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  • LAGOS DE MORENO, Mexico, Oct 22- Nestle has no plans to close any of its eight factories or curb output in cocoa and coffee-rich West and Central Africa because of Ebola, but is ready to adapt if it spreads, the Chief Executive of the world's largest food company said on Wednesday. Nestle's factories in the region including both Ghana and Ivory Coast produce...

  • *European Commission to provide 100 million euros. The move shows how momentum is building to get medical interventions-- and particularly vaccines-- to West Africa as soon as possible to control the world's worst Ebola outbreak, which, according to official figures, has killed nearly 5,000 people, most of them in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

  • Small business view: Ebola, energy and elections Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    And the upcoming elections are raising questions about what the new Congress is likely to do. Craig Beal has had three cancellations for safaris to places like Botswana and South Africa that are nine hours by plane from the countries with widespread Ebola outbreaks. A similar pattern emerged after riots in South Africa and a shooting last year at a Nairobi,...

  • *Russia languishes near bottom of air safety league. *Russia lacks systematic approach to safety- pilot. Numerous official investigations and a crackdown in recent years have done nothing to raise Russia from near the bottom of the global league, largely due to weak regulation and the effects of sky-high alcohol consumption.

  • Johnson & Johnson plans Ebola vaccine testing Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.— Johnson& Johnson will begin safety testing in early January on a vaccine combination that could protect people from a strain of the deadly Ebola virus. Johnson& Johnson also plans to test whether its vaccine protects against the version causing the outbreak, which has killed more than 4,500 people. Johnson& Johnson is developing the vaccine...

  • *J&J says has discussed collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline. Johnson& Johnson said on Wednesday that it aims to produce at least 1 million doses of its two-step vaccine next year and has already discussed collaboration with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline, which is working on a rival vaccine. The World Health Organization hopes that tens of thousands of people in...

  • *Q3 orders up 24 pct to $11.2 bln vs forecast $10.1 bln. The company, which makes products such as industrial robots and power grid transformers, said on Wednesday slowing growth in Europe, the Ebola health crisis in west Africa and political tensions across the globe all risked derailing more positive trends in the U.S. and Chinese economies.

  • LONDON, Oct 22- Johnson& Johnson is accelerating work on its experimental Ebola vaccine and said on Wednesday that it aims to have 1 million doses ready in 2015, of which 250,000 are expected to be available by May. There is currently no proven vaccine against the deadly disease but several companies are racing to develop products and clinical tests on two- from...

  • Heineken reports lower third quarter earnings Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 3:10 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Heineken NV says poor weather and weak economies in Europe dragged its third quarter earnings lower, though sales in developing markets grew strongly. The Dutch brewer Wednesday reported net profit of 460 million euros, from 483 million euros in the same quarter last year. In Eastern Europe revenues fell 8.5 percent, while in the Americas they grew 2...

  • *Orders rise 24 pct to $11.2 bln vs $10.1 bln poll f'cast. ZURICH, Oct 22- Swiss engineering group ABB posted a bigger-than-expected rise in third-quarter orders, helped by demand from the oil and gas industries, but said the outlook for the global economy was increasingly uncertain. The Zurich- based firm showed encouraging signs of increased order momentum at...

  • US journalist leaves hospital after Ebola recovery Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:35 AM ET

    OMAHA, Nebraska— An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola at a Nebraska hospital left the facility Wednesday afternoon and is heading home to Rhode Island, a hospital spokesman said. Ashoka Mukpo, who contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets, was released from the Nebraska Medical...

  • Oct 21- McDonald's Corp Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson owned up to some corporate image problems on Tuesday after it posted a nearly one-third drop in quarterly profit and warned that its global restaurant sales would fall again this month. Stock in the fast-food chain, which Thompson conceded is sometimes seen as little more than "a manufacturing plant,"...

  • * "Russia has lost a true friend," Putin. Known as "The Big Moustache" for his bushy, grey moustache, de Margerie, 63, was the most charismatic and outspoken oil executive of his generation who cultivated relationships with leaders across Africa, the Middle East and Europe. An opponent of Western economic sanctions against Russia, the Frenchman was close to President...

  • LNG could be diverted to Latin America, Europe. MILAN, Oct 21- Plunging global oil prices may turn hopes for cheap liquefied natural gas supplies from the United States into a costly disappointment for Asian buyers who have already invested billions of dollars in long-term contracts. Oil prices form the backbone of LNG trade to Asia, because exporters outside...

  • Sales at restaurants open at least 13 months, a closely watched gauge of performance, fell a steeper-than-expected 3.3 percent in the United States, where resurgent fast-food rivals and more upscale brands like Chipotle Mexican Grill are taking a bite out of market share. Europe, which just edges out the United States as McDonald's top revenue market, is...

  • *Insurers face $800 mln bill; outstrips $60- $90 mln premiums. *Follows downing of MH17 over Ukraine, other incidents. The hefty bill dwarfs the $60- $90 million in income insurers received last year to cover the incidents, which have included the downing of Malaysia Airlines' MH17 passenger jet in Ukraine, and could mean some bow out of the market if the price...

  • LONDON, Oct 21- Nigeria's sovereign wealth fund said its investment programme over the next six months, including on infrastructure, will go ahead, even as revenues that provide its capital are hit by falling oil prices. Uche Orji, Chief Executive of the Nigeria Investment Authority, highlighted one of the vehicle's core aims is to manage oil export windfalls to...

  • Rwanda requires US, Spain visitor health reports Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 9:13 AM ET

    KIGALI, Rwanda— Rwanda's Ministry of Health is requiring visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition to health authorities upon arrival in Rwanda, the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda said Tuesday. A Ministry of Health document says all passengers from the U.S. and Spain- two countries that have seen...

  • Oct 21- McDonald's Corp reported a 30 percent fall in quarterly profit due to a food scandal in China and tough competition in the United States, and the world's largest restaurant chain said these factors were expected to hurt current-quarter results. McDonald's business in Europe, its biggest market, was hurt by issues in Russia and Germany.

  • WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in January Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    GENEVA— Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for "real-world" testing in West Africa as soon as January as long as they are deemed safe, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has already killed over 4,500 people, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, since it emerged 10...