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(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 ...

(MENAFN - AFP) A surge in low-cost smartphone sales, notably in emerging markets, helped the Google Android platform extend its dominance in the second quarter, a survey showed Thursday.

The report by market tracker IDC said Android phone sales were up 33 percent over the past year to 255 million units, and accounted for 84.7 percent of all global smartphone sales in the ...

(MENAFN - AFP) India's Supreme Court on Thursday gave jailed tycoon Subrata Roy extra time to negotiate the sale of three luxury foreign hotels to raise $1.6-billion bail after his lawyers said a deal was near.

The court gave the founder of the Sahara media-to-finance empire 15 more "working days" - on top of 10 days given him in early August - to use a conference room at ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Spain's public debt has topped one trillion euros ($1.3 trillion) for the first time, the central bank announced Thursday, despite years of government-imposed austerity.

The nation's accumulated public debt mushroomed to 1.007 trillion euros at the end of June from 996 billion euros a month earlier, the Bank of Spain said in a report.

Prime Minister ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The Romanian economy contracted by 1.0 percent in the second quarter to fall back in recession following a 0.2 percent drop in the first quarter, official data showed on Thursday.

The second quarter decline was the steepest in the European Union, Eurostat figures showed.

"With 0.2 percent negative growth in the first quarter and 1.0 percent contraction ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The European Commission said Thursday it would take exceptional measures to support growers in the EU affected by Russia's ban on Western food products.

The Russian embargo, announced earlier this month, came in retaliation to US and European sanctions over Moscow's alleged role in separatist violence in eastern Ukraine.

EU Agricultural Commissioner Dacian ...

(MENAFN - AFP) Shares in US investment star Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway group topped $200,000 apiece for the first time Thursday, less than eight years after breaking the $100,000 barrier.

Already the priciest on US markets, Berkshire shares got even more expensive for investors in a 7.5 percent climb since the company announced record quarterly earnings at the start ...

(MENAFN - AFP) The Ebola outbreak in West Africa threatens to exact a severe economic toll, analysts said on Thursday, as striken countries remained in lockdown and rushed to bolster emergency responses.

The shutting down of schools, borders and government services in the worst-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could have a "significant" financial impact ...

(MENAFN - AFP) China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile operator by subscribers, said Thursday its half-year net profit fell by 8.5 percent, blaming the downturn on fierce competition and market reforms.

The company said in a filing to the Hong Kong bourse, where it is listed, that its net profit for the first six months of 2014 fell to 57.7 billion yuan ($9.37 billion), ...

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