Alibaba group said to raise $21.8 billion in record U.S. IPO

(Bloomberg) – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., the e-commerce company started in 1999 with $60,000 cobbled together by Jack Ma, cemented its status as a symbol of China’s economic emergence by raising $21.8 billion in a U.S. initial ...

Sierra Leone launches controversial Ebola shutdown

FREETOWN (AFP) - Sierra Leone launched a nationwide three-day shutdown on Friday to contain the deadly spread of an Ebola epidemic described by the UN Security Council as a threat to world peace.Most of Sierra Leone's population o...

Sophia Loren opens life exhibit in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AFP) ― Italian film legend Sophia Loren inaugurated Thursday an exhibition in Mexico showing off personal treasures including glamorous dresses, silk purses and her Oscar, to mark her upcoming 80th birthday.The trove...

Bill Gates says progress made on new superthin condom

NEW DELHI (AFP) ― Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said Thursday progress is being made on developing a “next-generation” ultra-thin, skin-like condom that could offer more sexual pleasure, help population control and be f...