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(MENAFN - AFP) A French court on Friday authorised the extradition of exiled Kazakh oligarch Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia and Ukraine, despite concerns over his safety if the move goes ahead.

Ablyazov, a former minister turned opposition figure and banker turned fugitive, is wanted by Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan on embezzlement charges which he says were trumped up by his ...
 
(MENAFN - AFP) After a no-holds-barred campaign, Brazil's leftist leader Dilma Rousseff is the favorite heading into a presidential run-off election Sunday against bruised center-right challenger Aecio Neves.

As the hard-fought race to lead the world's seventh-largest economy entered the final stretch, two opinion polls released Thursday gave Rousseff - looking to extend ...
 
(MENAFN - AFP) Consumer confidence in Germany has stopped falling, as consumers appear to be no longer fazed by economic fallout from geopolitical crises, a new poll found on Friday.

Following the recent declines, "consumer sentiment rose again somewhat in October, halting the downward trend," market research company GfK said in a statement.

"Consumers appear to be ...
 
(MENAFN - AFP) A last-minute increased offer by Brazilian juice exporter Cutrale Group and investment bank Safra derailed banana giant Chiquita's plans to merge with European rival Fyffe's on Friday.

Chiquita shareholders voted down the merger, which would have created the world's largest banana trader, opening the way for the Brazilian duo to take over the iconic US firm ...
 
(MENAFN - AFP) Just days before Brazil's presidential election run-off, rightwing news magazine Veja on Friday accused President Dilma Rousseff and predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of knowing about a kickbacks scheme at state oil giant Petrobras.

"They knew everything," blared the weekly's report, first released online, as the publication stepped up coverage of a huge ...
 
(MENAFN - AFP) Raw material prices endured a mixed week as investors tracked the outlook for global economic growth and the Ebola virus outbreak.

OIL: Oil prices headed back towards multi-month low points in volatile trading, pressured by a crude oversupply and weak demand from slowing world economies.

Futures though won brief strong gains on Thursday, "supported ...
 
(MENAFN - AFP) With their designer clothes and jewelry business, Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda had risen to the pinnacle of this Mexican town, flaunting their wealth and power.

But on September 26, they skipped Iguala, leaving behind a mystery about their role in a night of police violence that stunned Mexico.

Abarca is alleged to ...
 
(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund on Friday announced a minimum interest rate on its unique SDR currency as it fights off the impact of sagging interest rates and deflation from major economies.

The IMF said that from Monday it would maintain a floor rate of 0.05 percent, or five basis points, on its special drawing rights or SDR currency, which represents a ...
 
(MENAFN - AFP) Two American nurses were declared cured of Ebola on Friday, and one was healthy enough to leave the hospital and meet President Barack Obama for a hug.

The good news for the nurses, who contracted Ebola while caring for a Liberian patient in Texas, came as the city of New York was dealing with its first case of the deadly virus.

Nina Pham smiled often ...
 
(MENAFN - AFP) Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to west Africa by mid-2015, the World Health Organization said Friday, after new cases of the virus were reported in New York and a two-year-old girl died in the first case in Mali.

Two American nurses were declared cured of Ebola and one - Dallas-based Nina Pham - hugged President Barack Obama ...
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