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  • *Trial presented South Africa with awkward realities. PRETORIA, Sept 11- A South African judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of premeditated murder on Thursday, saying prosecutors had failed to prove the Olympic and Paralympic track star explicitly intended to kill his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year.

  • The worst-ever Ebola outbreak, which has already killed at least 2,296 people in West Africa, has triggered a scramble to develop the first drug or vaccine for a deadly disease that was discovered nearly 40 years ago in the forests of central Africa.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 11- Gold was trading near its lowest level in three months on Thursday, hit by fears of an early hike in U.S interest rates, a stronger dollar and an apparent easing of tensions over the Ukraine. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,248.95 an ounce by 0030 GMT, after dropping 0.6 percent on Wednesday, when it hit a three-month low of $1,243.56.

  • Judgment day for Oscar Pistorius Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    JOHANNESBURG, Sept 11- After 41 days of tears, anguish and at times gruesome testimony in the Pretoria High Court, Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, will learn this week whether he will spend the next 25 years behind bars.

  • Judgement day for Oscar Pistorius Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    JOHANNESBURG, Sept 11- After 41 days of tears, anguish and at times gruesome testimony in the Pretoria High Court, Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee who became one of the biggest names in athletics, will learn this week whether he will spend the next 25 years behind bars.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Sept 10- Aspen Pharmacare is to sell the rights to market a blood clot drug in the United States to rival Mylan Inc for up to $300 million, it said on Wednesday, a move that would help Africa's top generic drugmaker pay down debt.

  • Offshore oil drilling market to suffer through 2015-execs Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 9:27 AM ET

    *Deepwater rates $375,000- $500,000 vs $650,000 last year. OSLO, Sept 10- A sluggish offshore drilling market could deteriorate further next year due to weak demand and a flood of new vessels, even though a few places such as Mexico and Brazil remain promising for exploration, industry executives said on Wednesday.

  • BERLIN, Sept 10- German venture capital firm Rocket Internet unveiled plans for a stock market listing that could value the company behind dozens of online start-ups at $6.5 billion, riding a wave of e-commerce flotations.

  • BERLIN, Sept 10- German venture capital group Rocket Internet, which has launched dozens of online start-ups, has set out plans for a stock market listing that could value the company at 5 billion euros as it rides a wave of e-commerce flotations.

  • BERLIN, Sept 10- German venture capital group Rocket Internet, which has launched dozens of online start-ups in recent years, announced plans on Wednesday to raise about 750 million euros by listing a stake as it rides a wave of e-commerce flotations.

  • Rocket Internet joins rush of e-commerce listings Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 3:39 AM ET

    BERLIN, Sept 10- German venture capital group Rocket Internet, which has launched dozens of online start-ups in recent years, announced plans on Wednesday to raise about 750 million euros by listing a stake as it rides a wave of e-commerce floatations. Rocket Internet is bidding to create the largest Internet empire outside the United States and China.

  • Business Highlights Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    CUPERTINO, Calif.— For the first time in years, Apple's iPhones weren't the star of the show. The move is significant because of recent questions about whether Apple still has a knack for innovating following the 2011 death of co-founder Steve Jobs. NEW YORK— In the world of currencies, the dollar is starting to look like a safe home in a tough neighborhood.

  • GOP bill would avert fed shutdown till Dec. 11 Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republicans controlling the House unveiled a short-term spending bill Tuesday that would keep the government open into mid-December and provide $88 million to battle the Ebola outbreak. The spending measure will also extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank to continue helping foreign buyers purchase U.S. exports until June 30,.

  • Gulf secures $19 billion in West African projects Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 2:48 PM ET

    Abu Dhabi's Trojan General Contracting won the $16 billion project to build roads and railways across Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal.

  • BERLIN, Sept 9- German venture capital group Rocket Internet is set to unveil plans on Wednesday to float a stake of just below 15 percent in the company in an IPO worth about 750 million euros, two sources familiar with the transaction told Reuters on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Sept 9- The British subsidiary of French train and turbine maker Alstom paid around $8.5 million in bribes over a six-year period to win transport contracts in India, Poland and Tunisia, Britain's leading fraud prosecutor alleged on Tuesday.

  • Mining CEOs call for action against Ebola Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 10:26 AM ET
    A health officer at a state hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone on Aug. 23, 2014.

    A group of 11 mining CEOs working in West Africa are calling for fewer travel restrictions in the face of the Ebola epidemic.

  • Sept 9- McDonald's Corp reported a fall in sales at established restaurants across all regions in August, the fifth such monthly drop since CEO Don Thompson took the helm in July 2012.

  • McDonald's Aug. sales metric hurt by China scandal Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 8:28 AM ET

    OAK BROOK, Ill.— McDonald's said Tuesday that a key global sales figure fell 3.7 percent in August, driven lower as the world's biggest hamburger chain's unit that includes the Asia-Pacific region dropped 14.5 percent due to a food-safety scandal in China.

  • Sept 9- McDonald's Corp's sales at established restaurants fell in every region in August, hurt by a recent meat scandal in China and higher competition in the United States. McDonald's shares were down 1 percent in premarket trading.