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  • The number of chronically undernourished people dropped by more than 100 million, equivalent to a country the size of the Philippines, according to a report by the United Nations food agency, International Fund for Agricultural Development and World Food Programme.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 16- The United States announced on Tuesday it will send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up plan, including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out of control.

  • *BNP Paribas tasked to find buyers for field- sources. LONDON/ LAGOS, Sept 16- France's Total SA, Europe's second largest oil company, has put one of its offshore Nigerian oil fields up for sale again, the company said, after a 2012 deal with Sinopec Corp failed.

  • UPDATE 2-Obama to send 3,000 troops to tackle Ebola Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON/ GENEVA, Sept 16- The United States announced on Tuesday that it would send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up response including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiralling fastest out of control. So far Cuba and China have said they will send medical staff to Sierra Leone.

  • DUBAI, Sept 16- The opening of Saudi Arabia's stock market to direct foreign investment early next year is set to coincide with a pick-up in earnings growth in the kingdom, which has lagged the region in the past few years.

  • UPDATE 1-Petra sells rare blue diamond for $27.6 mln Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 3:41 AM ET

    Sept 16- London- listed Petra Diamonds Ltd sold a rare blue diamond found at its mine in South Africa for $27.6 million, falling short of the price some analysts had expected it to fetch.

  • Obama to announce surge in aid to fight Ebola Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    President Obama will announce a major surge in aid to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, using U.S. military personnel.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 16- Gold clung to small overnight gains on Tuesday but investors refrained from taking big positions in the metal as they waited for the start of a Federal Reserve policy meeting for clues on when the U.S. central bank could raise interest rates. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,233.20 an ounce by 0025 GMT.

  • *Takeover of SABMiller seen costing nearly $122 bln. LONDON/ BRUSSELS, Sept 15- SABMiller's rejected bid for smaller brewer Heineken has revived talk about deals that could reshape the global beer industry in coming months. "We believe SABMiller could now be considered to be' in play' and view AB InBev as a potential acquirer," said Numis analyst Wyn Ellis.

  • Afro-Caribbean nonprofit to move to East Harlem Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 12:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The nation's leading Afro-Caribbean cultural center is set to break ground on a new home at a decommissioned historic firehouse in East Harlem. The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute said Monday that the four-story building will more than double the space of its former site on West 58th Street.

  • South Africa seizes $9.3 million at airport Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 9:56 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG— Authorities in South Africa say they have seized $9.3 million in cash from two Nigerians and an Israeli who arrived at Lanseria, an airport in the Johannesburg area. Travelers arriving in South Africa with more than $2,300 are subject to stringent checks.

  • *Company rejects advances of bigger rival SABMiller. Begun in 1864 by Gerard Adriaan Heineken with the purchase of a brewery in Amsterdam, the company now has more than 165 plants in over 70 countries and is the world's third-largest beer maker- yet his great-granddaughter Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is still wedded to the firm.

  • US works to step up Ebola aid, but is it enough? Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 8:21 AM ET
    Nurse Lucie Perardel puts on protective gear before entering a high-risk area at Elwa hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.

    The U.S. has a strategy on Ebola: Increase aid to West Africa and train U.S. medical workers for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Sept 12- After his conviction on Friday for the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius's next battle will be to stay outside the walls of the notorious Pretoria Central Prison, or C-Max.

  • UPDATE 1-Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 4:33 AM ET

    PRETORIA, Sept 12- Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday, having escaped the more serious charge of murder for the killing of his girlfriend, and the Olympic and Paralympic track star could face a lengthy prison sentence.

  • TOKYO, Sept 12- Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp is buying a 20 percent stake in an offshore oilfield in Ivory Coast from U.S. firm Anadarko Petroleum, in what will be the first Japanese oilfield stake purchase in the African country.

  • San Diego cabbies cry foul over body odor test Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 2:18 AM ET

    SAN DIEGO— Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. A 2013 survey of 331 drivers by San Diego State University and Center on Policy Initiatives found 94 percent were immigrants and 65 percent were from East Africa.

  • PRETORIA, Sept 12- Oscar Pistorius returns to court on Friday after being cleared of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter could still be convicted of culpable homicide for the "negligent" shooting of the model.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 12- Gold extended losses to trade near a 7-1/ 2 month low on Friday, poised to post its worst week in more than three months as a stronger dollar and easing tensions in Ukraine curbed appetite for safe-haven bullion.

  • *Liberia, Sierra Leone GDP could fall sharply. WASHINGTON, Sept 11- Economic growth in Liberia and Sierra Leone could decline by almost 3.5 percentage points as the world's worst outbreak of Ebola has crippled mining, agriculture and services sectors in the two West African states, the IMF said on Thursday.