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(MENAFN - AFP) Thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in African countries badly hit by the deadly virus early next year, the World Health Organization said Friday.

"If everything goes well, we may be able to begin using some of these vaccines in some of the affected countries at the very beginning of next year," said WHO assistant director ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Spain boasted it was surging ahead of its eurozone neighbours as it raised its economic growth forecasts on Friday, promising hundreds of thousands of new jobs after years of recession.

The government forecast that Spain's economy -- the fourth biggest in the eurozone -- would grow 1.3 percent in 2014, bouncing back after six years of crisis that brought it ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The US economy grew at the fastest pace since 2011 in the second quarter, 4.6 percent, far offsetting the first-quarter's dive as the recovery picks up, revisions showed Friday.

Gross domestic product surged at an annual rate of 4.6 percent, the Commerce Department said, revising its previous 4.2 percent estimate.

The upward revision matched economists' ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Bill Gross, who built his Pimco into the world's largest bond investor and wielded outsized influence for years in the markets, is leaving the firm for rival Janus Capital group.

The move, announced by Janus Friday, leaves Pimco, which until recently managed $2 trillion in funds, without either of the two men who built its huge success over that past two decades.

Gross's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Russia is ready to resume gas deliveries to Ukraine if Kiev pays its energy giant Gazprom back debts worth $3.1 billion (2.4 billion euros) by late December, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said Friday.

According to the interim agreement, which has to be approved by the governments in Moscow and Kiev, Gazprom is ready to deliver at least five ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) BlackBerry on Friday reported it narrowed its loss in the latest quarter, and expressed optimism that its major restructuring and new business-friendly devices would help fuel a turnaround.

Releasing fiscal second-quarter results, chief executive John Chen said the struggling Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone and tech group could return to profitability next ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The longest-ever strike by Air France pilots was slammed as "catastrophic" by the airline sector Friday, as bitter talks over the company's low-cost subsidiary remained deadlocked.

Over half of Air France's fleet was grounded for the 12th day running, and looked set to remain so into the weekend as pilots refused to budge after days of marathon talks with management.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Every time Gaza fisherman Rami goes to sea, the same thing happens: five nautical miles offshore, shots ring out and a voice over an Israeli loudspeaker demands he turn back.

Officially, Gaza's fishing fleet has the right to trawl the waters up to six nautical miles off the shore under the terms of Israel's eight-year blockade.

Although that outer limit ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) In the wood-panelled rooms of Vienna's traditional coffee houses, tobacco-lovers can still light up pretty much as they please. But one of the last smokers' havens in Europe may be on course to kick the habit.

Even diehard smokers, when arriving in Austria, are in for a shock at the clouds of blue haze filling bars and restaurants, long after the rest of western ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Spain raised its growth forecast on Friday for this year and next and said unemployment would ease by two percentage points in 2015 as the economic recovery gathers pace.

The finance ministry published forecasts of 1.3 percent growth for 2014 and two percent for 2015, raising earlier estimates of 1.2 percent for this year and 1.8 percent for next year.

It ...

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