Funding

Blackstone Group LP

Cementos Portland approaches Blackstone over debt refinancing-source

Spanish cement company Cementos Portland Valderrivas majority owned by FCC, has approached Blackstone over the refinancing of 345 million euros ($436.36 million) of debt, a source close to the matter said on Friday.

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Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange

Digital pen maker N-trig files for Tel Aviv share offering

N-trig, an Israeli provider of digital pens and chips for touch screens, has submitted a prospectus for an initial public offering on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, the company said on Sunday.

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Money

Thousands raised to buy car for Pennsylvania sniper's lookalike

Jim Tully's hours-long walks to and from work in the Pocono Mountains, where he has been repeatedly stopped by police in a case of mistaken identity in the manhunt for a Pennsylvania cop killer, may be coming to an end.

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Ebola

China to offer $82 million in fourth round of Ebola aid

China said on Friday it would donate 500 million yuan ($82 million) to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to battle Ebola, its largest round of aid to help contain the spread of the deadly virus.

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Li Ka Shing

China's companies, billionaires must step up to fight Ebola: WFP

China's corporations and billionaires have lagged behind in contributions to fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa despite vast economic ties to the region, the World Food Programme said on Monday.

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Non GMO campaign

GMO labeling foes spend big on campaigns in Oregon, Colorado

Opponents of GMO food labeling proposals on the ballot next month in Oregon and Colorado have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, nearly triple the money raised by supporters of the initiatives, campaign finance reports show.

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Ebola virus treatment centre

U.S. funds to fight Ebola now top $1 billion, may rise

The U.S. government now has more than $1 billion available to fight the spread of Ebola from West Africa and is proceeding with plans to deploy up to 4,000 military personnel to the region by late October.

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Viktor Yanukovich and Vladimir Putin

As Ukraine's debt tangle unwinds, Russia holds key thread

A selloff on Ukraine's dollar debt is focusing attention on a controversial $3 billion bond held by Russia, raising investor concerns that President Vladimir Putin could use the issue to trigger a cascade of defaults across Kiev's sovereign Eurobonds.

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Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center

Philanthropies, including Rockefellers and Investors pledge $50 billion fossil fuel divestment

The Rockefellers, who made their vast fortune on oil, and other philanthropies and high-wealth individuals on Monday will announce pledges to divest a total of $50 billion from fossil fuel investments.

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Ebola in Conakry, Guinea

Ebola could drain billions of dollars from African economies: World Bank

The largest-ever outbreak of Ebola could drain billions of dollars from economies in West Africa by the end of next year if the epidemic is not contained, the World Bank said in an analysis on Wednesday.

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Amazon

Ohio offers Amazon tax breaks to build $1.1 billion data center

State and local officials in Ohio are courting Amazon.com Inc with tax breaks and other perks to convince the No. 1 U.S. online retailer to build a $1.1 billion data center in central Ohio and create 120 jobs, according to public records.

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A logo of Emaar

Dubai's Emaar looks to raise $1.58 billion from malls unit's IPO

Dubai's Emaar Properties is seeking to raise as much as 5.8 billion dirhams ($1.58 billion) from an initial public offer of shares in its shopping malls unit that is expected to be the Gulf's biggest stock sale since 2008.

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Harvard

Harvard receives largest-ever gift, $350 million for public health

Harvard University has received the largest donation in its history, the school announced on Monday: $350 million from the Morningside Foundation to the School of Public Health.

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Bill Gates

Gates Foundation awards $25 million to HIV vaccine research

Oregon researchers developing a vaccine that has shown promise in preventing HIV infection in primates said on Wednesday they have been awarded a $25 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Snapchat

Kleiner to invest in messaging startup Snapchat at near-$10 billion valuation: report

Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer has agreed to invest in fast-growing messaging startup Snapchat at a valuation close to $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

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