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  • LONDON, Aug 15- Following four decades of war, sanctions, nationalization and unrest, oil and gas producers are gradually adjusting to rely less on the Middle East. Diversification away from the Middle East is one of the main reasons why oil prices have remained virtually unchanged as unrest has spread across much of the region since 2011..

  • Ebola toll much higher than first thought: WHO Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 8:13 PM ET

    Staff with the World Health Organization battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak.

  • *Guinea declares health emergency over virus. CONAKRY, Aug 14- Staff with the World Health Organization battling an Ebola outbreak in West Africa see evidence the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimates the scale of the outbreak, the U.N. agency said on its website on Thursday.

  • *US orders embassy family members to leave Sierra Leone. An estimated 377 people have died in Guinea since the world's worst outbreak of Ebola began in March in remote parts of a border region near Sierra Leone and Liberia.

  • Berlin bans car service Uber Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 12:22 PM ET

    Aug 14- Berlin has banned car service Uber, which allows users to summon a ride on their smartphone, for not offering drivers and vehicles licensed to carry passengers, or full insurance cover, the German capital said.

  • Guinea declares public health emergency over Ebola Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    CONAKRY, Aug 14- Guinea has declared a public health emergency over an Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 1,000 people in three West African states and is sending health workers to all affected border points, a government official said.

  • NewLink Genetics: Ready to test Ebola vaccine Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 9:36 AM ET

    NewLink Genetics is planning an initial phase of testing involving up to 100 healthy volunteers and is talking with regulators about the study, said Brian Wiley, the company's vice president for business development. The outbreak was first detected in March in Guinea and spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

  • The oil spike that wasn't: Prices defy turmoil Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 7:47 AM ET
    Pump jacks and wells on the Monterey Shale formation in California

    The Middle East and other oil-producing countries are hotbeds of instability. So why is oil falling instead of rising?

  • Washington gets dust storm in Western weather swap Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Storms in the Western U.S. have created an odd coincidence and something of a weather swap in Arizona and Washington. Weather experts say the dust storms, called haboobs, typically occur in Arizona, Africa's Sahara desert and parts of the Middle East because of dry conditions and large amounts of sand, but they can occasionally show up elsewhere.

  • Sim Tshabalala, CEO of Standard Bank, discusses the outlook for South Africa and the outcome of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit which saw some "really big and important announcements".

  • Korean Air to halt Kenya flights Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 5:10 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Korean Air Lines Co. said Thursday it will suspend flights to and from Kenya in what it says is a measure to prevent the spread of Ebola. Ebola has killed more than 1,000 people and sickened nearly 2,000 in its current West African outbreak that has hit Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Aug 14- South African bullion producer Harmony Gold said on Thursday it was looking for acquisition opportunities elsewhere in Africa and in Papua New Guinea, even as it scales back investment on existing projects.

  • MONROVIA, Aug 13- A consignment of experimental Ebola drugs arrived by plane in Liberia on Wednesday to treat two doctors suffering from the virus, which has killed more than 1,000 people across four West African countries.

  • BISSAU, Aug 13- Guinea-Bissau has decided to close its frontier with eastern neighbour Guinea in a bid to prevent the entry of the deadly Ebola virus, Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira said.

  • Month of war leaves Israel with tricky economic outlook Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 6:20 AM ET

    *Conflict with Hamas ruins Gaza economy, costs Israel too. JERUSALEM, Aug 13- Israel's month-long war with Hamas in Gaza has added fuel to a Palestinian boycott movement and may damage investor sentiment towards Israel at the margins, even if the $250 billion hi-tech economy looks set to emerge largely unscathed.

  • *Liberia to treat infected doctors with trial drug ZMapp. LONDON/ GENEVA, Aug 12- People infected in the West African Ebola outbreak can be offered untested drugs, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday, but the scarcity of supplies has raised questions about who gets priority access to treatment.

  • *Liberia to treat infected doctors with trial drug ZMapp. LONDON/ GENEVA, Aug 12- People infected in the West African Ebola outbreak can be offered untested drugs, the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday, but the scarcity of supplies raises questions about who gets priority access to treatment.

  • *Threat of more sanctions on Russia puts off investors. LONDON, Aug 12- With the threat of further Western economic sanctions hanging over Russia, foreign investors are deserting Moscow's equity markets and funnelling cash into other BRICS states, with China a standout beneficiary.

  • LONDON, Aug 12- World Health Organization experts fighting the world's worst outbreak of Ebola hope for improved supplies of experimental treatments and progress with a vaccine by the end of the year.

  • PRETORIA, Aug 12- South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that living conditions for many miners were "inhumane" and that he wished that he had done more as an executive at the platinum producer Lonmin to improve them.