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(MENAFN - AFP) Amazon said Monday it has agreed to buy the videogame platform Twitch for $970 million, bringing it access to a huge audience who watch games being streamed live via the site.

The three-year-old, San Francisco-based Twitch Interactive streams games being played for non-playing viewers to watch, and hosts gaming events.

It allows viewers to chat with the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A group of Japanese porn actresses are preparing to have their breasts squeezed by fans for 24 hours this weekend for a charity event loosely translated as "Boob Aid".

The nine adult movie stars told local media on Monday they could barely contain their excitement about the "Stop! AIDS" campaign event - which will be televised live - but asked, perhaps somewhat ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Railway enthusiasts with a taste for nostalgia will soon be able to indulge their Orient Express fantasies after Hungarian Railways said it was launching a luxury Budapest-Tehran train service.

With ticket prices of between 10,000 and 23,000 euros ($13,000-31,000) per person, guests will receive "five-star" treatment including complimentary alcohol right up ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The UN's new pointman on Ebola said Monday the fight against the epidemic was a "war" which could take another six months, and warned that airlines boycotting the region were hampering the response.

David Nabarro, a British physician the United Nations has appointed to coordinate the global response to the crisis, was in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown for ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Saudi Arabia could earn $8.5 billion from this October's hajj, according to a study published on Monday, which predicted that two million Muslims would make the pilgrimage to Mecca.

The Mecca Chamber of Commerce said revenues from the world's largest annual gathering of Muslims would increase by three percent from last year.

The study was based on estimates ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The number of US youths who have tried e-cigarettes tripled from 2011 to 2013, raising concerns about the potential for a new generation of nicotine addicts, US health authorities said Monday.

More than a quarter of a million young people who had never smoked a cigarette used e-cigarettes in 2013, said the findings from the US Centers for Disease Control and ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Russia's economy minister urged Monday an easing of budget rules to allow a bigger deficit to finance investments needed to overcome Western sanctions.

"With a responsible planned increase in the budget deficit we would unleash a new wave of economic stimulus, which is so important in this tense geopolitical situation," Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said.

His ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Norwegian energy group Statoil said Monday it intended to continue its partnership with Russia's Rosneft, despite Western economic sanctions imposed on Moscow for its role in the Ukranian crisis.

"Of course, (the imposition of sanctions) hasn't made it any easier for either Rosneft or companies working with that company and other Russian companies," Statoil ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The S&P 500 topped the 2,000 mark for the first time Monday helped by more promises of economic support from the US and European central banks.

A fresh burst of merger activity also sparked buyers, with Switzerland's Roche paying $8.3 billion for smaller pharmaceutical company InterMune, and fast-food chains Burger King and Tim Hortons discussing a tie-up.

An ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Aircraft leasing firm BOC Aviation said Monday it has ordered 80 Boeing 737 planes and two B777-300ERs worth a total $8.8 billion at list prices, to meet expanding client needs as travel booms in Asia.

The Singapore-based company, owned by the Bank of China, said the bulk of the orders was for 50 B737 MAX 8 planes and 30 next-generation B737-800s.

The ...

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