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U.S. nurse who had Ebola is virus free - U.S. health officials

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 10:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola is now free of the virus, U.S. health officials said on Friday. Nina Pham, who contracted the disease while treating a man who later died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital, had been undergoing treatment at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, since Oct. 16. The NIH scheduled a Friday news conference to discuss Pham's discharge. (Writing by Bill Trott; Editing by Jim Loney)
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Putin accuses United States of damaging world order

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 10:12

By Alexei Anishchuk LAURA Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of endangering global security by imposing a "unilateral diktat" on the rest of the world and shifted blame for the Ukraine crisis onto the West. In a 40-minute diatribe against the West that was reminiscent of the Cold War and underlined the depth of the rift between Moscow and the West, Putin also denied trying to rebuild the Soviet empire at the expense of Russia's neighbours. "We did not start this," Putin told an informal group of experts on Russia that includes many Western specialists critical of him, warning that Washington was trying to "remake the whole world" based on its own interests.


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Les procureurs des pays d’Afrique réunis à Kinshasa stimulés par le président Joseph Kabila pour lutter ensemble contre l’industrie du crime dans le continent

Digital Congo - 24 October, 2014 - 10:12
Le président Joseph Kabila a reçu en audience jeudi à son cabinet de travail au Palais de la nation une délégation des procureurs des pays d’Afrique réunis à Kinshasa, délégation partie lui présenter des civilités et à laquelle il exprimé ses encouragements à poursuivre leur combat commun pour la lutte contre le crime organisé dans le continent
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Gordon Marsden MP: the Government’s inaction post-MH17

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 10:11
Shadow transport minister Gordon Marsden calls for the Government to use reserve powers and stop flights over conflict areas.
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Majority of Swiss oppose proposal for strict immigration limits - poll

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 10:08

A majority of Swiss voters are against proposals to place strict limits on immigration that will be put to a national vote next month, a closely-watched survey showed on Friday. Fifty-eight percent of Swiss voters are opposed to the initiative, according to a poll conducted by Berne-based research institute gfs.bern, while some 35 percent support it. The vote will be held on Nov. 30, almost 10 months after Switzerland narrowly backed proposals to reintroduce immigration quotas. It would also earmark 10 percent of Switzerland's overseas development aid budget for family planning.


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South African police fire rubber bullets at Diamondcorp strikers

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 09:59
South African police fired rubber bullets on Friday to disperse workers at a mine operated by London-listed DiamondCorp and said members of the hardline AMCU union were involved in the protest. Police spokesman Stephen Thakeng said four of the workers from the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union were injured and 16 arrested for public violence in the latest bout of labour unrest in South Africa's mining sector. "They were blocking the main entrance of the mine and that was when we started to use rubber bullets," Thakeng said. AMCU is know for its militancy and earlier this year led a five-month strike against the world's top platinum producers, the longest and costliest in the country's history.
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Wallaby Beale fined but escapes ban for offensive text

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 09:59

By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Utility back Kurtley Beale has been fined 45,000 Australian dollars ($39,559) for sending an offensive text, but has escaped a ban after being cleared of sending a second "more offensive" photograph, the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Friday. The 25-year-old, who has played 47 times for his country, was accused of sending "deeply offensive" text messages about team business manager Di Patston in June. Patston, who initially did not report the text, resigned because of stress and the affair also led to the resignation of coach Ewen McKenzie, who had brought her into the Wallabies set up from the Queensland Reds. The tribunal found that while a serious violation of the ARU's code of conduct had occurred, there was no evidence that a second "more offensive text and photograph" had been sent by Beale and mitigating factors were taken into account to determine an appropriate sanction.


