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Liberians fast, pray for three days to break Ebola 'curse'

Yahoo - DRC - 1 hour 33 min ago
MONROVIA (Reuters) - (This version of the October 29 story corrects paragraph 7 to make clear that Senegal, not Sierra Leone, was declared Ebola free) Liberians began three days of fasting and prayers on Wednesday to seek salvation from the "curse" of the Ebola epidemic, which has killed 2,705 people and infected 4,665 more in the West African country. The National Christian Ebola Task Force, an organisation formed in September by different Christian denominations, urged Liberians to fast from dawn-to-dusk over the next three days. It's killing us because we have turned our back to God," Reverend David G. Benitoe, a representative of the task force, told a news conference. Liberia is the country hardest-hit by the worst outbreak on record of the viral haemorrhagic fever, which is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of those infected.
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China's Internet chief accuses U.S. of hacking but says talks 'unhindered'

Yahoo - DRC - 1 hour 39 min ago

Eighty percent of Chinese government websites have been attacked by hackers, with most of the assaults launched from the United States, a top Chinese Internet regulator said on Thursday. Lu Wei, head of the State Internet Information Office, condemned the use of "superior technology to attack or steal secrets". Chinese state councillor Yang Jiechi told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry this month that resuming cybersecurity cooperation between China and the United State would be difficult because of "mistaken U.S.

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Power of 'France Inc' on display in Sanofi boardroom coup

Yahoo - DRC - 1 hour 45 min ago

By Andrew Callus PARIS (Reuters) - Events at Sanofi this week cost a high-flying German-Canadian boss his job and global investors billions. They are also a reminder that corporate France carries the national interest in its DNA, and neglects its family duties at its peril. Chris Viehbacher, sacked by a unanimous vote of his board on Wednesday, made the group into a multinational, a top five global drugmaker with a footprint in over 100 countries. Although Paris-listed, the firm has less than a quarter of its employees in France, while a majority of its shareholders are to be found outside the country.

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Zambia's Treasury says no change in policy, markets should stay calm

Yahoo - DRC - 1 hour 48 min ago
Zambia's economic policies remain unchanged after the death of President Michael Sata, and there is no need for the market to panic, the finance ministry of Africa's second-biggest copper producer said on Thursday. "I wish to appeal to all economic players, to remain calm as they execute their business activities and to desist from speculative tendencies that may cause instability in our economy," Fredson Yamba, secretary to the Treasury, said in a statement. As a nation, our economic policies will continue to be sound irrespective of who takes office." Zambia's kwacha weakened more than 2 percent to 6.52/dollar on Wednesday, its weakest in more than four months, on news of Sata's death. The southern African nation has enjoyed high rates of economic growth in recent years and Sata oversaw an ambitious programme to build roads and make other upgrades to Zambia's decrepit infrastructure, funded in part by a debut Eurobond.
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Zambia may be backing off steeper mine royalty rates - Barrick

Yahoo - DRC - 1 hour 48 min ago
(Reuters) - There are indications that Zambia may be backing away from plans to impose a 20 percent royalty rate on open pit mining in the country, a top executive with Barrick Gold Corp said on Thursday. "Our sense is that the government realizes that the numbers they have imposed will be very challenging for the industry," Barrick co-president Kelvin Dushnisky said on a conference call to discuss the company's third-quarter results. In his budget speech earlier this month, Zambia's Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda said the southern African country will increase royalties on open pit mines to 20 percent and on underground mines to 8 percent from 6 percent currently. Barrick, which owns the large Lumwana open pit copper mine in Zambia, has said that a 20 percent royalty would seriously challenge the economics of the mine.
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Nouveau Secrétaire général du Reseac : Malumalu promet que son réseau va travailler pour la démocratisation des pays de la sous-région

Digital Congo - 1 hour 48 min ago
Elu Secrétaire général du Reseac, le président de la Ceni a au cours de la cérémonie de clôture de l’Assemblée générale du Réseau du savoir électoral en Afrique centrale promis de travailler pour la consolidation et l’amélioration des processus électoraux en mettant en place une synergie pour développer une culture électorale.
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Apple's Tim Cook says 'proud to be gay'

Yahoo - DRC - 1 hour 49 min ago

Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook publicly came out as gay, saying in a magazine article that he wanted to support others who find it difficult to reveal their sexual orientation. "So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," Cook said in an article he wrote in Bloomberg Businessweek published on Thursday. Cook's statement makes public a fact long known but rarely discussed openly in California's close-knit Silicon Valley technology community. A popular gay and lesbian magazine, Out, placed Cook at the top of its annual top 50 list of gay people in 2013.

