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  • Study: Novel heart failure drug shows big promise Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    Doctors say the Novartis drug— which doesn't have a name yet— seems like one of those rare, breakthrough therapies that could quickly change care for more than half of the 6 million Americans and 24 million people worldwide with heart failure. It was paid for, designed and partly run by Novartis, based in Basel, Switzerland.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sept 10 Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LJUBLJANA- Bled Strategic Forum 2014 in Slovenia.

  • Shares of United Therapeutics closed up $26.14 at $117.83 on the Nasdaq, boosting the company's market value by about $1.24 billion to $5.57 billion.

  • In afternoon trading, United Therapeutics' shares were up $24.56, or 26.8 percent, at $116.25, after earlier rising as much as 28.7 percent to a record $118.00.

  • GENEVA/ LAGOS Aug 28- The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, the U.N. health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.

  • UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 6:38 AM ET

    GENEVA— Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes— banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors— until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.

  • ZURICH, Aug 26- Straumann, the world's largest maker of dental implants, has no interest in joining the suitors for No.2 player Nobel Biocare, preferring instead to go after deals in the fast-growing Chinese market, it said on Tuesday.

  • GENEVA, Aug 25- United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned "appalling, widespread" crimes being committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including killings, slavery, sexual crimes and targeting people on ethnic or religious grounds.

  • GENEVA/ WASHINGTON, Aug 22- A World Trade Organization dispute panel ruled against Argentina on Friday in a 2012 case brought by the United States, European Union and Japan against Argentine import licensing rules used to restrict imports.

  • GENEVA- CHINA APPEALS AGAINST WTO DISPUTE PANEL REPORT ON ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES APPLIED ON CERTAIN CHINESE PRODUCTS BY U.S.- WTO.

  • Germany sues Swiss bank for communist-era fortune Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 10:17 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany is suing a Swiss bank to reclaim millions of euros that once belonged to communist East Germany. BvS, an agency tasked with recovering and managing the communist-era funds, says it asked Zurich's regional court last week to force Bank Julius Baer to return 135 million euros.

  • SINGAPORE/ ZURICH Aug 22- Royal Bank of Scotland plc might split its international private bank into separate European and Asian divisions to attract Asian buyers who have the financial muscle for a deal but are reluctant to take on European client risk.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. regulators are sending some of the biggest global banks verbal warnings as they crack down on the firms' poor grasp of their own weaknesses, and push for rapid improvements in risk assessment, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

  • By Clair MacDougall and James Harding Giahyue. MONROVIA, Aug 20- Police in the Liberian capital Monrovia fired live rounds and tear gas on Wednesday to disperse a stone-throwing crowd trying to break out of a quarantine imposed on their neighborhood because of the Ebola virus, witnesses said.

  • Glencore swings to profit, announces buyback Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    GENEVA— Commodities and mining group Glencore PLC says it will buy back up to $1 billion of its own shares as profit for the first half of the year rose 8 percent. The Swiss-based company, which created an industry giant through the merger between Glencore and Xstrata, says the repurchasing of shares will run through the end of March.

  • *Liberia records most new deaths, worries over Monrovia. The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it infects, is ravaging the three small West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has a toehold in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy.

  • LONDON/ HELSINKI/ COPENHAGEN, Aug 19- Team Niinivirta, a Finnish family-run transportation firm, turned 60 this year, but its third-generation managers now don't know if the business will see Christmas, because of Russia's new ban on European food imports.

  • The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it infects, is ravaging the three small West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has a toehold in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy. Between Aug. 14-16, Liberia recorded the most new deaths, 53, followed by Sierra Leone with 17, and Guinea with 14..

  • UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    The agency didn't spell out which countries should start screening passengers, but noted that the Ebola outbreak involves transmission in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leona and a "small number of people in Nigeria." Authorities in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea say they are already closely inspecting departing passengers for signs of fever or illness.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 17- Credit Suisse helped put together billions of dollars in securities that were issued by offshore investment vehicles of Banco Espirito Santo SA and then sold to the Portuguese bank's retail customers, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.