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(MENAFN - AFP) Ryanair said Tuesday it will consider any offer for its stake in Aer Lingus, which is currently being pursued for a takeover by British Airways owner IAG.

London-listed International Airlines Group is drumming up support for its 1.35-billion-euro ($1.51-billion) bid for Aer Lingus but needs the support of Ryanair, which holds almost 30 percent of the former ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Apple overtook Samsung to regain the top position in global smartphone sales in the fourth quarter, a market tracker said Tuesday.

The survey by Gartner found Apple grabbed a 20.4 percent share of smartphone sales to end users, boosted by the introduction of its large-screen iPhones. The California giant sold 74.8 million handsets, the survey found.

South ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Brent crude prices rallied Tuesday on unrest in crude producer Libya, but gains were tempered by oversupply worries on the eve of weekly US stockpiles data, dealers said.

European benchmark Brent North Sea crude for April delivery won $1.68 to $61.22 per barrel in London late afternoon deals.

New York's West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for April added 73 ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Doctors may be under-estimating the risks to patients from long-term use of paracetamol, the world's most popular painkiller, researchers said Tuesday.

Chronic users of the drug -- people who typically take large, daily doses over several years -- may increase their risk of death, or kidney, intestinal and heart problems, they found.

Led by Philip Conaghan ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Leaders of the west African countries worst hit by Ebola urged the world on Tuesday to back a "Marshall Plan" to help them stamp out the disease and rebuild their shattered economies.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma and Guinean President Alpha Conde pressed the need for recovery at an international conference ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) US Internet giant Google says it is in talks with telecom companies about operating its own mobile phone services in the United States.

"We are actually working with carrier partners. You will see us announce it in the coming months," Sundar Pichai, Google's senior vice-president for products, said on Monday.

"We don't intend to be a network operator ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Harsh winter storms chilled US auto sales in February, with Ford especially taking a hit with a surprise 1.79 percent fall from a year earlier.

Overall, automakers' figures showed more steady growth in the industry, with low gasoline prices continuing to enhance shopping for pickup trucks and especially small and mid-sized sport utility vehicles.

Sales ...

 
(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 ...

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