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(MENAFN - AFP) As many as 22 people in South Korea and four US lab workers may have been exposed to anthrax after the American military accidentally shipped out at least one live sample, officials said.

The four lab employees were undergoing medical treatment as a precaution after the military sent the sample inside the country to a commercial lab in Maryland, US officials ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The prime ministers of six Balkans nations called Thursday on the European Union to help finance their economic development, stressing it is key for the volatile region's stability.

"We need money to develop infrastructure and we are addressing Europe to get it," Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a regional economic forum.

By financially supporting ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Channel tunnel operator Eurotunnel announced Thursday it will end its partnership with MyFerryLink in shuttling travellers between France and Britain by sea, amid looming legal challenges.

Eurotunnel said it would not renew contracts expiring on July 2 under which it leased three ferries it had acquired in 2012 from bankrupt maritime transporter SeaFrance to ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Austria's central bank announced on Thursday it would repatriate a large part of its gold reserves currently stored in Britain, after auditors warned of the risk of bulk storing in a foreign country.

Until now the Austrian National Bank has kept 80 percent of its 280 tonnes of gold -- worth around 8.6 million euros ($9.3 million) -- in London.

But by ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European equity markets ended the day mixed Thursday as G7 finance ministers met under the shadow of the increasingly tense Greek crisis.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index of top companies finished 0.11 percent higher compared with Wednesday's close to 7,040.92 points.

But Greece weighed on eurozone stocks, with Frankfurt's DAX 30 falling 0.79 percent ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Debt-wracked Greece's battle to hammer out a deal with its creditors dominated a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of Seven leading industrialised nations Thursday, with officials insisting much work still lay ahead.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble invited his counterparts from Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Japan and the United States ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday warned against complacency about the deadly Ebola virus, saying that the crisis isn't over.

"We have to keep our guard up," Sylvie Briand, head of epidemiology at the UN's health agency, told a stock-taking meeting on Ebola in Paris.

Briand said the situation in Guinea, one of the three West African states ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US pending home sales surged to a nine-year high in April in a strong start to the prime spring season, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday.

Contracts signed for home purchases leaped a more-than-expected 3.4 percent from March, pushing the NAR pending home sales index to 112.4 the highest level since May 2006. It was the fourth straight month ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Airbus is considering increasing production of its medium-haul single-aisle A320 family of aircraft by nearly a third from current levels within three years to meet the strong demand, a senior executive said Thursday.

Airbus's chief operating and commercial officer, John Leahy, said there was sufficient demand to justify raising production to 63 of the aircraft ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A self-service pub offering local beer has become a hit in a tiny Czech village where touring cyclists mingle with locals to help themselves to the country's favourite tipple.

"Ordinary pubs have no chance to survive in a village like this," says local homebrewer Martin Povysil, who installed the beer machine -- resembling a coffee or bank machine, but with ...

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