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  • 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...

  • *DDC to expand into Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia. Djibouti Data Center, set up by a group of local and international investors 18 months ago, is the first data centre and Internet exchange in east Africa connected to eight fibre optic cables that are part of the main Internet route from Europe to Asia. The Internet route travels through the Mediterranean,...

  • KUWAIT, Oct 21- Revenue at Kuwait- listed logistics company Agility is expected to resume growing next year as emerging markets business expands and the company develops new sectors, chief executive Tarek Sultan said. With more than 20,000 employees and over 500 offices in more than 100 countries, Agility is one of Kuwait's corporate success stories and a play...

  • *Debut $400 million Eurobond in 2013 oversubscribed. LONDON, Oct 21- Rwanda still plans to launch another Eurobond to fund infrastructure projects in the fast-growing economy, though the size and timing of it is still being worked out, Finance Minister Claver Gatete said. Rwanda will also continue its quarterly issuance of local bonds in 2015 to deepen its...

  • New atlas will help find 'gaps' in crop production Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:45 PM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— A new mapping tool unveiled Monday and developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners could help boost global crop production while conserving land and water. The Global Yield Gap Atlas allows farmers, governments and businesses to estimate the "gap" between potential and actual crop yields based on plant, soil and climate data...

  • NewLink Genetics rises on Roche cancer partnership Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A newly announced partnership with Genentech on an experimental cancer drug sent shares of NewLink Genetics soaring 15 percent Monday. Shares of NewLink Genetics Corp. rose $4.34 to $33.69 in afternoon trading. NewLink Genetics also holds the license for an experimental Ebola vaccine and is preparing to start a clinical trial in the U.S., Germany,...

  • Halliburton profit beats as drilling stays strong Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 10:27 AM ET
    A derrick hand works on an oil rig drilling into the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, N.D.

    Halliburton reported a better-than-expected profit, helped by buoyant shale drilling activity in North America.

  • Oct 20- Platform Specialty Products Corp said it would buy Arysta LifeScience Ltd for about $3.51 billion, Platform's third acquisition this year as the company looks to strengthen its agrichemicals business. More than 65 percent of Arysta's sales are in high-growth regions such as Latin America, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, China and South Asia.

  • Oct 20- Halliburton Co, the world's No.2 oilfield services provider, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by buoyant shale drilling activity in North America. Halliburton, which derives about half of its revenue from North America, also benefited from higher revenue in its international operations. Halliburton's revenue rose about 18...

  • China gives $6 million for food in Ebola countries Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    BEIJING— China has donated $6 million to help stave off food shortages in the three African countries worst affected by the Ebola virus, the World Food Program announced Monday, part of Beijing's growing assistance to a continent where its companies have become major investors. With the world's second-largest economy and a permanent seat on the U.N. Security...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 19- Business jet buyers are expected to take delivery of as many as 675 new aircraft worth about $20.5 billion this year, a slight rise over deliveries worth $20 billion 2013, according to a forecast by Honeywell International Inc.. That's up from 9,250 jets worth $250 billion in last years' long-range forecast, Honeywell said. Buyers in the...

  • Liberia issues mea culpa for US Ebola: Report Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 2:32 PM ET

    Liberia's president called the mayor of Dallas to extend an apology for her country's role in transmitting Ebola to the U.S., according to a report.

  • Belgium's main airport to begin Ebola screening Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 1:05 PM ET

    PARIS— Brussels Airport says it will begin screening passengers arriving from Ebola-stricken countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Four flights a week from the area concerned arrive weekly at Brussels Airport. Similar measures were begun Saturday at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport, where one daily flight arrives from Conakry, Guinea.

  • Oxfam: Ebola unfolding 'humanitarian disaster' Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | 5:23 PM ET

    Ebola has the potential to become "the definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation," Oxfam warned, according to a report in The Guardian.

  • WHO: We'll police Ebola response—after it's over Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 | 10:01 AM ET
    A custodial worker wears a mask and eye protection to guard against the Ebola virus as he prepares to clean Ruth Cherry Intermediate School in Dallas.

    The World Health Organization promised that it would publish a full review of its handling of the Ebola crisis once the outbreak was under control.