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(MENAFN - AFP) Canada's economy grew 0.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014 as households boosted expenditure, the government statistical agency said Tuesday.

Gross domestic product (GDP) beat analysts' expectations but was still down from the previous quarter's 0.8 percent growth.

Expressed at an annualized rate, GDP expanded 2.4 percent, said Statistics Canada.

Car ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The Turkish lira hit a new all-time low in value against the dollar on Tuesday, extending recent losses after accelerating inflation stoked concerns about the emerging economy.

The lira peaked at 2.5360, exceeding a previous low of 2.5275 after official data released Tuesday showed that annual inflation remained well above the central bank's target in February. ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Europe's main stock markets slipped on Tuesday after recent strong gains, with traders sitting tight as the eurozone awaits fresh central bank stimulus.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index dipped 0.30 percent to stand at 6,919.95 points in afternoon deals after reaching an intra-day high on Monday.

Frankfurt's DAX 30 index slid 0.18 percent to 11,390.05 ...

(MENAFN - AFP) People who drink three to five cups of coffee a day may have a lower risk of clogged arteries that can cause serious heart problems, a study said Tuesday.

The South Korean research is the latest on the health effects of the popular brew, previously associated with a reduced risk of developing multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's and Alzheimers disease.

For ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The leaders of the west African countries worst hit by Ebola called for more aid to eradiate the disease and rebuild their shattered economies at an international conference in Brussels Tuesday.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma and Alpha Conde of Guinea urged the world to help their recovery as the number of ...

(MENAFN - AFP) What is an "average" size for a penis

The enduring question now has a scientific answer: 13.12 centimetres (5.16 inches) in length when erect, and 11.66 cm around, according to an analysis of more than 15,000 appendages around the world.

In a flaccid state, it found, the penis of the average Joe is all of 9.16 cm in length and has a girth of 9.31 cm.

The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Ukraine's central bank announced plans to raise its benchmark refinancing rate to 30 percent from 19.5 percent, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported Tuesday.

The rate change, which aims to rein in runaway inflation, will take effect on Wednesday, the bank's governor Valeriya Gontareva was quoted as saying.

Ukraine's currency, the hryvnia, has collapsed ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said Tuesday it would begin funding critically needed investment in cash-strapped Greece as Athens nears the end of a massive bailout programme.

The private-sector champion said the programme would cover the next five years until 2020 but declined to give a figure for its potential investment after ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Factory employment has been falling for more than a year in the workshop of the world as Chinese growth slows, and analysts expect more intervention by the central bank after its second interest rate cut in just three months.

The weekend's rate reduction comes as authorities contend with rising deflationary threats in the world's second-largest economy and ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Mining and commodities giant Glencore was back in the black in 2014, posting a $2.3 billion net profit, but took a $1.1 billion impairment charge on dwindling commodity prices, it said Tuesday.

The healthy profit comes after the Swiss company suffered an $8.0 billion loss a year earlier.

However, taking into account the group's absorption of Swiss mining ...

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