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Shares of Carrefour Group were trading around 3 percent higher in the morning trading in Paris after the French grocery retailer reported Thursday higher net income from continuing operations in 2014 with improved performance in emerging markets in Latin America. Sales, meanwhile, declined from last year. The company also announced a dividend for the year.

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The Chinese government lowered its growth target for 2015 amid a challenging global environment and stressed the importance of reforms to build a moderately prosperous society. At the annual session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on Thursday, Premier Li Keqiang said the government aims to achieve about 7 percent economic growth in 2015.

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President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement was back on the docket at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, as the court heard oral arguments in a case that could potentially deal a fatal blow to the healthcare reform law known as Obamacare.

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Trading in the U.S. index futures suggests that Wall Street stocks may open slightly higher on Thursday, although the underlying mood is likely to be cautious ahead of Friday's payrolls report. Earlier in the global trading day, Asian stocks closed mostly lower, while European stocks are currently on a firmer footing ahead of two key central bank decisions from the region.

Bencarson-030415.jpg A day after announcing a presidential exploratory committee, renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has made headlines for declaring that prisons prove homosexuality is a choice.
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Obama-capitol-071612_04Mar15.jpg Despite receiving support from some Democrats, Senate Republicans were unable to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Wednesday.
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The rate of children born via in vitro fertilization, or IVF, is continuing to rise in the U.S., according to a new story from researchers at the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. The society collects data on IVF attempts and births across the U.S. each year and found 2,000 more success births in 2013 than the preceding year.
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The Indian markets opened higher on Thursday despite weak global cues. The Asian markets are broadly lower, tracking weak U.S. cues and as China lowered its annual GDP growth target to around 7 percent this year, the lowest level in 15 years, from 7.5 percent last year. The benchmark BSE Sensex is...
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H&R Block, Inc., the largest U.S. tax preparer, said Wednesday after the markets closed that its third quarter loss narrowed sharply from last year, as revenue surged due to an earlier opening of the Internal Revenue Service's e-file system this tax season. The company's quarterly loss per share also smaller than analysts estimated, but its quarterly revenue fell short of analysts' forecast.
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Astronomers have discovered a gigantic black hole at the heart of an ultraluminous quasar in the distant universe. The newfound cosmic monster is said to be the largest and brightest ever black hole, which dates back to a little more than 6 percent of the universe's current age of 13.8 billion years. Quasars are the brightest objects in the universe that contain supermassive black holes.
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The U.S. government is setting up a new central agency to deal with cybersecurity threats around the country, according to media reports. The Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center will be tasked with integrating intelligence from various agencies and distributing information more broadly to...
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Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (BMY) on Wednesday said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the approved use of Opdivo (nivolumab) to treat patients with metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer with progression on or after platinum-based... More
Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to do everything to bring to justice those responsible for the death of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down on a bridge next to the Kremlin late on Friday. An opposition march which...
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Warnerbros-030315.jpg Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment said its upcoming mobile game releases in 2015 would include Batman, DC Comics, LEGO, "Game of Thrones," and "Mortal Combat X".
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05/27/2015SLXPXIFAXAN (sNDA)FDA decision on XIFAXAN he treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea or IBS-D
05/27/2015SLXPXIFAXAN 550 mg tablets (sNDA)FDA decision on XIFAXAN for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea
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04/30/2015THRXBREO ELLIPTA (sNDA)FDA decision on BREO ELLIPTA for the once-daily treatment for asthma in patients aged 12 years and older
04/30/2015VNLPY.PKTuzistra (NDA)FDA decision on Tuzistra for the treatment of cough and cold
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