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  • BOSTON— Some U.S. colleges with overseas-study programs won't touch Ukraine. Tufts University, on the other hand, is drawn to the turmoil in the former Soviet republic, which the U.S. State Department deemed dangerous for travel. The potential to help activists and scholars, Tufts professor Peter Levine says, outweighs the risks posed by an unstable country.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, July 28- Weakness in global oil benchmark Brent has prompted China to buy more crude from Africa. For the Angolans, the large boost in July exports to China will be a welcome change, as they lost their number two spot behind Saudi Arabia in the first six months of 2015 to Russia, according to Chinese customs data. China imported 19.011 million...

  • NEW YORK, July 27- Crude oil futures hit four-month lows on Monday after a steep drop in China's stock markets spread concerns about the economic health of the world's biggest energy consumer, amid evidence of a growing crude glut. Brent crude oil was down 95 cents, or 1.7 percent, at $53.67 a barrel by 11:35 a.m. EDT. U.S. crude slipped 55 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $47.59,...

  • TEL AVIV, July 27- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has agreed to buy Allergan Plc's generic drugs business for $40.5 billion in a cash and stock deal that will turn the Israeli company into one of the world's largest pharmaceutical firms. It also will allow Dublin- based Allergan, the third-largest generic drugmaker in the United States, to focus on branded drugs...

  • *Iran deal likely boosted industry expectations-economist. BERLIN, July 27- Business confidence in Germany unexpectedly improved in July after two monthly drops as an agreement between Greece and its creditors for talks on a third bailout lifted the mood at firms in Europe's largest economy. Ifo president Hans-Werner Sinn said the easing of the crisis had...

  • TEL AVIV, July 27- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has agreed to buy Allergan Plc's generic drugs business for $40.5 billion in a deal that will turn Teva into one of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies. Allergan's generic business is generally seen as a better fit than Teva's previous target Mylan because it will improve Teva's distribution channels and...

  • JERUSALEM— Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. said Monday it is purchasing Dublin- based Allergan PLC's generic pharmaceuticals business for $40.5 billion, in what Israeli analysts called the largest-ever acquisition by an Israeli company. Statements from both companies say the deal will see Allergan receive $33.75 billion in cash and shares...

  • JERUSALEM— Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical to buy Allergan's generic pharmaceuticals business for $40.5 B.

  • BERLIN, July 27- Business confidence in Germany improved in July after two monthly drops as an agreement between Greece and its creditors for talks on a third bailout lifted the mood at firms in Europe's largest economy. Hans-Werner Sinn, president of Ifo think tank, said the easing of that crisis had helped boost sentiment in Germany. Last week Germany and Iran...

  • SANAA, July 27- A truce appeared to be holding on Monday in Yemen's capital Sanaa, the target of near-nightly air raids during a fourth-month-old war, with residents saying the city had passed a quiet night. Four months of air raids and war have killed more than 3,500 people in the Arabian Peninsula state. U.N. children's agency UNICEF says the death toll includes...

  • U.S. crude for September delivery was down 14 cents at $48 as of 0024 GMT, after closing the previous session down 31 cents at $48.14, its lowest settlement since March 31 and down 5.5 percent on the week. Brent crude futures for September delivery fell 4 cent to $54.58 after ending the previous session 65 cents down, the lowest close since March 19 and a drop of 4.3...

  • WASHINGTON— As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device. But the man, born in Ethiopia and now a U.S. citizen, isn't wanted for a crime.

  • *Most insurers in Reuters survey say Iran attractive market. LONDON/ SYDNEY, July 26- Western and Middle East insurance specialists see Iran as an appealing $8 billion market in the wake of its nuclear deal with world powers, though uncertainty over when sanctions on Tehran will be lifted means they are treating the country with caution. Under the accord reached...

  • July 25- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd is in advanced talks to buy Allergan Plc's generic drug business following a thus far unsuccessful effort to acquire peer Mylan NV, according to a person familiar with the matter. Jerusalem- based Teva, which has offered to buy Mylan for $40 billion, is now close to an agreement to acquire Dublin- based Allergan's...

  • *Major opening seen after Iran's nuclear deal with powers. VIENNA, July 24- Iran offered to sell state assets to foreigners, said it would cut the government's role in the economy and pledged a tight monetary policy as it sought to attract billions of dollars of investment from abroad after over a decade of isolation. If implemented, they could move Iran's economy...

  • ZAGREB, Croatia— A Croatian man has been kidnapped in Egypt by an unidentified armed group, Croatia's foreign ministry said Friday. The man was abducted Wednesday in Cairo while traveling to work for a French company, the foreign ministry said in a statement. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said...

  • LONDON, July 24- Oil prices neared four-month lows on Friday, set for their fourth straight week of declines, after data showed a contraction in China's factory sector and the dollar rose against a basket of currencies. Data showing activity in China's manufacturing sector shrank at the fastest pace in 15 months in July adds to concern about demand at a time when...

  • West Bancorp posts 2Q profit Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 8:18 AM ET

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa _ West Bancorp Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter earnings of $5.3 million. West Bancorp shares have increased 13 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: West Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • *Iran woos European industrial firms after nuclear deal. VIENNA, July 24- Iran expects to rejoin the international electronic payment system SWIFT three months after sanctions imposed on it are lifted and it will also become easier for foreign firms to take part in privatizations in Iran, a senior Iranian official said. The size of the foreign reserves and the...

  • VIENNA, July 24- Iran's foreign reserves total between $115 billion and $125 billion, including assets in its sovereign wealth fund, its industry minister said on Friday in one of the most detailed public descriptions of the reserves by an Iranian official. The size of the foreign reserves and the way in which Iran uses them will be crucial in its efforts to...