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(MENAFN - AFP) A candidate vaccine against the joint disease chikungunya, endemic to Africa and south Asia but moving north- and westward, showed promise by provoking an immune response in human trials, its developers said Friday.

The trial drug is made with nanoparticles that resemble a West African strain of the virus, which causes high fever and intensely painful arthritis, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Hungarian schoolchildren are set to face annual obesity tests, the latest move in sports-loving Prime Minister Viktor Orban's drive to mould a healthier population, organisers said Thursday.

From September pupils aged between 10 and 18 will undergo a compulsory annual National Fitness Test which will measure body fat ratio and eight other health parameters, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The Ebola epidemic in West Africa claimed a fourth victim in Nigeria on Thursday while the United States ordered the evacuation of diplomats' families from Sierra Leone and analysts warned of a heavy economic toll on the stricken region.

As well as four deaths, Nigeria confirmed six others were being treated at a special isolation unit in its economic capital ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Yahoo announced Thursday the relaunch of its e-commerce platform, which allows small businesses to easily set up online retailing.

The new Yahoo Stores system, said a company blog post, allows users to "turn your idea into a business in less than two minutes."

Amit Kumar, head of Yahoo Small Business, said the new platform was "a completely reimagined, ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Portugal's Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected part of the government's austerity measures, but approved a temporary reduction in civil servants' pay.

The country's top court rejected a tax of two to three percent on pensions starting at 1,000 euros ($1,300), which was supposed to bring in 372 million euros in 2015, because it did not ensure "fairness ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Coca-Cola announced Thursday it will pay $2.15 billion for a 16.7 percent stake in Monster Beverage, cementing a distribution-based link between the two that had added significantly to Coke's profits.

The deal would lock in for the soft drink giant a share of the energy drink market, where its own brands have lagged far behind Monster Energy and rival Red Bull.

Coke ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A long-running battle over the future of French holiday-resort group Club Med took a twist on Thursday with the withdrawal of French and Chinese bidders.

Ardian, a French investment firm, and Chinese conglomerate Fosun had made an offer of 17.5 euros per share valuing Club Med at nearly 600 million euros ($802 million).

They made the bid via a company ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Banana giant Chiquita rejected Thursday the takeover bid by Brazil's Cutrale and Safra groups, calling their offer "inadequate" and sticking to its plan to merge with European fruit seller Fyffes.

The board of Chiquita Brands International turned down the $13 a share, $611 million cash offer for all of its stock made Monday by Cutrale, a global power in orange ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The American doctor who became ill with the Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia will be released from a US hospital soon, a Christian aid group said Thursday.

"Dr. Kent Brantly is doing very well and hopes to be released sometime in the near future," said a statement from Samaritan's Purse.

It did not give any specifics on timing.

The ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) President Juan Manuel Santos signalled his support Thursday for a bill that would allow the medical use of marijuana in Colombia.

The ruling Liberal Party proposed the measure for a vote in the current session of the Colombian Congress, which opened July 20.

"We look favorably on the initiative on the medical and therapeutic use of marijuana," Santos ...

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