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(MENAFN - AFP) An American healthcare worker who contracted the dangerous Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone has improved and is now listed in fair condition, hospital officials said Monday.

The man, whose identity has not been revealed, "has improved from serious to fair condition," said a statement from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Sierra Leoneans breathed a sigh of relief on Monday as they emerged from a three-day nationwide lockdown imposed in a bid to prevent a resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus.

The country's population of more than six million had been confined to their homes starting early on Friday, for the second time in six months, on orders from President Ernest Bai Koroma.

"Stepping ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Lincoln Continental, the luxury car of celebrities and US presidents from yesteryear, is coming back.

Ford Motor Monday unveiled a concept for a new full-sized sedan aimed at the American and Chinese markets and expected to be sold at dealerships starting in 2016. The Continental was last on the market in 2002.

The revived Continental has Venetian ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Saudi Aramco has signed a loan deal worth $10 billion (9.2 billion euros) with 27 regional and international banks to maintain financial flexibility, the energy giant said on Monday.

The state-owned firm said the first loan is worth $7 billion in US dollars while the second is a $3-billion Islamic loan in Saudi riyals in a revolving credit agreement.

This ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European stock markets closed solidly higher on Monday as traders focused on Greece's efforts to strike a bailout deal, while betting on the outlook for US interest rates.

Frankfurt's DAX 30 index jumped 1.83 percent to 12,086.01 points, while the CAC 40 in Paris ended 0.98 percent higher at 5,083.52 points.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index climbed 0.53 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Oil sank Monday as an oversupplied market offset concerns over unrest in the crude-rich Middle East, where Saudi-led warplanes have struck rebel targets in Yemen.

Brent North Sea crude for delivery in May slid $1.04 to $55.39 a barrel in London afternoon deals.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for May shed $1.10 to $47.77 a barrel.

"Crude ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) UnitedHealth said Monday it is acquiring Illinois-based group Catamaran for $12.8 billion, in a move which would boost the US giant's pharmacy services.

Catamaran helps employers and health insurers obtain prescription drugs at a lower rate from pharmaceutical groups and pharmacists, and is known as a pharmacy-benefit management company.

UnitedHealth, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Cash-strapped Greece wrangled Monday with its creditors over a new package of reforms needed to unlock vital bailout funds as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras prepared to face grilling in parliament on the negotiations.

Experts from the IMF and the EU are scrutinising a list of reforms that Athens has proposed in its bid to get the creditors to release 7.2-billion ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Racism and the financial meltdown kept Congolese master chef Christian Yumbi down and out in Belgium. Back at home, the gourmet innovator has finally won the stardom he fought for.

"I did my best (in Belgium): I studied, opened my own business, married a Belgian woman, and spoke Flemish. But despite all that, I always felt like a foreigner there," said Yumbi, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Prada suffered a 28 percent fall in net profit last year as the Italian fashion giant was hit by weaker sales of its luxury products in Asia.

Hong Kong's pro-democracy "Umbrella Revolution" protests appear to have contributed to the downward trend, although the company also emphasised that much of the decline could be explained by investment in new directly ...

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