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(MENAFN - AFP) Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Saturday urged a Davos panel not to succumb to pessimism over the state of the world economy, as he welcomed the "big decision" by the ECB to embark on a huge bond-buying spree.

Kuroda was addressing the closing event at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the four-day gathering that brings together 2,500 of the world's ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) International Airlines Group, parent of British Airways and Iberia, has tabled a higher offer for Aer Lingus after two previous bids were rejected by the Irish carrier, reports said Saturday.

Sky News television and the Financial Times newspaper said that IAG had presented a fresh offer, while the companies could provide details in statements to the market ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The United Nations said on Saturday Liberia was dealing with just five remaining cases of Ebola, in the clearest sign yet that the country is nearing the end of the outbreak.

The worst outbreak of the virus in history has seen the west African nation and its neighbours Guinea and Sierra Leone register almost 9,000 deaths in a year, although experts believe ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Guinean President Alpha Conde is "still at war" against Ebola despite declining cases in his small west African nation, he told AFP in an interview.

Conde was speaking to AFP on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, which brings together 2,500 of the world's most influential business and political leaders.

In its latest update, the World Health Organization ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) ASEAN will officially call itself a single market by year's end, but "big things" like seamless travel within the 10-nation bloc would only come in 2020, Malaysia's trade minister told AFP in an interview.

"We're going to declare ourselves as an ASEAN Economic Community," said Mustapa Mohamed, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Southeast Asian ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Attacks on power plants, telecommunications and financial systems, even turning all of Los Angeles' traffic lights green: Davos elites were warned Saturday of the terrifying possibilities of modern cyber terrorism.

Eugene Kaspersky, who heads the Kaspersky Lab security group, said the possibilities of individuals being hacked would only increase in future as ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Liberia said on Saturday it had just five remaining cases of Ebola, confirming it was close to eradicating an epidemic which has left thousands dead.

The worst outbreak of the virus in history has seen the west African nation and its neighbours Guinea and Sierra Leone register almost 9,000 deaths in a year, although experts believe the real toll could be far ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The head of Germany's central bank on Saturday voiced his "scepticism" about the ECB's decision to launch a trillion-euro bond-buying programme in a bid to ward off deflation and boost the eurozone economy.

"I regard this decision with scepticism," the Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann told the German daily Bild.

Weidmann is a member of the the European ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) For three decades, it's been America's premier independent film festival. But this year more than ever, there is talk at Sundance of the blurring divide between movies, television and online.

This year's festival lineup even includes two TV shows, while the Sundance Institute, the body behind the festival, has set up a separate "laboratory" for young filmmakers ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Hong Kong police say they are hunting a girl aged between 12 and 14 years old over the theft of a diamond necklace worth more than HK$36 million (US$4.6 million) from a luxury jewellery store.

Police say she helped carry out the audacious theft with two women and a man, all aged between 30 and 40.

The adults "pretended to be customers choosing items from ...

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