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  • An outbreak of Ebola killed close to 10,000 people across West Africa over the last year, with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone being the worst affected. Private company Mapp Biopharmaceutical and Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp have shown that their Ebola drugs could cure non-human primates. The other companies that are currently testing potential...

  • ABUJA, March 31- Muhammadu Buhari, an ex-general who first seized power in Nigeria three decades ago in a military coup, closed in on a historic election win on Tuesday which would mark the first time an incumbent has been ousted via the ballot box in Africa's most populous nation. That support compared to 11.3 million for President Goodluck Jonathan, whose five...

  • STOCKHOLM, March 31- Shares in music streamer Aspiro, a majority of which was bought earlier this month by hip-hop star Jay-Z, soared on Tuesday to as much as 11 times the price at which remaining shares will be acquired in a compulsory squeeze-out only days away. Some of the world's biggest music stars, including Kanye West and Madonna, were in New York on Monday to...

  • *Greece worries drive euro down 1 pct on day. On Tuesday, though, investors focused on worries over whether Greece can secure financial aid before it runs out of cash in three weeks, pushing the euro down as much as 1 percent to $1.0713. Greece and its lenders had failed to reach an initial deal on reforms, officials told Reuters earlier on Tuesday.

  • PARIS, March 31- The Paris appeals court has delayed a decision on whether to ban Uber's unlicensed UberPOP service while it awaits the result of the U.S. company's constitutional challenge of a new French law on taxis and chauffeured cars. A loss in France would add to a recent court decisions against UberPOP in Germany and the Netherlands, as well as an outright...

  • COLOGNE, Germany, March 31- The strong finances of Germany's second-biggest supermarket group REWE mean it is well positioned to pounce on potential acquisitions, its chief executive said on Tuesday after profit grew faster than it expected in 2014.. Analysts have speculated that REWE might be interested in buying or being involved in an asset swap for some of...

  • The deal is contingent on Comcast Corp's acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc being approved by U.S. regulators, the source said. Before this tie-up, Bright House had an operating agreement in place with Time Warner Cable that allows it to share technology and programming rates with the larger cable operator. That agreement came into question when Comcast made...

  • GENEVA, March 31- Members of the Saudi-led coalition conducting air strikes in Yemen are preventing a Red Cross plane from delivering medical supplies in Sanaa, an ICRC spokeswoman said on Tuesday. In a statement, the independent aid agency "called for the urgent removal of obstacles to the delivery to Yemen of vital medical supplies needed to treat casualties...

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, March 31- As stock market investors cheer China's latest bid to boost an ailing housing sector, bankers are gritting their teeth over the risks they face in further relaxing rules on lending to home buyers. The hope is that by making it easier for buyers to get mortgages, China can revive the housing market, which accounts for 15 percent of its...

  • LONDON, March 31- European Union plans to ban banks taking market bets with their own money should be scrapped to avoid crimping the flow of funds needed for economic recovery, an EU document showed on Tuesday. The bloc's executive European Commission has proposed a draft law to ban proprietary trading at banks and force lenders to isolate other forms of risky...

  • KUWAIT, March 31- Iran wants all parties in Yemen to return to talks, Tehran's deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Tuesday, adding the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia could work together to solve the conflict there. "Iran and Saudi Arabia can cooperate to solve the Yemeni crisis," Abdollahian told reporters in Kuwait, speaking through a...

  • UPDATE 1-Credit bureau TransUnion files for IPO Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 7:33 AM ET

    March 31- TransUnion, one of the largest credit bureaus in the United States, filed with U.S. regulators on Tuesday for an initial public offering of common stock. The company, whose competitors include Equifax Inc and Experian Plc, sells credit reports to lenders which use the data to assess the credit worthiness of borrowers. TransUnion filed for an IPO in 2011...

  • March 31- BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc said it won a U.S. government contract for the continued development of its potential treatment for viral diseases, including Ebola.

  • GENEVA, March 31- Members of the Saudi-led coalition conducting air strikes in Yemen are preventing a Red Cross plane from delivering urgent medical supplies in Sanaa, an ICRC spokeswoman said on Tuesday. In a statement, the independent aid agency "called for the urgent removal of obstacles to the delivery to Yemen of vital medical supplies needed to treat...

  • ABUJA, March 31- Nigerian opposition contender Muhammadu Buhari, an ex-general who first won power three decades ago in a military coup, closed in on a historic election victory on Tuesday, maintaining a hefty lead in the vote count in Africa's most populous nation. According to a Reuters tally collated from 33 of Nigeria's 36 states, the 72- year-old Buhari had...

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.9 pct. Consumer staple stocks trimmed nearly 16 points off the blue-chip FTSE 100, weighed down by a 2.4 percent fall in British American Tobacco and a 2.6 percent drop in Imperial Tobacco. Imperial Tobacco hit record highs earlier this month and is up 13 percent since the deal was announced.

  • US STOCKS-Futures pull back after strong advance Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Tuesday, indicating a modest retreat from the previous session's rally, including the strongest session for the Dow in more than a month. *Energy shares will continue to be in focus as crude oil fell 2.3 percent to $47.58 per barrel, sending Exxon Mobil Corp down 0.7 percent to $85 in premarket trading.

  • PARIS/ LONDON, March 31- European shares fell on Tuesday, taking a breather from their sharp rally of the past three months sparked by the drop in the euro, with Germany's DAX index set to record its biggest first-quarter gain since its creation in mid-1988. "Quantitative easing in Europe has been the surprising positive in the first quarter, thanks to its huge size...

  • March 31- Johnson Control Inc, a maker of climate control systems for buildings, said it would sell its global workplace solutions business to CBRE Group Inc for $1.48 billion in cash. CBRE, the world's largest commercial real estate services firm, said it expects the deal to add to adjusted earnings in 2016.. Johnson Controls' global workplace solutions provides...

  • GENEVA- SAUDI-LED COALITION MEMBERS BLOCKING PLANE CARRYING RED CROSS MEDICAL SUPPLIES FROM LANDING IN SANAA, YEMEN- ICRC SPOKESWOMAN.