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(MENAFN - AFP) Oregon on Wednesday became the fourth US state to allow the recreational use of marijuana, amid a growing legalization trend in the western United States.

The changes in the northwestern state's law come after voters in November approved a ballot measure making it legal to smoke, grow and own pot, though the drug remains illegal under federal law.

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(MENAFN - AFP) Liberia said Wednesday a teenager who died of Ebola fever had spread the virus to at least two more people, confirming the first outbreak of the tropical disease for months.

Health officials told AFP the infected pair had been in physical contact with the 17-year-old victim before his death on Sunday in a village near the country's international airport, around ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) A blistering heatwave sweeping through Europe on Wednesday brought blackouts to France and fears of heat stroke for Wimbledon tennis fans, but meant a range of interesting ice creams for the continent's zoo animals.

With temperatures pushing 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), the UN warned heatwaves were growing more frequent and intense due to climate ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday that allowing a borrower to delay repayment, as Greece has requested, is generally ineffective in helping a country overcome crisis.

"More than 30 years ago, the IMF granted a few low-income countries delays at their request, but in each case the delay proved not to help with immediate financing needs or fundamental ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Macy's became the latest company to sever ties with Donald Trump Wednesday, announcing it would end the Trump clothing line following the mogul's remarks about Mexican immigrants.

"Macy's is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion," the department store said. "We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form."

"In light of statements made ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) The port at Calais in northern France was due to partially re-open from 1800 GMT Wednesday, a union leader said, as ferry workers suspended protests that have blocked access for three consecutive days.

Ahead of a meeting with Transport Minister Alain Vidalies on Thursday morning, the workers "will maintain pressure on the ships, but will let boats from the ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Kuwait parliament Wednesday passed the 2015/2016 state budget which projects a 7.0-billion dinar ($23.2 billion) deficit due to the sharp drop in oil prices.

Forty-seven MPs voted for the budget which projects revenues at 12.2 billion dinars ($40.7 billion), a massive 39.2 percent drop from last year's estimates. Four members opposed the budget.

Spending ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) China and France's plan to team up on projects in Africa and Asia is a win-win deal that will "serve the interests of all", Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang said Wednesday.

In recent years, China has muscled out Western nations from emerging economies, especially in Africa, but appears to be changing tack with the deal which was signed Tuesday and branded ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) European stock markets rebounded on Wednesday, with Greece proposing a reworked deal closer to the position of its creditors as Athens continued to seek a bailout that would keep it in the eurozone.

The CAC 40 in Paris climbed 1.94 percent to 4,883.19 points and Frankfurt's DAX 30 jumped 2.15 percent to 11,180.50 points.

Madrid won 1.32 percent and Milan ...

 
(MENAFN - AFP) Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras vowed Wednesday to push ahead with a controversial bailout referendum despite pressure from European leaders, and urged creditors to accept a fresh reform offer by Athens.

Hours after Greece became the first advanced economy to default on the IMF, the leftist leader used a televised address to tell Greeks to vote 'No' on ...

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