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  • CORRECTED-Berlin bans car service Uber Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    BERLIN, Aug 14- Berlin has banned car service Uber, which allows users to summon a ride on their smartphone, for not offering drivers and vehicles licensed to carry passengers, or full insurance cover, the German capital said.

  • Citing Ebola, Air France suspends flights Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 9:11 AM ET

    PARIS— France on Wednesday recommended that its citizens leave the African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia because of the outbreak of Ebola there, and Air France temporarily suspended its three flights a week to Sierra Leone.

  • Medtronic spends $350M on another European deal Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 8:38 AM ET

    U.S. medical device maker Medtronic is building stronger ties to Europe, a couple months after announcing a $42.9 billion acquisition that involves moving its main executive offices across the Atlantic, where it can get a better tax deal.

  • Aug 26- Trina Solar Ltd said it was working on plans to set up manufacturing sites overseas, becoming the latest Chinese solar company looking to work around U.S. tariffs on solar products made in China and Taiwan.

  • PRETORIA, Aug 26- South Africa avoided slipping into recession in the second quarter as solid growth in agriculture and finance outweighed a plunge in production in the strike-hit mining sector, data showed on Tuesday.

  • Amid poverty, US surgeons saving lives in Uganda Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    That was a good sign the day after Michael Haglund and his Duke University team opened the patient's skull to remove a tumor. Scores of hopeful patients crowded the hallways of Mulago Hospital in the Ugandan capital of Kampala this past week, forcing Haglund to triage, what he called doing "death rounds."

  • TOKYO, Aug 26- Japan's government lobbied hard for a global pact that limits mercury use and to name the resulting treaty after Minamata, the site of a homegrown industrial disaster from the 1950 s when the toxic metal poured into a river, poisoning thousands.

  • JOHANNESBURG/ LONDON, Aug 25- The chief executive of platinum producer Lonmin denied assertions from mining industry sources on Monday that the company aimed to cut around 5,700 jobs as part of a drive to restore profits after a five-month strike.

  • BENGHAZI, Libya/ CAIRO, Aug 25- The Libyan parliament that was replaced in an election in June reconvened on Monday and chose an Islamist-backed deputy as prime minister, leaving the chaotic country with two rival leaders and assemblies each backed by armed factions.

  • JOHANNESBURG/ LONDON, Aug 25- Platinum producer Lonmin aims to cut around 5,700 jobs, about 21 percent of its South African workforce, as part of a drive to restore profits after a five-month wage strike this year, sources familiar with the plan said. Lonmin spokeswoman Sue Vey said in response to questions from Reuters that she had "no knowledge" of the plan.

  • Aug 25- Layne Christensen Co's largest shareholder said it had asked the water management company to reorganize and consider selling a division to repay debt. Layne Christensen, whose customers include miners and drillers, has been struggling with project delays, regulatory investigations and top level exits.

  • LIBYA IS UNABLE TO PROTECT OILFIELDS AND OTHER STATE ASSETS, NEEDS FOREIGN HELP- LIBYAN AMBASSADOR IN CAIRO.

  • Toyota's most rugged Land Cruiser is back in Japan Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 4:57 AM ET

    TOKYO— Toyota Motor Corp. is bringing back the Land Cruiser 70 in Japan, catering to nostalgic demand for the rugged off-road vehicle that's favored for challenging terrains and as an aid agency vehicle in disaster zones.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 22- German venture capital firm Rocket Internet and Zalando, Europe's biggest specialist online fashion retailer, are both on the brink of announcing plans to list on the Frankfurt stock exchange, several sources with knowledge of the matter said.

  • Edible insects a boon to Thailand's farmers Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 2:35 AM ET

    THANON NANG KLARN, Thailand— Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country's poorest region, led a precarious and back-breaking existence.

  • Japan ready to offer flu drug for Ebola treatment Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 1:53 AM ET

    Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan can offer favipiravir, developed by a subsidiary of Fujifilm Holdings Corp., at any time at the request of the World Health Organization.

  • Minister: 2 people have died of Ebola in Congo Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    KINSHASA, Congo— Two Ebola-related deaths have been confirmed in Congo, the country's health minister said Sunday, though local officials believe the cases are unrelated to the outbreak in West Africa that has killed more than 1,400 people. "This epidemic has nothing to do with the one in West Africa," Kabange said.

  • Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste Friday, 22 Aug 2014 | 11:41 AM ET

    MACHAKOS, Kenya— In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. The clanking is rhythmic as the workers unscrew, detach and toss motherboards onto piles of gleaming circuitry at the East African Compliant Recycling facility.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 22- German venture capital firm Rocket Internet and Zalando, Europe's biggest fashion retailer, are each on the brink of announcing plans to list on the Frankfurt stock exchange, several sources with knowledge of the matter said.

  • *Libya loads 2nd cargo at largest port Es Sider. SINGAPORE, Aug 22- Brent was trading below $103 a barrel on Friday, heading for a second weekly loss as easing geopolitical risks and higher global oil supply pressured prices. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries pumped more oil in July despite conflicts in the Middle East and Africa.