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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 12- A U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday it will reconsider an order directing Google Inc to remove from its YouTube video sharing service an anti-Islamic film that sparked protests across the Muslim world. Earlier this year a three-judge panel on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered Google to take down the film.

  • South Africa: Opposition nixes report on president Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 10:06 AM ET

    "In our view, no outcome on the Nkandla scandal where the African National Congress is prosecutor, judge and jury for President Zuma has any validity," they said. The opposition walked out of that committee last month, saying it had been "hijacked and manipulated by the African National Congress to protect Jacob Zuma from accountability." The ruling African...

  • William Boyd writes Land Rover-sponsored book Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Soon after turning out the latest James Bond novel, British author William Boyd agreed to write another thriller based on a world famous brand. Boyd's nearly 17,000- word story, "The Vanishing Game," coming out Wednesday as a free download through Amazon.com, Apple and www.thevanishinggame.com, tells of a 35- year-old British actor named Alec Dunbar and...

  • DUBAI, Nov 12- The impact of the Ebola outbreak, regional conflict and an uncertain global economic outlook will remain a drag on the airline industry, Dubai's flagship carrier Emirates said on Wednesday after reporting higher first-half net profit. The world's fourth-largest carrier of international passengers posted a profit of 1.9 billion dirhams for...

  • Kenya's celebrity chef makes fine dining from bush Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    NAIROBI, Kenya— One delicious bite at a time, Kiran Jethwa is trying to show the world that there's more to Africa than poverty, war and safaris. Jethwa is what many in the Western world consider unlikely— a celebrity chef from Africa. But through two high-end Nairobi restaurants and a Fox International television series, he is using the continent's extraordinary...

  • LISBON, Nov 11- Angolan investor Isabel dos Santos said on Tuesday she was willing to change the terms of her bid to buy Portugal Telecom if necessary, to prevent Brazil's Oi from selling PT's assets to a rival party. Dos Santos launched the bid for Portugal Telecom, a holding company with a 25.6 percent stake in the combined Oi-PT company, partly in an attempt to...

  • CAIRO, Nov 11- Libya's biggest oilfield, shut down by gunmen last week, may struggle to rebuild production as the conflict splintering the desert nation draws in ever more groups of fighters, including poor southern tribes staking a claim to land resources. The 340,000- barrels-a day El Sharara oilfield was attacked last week by gunmen who shut off a main source...

  • Nov 11- AbbVie Inc said its experimental drug that treats genotype 4 hepatitis C showed high response rates in a mid-stage study in patients who have been considered difficult to treat. AbbVie said on Tuesday 100 percent of the patients who were given the drug and had failed previous treatment showed high response rates at 12 weeks after the treatment.

  • *South Africa debt nearly 50 pct of GDP. JOHANNESBURG, Nov 11- South Africa risks losing its coveted investment grade credit status within five years if it fails to recover from an economic slump that prompted a downgrade by Moody's last week. Analysts had largely anticipated the move, particularly after Standard& Poor's downgraded South Africa in June while...

  • TORONTO, Nov 10- Global mining companies stung by slumping commodity prices are looking forward to a modest consolation prize- weaker local currencies and falling oil prices that will help trim their costs. "It's definitely a silver lining," said Chris Mancini, analyst at Gabelli Gold Fund. Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd, which produces two-thirds of its gold in Canada,...

  • LISBON, Nov 10- Brazilian telecom company Oi said on Monday it would push ahead with plans to take over the operational assets of Portugal Telecom, dismissing a gambit by Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos that could scupper the deal. Oi announced last year a deal to merge with Portugal Telecom's phone and cable TV networks. But dos Santos, who is listed by...

  • Worldwide sales at restaurants open at least 13 months were down 0.5 percent as the world's biggest fast-food chain continued to fight tough U.S. competition, the after-effects of a supplier scandal in Asia, and economic and political turmoil in Europe. Under Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson, who took the helm in July 2012, the U.S. operation is focusing on...

  • UPDATE 1-McDonald's October same-store sales falls Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 8:57 AM ET

    Nov 10- McDonald's Corp's sales fell at established restaurants in all regions last month, hurt by stiff competition in the United States and the fallout from a supplier scandal in Japan and China. Diners shunned the chain in China and Japan after a television news expose showed workers mishandling meat at a key supplier in China, and McDonald's scrambled to...

  • Algeria inaugurates new Renault plant in Oran Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 8:37 AM ET

    ALGIERS, Algeria— Algeria inaugurated a joint French-Algerian Renault car factory in the western city of Oran on Monday, marking the North African country's first foray into the auto industry. The plant represents a rare foreign investment success story for Algeria, which has a restrictive investment environment, including a 2009 law limiting foreign...

  • McDonald's key sales figure declines in October Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 8:20 AM ET

    OAK BROOK, Ill.— McDonald's Corp. says that a key global sales figure slipped 0.5 percent in October, with weakness in the U.S. and ongoing difficulties from a food-safety scandal in China weighing down its business. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Monday that the decline in global sales at locations open at least 13 months included a 1 percent drop in the...

  • LONDON, Nov 10- " The Silk Road, no longer just a concept in history books, has evolved into a story of modern logistics and Sino-European cooperation," Yang Jiechi, China's top diplomat, told a conference this month. The New Silk Road Economic Belt- from China across Central Asia and Russia to Europe- and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road- through the Malacca Strait to...

  • South African puppeteer to challenge gagging order Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG— Chester Missing's broad brown face is familiar on South African television where he is known for provocative, funny comments on politics and racial issues. Ventriloquist Conrad Koch says that he will fight the gag order against his puppet in court. The comedian strongly denies allegations that tweets criticizing the singer Steve Hofmeyr...

  • LONDON, Nov 7- Ebola, terrorism and political upheaval- headlines from Africa over the past year seem a far cry from the inspiring' Africa Rising' story. "The most consistent growth that we see across the globe seems to be coming from Africa," said Boston- based Asha Mehta, who manages Acadian Asset Management's $380 million global equity frontier fund.

  • Food agency has funds to stay in N. Korea, for now Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 2:42 AM ET

    TOKYO— The U.N. agency that has provided food aid to North Korea for nearly two decades says it has enough donations to stay open for the rest of this year but is uncertain whether it will be able to operate there beyond next March. Donors have been less generous with the North because of concerns over political issues there and the perception that aid is more...

  • LAGOS, Nov 7- Nigeria's central bank has vowed to defend the naira, despite a drop in oil prices which has unnerved foreign investors and sent its stock and bond markets into a tailspin, Deputy Governor Sarah Alade told Reuters on Friday. The currency closed at 165.90 naira following the central bank's intervention, after weakening to 173.05 naira intraday...