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(MENAFN - AFP) Air quality around Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur and on Borneo island was "unhealthy" on Tuesday, with one town reaching "very unhealthy" levels as haze - mostly from forest fires in Indonesia - obscured skies.

Kuala Lumpur residents wore face masks as protection from the choking smog, while visibility was low.

Nine out of some 50 measuring stations ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced the closure of most of the Ebola-hit country's land borders after the deadly tropical virus spread to two of west Africa's largest cities.

Liberia, along with neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, is struggling to contain an epidemic that has infected some 1,200 people and left at least 670 dead across ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Japanese automaker Honda said Tuesday its latest quarterly net profit jumped 19.6 percent to $1.4 billion thanks to a weak yen and growth in global auto sales, as it boosted its full-year profit forecast.

Honda said it earned 146.5 billion yen ($1.4 billion), up from 122.5 billion yen a year earlier, as sales rose 5.4 percent to 2.99 trillion yen.

Its ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) High-speed cross-Channel train operator Eurostar said Tuesday it will launch direct services from London to the southern French port city of Marseille from May 1 next year.

The train will make stops at Lyon in eastern France and Avignon. It will take four and a half hours to Lyon, six hours to Avignon and about six hours and 15 minutes to Marseille.

Lyon ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) French telecom group Orange reported a near one-third plunge in net profit in the first half of the year but stood by its targets for the whole of 2014.

The group, formerly France Telecom and caught in a mobile-phone price war and restructuring of the entire French telecoms sector, said it had cut its costs and steadied underlying performance.

Net profit ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) French car giant Renault on Tuesday reported first-half net profits nearly 20 times better than during the slump of last year as European sales offset weaker growth in emerging markets.

Renault reported net profits of 749 million euros ($1 billion) in the first six months of the year, compared to a meagre 39 million euros it achieved in the first half of 2013 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Europe's stock markets edged higher on Tuesday in subdued deals, as traders eyed the prospect of more EU sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index climbed 0.28 percent to stand at 6,806.92 points in late morning deals in the capital.

In Paris, the CAC 40 increased 0.11 percent to 4,349.41 points and Frankfurt's DAX ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China is investigating Microsoft for allegedly operating a monopoly in its market, the government said Tuesday, as it took aim at the US software giant over business practices.

The move makes the company the latest foreign firm to face Beijing's scrutiny, in fields from computing to baby milk.

"According to legal regulations, the SAIC (State Administration ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Oil giant BP warned on Tuesday that more sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could "adversely impact" its activities, and posted a quarterly profit leap aided by its stake in Rosneft.

BP said that it had been unaffected so far by US sanctions imposed on Russia, reporting a two-thirds boost to second-quarter net profits from the equivalent figure last ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Airbus has enjoyed its best ever Farnborough show in terms of orders, the head of the European planemaker said on Thursday, helping it close the gap on US rival Boeing.

Airbus said it had won commitments and firm orders for 496 planes worth more than $75 billion (55 billion euros) at the key industry sales event that alternates annually with the Paris airshow.

Boeing ...

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