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(MENAFN - AFP) Liberia's last two known Ebola patients have been discharged from hospital after recovering from the disease, the ministry of health said Wednesday.

The ministry's press spokesman Sorbor George said the two were discharged from the Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia on Friday.

"The two have been responding to the treatment and recovered from the virus last ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The EU's top court on Wednesday ruled that the bloc's new laws on plain tobacco packaging and a ban on menthol cigarettes were legal, rejecting a challenge by tobacco giant Philip Morris and others.

Philip Morris, maker of iconic brands such as Marlboro, and the Polish government had lodged appeals against a tobacco directive adopted by the 28-nation European ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Canada's trade deficit expanded sharply in March to a record gap, largely due to a tumble in exports to the United States, official figures showed on Wednesday.

Statistics Canada said the trade shortfall was CAN$3.4 billion, up from CAN$2.5 billion in February.

March exports fell 4.8 percent to CAN$41.0 billion as exports to the US, a main trading partner, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) IBM on Wednesday opened its quantum computer processor to anyone who wants to try what is expected to be a new kind of computing with enormously improved power and speed.

The cloud-based computing system will allow users to explore the technology, which scientists say may solve certain problems that are impossible to solve on today's supercomputers.

"This ...

(MENAFN - AFP) US-based global markets operator Intercontinental Exchange said Wednesday it had decided not to make an offer for the London Stock Exchange, which has agreed to merge with Deutsche Boerse.

"ICE determined that there was insufficient engagement to confirm the potential market and shareholder benefits of a strategic combination," the company said in a statement.

"Therefore, ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Share prices in mining giants BHP Billiton and Vale skidded sharply Wednesday after Brazilian prosecutors filed a US$43.4 billion lawsuit over a mine accident that killed 19 people and wreaked environmental havoc.

Brazilian iron ore leader Vale saw its share price tumble more than five percent in early trading in Sao Paulo.

Prices in shares of Anglo-Australian ...

(MENAFN - AFP) India's highest court on Wednesday ordered cigarette manufacturers to comply with controversial new rules requiring bigger health warnings on packets that sparked weeks-long factory shutdowns.

The tobacco industry has taken the government to court, arguing that the directives -- aimed at deterring smokers with graphic images of diseased lungs and mouth tumours ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The EU Commission is likely to shoot down Telefonica's blockbuster sale of British telecom giant O2 to Hong Kong group Hutchison on fears it would inflict higher prices on British consumers, a source told AFP on Wednesday.

"We expect European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to block the sale," said a source close to the matter, indicating that a ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Air France-KLM said Wednesday it cut its losses in the first quarter but passenger traffic to Paris was affected by terror attacks, and it warned of a difficult year ahead as it moved to cut French pilots' wages.

The Franco-Dutch group enjoyed lower fuel prices but said this was likely to be offset over the rest of the year by pressure on revenue and by the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Trade between the world's two biggest economies is mutually beneficial, Beijing said Wednesday after presumptive US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump accused China of "rape".

In the run-up to Tuesday's Indiana primary, where the businessman swept to victory and his last serious challenger Ted Cruz bowed out of the race, Trump told a campaign rally: ...

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