about 15 percent of the capital's population -- and that 67 of the city's schoolchildren are taking up the habit every day.

"As a cancer ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The world's leading food industry group Nestle on Thursday posted slumping nine-month sales, blaming the strength of the Swiss franc, as its stock price plunged.

During the first nine months of the year, the maker of Nespresso capsules and baby food, among many other products, said its sales ticked in at 66.2 billion Swiss francs (55.1 billion euros, $70.2 ...

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