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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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Alibaba's roadshow meeting in New York

Simon Xie: Jack Ma's unassuming lieutenant at Alibaba

Inside Alibaba, where co-founders are revered like rock stars, relatively few employees know about the soft-spoken executive who for years kept his same cramped office, unfashionable clothes and the self-effacing demeanor of a metalworker's son.

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Seattle Seahawks owner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen takes a photo prior to ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange January 30, 2014.

Microsoft co-founder Allen to give $9 million for Ebola fight

Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen's charitable foundation on Thursday will announce it is donating $9 million to support U.S. efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a source familiar with the matter said.

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Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking warns "God Particle" can end the universe and "we wouldn't see it coming"

Stephen Hawking's new book, 'Starmus,' has a preface addressing the 2012-discovered Higgs boson, stating that it could become unstable and produce an expanding vacuum bubble to end the universe. However, scientists, and even Hawking himself, countered that it will not happen any time soon, as the particle accelerator big enough to destabilize the particle does not exist.

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Singer Jill Scott performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana July 5, 2008.

Jill Scott confirms leaked robed photo, denies naked one; Singer shames "poor boys & mean girls" and reminds everyone of invasion of privacy

Singer Jill Scott's alleged photos have also surfaced along with naked photos of other celebrities following a massive hack. According to the singer, the photo of her in a robe was authentic and used to chronicle her weight loss, but the other one of her naked is a fake.

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Zayn Malik

Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards reunite; Malik enjoying ten-day break, "One Direction" allegedly developing rift after Peru weed scandal

Zayn Malik and Perrie Edwards will be back in each other's arms soon, as One Direction's 10 day break coincided with Little Mix album-making break. Will they finally get to talk about the details of their wedding?

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Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke earns himself a ticket after ignoring police officers reprimanding him for loud music; Is he really dating Katie Holmes?

Robin Thicke and Katie Holmes are allegedly dating, but with Holmes busy being a mother to Suri and Thicke partying drunk and ignoring police officers, this rumor may prove to be untrue.

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Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg to return as head of Bloomberg company

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will return as head of Bloomberg LP, the data and financial news company he founded, replacing Daniel Doctoroff who has decided to step aside, the company said on Wednesday.

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Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting

Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting react to naked photo leak, posts a "naked" photo of herself and husband in Mexico for some laughs

It is not sure whether Kaley Cuoco--Sweeting will be pursuing the distributor of her private photos, but the actor seems to have moved on from the issue and is making a laugh about it by posting a photo of herself with her husband with their private parts blurred out.

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Pakistan's state television channel.

Pakistan parliament backs embattled prime minister as crisis deepens

Pakistan's parliament threw its weight behind embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention.

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Actress Jenny McCarthy (L) and actor Donnie Wahlberg pose at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California August 16, 2014.

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Walhberg now married: reception held at St Charles, Illinois, close to McCarthy's hometown; brother Mark Wahlberg absent, sends greetings via Twitter

Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Walhberg is officially married following their intimate wedding ceremony at Hotel Baker in Chicago. The two wed in front of relatives and close friends while fans waited outside the hotel to get a glimpse.

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Lena Headey

"Game of Thrones" now given permission to film Lena Headey's naked walk in Dubrovnik, Croatia, but with an important restriction

"Game of Thrones" viewers will still see Lena Headey's naked walk of shame following the permission granted by the film commission of Dubrovnik. However, Headey will have to walk out of a fake church, as the stipulation in the permit bans her from stepping inside a church in her nakedness.

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A Li Ning shoe.

China's Li Ning stumbles from gold medal position to no man's land

In 2010, former Chinese gymnast Li Ning led a surging $4 billion sportswear business, a gold-medal pinnacle echoing his victories at the 1984 Olympic Games.

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US Dollar Notes

Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in U.S. economic turnaround

Throughout much of his presidency, Barack Obama has been under siege about the state of the U.S. economy.

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US Oil Drill

From Seoul to Mexico City, pressure mounts to ease U.S. oil export ban

Washington is facing growing international pressure to ease its long standing ban on crude oil exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.

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