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(MENAFN - AFP) Russia has reached a compensation deal with France for the non-delivery of two Mistral warships, a Kremlin aide has said, but Paris on Friday denied that a final agreement has been hammered out.

The fate of the two Mistral helicopter carriers has plagued Franco-Russian ties for more than a year, following Paris' decision in November to put the 1.2-billion-euro ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund announced Friday the approval of a $1.7 billion loan installment to Ukraine despite uncertainty about the country's debt sustainability and a conflict with separatist forces.

The IMF executive board backed the release of the loan, part of a four-year $17.5 billion support program awarded in March as Ukraine's economy neared collapse ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The EU on Friday opened an anti-trust probe into FedEx's 4.4 billion euro ($4.8 billion) deal to buy Dutch rival TNT Express, a key tie-up for the e-commerce delivery business.

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Brussels will examine whether the deal would lead to higher prices for consumers who are increasingly buying online and getting packages ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Super tall, super skinny and super expensive: a new generation of New York skyscrapers, some taller than the Empire State building, are altering the world's most famous skyline.

And it's not just the masonry that's soaring to new heights. The prices have also gone stratospheric: three apartments sold recently for more than $100 million a piece.

Half a ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The highly contagious Ebola virus, which has killed almost 11,300 people in west Africa since December 2013 and has fuelled global alarm, is among the most dangerous ever identified.

- Where did it come from -

Like AIDS, which began in Kinshasa in the 1920s before spreading worldwide, according to a recent study, Ebola was first identified ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Inflation in the 19-nation eurozone was unchanged in July while the jobless rate for June was also flat, suggesting the economy maintained only modest growth, official data showed Friday.

Analysts said the figures were disappointing, with no sign as yet that the European Central Bank's unprecedented economic stimulus programme is beginning to have a real impact ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Senior EU-IMF auditors on Friday held their first meetings with Greek ministers to finalise a new three-year bailout as the Athens stock market prepares to reopen after being shut down for over a month by the debt crisis.

Greece's main stock exchange in Athens will resume operations on Monday that were halted on June 26 as the crisis-hit government imposed ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Greece's main stock exchange in Athens will reopen on Monday after being closed for five weeks by the Greek debt crisis after the government imposed capital controls, a finance ministry source told AFP.

"The ministry's decision to reopen the Athens stock market has been signed," the source said on Friday.

According to financial media, the resumption ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Some 14 million people installed the Windows 10 operating system in the first 24 hours following its release, Microsoft said, calling the response "overwhelmingly positive."

The company said its new operating system aimed at computers, mobile devices and other gadgets got off to a strong start toward its goal of reaching one billion devices.

"We're humbled ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The EU said Friday it has opened an anti-trust probe into plans by US delivery service giant FedEx to buy Dutch rival TNT Express for 4.4 billion euros, a key tie-up for the e-commerce delivery business.

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Brussels wanted to examine whether the deal would lead to higher prices for consumers who are increasingly ...

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