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(MENAFN - AFP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the EU's eastern partners Thursday not to expect too much of the bloc and warned Russia to mend its ways over Ukraine if it wanted to rejoin the G7 club of top nations.

At the same time, Merkel, who has played a key role in Ukraine peace efforts, said Russia had no reason to fear closer ties between the 28-nation bloc and ...

(MENAFN - AFP) At least 27 Burundian refugees fleeing weeks of political violence have died of cholera in Tanzania, the United Nations said Thursday, warning more could die without urgent action.

Over 110,000 Burundians have become refugees since unrest erupted in their country in April, according to the UN refugee agency.

More than 70,000 have gone to Tanzania, over ...

(MENAFN - AFP) About 30 countries have health systems that are as dangerously weak as the ones that allowed Ebola to ravage Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization warned Thursday.

The UN health agency stressed the urgency of learning the lessons drawn from the outbreak that has killed more than 11,100 people in west Africa, calling for strengthening ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest lender, faced the wrath of shareholders over its poor profitability and wave of scandals at the annual meeting Thursday, while promising to make improvements.

"We have made progress, but our work is not complete... We know you are disappointed," one of the co-chief executives Anshu Jain told around 4,000 shareholders who attended ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund on Thursday announced a less pessimistic forecast for Russia's economy, predicting no more than 3.4 percent contraction in 2015 and emergence from recession in 2016.

The IMF had last month predicted that the economy would contract by 3.8 percent this year and by 1.1 percent in 2016.

"A recession is expected in 2015 followed ...

(MENAFN - AFP) European stocks fell Thursday after a largely downbeat session in Asia and Wall Street edging lower, with dealers uncertain over the exact timing of a hike in US interest rates.

But on the currency market, the British pound hit two-month highs against the euro on upbeat retail sales data.

In afternoon deals, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index was little ...

(MENAFN - AFP) CVS Health Corp, the US pharmacy benefits giant and drugstore chain, said Thursday it was buying Omnicare for $12.7 billion to expand its services to seniors.

"With the acquisition of Omnicare, CVS Health will significantly expand its ability to dispense prescriptions in assisted-living and long-term care facilities, serving the senior patient population," ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The head of the group that oversees all Internet addresses will step down early next year, after a plan to end US oversight of the key nonprofit organization.

Fadi Chehade sent notice to the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on Thursday announcing he would leave after an annual meeting to be held in Morocco in March.

"I ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The European Central Bank revealed Thursday that its governing council believes its contested bond purchase programme is working and there is no talk of scaling it back just yet.

"Members generally agreed that a steady hand and the firm implementation of the measures decided in January 2015 would best serve to support the economic recovery and a return of ...

(MENAFN - AFP) "Twerking", "hashtag" and "facetime" are among 6,500 brash new entries in the Scrabble "Bible" that reflect the Internet age but have left traditionalists squirming.

The number of new words in "Official Scrabble Words", published by Collins, is double the amount added to the previous edition -- boosted by slang, pop culture and the web.

"The Internet ...

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