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(MENAFN - AFP) Loans to the private sector in the euro area, a gauge of economic health, fell year-on-year in August, but by slightly less than in July, the European Central Bank said on Thursday.

The volume of loans to private businesses and households declined by 1.5 percent in August compared with the same month in 2013, a slightly lower rate than the minus 1.6 percent ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Air France pilots refused to budge Thursday after management offered to scrap plans to expand its low-cost subsidiary, as their strike became the longest ever at Europe's second-largest flag carrier.

The striking pilots brushed off calls to return to the skies, leaving half the fleet grounded for an 11th day running, as they sought to push management even further ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Fifty years ago, the first bullet train pulled out of Tokyo station and hurtled across the countryside, heralding Japan's arrival as a modern economic powerhouse with a transport system soon to become the envy of the world.

Less than two decades after a bitter World War II defeat that left much of the country in ruins, Japan was at the cutting edge with its ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) UNESCO has asked Egypt for a detailed report on restoration work carried out at the Djoser pyramid following reports the more than 4,600-year-old monument has been damaged, an official of the UN agency said Wednesday.

Egyptian media reported earlier this month that the pyramid, which dominates the necropolis of Saqqara, southwest of Cairo, has been damaged ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi opened a research hub in Shanghai Thursday, the company said, as foreign drug firms face government scrutiny after drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was found guilty of bribery last week.

The facility, the fifth global hub for the company and its first in Asia, groups 12 countries including the world's most populous nation of ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Japanese probe into a battery problem that forced the emergency landing of a Boeing Dreamliner last year wrapped up Thursday with investigators saying they still haven't found the root cause.

The domestic All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight on January 16, 2013 was forced to make an emergency landing after pilots noticed a burning smell inside the cockpit that ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Tired of delivery trucks rumbling near its mythic canals, Belgium's medieval town of Bruges has approved the construction of a beer pipeline to link a five-century-old brewery to a bottling factory nearby.

The three-kilometre (two-mile) underground pipeline will link the De Halve Maan brewery in the heart of the "Venice of the North" to an industrial park where ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Nigeria has cleared all patients being monitored for the Ebola virus, the federal health ministry said on Wednesday, but doctors said they would have to wait to declare the outbreak over.

"There is nobody under surveillance for the Ebola virus in any part of Nigeria," health ministry spokesman Dan Nwomeh told AFP.

"All those under surveillance have completed ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Police in Guinea have arrested 27 suspects over the murders of an eight-member Ebola education team attacked by angry locals in an area at the epicentre of the outbreak, the government said on Wednesday.

The victims, said to include local health officials and journalists, went missing after their delegation came under attack during an outreach visit to the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Sierra Leone said on Wednesday around 100 bodies and 200 patients had been collected from homes during its three-day lockdown to stem the deadly Ebola epidemic raging in west Africa.

Almost six million people across the country were confined indoors for 72 hours from Friday while 28,000 volunteers went door-to-door, giving out advice and identifying new suspected ...

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