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China to offer $82 million in fourth round of Ebola aid

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 09:57
China said on Friday it would donate 500 million yuan ($82 million) (51.02 million pound) to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to battle Ebola, its largest round of aid to help contain the spread of the deadly virus. China has sent hundreds of aid workers to Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak and so far has contributed about $40 million in aid to fight the disease, including $6 million to the World Food Programme. "China will offer aid in cash and in kind, send more health experts and medical staff and help build a treatment centre in Liberia," the official Xinhua news agency cited China's President Xi Jinping as saying.
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Draghi urges joint euro zone effort to avert recession

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 09:56
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi urged euro zone leaders at a summit on Friday to make a joint effort combining structural reforms, investment, budget discipline and stimulating demand to avoid "a relapse into recession". An ECB spokesman reading from Draghi's speaking points said he insisted that the EU's budget rules should be credibly upheld to anchor market confidence in the 18-nation currency area, while those countries with a healthy budget position should consider stimulating demand to boost growth. "In 2011-12, we avoided the collapse of the euro in a joint effort. Now our focus should be again to act jointly on avoiding a relapse into recession," the central bank chief said.
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ECB's Draghi tells euro zone more needed to avoid another crisis

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 09:55

By Francesco Guarascio and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - France and Italy renewed their commitment to reform their economies on Friday in the hope of winning more time to bring their public finances in order but the ECB's president warned more needed to be done to avoid "a relapse into recession". After the bloc's revival came to a halt in the second quarter, France and Italy want to shift course away from the spending cuts that marked the bloc's response to the 2009-2012 crisis. Germany says debt discipline must continue. Seated around a large oval table in the EU summit's red marble building, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi told euro zone leaders over lunch that more needed to be done.


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Russia's Putin says Europe unlikely stop buying Russian gas

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 09:55
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he did not expect European countries to stop buying natural gas from Russia as there is no real alternative. "Can you imagine that this will happen at the desire of our partners in Europe? I can hardly imagine this", Putin said in a response to a question during a meeting with Russian and foreign political experts. The European Union, which has imposed sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, has expressed concern that natural gas supplies from Russia that pass through Ukraine could be disrupted this winter and wants to diversify its supplies.
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Ukraine oligarch put on the spot as rebels nibble at his empire

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 09:48
By Gabriela Baczynska DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - The clanging of repairs to tanks and heavy armoured vehicles rings out from a factory in eastern Ukraine that is owned by the country's richest man but was taken over by pro-Russian rebels. Rinat Akhmetov's Corum company says it has nothing to do with the current work at the factory, where captured army vehicles are re-marked and men fix tank tracks, clean cannons and apply extra layers of armour. With a parliamentary election taking place in Ukraine on Sunday and parts of his business empire threatened as the rebels toy with the idea of nationalisation, it is a delicate balancing act. When the separatists first occupied public buildings in Donetsk, the 48-year-old businessman, whose fortune from metals, energy, banks and communications has a net worth put by the Forbes magazine at $11.7 billion, remained silent.
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In eastern Ukraine, parliamentary election deepens divide

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 09:48

By Thomas Grove NOVOTROITSKE Ukraine (Reuters) - Standing at the village polling station where she will oversee Ukraine's parliamentary election on Sunday, Irina Sobko points across a field of wilted sunflowers to a town controlled by Russian-backed rebels where she says there won't be any voting. "We're Ukraine's last polling station, the front line, so to speak," said Sobko, 53, who is on the election committee at one of three polling stations in the pro-Kiev village of Novotroitske in eastern Ukraine. "We want to be part of Europe, and I so hope the vote will be one small step closer," she said, speaking over the clear plastic ballot boxes decorated with blue and yellow tridents, one of Ukraine's national symbols, laid out for Sunday's voters. The vote will be the first parliamentary election in Ukraine since street protests ousted former Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovich and replaced him with a pro-European government, plunging ties between Russia and the West to Cold War-era lows.


