Oracle's shares rise



BOSTON // Oracle Corporation reported a surprise increase in new software sales and said growth could accelerate this quarter as corporate IT spending picks up, sending its shares 4 per cent higher. The world's number two business software maker, led by Larry Ellison, also expects to win unconditional European Union clearance to close its US$7 billion (Dh25.71bn) acquisition of Sun Microsystems in January. Second-quarter net income to November 30 rose 12.5 per cent to $1.5bn from $1.3bn a year earlier, Oracle said. Revenue rose 4 per cent to $5.86bn. * Reuters

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Camelpox

Caused by a virus related to the one that causes human smallpox, camelpox typically causes fever, swelling of lymph nodes and skin lesions in camels aged over three, but the animal usually recovers after a month or so. Younger animals may develop a more acute form that causes internal lesions and diarrhoea, and is often fatal, especially when secondary infections result. It is found across the Middle East as well as in parts of Asia, Africa, Russia and India.

Falconpox

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Houbarapox is, like falconpox, one of the many forms of avipox diseases. It exists in various forms, with a type that causes skin lesions being least likely to result in death. Other forms cause more severe lesions, including internal lesions, and are more likely to kill the bird, often because secondary infections develop. This summer the CVRL reported an outbreak of pox in houbaras after rains in spring led to an increase in mosquito numbers.

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