By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The U.N. Children's Fund launched a record $3.1 billion appeal on Thursday to enable it to help children caught up in a "new generation" of conflicts and disasters round the world, $1 billion more than it sought in 2014. A series of more complex and destructive crises, natural disasters and emergencies such as the Ebola epidemic, are putting some 60 million children in extraordinary danger of violence, hunger, disease and abuse, UNICEF said. "From deadly natural disasters to brutal conflicts and fast-spreading epidemics, children across the world are facing a new generation of humanitarian crises," Afshan Khan, UNICEF director of emergency programmes, said in a statement.
Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest lender, said Thursday that its net profit for 2014 more than doubled from the previous year, to a better-than-expected 1.7 billion euros ($1.9 billion). Analysts polled by Factset had pencilled in a net profit for last year of 1.3 billion euros after the bank had posted 681 million euros in 2013. Co-chief executives Juergen Fitschen and Anshu Jain said that each of the bank's four core business divisions had, for the first time, reaped more than one billion euros in pre-tax profits.