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Best is yet to come from Aguero, says Pellegrini

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 09:48

Sergio Aguero may have scored eight goals in his last five games for Manchester City but the Premier League champions are yet to see the best of the Argentina striker, said manager Manuel Pellegrini. Aguero scored all four goals in the home win against Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday to take his tally to 11 in the same number of appearances for City in all competitions this season. Despite that virtuoso performance Pellegrini, speaking ahead of the visit to in-form West Ham United this Saturday, thinks the diminutive forward can reach even dizzier heights. "I was always sure he would return to his normal performances (after being injured) and I think he can get even better." This prediction may sound ominous for their hosts this weekend but Pellegrini expects a tough test for his side, who will be without midfielders Frank Lampard and Samir Nasri.


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Rebekah Brooks in New York 'explores' job opportunities

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 09:46

(Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp's British newspaper division who was at the centre of a phone hacking scandal, is visiting New York this week, exploring possible jobs, a company spokesman said on Friday. A protege of Murdoch, Brooks has been in meetings at News Corp's headquarters, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal and New York Post, and elsewhere exploring job possibilities, according to the spokesman. Brooks soared through the ranks at News Corp from a junior newsroom position to become chief executive officer of News International, the British publisher of The Sun and The Times, before stepping down in 2011 in the wake of the phone hacking scandal Brooks stood trial in London this summer for illegal conspiracy to hack into phones and authorising illegal payments to public officials. The news of her trip to New York was first reported by Capital New York.


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Bank of England paper says some clearing houses may need more capital

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 09:41

By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - Clearing houses may need bigger capital cushions as more and more trading in financial derivatives comes their way, the Bank of England said in a paper on Friday. BoE Governor Mark Carney has said that regulators must make sure that clearing houses don't end up becoming the new breed of "too big to fail" financial firms. The BoE paper is likely to be studied closely by the industry for regulatory pointers as many of Europe's clearers, such as LCH.Clearnet , ICE Clear Europe and CME Clearing Europe operate from London under BoE supervision. Clearers are set to grow massively as new rules require far more off-exchange financial derivatives transactions to be cleared to improve safety and transparency.


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Putin says Washington no threat, but its policies harmful

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 09:32
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he did not think the United States was a threat to Russia but added that he thought Washington's policies were harmful to his country. "I don't think that the United States poses a threat to us," Putin told a meeting of political scholars. I am convinced that they go against our interests, undermine trust in the United States," he said without going into further detail.
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Masked men burn Saudi consulate cars in Egypt - sources

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 09:29
CAIRO/ISMAILIA (Reuters) - Masked men set fire to two cars belonging to the consulate of Saudi Arabia in the Egyptian city of Suez on Friday morning, local security sources and the state news agency reported. Security sources who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters at least four men threw crude fire bombs at the vehicles. State news agency MENA said the cars were parked in a lot in Suez's Arbaeen district. Saudi Arabia has been a strong backer of Egypt since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled former president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last year.
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Mali isolates nurses amid alarm after first Ebola case

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 09:27
By Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra BAMAKO (Reuters) - Nurses and other people who have come into contact with the first Ebola patient in Mali were isolated on Friday as concerns mounted that an epidemic that has killed 4,900 people in neighbouring West African states could take hold in the country. Mali confirmed its first case of Ebola on Thursday and said the two-year-old girl was being treated in the western town of Kayes. She was brought by relatives from neighbouring Guinea, where the epidemic was detected in March, after her mother died of the disease. "I am afraid because, with my job, I am in permanent contact with people but I can't afford to just stop," said taxi driver Hamidou Bamba, 46, in Bamako.
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China to open up more sectors to private investment to spur growth

Yahoo - DRC - 24 October, 2014 - 09:27

China's State Council will expand the scope of private investment in key sectors, including telecoms and transport, it said on Friday, as part of measures to support the slowing economy. China's economy, the world's second largest, grew at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis in the September quarter and risks missing its official target for the first time in 15 years, stoking worries about global growth as well as the risk of social discontent. Premier Li Keqiang chaired a meeting of the council, China's cabinet, which decided that China would "open the door" to more areas for social investment, particularly private capital, a statement on the government's website said. China will "support essential telecommunications enterprises in attracting private strategic investors", the statement added.


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