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(MENAFN - AFP) Fresh talk of a third international bailout for debt-hit Greece spread through European capitals on Tuesday, despite Brussels insisting it was far too soon to start discussing any new rescue package.

Speculation mounted on Monday when Spain's finance minister Luis de Guindos said EU officials estimated a third bailout of up to 50 billion euros ($55 billion) ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Sweden's left-wing government said Tuesday it wants to scrap the country's budget-surplus target, aiming to axe a policy that critics consider outdated.

The goal -- to maintain a surplus of 1.0 percent of GDP over each business cycle -- was introduced by social-democrats in 1997 to offset the future burden of an aging population.

After Sweden earned a ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Ukraine's central bank moved to shore up the country's battered currency Tuesday by hiking interest rates to 30 percent as the government pushed through draconian reforms needed to clinch another IMF bailout.

The bank said the eye-popping jump in the benchmark refinancing rate, from a current 19.5 percent, was aimed at "stabilising the macro-economic situation" ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Ryanair said Tuesday it will consider any offer for its stake in Aer Lingus, which is currently being pursued for a takeover by British Airways owner IAG.

London-listed International Airlines Group is drumming up support for its 1.35-billion-euro ($1.51-billion) bid for Aer Lingus but needs the support of Ryanair, which holds almost 30 percent of the former ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Apple overtook Samsung to regain the top position in global smartphone sales in the fourth quarter, a market tracker said Tuesday.

The survey by Gartner found Apple grabbed a 20.4 percent share of smartphone sales to end users, boosted by the introduction of its large-screen iPhones. The California giant sold 74.8 million handsets, the survey found.

South ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Brent crude prices rallied Tuesday on unrest in crude producer Libya, but gains were tempered by oversupply worries on the eve of weekly US stockpiles data, dealers said.

European benchmark Brent North Sea crude for April delivery won $1.68 to $61.22 per barrel in London late afternoon deals.

New York's West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for April added 73 ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Doctors may be under-estimating the risks to patients from long-term use of paracetamol, the world's most popular painkiller, researchers said Tuesday.

Chronic users of the drug -- people who typically take large, daily doses over several years -- may increase their risk of death, or kidney, intestinal and heart problems, they found.

Led by Philip Conaghan ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Leaders of the west African countries worst hit by Ebola urged the world on Tuesday to back a "Marshall Plan" to help them stamp out the disease and rebuild their shattered economies.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma and Guinean President Alpha Conde pressed the need for recovery at an international conference ...

(MENAFN - AFP) US Internet giant Google says it is in talks with telecom companies about operating its own mobile phone services in the United States.

"We are actually working with carrier partners. You will see us announce it in the coming months," Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice-president for products, said on Monday.

"We don't intend to be a network operator ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Harsh winter storms chilled US auto sales in February, with Ford especially taking a hit with a surprise 1.79 percent fall from a year earlier.

Overall, automakers' figures showed more steady growth in the industry, with low gasoline prices continuing to enhance shopping for pickup trucks and especially small and mid-sized sport utility vehicles.

Sales ...

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