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(MENAFN - AFP) Hachette Book Group has defended itself against accusations of pushing up prices for e-books amid a simmering dispute with online retail giant Amazon.

"Hachette sets prices for our books entirely on our own, not in collusion with anyone," the American head of the publishing group, Michael Pietsch, wrote in a letter to readers shared with AFP.

The letter ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Pope Francis expressed "dismay and disbelief" on Sunday over the violence in Iraq, calling for an "effective political solution" to a crisis which has forced thousands to flee their homes.

Giving the traditional Angelus prayer in St Peter's Square at the Vatican, the head of the Roman Catholic Church renewed his call for prayer and assistance for those hit ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Nigeria has suspended the Gambian national airline from flying into the country, alleging "unsatisfactory" measures by the airline to contain the spread of Ebola virus, officials said on Sunday.

The "NCAA (Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority) has reviewed the measures put in place by your airline as contained in your letter of 30th July, 2014 and have found these ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) South Africa's central bank stepped in to rescue embattled lender African Bank Investments Limited Sunday after its share price plummeted and it said it needed 8.5 billion rand ($800 million) to continue operating.

The bank has been put under curatorship - or administration - and will receive a 10 billion rand capital injection and protection for creditors, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A Canadian man showing symptoms of Ebola after returning home after a recent visit to Nigeria has tested negative for the disease, officials said Sunday.

The man has been in isolation at a Toronto-area hospital since Friday after complaining of fever, headaches and muscle pain.

However, Ontario Minister of Health Eric Hoskins said tests showed the patient ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) West Africa was counting the cost of measures to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic on Sunday, as unprecedented restrictions caused snarled transport, food shortages and soaring prices.

"We are trying to cope," said Joseph Kelfalah, the mayor of Kenema, an eastern district of Sierra Leone that is under strict quarantine along with nearby Kailahun, but said food ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) South Africa's central bank placed embattled lender African Bank Investments Limited under administration on Sunday after it admitted being hundreds of millions of dollars in the red and saw its share price almost entirely wiped out.

Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus told a news conference that Abil's board, plagued by bad debts, had not objected to the move ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A Nigerian man who was quarantined after he showed Ebola-like symptoms while travelling to Hong Kong has tested negative for the deadly virus.

The southern Chinese city government said in a statement late Sunday that the man, 32, had "tested negative for Ebola virus upon preliminary laboratory testing".

"In the past one month... he had no contact history ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) West Africa was counting the cost of measures to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic on Sunday, as unprecedented restrictions caused snarled transport, food shortages and soaring prices.

"We are trying to cope," said Joseph Kelfalah, the mayor of Kenema, an eastern district of Sierra Leone that is under strict quarantine along with nearby Kailahun, but said food ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) India's central bank governor said Sunday the country was on course to meet the bank's targets on reduced inflation, adding that it was working with the new government on monetary policy.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan said the bank had started discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right-wing government on a monetary policy framework ...

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