World

China pledges US$82 million to fight Ebola

Friday, 24 October 2014.

BEIJING: China will provide Ebola hit countries in West Africa with new aid worth the equivalent of $82 million, China’s President Xi Jinping said on Friday, as European leaders pledged more donations.

Japan's party animals closer to dancing the night away

Friday, 24 October 2014.

TOKYO: Japan’s cabinet approved changes on Friday to a 66-year-old law that bans late-night dancing in clubs, a decision that will help businesses cash in on an expected influx of tourists ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Microsoft drops Nokia name from smartphones

Friday, 24 October 2014.

WASHINGTON: Microsoft said Friday it was dropping the Nokia name from its Lumia smartphones, rebranding following the acquisition earlier this year of the Finnish group’s handset division.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth sends her first tweet

Friday, 24 October 2014.

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter.

Masked men burn 2 Saudi Arabia consulate cars in Egypt

Friday, 24 October 2014.

CAIRO/ISMAILIA: Masked men set fire to two cars belonging to the consulate of Saudi Arabia in the Egyptian city of Suez on Friday morning, local security sources and the state news agency reported.

After 1st Ebola case in NYC, 3 others quarantined

Friday, 24 October 2014.

NEW YORK: Officials urged residents of America’s most populous city to remain calm after a New York City doctor, who had recently traveled to Guinea, tested positive for ebola.

Suspicious envelopes sent to foreign missions in Istanbul

Friday, 24 October 2014.

ISTANBUL: Suspicious envelopes containing a yellow powder were sent Friday to the Belgian, Canadian and German consulates in Istanbul, prompting a security alert, officials said.

P&G to exit Duracell battery business

Friday, 24 October 2014.

Chicago: Procter & Gamble Co said it would exit its Duracell battery business, likely through a splitoff into a separate company, as it looks to focus on faster-growing brands.

WHO expects around 200,000 Ebola vaccine doses by mid-2015

Friday, 24 October 2014.

GENEVA/LONDON: The World Health Organization (WHO) set out plans on Friday for speeding up development and deployment of experimental Ebola vaccines, saying hundreds of thousands of doses should be ready for use in West Africa by the middle of 2015.

British woman dies during Thai cosmetic surgery

Friday, 24 October 2014.

BANGKOK: A British woman has died under anesthesia during a cosmetic procedure by an uncertified surgeon at a clinic in Thailand’s capital, authorities said Friday.