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(MENAFN - AFP) Two experimental Ebola vaccines, tested in Liberia on more than 600 people in a phase 2 clinical trial appear to be safe, the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said Thursday.

The results confirm two clinical trials, each with some 20 people, that were carried out earlier in the United States.

The current, unprecedented ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Republican-led US Senate approved a 2016 budget blueprint early Friday, one that would balance federal spending in 10 years without raising taxes, trim trillions of spending dollars and repeal "Obamacare."

The process, in which several dozen politically-charged amendments were offered, saw Democrats and Republicans stake out their positions ahead of the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) State-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland on Friday said it has sold the international arm of Coutts private bank to Swiss peer Union Bancaire Privee (UBP) for an undisclosed amount.

The part-sale of Coutts, which counts Queen Elizabeth II among its rich and famous clients, is in line with RBS's strategy of scaling back its international operations following a huge ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian markets were mixed on Friday in edgy trade as investors track the crisis in Yemen, with fears that unrest in the country could turn into a wider Middle East conflict.

Wall Street provided another negative lead while the euro struggled after tumbling in New York from levels above $1.10 earlier in the day as traders sought out safe investments.

Oil ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Oil prices surged Thursday after Saudi Arabian jets struck rebel targets in Yemen, sparking fears that an escalating crisis in the country could threaten crude producers in the Middle East.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for May delivery soared $2.22, or 4.5 percent, to close at $51.43 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, its highest level in ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Italy has chosen Neapolitan pizza as its candidate for protection under UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, Italian media report.

The Italian National Commission for UNESCO decided to recognise "the art of Neapolitan pizza makers" in tribute to their culinary skills.

The list "is composed of intangible heritage elements that concerned communities ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Few cricket fans have heard of James Laver, even though the master craftsman's bats -- likened to "Stradivarius in willow" -- have graced the innings of legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting.

Laver works in relative anonymity in the hamlet of Waipawa on New Zealand's North Island, hand-carving bats for his boutique Laver & Wood ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) One month after Anita Rajput's son was crushed to death by two buses as he walked home in the Indian capital, the distraught mother cannot bear to send her remaining child back to school.

"Has anything changed How can I let him out on the road What if my younger son meets a similar fate," Rajput told AFP, tears welling in her eyes.

India has some of the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) England's slain king Richard III, exhumed from an undignified grave beneath a car park, was finally buried with honour on Thursday, 530 years after his brutal death on the battlefield.

In a poignant ceremony, a coffin containing his bones was gently lowered into the ground at Leicester Cathedral in central England, a short distance from where they were found ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Italy's tradition of blessing olive branches on Palm Sunday should be ditched this year for fear of spreading a bacteria devastating trees in the south, farmers warned Wednesday.

"It would be the first time that olive branches are not distributed during (Easter) Holy Week, but it is a decision that must be taken to prevent the spread of the disease to millions ...

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