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(MENAFN - AFP) Doctors at a Berlin clinic said on Wednesday quadruplets, whose very premature births to a 65-year-old German mother have captured headlines and stirred debate, face big health risks.

Eight days after their delivery about 15 weeks early, two of the newborns are receiving help breathing and one has undergone surgery for an intestinal problem, said the medical ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A group of Ukrainians infected with HIV warned on Wednesday that thousands could soon perish because the war-torn country was running out of treatment for the virus responsible for AIDS.

The activists staged a poignant protest in which they marked out territory for a symbolic cemetery outside the government building in central Kiev.

"We are calling on ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The number of hungry people around the world has dropped below 800 million for the first time since the UN started counting, the Food and Agriculture Organisation said in an annual report on Wednesday.

The Rome-based agency said there are 795 million people around the world suffering from hunger, 216 million fewer than in 1990-92, and that the world was on ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The European Central Bank on Wednesday left the amount of emergency funds available to Greek banks unchanged at 80.2 billion euros amid signs of slowing depositor withdrawals, a Greek banking source said.

It was only the second time the ECB did not raise the ceiling of its emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) programme for Greek banks since February, when it ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Foreign direct investment in Latin America and the Caribbean fell 16 percent in 2014, reversing a decade-long growth trend as the region's economies slowed, a UN panel said Wednesday.

Foreign investment in the region fell to $158.8 billion last year from a record $190 billion in 2013, said the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

It ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Luxury jeweller Cartier said Wednesday it doesn't intend to climb on the smartwatch bandwagon, viewing none of the hi-tech gadgets equal to the traditional timepieces the 168 year-old company makes.

"There's usefulness, but no emotion," Cartier chief Stanislas de Quercize told AFP, referring to the Internet-connected smartwatches Apple, Sony, LG and Samsung ...

(MENAFN - AFP) US online retail giant Amazon said Wednesday it is creating more than 6,000 full-time jobs in the United States as it expands its deliveries system.

The decision to hire additional employees to process customer orders was taken to "meet growing customer demand," the Seattle-based company said.

The hiring will expand staff at 19 of the company's more than ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The United States still believes China's yuan currency is undervalued, unlike the International Monetary Fund, US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Wednesday.

"We continue to think it's undervalued," Lew said in a talk at the London School of Economics university.

The IMF said Tuesday that the yuan, also known as the renminbi (RMB), was no longer undervalued.

"The ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Greece on Wednesday said it was close to a loan deal with its EU-IMF creditors that would unlock badly-needed bailout loans for its struggling economy.

"We are in the final stretch, we are close to an agreement," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said after a briefing at the finance ministry.

"Very soon we will be able to present more details," he said, as ...

(MENAFN - AFP) European equity markets closed sharply higher Wednesday before a G7 finance meeting focusing on Greece's debt drama, while airlines group IAG neared its takeover of Irish rival Aer Lingus.

Finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of Seven (G7) wealthiest nations are meeting in Dresden to discuss the global economy and financial regulation, ...

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