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(MENAFN - AFP) Liberia said on Saturday it had just five remaining cases of Ebola, confirming it was close to eradicating an epidemic which has left thousands dead.

The worst outbreak of the virus in history has seen the west African nation and its neighbours Guinea and Sierra Leone register almost 9,000 deaths in a year, although experts believe the real toll could be far ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The head of Germany's central bank on Saturday voiced his "scepticism" about the ECB's decision to launch a trillion-euro bond-buying programme in a bid to ward off deflation and boost the eurozone economy.

"I regard this decision with scepticism," the Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann told the German daily Bild.

Weidmann is a member of the the European ...

(MENAFN - AFP) For three decades, it's been America's premier independent film festival. But this year more than ever, there is talk at Sundance of the blurring divide between movies, television and online.

This year's festival lineup even includes two TV shows, while the Sundance Institute, the body behind the festival, has set up a separate "laboratory" for young filmmakers ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Hong Kong police say they are hunting a girl aged between 12 and 14 years old over the theft of a diamond necklace worth more than HK$36 million (US$4.6 million) from a luxury jewellery store.

Police say she helped carry out the audacious theft with two women and a man, all aged between 30 and 40.

The adults "pretended to be customers choosing items from ...

23 Jan 2015   Ukraine headache grows for IMF 
(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund is far from being done with Ukraine, its latest mega-bailout client.

A new aid plan for Kiev -- larger and longer -- is under discussion and raises the risk for the global crisis lender as Ukraine sinks deeper into war against pro-Moscow separatists.

Less than a year ago, the IMF agreed to a $17 billion, two-year loan to ...

(MENAFN - AFP) US police said Friday they have recovered most of the estimated $300,000 worth of fine wine stolen from the fabled Napa Valley restaurant The French Laundry on Christmas Day.

More than 70 bottles were pinched from the cellar of the restaurant in Yountville, California -- mostly of the highly esteemed Domaine de la Romanee-Conti (DRC) estate and cult American ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A measles outbreak centered around Disneyland in California has spread to six more US states and Mexico, and an international visitor to the theme park likely sparked the health alert, officials said Friday.

Fifty-one confirmed cases of measles have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since late December, the US government agency ...

(MENAFN - AFP) As the first female head in the 325-year history of the Lloyd's of London insurance market, Inga Beale is something of a shining light at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where gender equality is a key theme this year.

But as she told AFP in an interview on the sidelines of the snowy talk-fest in the Swiss ski resort, the drive for gender parity is not just ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A tumble of blue-chip stock shares on Friday failed to erase another week of gains for Wall Street.

US stocks managed to claw back most of the losses from the beginning of 2015 buoyed by a larger-than-expected stimulus from the European Central Bank, generally higher corporate earnings and a burst of buying in big tech firms.

The Dow Jones Industrial ...

(MENAFN - AFP) MasterCard in March will begin processing transactions made on US-issued cards in Cuba, becoming the first major credit card company to do so since Cuba and the United States started to normalize relations.

MasterCard said in a statement Friday that the move, effective March 1, follows renewed guidance from the US Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign ...

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