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Zika virus spreads explosively, 4m cases forecast

The Zika virus, linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is "spreading explosively" and could infect as many as four million people in the Americas, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

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UN cuts global economic growth forecast to 2.4pc

The United Nations said it cut its forecast for global economic growth in 2015 by 0.4 percentage point to 2.4 per cent, largely due to lower commodity prices, increased market volatility and slow growth in emerging market economies.

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New smartphone app designed to forecast famine

A new mobile phone app designed to help aid workers predict where hunger may strike and provide help in good time was launched by Austrian scientists on Thursday.   The app, which is free to use, combines and ana

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Mena packaging industry to grow to $52bn

The packaging industry sector in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region has been forecast to grow to $52.4 billion by 2019, from the current $41 billion, according to market research by Smithers Pira.   F

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Oil falls more than 2pc after Goldman cuts forecasts

Oil prices fell more than two per cent on Friday after Goldman Sachs cut its crude forecasts, citing global oversupply and concerns over the Chinese economy, and after Saudi Arabia dismissed the idea of an oil producer summit. &nb

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EIA lowers 2015, 2016 US crude oil production forecasts

The US government lowered both its 2015 and 2016 US crude oil production forecasts as a 60-per cent rout in benchmark prices since last summer weighs on shale output.   In its short term energy outlook, the US En

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Opec signals oil supply from rivals proving resilient to low prices

Opec raised its forecast of oil supplies from non-member countries in 2015, a sign that oil's price collapse is taking longer to impact on shale and other competing sources than previously thought.   In a mon

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Ericsson profit beats forecast as US sales stabilise

Ericsson, a leading mobile network equipment maker, beat second-quarter sales and profit forecasts and said its mainstay North American business had stabilised after three quarters of declines, lifting its shares as much as six per cent.

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IMF lowers global growth forecasts, cites US weakness

The International Monetary Fund trimmed its forecast for global economic growth for this year to take into account the impact of recent weakness in the United States. But the global financial institution said growth prospects for

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Riyad Bank Q2 net profit dips, misses forecast

Riyad Bank, Saudi Arabia's fourth-largest lender by assets, posted a 0.7 per cent decline in its second-quarter net profit on Thursday, missing analysts' average forecast. The bank said it made SR1.13 billion ($301.3 milli

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