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(MENAFN - AFP) Their international competitors may be cheering tumbling oil prices, but the collapse in the ruble has meant major financial turbulence for Russian airlines who have expenses in foreign currencies.

The ruble has slumped by 40 percent this year against the dollar and euro, mostly due to crude oil prices falling by half in the past six months as Russia's economy ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Toiling 12 hours a day in a Malaysian electronics factory amid broken promises on wages and working conditions, Manu dreams of returning to his poor Nepal village but is restrained by invisible shackles.

His passport has been illegally confiscated by his employers at the Japanese-owned plant on Kuala Lumpur's gritty outskirts, and he is struggling to pay off ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Greek public doesn't want a new adventure, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras warned Saturday as he sought to stave off a snap election by urging lawmakers to choose a new president in a third and final round of voting.

"The Greek people don't want early elections. The Greek people understand where this adventure could lead," Samaras said in an interview on ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) India's central bank chief lashed out at Uber, already under fire over the alleged rape of a passenger, saying the US taxi-hailing firm violated the country's financial regulations by using an overseas payment system.

A row over the highly valued start-up's financial transactions erupted in India earlier this year after domestic taxi firms complained Uber was ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Sony was still struggling Saturday to fully restore its online PlayStation system, three days after the Christmas day hack that also hit Microsoft's Xbox, reporting that services were "gradually coming back."

Meanwhile, Xbox was up and running except for three of its applications, following an allegedly coordinated attack that sent both companies scrambling.

PlayStation, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Swiss banking giant Credit Suisse can be prosecuted for its role in the US housing finance meltdown, according to a court decision which dismissed the company's bid to halt a suit.

The bank had filed a motion to have a suit for fraud over the sale of questionable mortgage securities that dealt buyers $11.2 billion in losses in the housing crisis dismissed.

But ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Nurses at a public hospital in northern Sierra Leone were on strike Thursday to demand hazard pay for treating Ebola patients, as the region was under lockdown in a bid by authorities to combat the killer virus.

Some 30 nurses at the Mabenteh Hospital in the town of Makeni said they had been refusing to work since Wednesday because of "the non payment of risk ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) British scientists said Wednesday they had discovered 12 genes linked to developmental disorders in children that can cause heart defects, seizures and intellectual disability.

The genes were found in a trawl of the genomes of 1,133 children with severe, undiagnosed disorders and their parents, said the authors of a study published in the journal Nature.

"These ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The cabinet of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved a fresh stimulus package worth $29 billion Saturday in a bid to boost the economy, hit hard by a tax hike.

The 3.5-trillion-yen package is designed to help the provincial economy, small businesses and the household sector, as well as to increase public spending to rebuild areas hit by natural disasters.

"With ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Microsoft's online network for its Xbox gaming console was restored to nearly full service after an allegedly coordinated Christmas Day hack brought it and Sony's PlayStation network down.

The PlayStation network remained down, while Xbox's service returned to all except three of its applications during the day.

The disruption started Christmas Day, PlayStation ...

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