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(MENAFN - AFP) Two of four strains of the virus that can cause AIDS come from gorillas in southwestern Cameroon, an international team of scientists reported in studies published Monday in the United States.

The new information means that researchers now know the origins of all strains of the HIV virus that occur in people.

HIV (HIV-1) has at least four strains. Known ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) North Korea has lifted a four-month ban on foreign tourism imposed over concerns of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, tour agencies said on Tuesday.

US-based Uri Tours and China-based Young Pioneer Tours both said they had been told the ban imposed back in October had been lifted, and they could now resume tour bookings to the North.

Uri Tours said ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Faced with increased regulation beginning in 2017, the major US banks are taking a number of restructuring steps, shedding staff and some speculative businesses, and cutting bonuses.

Taking a machete to expenses, banks are speeding up disinvestments, trimming administrative budgets and turning to automation to replace employees in a broad array of banking operations, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) From aspiring "bud tenders" to research scientists and Wall Street analysts, marijuana enthusiasts of every stripe gathered in Washington looking for ways to capitalize on America's evolving pot laws.

Billions of dollars could be up for grabs in years to come as states allow medical marijuana or fully decriminalize the drug -- even though it remains illegal ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Shares in Sharp tumbled almost 10 percent Tuesday morning after a report said the struggling electronics maker will ask its two main lenders for aid, including a 150 billion yen ($1.24 billion) debt-for-equity swap, as it considers closing money-losing businesses.

The firm plunged 9.84 percent to 229.0 yen in the first few minutes of trade before rebounding ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Asian equities stuttered in early trade on Tuesday after healthy gains in the previous session attracted profit-takers, offsetting a strong lead from Wall Street.

Shanghai lost 1.03 percent after rallying Monday in response to the Chinese central bank's weekend interest rate cut, while Hong Kong pared an initial advance to sit marginally lower.

Tokyo ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Greece will speed up its reform proposals to its international creditors to unlock vital loans, its finance minister said Tuesday.

"(On March 9) I will submit a folder of six proposals and discuss with our peers which ones can be implemented immediately," Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis told Star TV in an interview.

Greece's new radical government has ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund approved on Monday funding and debt relief worth about $187 million for Ebola-hit Sierra Leone.

The IMF said it was immediately disbursing just over $85 million to the country under an existing credit facility and further enlarged the facility by about $73 million.

In addition it approved $29 million in debt relief for ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) An American food and farm industries delegation visited Cuba on Monday, sizing up the potential for doing bigger business with the Americas' only communist-run nation.

US President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro took the world by surprise in December when they announced their decision to seek closer relations and end more than half a century of enmity.

But ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Shares in Sharp tumbled nearly 10 percent in early trade Tuesday after the Nikkei business daily reported that the struggling electronics maker plans to request aid from two main lenders, including a 150 billion yen ($1.24 billion) debt-for-equity swap.

Sharp fell to 229 yen in the first few minutes of trade, down 9.84 percent from Monday's close, before slightly ...

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