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(MENAFN - AFP) The United Nations' new pointman on Ebola said Friday he was preparing for a possible flareup of the epidemic in West Africa.

"We're either close to a plateau, but then we'll drop, or we're in a phase, an inflection point, where it is going to increase, and I absolutely cannot tell," David Nabarro told AFP during a stopover at Conakry airport en route to Monrovia. ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Irish authorities are testing a "suspected case of Ebola virus" after a person who travelled to an affected area in Africa was found dead, the health service said on Thursday.

"The public health department was made aware earlier today of the remains of an individual, discovered early this morning, who had recently travelled to the one of the areas in Africa ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Senegal has become the latest country to seal its border with a west African neighbour to ward off the deadly Ebola virus, as the new UN pointman on the epidemic said preparations must be made for a possible flare-up of the disease.

Senegal's decision to close its land border with Guinea, announced by the interior ministry Thursday, is part of intensifying ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Spark, New Zealand's largest telecommunications company, posted a 93.3 percent rise in annual net profit on Friday, with one-off items preventing the carrier slipping into negative territory.

The company, which changed its name from Telecom Corp. earlier this month, said net profit for the 12 months to the end of June was NZ$460 million ($386 million).

However, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) North Sea oil has been at the centre of fierce debate over Scotland's future ahead of an independence vote next month, with both sides wrangling over the outlook for the region's treasure trove of black gold.

Around 42 billion barrels of oil and gas have been extracted from the North Sea since the early 1970s, providing a welcome boost to the British government's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Workers at South Korea's largest automaker Hyundai Motor Co. will launch a limited strike Friday to press their demands for wage hikes, a union spokesman said.

The Hyundai Motor union plans to down tools for two hours in the morning and two hours again in the evening on Friday, union spokesman Hwang Ki-Tae told AFP.

The union has held 17 rounds of talks ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Berlin is suing one of Switzerland's largest banks in its bid to recuperate hundreds of millions of euros that went missing during the reunification of East and West Germany, the bank said Thursday.

Julius Baer told AFP it was being sued by Germany for 110 million Swiss francs (91 million euros, $120 million), plus interest, over allegations a bank it later ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Restaurant owner Galina Anchukova looks out across the seaside promenade in sunny Feodosia, with its straggle of strolling tourists, and sees a wasted financial opportunity.

"The season is ruined, there is nobody here," she said.

The first summer season in Crimea under the Russian flag has been a disappointment, local business owners complain, blaming ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced plans to introduce fingerprint scanners at supermarkets in a bid to stop food smugglers he blames for the crippling shortages gripping the country.

Price controls in Venezuela keep food and other basic goods up to 10 times cheaper than in neighboring countries, and Maduro blames the shortages on smugglers who ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Lithuania signed a deal with Norway's Statoil on Thursday to supply natural gas to the country's new terminal starting 2015, as the Baltic state strives to cut its dependence on Russian energy.

Under the five-year deal, Statoil will supply an annual 540 million cubic meters to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on Lithuania's Baltic Sea coast which is ...

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