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Germany pledges to ban anti-Islamist rally after Cologne clashes

Yahoo - DRC - 1 hour 53 min ago
By Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - The German capital Berlin is scrambling to ban a planned rally against Islamists by neo-Nazis and self-styled football hooligans after rioting in Cologne in which 49 police officers were injured. The disturbances coincided with growing concern that Western-led air strikes to stop the advance of Islamic State insurgents in Syria and Iraq are radicalising some young people with Muslim immigrant backgrounds in Germany and elsewhere. The hooligans - as they term themselves - want to stage a protest against ultra-conservative Islamic Salafists at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate on Nov. 15, a week after the capital celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Berlin's senator for interior affairs Frank Henkel told ARD television he had heard talk of 10,000 people wanting to attend.
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EU's Barroso believes Russia/Ukraine gas deal struck

Yahoo - DRC - 1 hour 54 min ago
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Thursday he believed the European Union had successfully brokered a deal on gas supplies between Russia and Ukraine. Barroso said in remarks made as he prepares to leave office on Friday that he was pleased still to be at work because "apparently we have an accord which the Commission has mediated between Russia and Ukraine." Negotiators had made no obvious progress in talks that began on Wednesday and were adjourned in the early hours of Thursday.
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Artificial hips business boosts Smith & Nephew profit

Yahoo - DRC - 1 hour 55 min ago
By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Artificial knee and hip maker Smith & Nephew posted an expected 3 percent rise in third-quarter trading profit, as solid growth in orthopaedic reconstruction offset a decline in its wound management business due to a product recall. "In U.S reconstruction, our better performance continued with a second quarter at or above market growth, led by standout growth in hips," Chief Executive Olivier Bohuon told reporters on Thursday. "We still have more work to do in Europe and in advanced wound care in the U.S., but our track record has been established." Revenue in its advanced wound management division fell 1 percent, dragged down by an enforced recall of its Renasys negative pressure wound therapy device in the U.S. The company, which has long been touted as a takeover target for a bigger rival like Stryker , reported trading profit of $246 million (153.73 million British pounds) on revenue also up 3 percent at $1.15 billion, resulting in earnings per share of 19.5 cents.
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US voters deciding on billions for conservation

Yahoo - DRC - 1 hour 57 min ago

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history.

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West Ham sweat on Sakho fitness as Carroll returns

Yahoo - DRC - 1 hour 57 min ago

West Ham United's in-form striker Diafra Sakho is "touch and go" to face Stoke City at the weekend, but the flying Hammers will be boosted by Andy Carroll's return to training, manager Sam Allardyce said on Thursday. Senegal striker Sakho, who has scored six goals in his last six Premier League starts, injured a shoulder during West Ham's surprise 2-1 victory over Manchester City last weekend. "It's touch and go, we'll make a decision on Friday to see how his (Sakho's) shoulder is," Allardyce told a news conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Stoke.

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North Korea to deepen probe into Japanese abductees - Japan's Abe

Yahoo - DRC - 2 hours 2 min ago

North Korea had told Japan it intends to deepen its probe into the fate of Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang decades ago, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, but there was no indication of any imminent breakthrough. Abe's administration is under fire for fund-related scandals in his cabinet that have forced two ministers to resign and put others under scrutiny, and any progress in the talks with North Korea would provide a welcome relief. "North Korea indicated its stance to thoroughly deepen its investigation from a new angle, without sticking to the results of past probes," Abe told journalists outside his official residence after receiving a report from diplomats back from two days of talks in Pyongyang, the first such visit in a decade. He added that Japan had told North Korea's highest-level officials that resolving the issue was Tokyo's top priority, but gave no further details.

