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(MENAFN - AFP) India has asked US soft drinks giant PepsiCo to reduce the sugar content of its sodas as the country battles growing levels of obesity and diabetes.

PepsiCo chairman Indra Nooyi met food processing industry minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal during a visit to India on Tuesday to discuss its plans for healthier options and investing in India.

"PepsiCo has been ...

(MENAFN - AFP) European stock markets were subdued on Wednesday, as investors tracked news from Ukraine and shrugged off gains in Asia and on Wall Street, dealers said.

In midday deals, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index rose 0.08 percent to 6,828.64 points.

On the downside, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index shed 0.06 percent to 9,582.72 points compared with Tuesday's close, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) British business leaders on Wednesday warned against independence for Scotland, saying the uncertainty it could trigger over future policies is "bad for business".

Top executives at banking giant HSBC and miner BHP Billiton were among over 130 signatories of an open letter published in The Scotsman newspaper, arguing "the business case for independence has ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A World Health Organization (WHO) employee who has contracted Ebola arrived in Germany Wednesday, the first patient with the virus to be treated in the country, officials said.

A plane carrying the patient - a Senegalese epidemiologist who was infected in Sierra Leone - touched down at the airport of the northern city of Hamburg and was to be taken to a hospital ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The cost of borrowing for eurozone countries fell to record low levels on Wednesday, despite gloom over the economic outlook and crisis over economic policy in France.

The bond interest rates are falling following comments made by the head of the European Central Bank assuring that deflation will be kept at bay.

The interest rate or yield indicated by ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Britain's bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined £14 million for not taking enough care to explain to home-buyers the costs of taking out a mortgage, regulators said on Wednesday.

The fine, equivalent to 18 million euros ($23 million), was imposed because the bank had shown "serious failings" in its advice to home loan customers, the regulators ...

(MENAFN - AFP) IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, announced Wednesday she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister.

The shock announcement came a day after she was grilled for more than 15 hours by a special court in Paris that probes ministerial misconduct, the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Global oil prices climbed on Wednesday as dealers awaited the latest US stockpiles report for clues about demand in the world's top crude consumer.

Brent North Sea crude for October added 10 cents to $102.60 per barrel in late morning London deals.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for October delivery gained 24 cents to $94.10 a barrel.

Later ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Irish budget airline Ryanair has launched a new business service targeting companies wanting to cut costs, it said on Wednesday.

The Dublin-based airline announced in a statement that its new Ryanair Business Plus would offer business travellers various benefits including ticket change flexibility, greater baggage allowance, priority boarding and premium seats.

Prices ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Nearly two in three people would hesitate to help a child who appeared to be lost because of concern their intentions could be questioned, a survey for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said on Wednesday.

The research said 64 percent of adults would be worried about being wrongly accused or misunderstood if they helped a ...

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