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  • *Disease outbreaks high on Davos agenda after Ebola. DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 23- The worst-ever Ebola epidemic is waning, but after ravaging three West African nations and spreading fear from Dallas to Madrid, it has hammered home the message that the world needs a better detective system for emerging diseases. Risks posed by pandemic threats such as deadly...

  • *UK retail sales rise unexpectedly in December. LONDON, Jan 23- British retail sales unexpectedly rose in December as shoppers flocked to supermarkets and bought more fuel as oil prices fell, providing a boost for the country's economic recovery that has shown signs of softening. Britain needs consumers to keep spending as manufacturing growth has weakened...

  • FLORENCE, Italy, Jan 23- The European Central Bank's bond-buying program must not be used as a justification by euro zone governments to slacken economic reforms, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday. "I don't have the impression that the decision by the European Central Bank could lead to Italy saying' we don't need to reform anymore'.

  • Honeywell's profit rises due to lower tax bill Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:17 AM ET

    Jan 23- Honeywell International Inc, a maker of cockpit electronics and climate control systems, reported a 1 percent rise in quarterly profit mainly due to a lower tax bill. Net income attributable to Honeywell rose to $956 million, or $1.20 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from $947 million, or $1.19 per share, a year earlier. Total revenue fell 1.1...

  • BRASILIA, Jan 23- Brazil's inflation rate spiked to its highest in more than three years in mid-January as local and federal authorities raised electricity tariffs and bus fares to balance government finances, statistics agency IBGE said on Friday. Key producing regions in Brazil, the world's largest exporter of coffee, sugar, soy and beef, have received much...

  • *Was subject of al Qaeda assassination bid. RIYADH, Jan 23- Saudi Arabia's Interior Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, a close friend of the United States and a scourge of Islamist militants, will be the country's first king from the third generation of its ruling dynasty. By sending an assassin to try to kill Prince Mohammed when he was Saudi security chief in...

  • *GE shares edge up after results, Starbucks rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Friday, following a sharp rally in the previous session that returned the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to positive territory for the year and put major indexes on track to break a three-week streak of declines. *Thursday's advance came after the European Central Bank...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 23- Jack Ma, executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, isn't worried about slowing Chinese economic growth, he told a meeting of business and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland. China should pay attention to the quality of the economy, "he said in a question-and-answer session at the World Economic Forum.

  • The European Commission has sought to boost EU capacity to switch pipelines to allow deliveries to Ukraine especially from Slovakia as part of efforts to create a stronger energy union in the region. Ukraine has increasingly looked to the EU to help shore up its gas supplies after years of pricing spats with main supplier Russia, which last year cut off flows to...

  • LONDON, Jan 23- Greek shares led euro zone stock markets higher on Friday, boosted before Sunday's pivotal elections by the European Central Bank's decision to buy government bonds. The bond-buying scheme helped Greece's ATG share index rise 5.2 percent, with Attica Bank, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank up between 11.6 percent and 8.8 percent.

  • Apple's Cook gets hefty bonus for 2014 Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 6:48 AM ET
    Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks in Laguna Beach, Calif.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook got a hefty cash bonus that brought his total compensation to $9.2 million last year.

  • GE profit rises, helped by power, aviation units Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 6:45 AM ET

    The U.S. conglomerate said its fourth-quarter net earnings rose to $5.15 billion, or 51 cents per share, from $3.21 billion, or 32 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • BERLIN, Jan 23- German sportswear company Adidas reported a better than expected rise in 2014 sales on Friday as it announced the sale of its non-core Rockport shoe brand. In Friday's unscheduled statement ahead of full results due on March 5, Adidas reported 2014 sales up 2 percent to 14.8 billion euros, beating a Thomson Reuters Smart Estimate of 14.68 billion...

  • By appointing his youngest half-brother Muqrin, 69, as Crown Prince and nephew Mohammed bin Nayef, 55, as Deputy Crown Prince, Salman has swiftly quelled speculation about internal palace rifts at a moment of great regional turmoil. Salman, thought to be 79, takes over as the ultimate authority in a country that faces long-term domestic challenges compounded...

  • LONDON, Jan 23- Britain's banks must do more to protect themselves and the wider financial system from growing and evolving cyber crime, the Bank of England said on Friday. Worried by the increasing rate of attacks on banks by Internet hacks, the BoE surveyed 36 financial firms and banks in Britain and found no immediate critical shortcomings in their defences.

  • TOKYO, Jan 23- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Friday he was not worried that diverging monetary policies in the United States and Europe will complicate his efforts to beat deflation at home. In an interview with Bloomberg TV from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Kuroda welcomed the ECB's decision to launch a bond-buying program, following the...

  • LONDON, Jan 23- Gold fell on Friday, pulling back from a five-month high, as the euro hit an 11- year low against the dollar and shares rose after the European Central Bank announced a multi-billion euro bond-buying programme to revive the sagging euro zone economy. The metal, often seen as a hedge against inflation, jumped more than one percent above $1,300 an ounce...

  • LONDON, Jan 23- Global banking supervisors are reviewing one of their rules that allow banks to hold little or no capital against risky sovereign debt held on their books. The so-called zero-risk weighting rule was heavily criticised during the euro zone debt crisis when several countries in the single currency area had to be bailed out as ratings on their debt...

  • *China factory activity contracts for 2nd month. LONDON/ BEIJING, Jan 23- Businesses across Asia and Europe have slashed prices at the start of the year to drum up trade, surveys showed on Friday, vindicating the European Central Bank's decision to print money in a bid to revive inflation. Euro zone firms cut prices at the fastest rate in nearly five years and Chinese...

  • *Copper on track for 2 percent fall this week. *Premiums for bonded nickel in China surge. LONDON, Jan 23- Copper fell on Friday, and was on track for its sixth week of falls after failing to post a convincing rebound from last week's 5-1/ 2 year low, weighed by concerns about the outlook for demand from top consumer China.