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  • TUNIS/ LONDON, Jan 18- Four years after Tunisia sparked off the Arab spring uprisings the country is seen as a rare regional success story, but its prospects hinge on it deepening reforms and attracting foreign investment. The North African country of 10 million people suffered its share of political and economic woes after the 2011 revolutions that swept much...

  • The cost of halting a pandemic? $344 billion: Study Saturday, 17 Jan 2015 | 12:15 PM 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.

    How much would it cost world governments to insulate their economies from global pandemics. Would you believe nearly $344 billion?

  • Texas safari club withdraws elephant hunt from auction Saturday, 17 Jan 2015 | 11:05 AM ET

    The Dallas Safari Club plans to auction a 12- day African elephant hunt in Cameroon during its annual three-day convention at a Dallas hotel, a hunt valued in the auction catalog at $20,000. Animal welfare activists plan to picket the convention hotel Saturday, but the safari club's Executive Director Ben Carter says elephants "in fact, are overpopulated in...

  • The White House said the studies, by the U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, showed a need for action to reduce rising world emissions of greenhouse gases. The scientists said the record temperatures were spread around the globe, including most of Europe stretching into northern Africa, the western United States, far...

  • Separate studies by the U.S. space agency NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that the 10 warmest years on record have taken place since 1997.. The scientists said the record temperatures were spread around the globe, including most of Europe stretching into northern Africa, the western United States, far eastern Russia into...

  • MOMBASA, Kenya, Jan 16- Kenya signed a $270 million loan deal with Japan on Friday to help expand capacity at Mombasa port, a busy facility that is the main trade gateway to east Africa. The port handles fuel, consumer goods and other imports for Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia, as well as regional tea and coffee exports.

  • ACCRA, Jan 16- As the boss of one of Ghana's busiest restaurants, Afua Asante has a lot on her plate, from managing a team of 40 to ensuring each dish is cooked just so. Asante sources the wine from the town of Adawso in eastern Ghana, several hours drive from Accra, but it ferments quickly and the customers who order it by the calabash will not take kindly to wine that's not...

  • LAGOS, Jan 16- JP Morgan said on Friday it would assess Nigeria's suitability to remain in a key emerging currency bond index because of a lack of liquidity in the African country's forex and bond markets. This in turn would raise borrowing costs for Africa's largest economy, although analysts said they did not expect JP Morgan to take such a step.

  • MADRID— Spanish energy company Repsol says it has ended oil and gas exploration off the Canary Islands after analysis showed there were insufficient finds to merit extraction. Repsol YPF S.A. said Friday its surveys showed the presence of gas but not enough volume or quality to merit extraction. Repsol said no further exploratory activity would be carried in...

  • India oil imports from Iran jump sharply in 2014 Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 12:33 AM ET

    *India's Iran imports rise to 276,800 bpd vs 195,600 bpd in 2013. NEW DELHI, Jan 16- India imported 42 percent more Iranian oil last year over 2013 levels as its refiners increased purchases to take advantage of an easing in sanctions targeting Tehran's nuclear programme. Iranian and U.S. officials are meeting in Geneva this week ahead of talks between Tehran and...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 15- Morgan Stanley said it has promoted 151 employees to managing director on Thursday, more than half of them in the institutional securities business. Senior Morgan Stanley executives in New York, including Chief Executive Officer James Gorman, had been calling staff members to congratulate them on their promotions, Reuters reported earlier in...

  • *Faltering euro zone and China, disinflation biggest risks. BENGALURU, Jan 15- Global economic growth will be modest at best in the coming year as weak inflation persists, Reuters polls showed on Thursday, while a faltering euro zone and China could restrain it further. Economists polled over the past week by Reuters say the biggest risk to the global economy this...

  • UPDATE 1-BP to cut North Sea jobs as oil price plummets Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 4:59 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 15- BP will cut hundreds of jobs in the North Sea to reduce costs in one of the world's most expensive exploration areas as oil prices fall. The BBC quoted sources as saying staff cuts would be announced later on Thursday in the Scottish city of Aberdeen. Fellow North Sea oil producer ConocoPhillips is also cutting 230 jobs in Britain, with its UK...

  • BOGOTA, Jan 14- Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg launched a free Internet application in Colombia on Wednesday as part of a drive to bring developing markets online, but remained mute on when and if the company would look to move into China. Colombia is the first nation in Latin America and the fourth in the world to receive the new Internet.org...

  • BOGOTA, Jan 14- Facebook Inc on Wednesday launched a mobile phone application that gives Colombian users free access to a handful of online services, broadening Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's effort to boost Internet usage in developing markets. Colombia is the first nation in Latin America to receive the new Internet.org service, in partnership...

  • BOGOTA, Jan 14- Facebook Inc on Wednesday launched a mobile phone application that gives Colombian users free access to a handful of online services, broadening Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's effort to boost Internet usage in developing markets. Colombia is the first nation in Latin America to receive the new Internet.org service, in partnership...

  • WARSAW, Jan 14- South African e-commerce and media firm Naspers is looking to sell its Polish operations, including Eastern Europe's largest web auction service Allegro, sources said on Wednesday. Naspers wants to focus more on faster growing markets like Brazil and China. Naspers bought it in 2007 for 946 million pounds and used the Allegro model in the Czech...

  • New issue of Charlie Hebdo sells out quickly Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    PARIS— Parisians lined up Wednesday to empty the newsstands of the first issue of Charlie Hebdo, a week after Islamic extremists attacked the satirical newspaper's office, and French justice officials began cracking down by arresting dozens of people who glorified terrorism or made racist or anti-Semitic remarks. A leader of Yemen's al-Qaida branch...

  • ADDIS ABABA, Jan 13- Ethiopian Airlines is in talks with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to purchase stakes in their carriers and manage them, its chief executive told Reuters. Discussions with Kigali and Kinshasa follow similar deals with Malawi and South Sudan, part of efforts to become a global carrier and put the airline at the heart of travel in...

  • KAMPALA, Jan 13- Expectations that Uganda will spend more than planned in the run up to an election due in early 2016, pose risks for investors who are demanding higher returns to hold government debt. President Yoweri Museveni, 70, who has overseen rapid economic expansion during his almost three decades in power but has a weaker record on fiscal discipline, is...