Ebola virus death toll nears 8,500 – WHO

January 15, 2015 11:14 am· Comments Off on Ebola virus death toll nears 8,500 – WHO 

GENEVA, Jan. 15 — The number of people killed by the Ebola virus has reached 8,429, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report Wednesday.

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Brazil allows import, sale of cannabis-based medicine

January 15, 2015 11:14 am· Comments Off on Brazil allows import, sale of cannabis-based medicine 

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 15 — Anvisa, Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency, announced on Wednesday that it will no longer forbid the sale of medicine containing cannabidiol, a cannabis-based substance, in the country.

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Apple gears up for bumper China harvest

January 15, 2015 11:13 am· Comments Off on Apple gears up for bumper China harvest 

BEIJING, Jan. 15 — Apple Inc. is greatly speeding up market expansion in china by opening five new stores in roughly five weeks.

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Tokyo stocks open higher on weaker yen, rebounding oil prices

January 15, 2015 11:13 am· Comments Off on Tokyo stocks open higher on weaker yen, rebounding oil prices 

TOKYO, Jan. 15 — tokyo stocks opened modestly higher early Thursday on rebounding crude oil prices and a weaker yen.

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S. Korea freezes policy rate at 2 percent

January 15, 2015 11:13 am· Comments Off on S. Korea freezes policy rate at 2 percent 

SEOUL, Jan. 15 — South Korea's central bank froze its policy rate Thursday at a record low of 2 percent, refraining from altering the rate for three straight months.

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Australian housing prices among world's most expensive

January 15, 2015 11:13 am· Comments Off on Australian housing prices among world's most expensive 

CANBERRA, Jan. 15 — Australia's housing is nearly the most expensive in the global market and prices will only rise further, according to a report from Fitch Ratings released on Thursday.

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Russia’s Central Bank to stabilize inflation at 8-10% in 2015 — official

January 15, 2015 11:13 am· Comments Off on Russia’s Central Bank to stabilize inflation at 8-10% in 2015 — official 

MOSCOW, Jan. 15 — Russia’s Central Bank will stabilize inflation at 8-10 percent in 2015, Central Bank First Deputy Chief Kseniya Yudayeva said on Wednesday.

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China stock index futures open higher Thursday

January 15, 2015 11:13 am· Comments Off on China stock index futures open higher Thursday 

BEIJING, Jan. 15 — China's stock index futures opened higher on Thursday, with the contract for settlement in January 2015, the most actively traded, up 0.32 percent at 3,509.

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Australia's unemployment rate falls to 6.1% in December

January 15, 2015 11:13 am· Comments Off on Australia's unemployment rate falls to 6.1% in December 

SYDNEY, Jan. 15 — Australia's unemployment rate has fallen to 6.1 percent in December, 2014, with 37,400 mostly full-time jobs added, according official figures released on Thursday.

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Australian businesses borrowing less

January 15, 2015 11:13 am· Comments Off on Australian businesses borrowing less 

SYDNEY, Jan. 15 — Australian businesses are borrowing less amid concerns about the global economy, new data revealed on Thursday.

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