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(MENAFN - AFP) Researchers say they're a step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a Phase 1 trial showing promising results, but it will be months at the earliest before it can be used in the field.

The news comes amid the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever, which has killed nearly 5,700 people, mostly in West Africa.

Pharmaceutical companies and health ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Public services ground to a halt in Greece on Thursday as unions launched a general strike in protest at more austerity planned in the coming year.

The walkout came a day after crucial talks between Greece and its EU-IMF creditors failed to break a deadlock on the country's planned budget and reform agenda for 2015.

Air and ferry traffic was disrupted ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The European Parliament holds a confidence vote Thursday on Jean-Claude Juncker and his entire Commission over the "Luxleaks" tax scandal, in a symbolic but still damaging move less than a month into his five-year mandate.

Juncker and his team of 27 commissioners, who took office on November 1, are virtually certain to survive the vote as major political groups ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Asian stocks were mixed in lacklustre trade Thursday, while oil prices extended losses ahead of a pivotal OPEC meeting expected to maintain the cartel's production levels despite a huge glut.

Tokyo stocks lost 0.78 percent as a stronger yen took the wind out of the market ahead of the US Thanksgiving holiday, which will see US markets closed Thursday and open ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Unemployment in Germany fell in November as the labour market continues to shrug off weak growth, official data showed on Thursday.

The number of people registered as unemployed in Europe's biggest economy fell by a seasonally-adjusted 14,000 in November, the Federal Labour Office said, beating analysts' expectations for a much shallower decline of 1,000 this ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Interpol has launched a hunt for a powerful Kremlin insider turned critic who was once known as "Putin's banker" but more recently ran into bankruptcy and left the country.

Russian authorities accuse Sergei Pugachyov of stealing state money issued to support his now-defunct Mezhprombank during the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.

The 51-year-old was ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The Coca-Cola Company Thursday announced a partnership to form its largest soft drinks bottling company in Africa, serving "high growth" countries on the continent.

The Coca-Cola company together with British drinks giant SABMiller and Gutsche Family Investment, a South Africa private firm, will join forces to form Coca-Cola Beverages Africa.

"The new ...

(MENAFN - AFP) OPEC ministers are meeting in Vienna Thursday for a pivotal decision on whether to slash production, faced with a glut that has sent prices plunging by over 30 percent in five months.

The 12-nation cartel is under pressure from its poorer members like Venezuela and Ecuador to cut output as collapsing prices have slashed their precious revenues.

But its ...

(MENAFN - AFP) "I don't want to go home! What I saw there won't let me go back," cried Sakina Okenge, who fled her birthplace in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo three years ago in terror at attacks by Rwandan rebels.

Thousands like her prefer to live in abject poverty in refugee camps rather than risk being raped, killed or robbed by the Hutu rebels who were ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Typhoon damage and falling public spending slowed the Philippines' previously red-hot economy to its weakest pace in nearly three years with growth expanding 5.3 percent in the third quarter, officials said Thursday.

Fierce winds and destructive floods generated by typhoons led to a 2.7 percent year-on-year contraction in farm output, Economic Planning Secretary ...

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