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  • Starbucks US sales rise with help of revamped food Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 4:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Starbucks said Thursday its revamped breakfast sandwiches and other food offerings helped boost sales at its U.S. cafes. In a conference call with analysts, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said food has become a strength and drives traffic to cafes, and that the company was just getting started in its efforts in improving its lineup.

  • *Man collapsed at Lagos international airport. LAGOS, July 24- A Liberian man in his 40 s is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, a mega-city of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday.

  • *African workers traditionally took family as a pension. *Uganda latest country to set up pension scheme. LAGOS, July 24- Like many African workers Olalere Ojedokun's only pension plan was sending his kids to school so they could take care of him in old age, but that changed when Nigeria introduced a contributory pension scheme that it hopes will cover everyone.

  • LAGOS, July 24- A Liberian man in his 40 s is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, a megacity of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday.

  • LIBERIAN MAN IN NIGERIA'S MEGACITY OF LAGOS BEING TESTED FOR DEADLY EBOLA VIRUS, NO RESULTS YET- LAGOS STATE HEALTH MINISTRY.

  • ALGIERS, July 24- An Air Algerie flight that went missing en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers has crashed, an Algerian aviation official told Reuters on Thursday.

  • *Investors drawn by steady earnings, Africa prospects. JOHANNESBURG, July 24- Shares in Alexander Forbes surged 12 percent on their return to the Johannesburg bourse on Thursday, valuing the retirement fund manager at almost $1 billion as it dazzled investors with the prospect of steady earnings and growth across Africa.

  • Caterpillar 2Q profit rises, revenue declines Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    PEORIA, Ill.— Caterpillar's second-quarter net income rose 4.1 percent even as revenue slipped. Caterpillar— which also makes power systems that include large electrical generators and locomotive engines— earned $999 million, or $1.57 per share, in the quarter.

  • GSK asks European regulator to OK malaria shot Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:50 AM ET

    LONDON— Pharma giant GSK said Thursday it is submitting its malaria vaccine for regulatory approval to the European Medicines Agency. In a statement on Thursday, GSK said its vaccine is aimed only for use against the malaria parasite most prevalent in Africa.

  • LONDON, July 24- GlaxoSmithKline said on Thursday it is applying for regulatory approval for the world's first vaccine against malaria, designed for use in children in Africa.

  • GSK seeks approval for world's first malaria vaccine Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    LONDON, July 24- GlaxoSmithKline is applying for regulatory approval for the world's first vaccine against malaria, designed for use in children in Africa.

  • Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 5:39 AM ET

    ALGIERS, Algeria— An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali during a rainstorm, officials said.

  • ALGIERS, Algeria— Owner of missing plane operated by Air Algerie says 110 passengers and 6 crew were aboard.

  • Malawi corruption suspect faces charges Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 4:26 AM ET

    BLANTYRE, Malawi— The chief suspect in a government corruption scandal that has rocked the southern African nation of Malawi faces charges of fraud and money laundering.

  • In international flight, volatile conflicts abound Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 3:26 AM ET

    And in Iraq, the al-Qaida breakaway group that has taken huge swaths of territory seized weapons depots all along the way.

  • In international flight, volatile conflicts abound Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 7:06 PM ET

    And in Iraq, the al-Qaida breakaway group that has taken huge swaths of territory seized weapons depots all along the way.

  • *Russia has 10 pct of EMEA maturities of $1.17 trillion. MOSCOW, July 23- Russian companies, including oil giant Rosneft, may face challenges refinancing $112 billion in debt due to mature over the next four years, which includes a peak maturity wall to overcome in 2015, a report by Moody's Investors Service said.

  • *Fresh clashes in Tripoli and Benghazi. BENGHAZI, Libya, July 22- A twin suicide bombing at a Libyan army base in Benghazi killed at least four solders in an escalation of clashes between Islamist militants and regular forces battling to oust them from the eastern city. Suicide bombings are rare in Libya, where a fragile government is struggling to impose order.

  • *Godwin Emefiele delivers first MPC decision as governor. ABUJA, July 22- Nigeria's new central bank governor said on Tuesday he favored a gradual reduction in interest rates over the next five years, but inflation risk meant there was no room to ease policy immediately.

  • *Mozambique coal ambitions face setback in depressed market. MAPUTO, July 22- A Thai-Mozambican consortium has set a 2018 target to commission a $4.5 billion coal export railway and port terminal project in central Mozambique, but the depressed global coal prices outlook made the timing "tough", the company's president said.