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(MENAFN - AFP) Ukrainian security agents on Monday seized documents from the Kiev branches of Italy's UniCredit bank as part of an anti-terror investigation linked to individuals with accounts in the European giant.

A spokeswoman for Ukraine's State Security Service (SBU) told Interfax the snap inspections were conducted "in order to halt possible operations aimed at financing ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Paris Bourse closed lower on Monday in a low-key session, with many markets around Europe and in New York closed for public holidays.

Paris' leading CAC 40 index ended the day 0.50 percent down at 5,100 points compared with Friday's close, with extremely low volumes worth less than 700 million euros ($768 million) traded.

Most of Europe's major markets ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Iran will scrap a petrol allowance from midnight on Tuesday as part of a 2010 plan to phase out subsidies on energy products and boost the economy, media reported.

Motorists will no longer to be entitled to buy 60 litres of petrol monthly at a reduced price of 7,000 rials (about 24 US cents) a litre, media reported.

The reports said a litre of standard ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Agreement was reached on Monday to end a crippling fuel crisis in Nigeria that had left the country at a virtual standstill just days before a new government is installed.

Banks had begun to close early and telecoms firms warned their mobile phone networks could be shut down because of fuel shortages, which left domestic airlines grounded and saw petrol stations ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Struggling Greece will keep on repaying its EU-IMF creditors for as long as it can, with some 300 million euros due next week and no deal in talks over the country's remaining bailout funds, a spokesman said Monday.

"To the extent that we are able to pay, we will keep on repaying these obligations," government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis told reporters.

He ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Struggling Greece will keep on repaying for as long as it can its EU-IMF creditors, who have demanded reforms and withheld release of the country's remaining bailout funds, a spokesman said Monday.

"To the extent that we are able to pay, we will keep on repaying these obligations," government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis told reporters.

He added: "It ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Africa's overall economy should advance in 2015, expanding by 4.5 percent, showing resilience despite weak commodity prices and the devastating Ebola epidemic, an annual report published Monday said.

And future growth could be spurred by the continent's population doubling to two billion over the next 35 years, repeating in Africa the economic boom seen in ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Gnarled and gnomish, the vines that produced the best white in one of the world's top wine competitions crouch low and untrellised amid more traditional vineyards in South Africa's scenic Cape winelands.

The Chenin Blanc made from these 40-year-old "bush vines" beat global competition across the full range of white wines to take the top spot in this year's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A Chinese millionaire and self-confessed Star Trek fan has boldly gone where no man has gone before with the design of his company headquarters, erected in the shape of the USS Enterprise.

The office block in the eastern city of Fuzhou has the emblematic circular contours and tubular features of the show's spaceship, according to images on the website of the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Australia is world-renowned for its love of beer. But its passion for a different type of brew -- coffee -- is what has been making global headlines recently.

Sasa Sestic, from the capital Canberra, is the second coffee maker from Down Under to win the World Barista Championship in the competition's 15th year which drew national champions from some 50 countries.

Young, ...

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