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  • A senior official within FDA told Reuters the agency would consider proposals for providing treatments under special emergency new drug applications, if the benefits of the treatment outweighed the potential safety risks. The hold prompted a North Carolina physician with family members in West Africa to say enough.

  • The company's shares were up 2.5 percent at 1077 pence at 1457 GMT on the London Stock Exchange. Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal said on Friday his comments on Zambia in a video circulating on the Internet had been taken out of context.

  • *At least 50 of them dead, including top doctors in S.Leone, Liberia. FREETOWN/ DAKAR/ LONDON, Aug 1- Jenneh became a nurse in Sierra Leone 15 years ago with the hope of saving lives in one of the world's poorest countries.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Aug 1- South Africa's system of cash grants for children in poor households shows that a little money goes a long way, resulting in bigger, healthier kids who do better in school.

  • *South Sudan holds some of Africa's biggest oil reserves. NAIROBI, Aug 1- South Sudan's oil fields have become a battleground in the struggle for power in Africa's newest nation, encouraging Western nations and regional mediators to consider international monitoring of crude revenues as a way to remove a major bone of contention from such conflicts.

  • LONDON, Aug 1- Brent crude oil fell below $106 a barrel on Friday as oversupply in the Atlantic basin and low demand outweighed worries over political tensions in the Middle East, North Africa and Ukraine. Worries over geopolitical risks to oil supply have eased despite escalating violence in parts of the Middle East and North Africa.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 1- Brent crude held near $106 a barrel on Friday as ample supply continued to drag on prices a day after the benchmark posted its worst monthly performance since April 2013. U.S. crude futures for September delivery fell 16 cents to $98.01 a barrel, following a 6.8 percent decline last month, the biggest monthly loss since May 2012.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 1- Brent crude held near $106 a barrel on Friday as ample supply continued to drag on prices a day after the benchmark posted its worst monthly performance since April 2013. U.S. crude futures for September delivery fell 13 cents to $98.04 a barrel, following a 6.8 percent decline last month, the biggest monthly loss since May 2012.

  • *Tripoli fighting spreads to western city district. TRIPOLI, July 31- Clashes with artillery and rockets spread on Thursday into two Tripoli districts, where rival militia brigades were battling over the airport in Libya's worst fighting since the 2011 revolt that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

  • JOHANNESBURG, July 31- South Africa's Sibanye Gold remains on the hunt for a platinum asset and has Anglo American Platinum's mines in its sights, ready to make a move if the owner decides on either a straight sale or a separate listing for the assets.

  • FREETOWN, July 31- Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims on Thursday, joining neighboring Liberia in imposing tough controls as the death toll from the worst-ever outbreak of the virus hit 729 in West Africa. The WHO reported 57 new deaths between July 24 and July 27 in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

  • July 31- MasterCard Inc, the world's second-largest debit and credit card company, posted a better-than-expected 10 percent rise in quarterly profit, as more customers used its cards to make purchases. MasterCard shares were up 2.8 percent at $78 in trading before the bell on Thursday.

  • FREETOWN/ ACCRA, July 31- Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine epicenters of Ebola on Thursday, joining Liberia in imposing tough controls to curb the worst ever outbreak of the virus amid fears it could spread beyond West Africa.

  • Dad of jailed reporter: Son a victim of injustice Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    NAIROBI, Kenya— The father of an Australian Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt said Thursday that he respects the integrity of Egypt's courts but knows his son is the victim of injustice.

  • Heavy shelling, clashes resume in Libya's Tripoli Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:50 AM ET

    TRIPOLI, July 31- Heavy shelling resumed on Thursday in southern Tripoli where rival militia brigades were battling for control of the capital's main airport in some of the worst clashes since the 2011 revolt which ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, July 31- While it's easy to point the finger of blame at Rio Tinto's former management and feel a tad smug about their downfall, the real lesson of the company's humiliating exit from its Mozambique coal assets is that the wheels of the next commodity boom are now in motion.

  • *OPEC oil output rises in July from June- Reuters survey. LONDON, July 31- Brent crude slipped below $106 a barrel on Thursday as higher OPEC output and disappointing demand in the United States outweighed tensions in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 31- Facebook Inc is launching a mobile app that gives users in Zambia free access to a handful of online services on mobile phones, broadening an effort to boost Internet usage in underdeveloped countries.

  • *OPEC oil output rises in July from June- Reuters survey. SINGAPORE, July 31- Brent crude slipped towards $106 a barrel on Thursday and was set to post its biggest monthly loss in more than a year as higher OPEC output and disappointing demand in the United States outweighed tensions in the Middle East and Africa.

  • Brent slips toward $106 as US fuel demand disappoints Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 12:14 AM ET

    *OPEC oil output rises in July from June- Reuters survey. SINGAPORE, July 31- Brent crude slipped towards $106 a barrel on Thursday and was set to post its biggest monthly loss in more than a year as higher OPEC output and disappointing demand in the United States outweighed tensions in the Middle East and Africa.