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Dollar surges as Fed ends QE on hawkish note

Yahoo - DRC - 2 hours 3 min ago

By Jamie McGeever and Francesco Canepa LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar surged to a three-week high and global shares fell on Thursday as the Federal Reserve struck a confident note on the U.S. The Fed's announcement late on Wednesday that it was ending bond-buying after six years was widely expected, but its decision to drop a characterisation of U.S. "This is a key step for the Fed, and despite market jitters in the short-term, it's a necessary move as the U.S. "The global economy doesn't need more liquidity at this point, it needs economic growth." In a statement on Wednesday after a two-day meeting, the Fed retained its basic guidance that overnight borrowing costs would remain near zero for a "considerable time".

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Finance ministry consults on residential mortgages, will review buy-to-let in 2015

Yahoo - DRC - 2 hours 4 min ago

Britain's finance ministry launched a consultation on Thursday about new powers requested by the Bank of England to regulate residential mortgages, but said discussion of similar curbs on buy-to-let mortgages would have to wait until 2015. "The government is proposing that the Bank is granted powers of direction for loan to value limits and debt to income limits for owner-occupied mortgages," the ministry said. The BoE requested these powers on Oct. 2, along with the ability to limit the size of buy-to-let mortgages relative to rental payments.

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Daimler, VW dampen speculation about imminent CEO succession

Yahoo - DRC - 2 hours 11 min ago

Succession is not an imminent topic at Daimler or Volkswagen , the chief executives of both carmakers said on Thursday, adding that any potential candidates would most likely come from within their respective companies. Daimler chief Dieter Zetsche and Martin Winterkorn, who heads up Volkswagen, were both asked during a panel discussion in Munich whether succession was imminent and whether a suitable candidate had emerged. Zetsche said it was generally unwise to speculate in public about who would become the next chief executive, because premature exposure may prove disruptive to a smooth succession process. Daimler has a number of internal candidates who have the opportunity to prove themselves as being worthy, Zetsche added somewhat cryptically.

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Rebound in FTSE halted by drop in BT and commodity stocks

Yahoo - DRC - 2 hours 12 min ago

By Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON (Reuters) - A fall in the share prices of commodity companies, and in telecoms group BT halted a rebound in Britain's top equity index on Thursday. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index , which had continued over the last two days to rise off 15-month lows reached earlier in October, was down by 0.5 percent, or 29.11 points, at 6,424.76 points going into the close of the trading session. Miners, commodity and oil related stocks, which have a heavy weighting in the FTSE, combined to take more than 20 points off the index. The Fed ended its QE programme on Wednesday and in a statement noted the improving U.S.

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Chile está en condiciones de iniciar proceso recuperación economía: jefe B.Central

Yahoo - DRC - 2 hours 13 min ago

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile cuenta con un sólido marco macroeconómico y está en condiciones de poder iniciar un proceso de recuperación tras haber alcanzado probablemente en el tercer trimestre su punto más bajo de dinamismo, dijo el jueves el presidente del Banco Central, Rodrigo Vergara. Chile atraviesa por una fuerte desaceleración económica en medio de un retroceso de la demanda, principalmente del consumo. "La economía ha perdido fuerza en los últimos trimestres, reduciendo los cálculos para este año (... ...

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Elaborate FBI repairman ruse shown in videos

Yahoo - DRC - 2 hours 16 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wearing a lapel camera and posing as an Internet repairman, an undercover government agent walked into a luxury villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and recorded everything he saw as part of a major international gambling bust.
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Après son séjour en Province Orientale : Joseph Kabila en visite de compassion et de réconfort à Beni

Digital Congo - 2 hours 20 min ago
La visite du Président congolais est motivé par le récent massacre qui a eu lieu dans cette partie de la RDC avec à ce jour un bilan de près de 80 morts.
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