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There is high security in and around the Swiss ski resort of Davos as many of the world's political and corporate leaders gather this week. AFP

WEF: China, Europe take centre stage on Davos day two

China and Europe take centre stage in front of the world’s business elite at Davos on Wednesday, a day after Brazil’s hard-right President Jair Bolsonaro promised reform and tried to win over sceptics about his environmental platform.
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Renault posts record sales of 3.9m vehicles as Carlos Ghosn remains in detention

French carmaker Renault, which is seeking a replacement for CEO Carlos Ghosn who is in custody in Japan, on Friday announced record sales of 3.9 million vehicles in 2018.
Police officers and workmen stand in the flooded Venice land mark Piazza San Marco (Saint Mark Square) during a high-water (Acqua Alta) alert on October 29, 2018 in Venice as the city is inundated by near-record flooding and ferocious storms. Miguel MEDINA / AFP

Italy storms claim 12 more lives

Floods have killed 12 people on the southern Italian island of Sicily, nine of them from the same family, rescue services said Sunday, raising the week's toll across Italy past 30.

Fierce winds raze forests in storm-hit Italy

Fierce winds and rains have killed at least 20 people in Italy this week and razed thousands of hectares of forest in the country’s devastated north, officials said.
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Swiss banks begin unmasking identity, balances of secret account holders

The era of mystery-cloaked numbered Swiss bank accounts has officially come to a close as Switzerland, the world’s biggest centre for managing offshore wealth, began automatically sharing client data with tax authorities in dozens of other countries.

Swiss police opposed Roman Abramovich residency bid

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich had sought to move to Switzerland but withdrew his residency bid when it looked set to be rejected, a Swiss migration official said on Wednesday.

Elderly Amnesty volunteer on trial in France for helping migrants

A 73-year-old Amnesty International volunteer appeared in court in France on Wednesday charged with helping two underage Africans illegally enter the country, the latest case involving activists assisting migrants on the move through Europe.

Fourcade makes French Olympic history in mad dash to the line

Frenchman Martin Fourcade wrote himself into the history books with a second biathlon gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Sunday, snatching victory by a whisker in a dramatic photo finish.

Sex abuse claims could affect Olympic team

Austria’s skiing federation, OSV, president warned on Sunday that allegations of sexual abuse by former skiers against a retired coach could hurt the current Olympic team in Pyeongchang.

Alpine skiing-Kenyan Sabrina Wanjiku says living her dream at Pyeongchang Games

Kenya’s first Alpine Olympic skier Sabrina Wanjiku Simader says her dream has come true as she prepares to take to the slopes at the Pyeongchang Games.

13 African athletes to compete at Winter Olympics in PyeongChang – IOC

The International Olympic Committee has confirmed that 13 African athletes will be competing at the Winter Olympics, which got underway on Friday in PyeongChang, South Korea.

North Korea to send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

North Korea will send 22 athletes to next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang where they will join South Korean teammates as they march together at the opening ceremony, organisers say.

Austria moves to ban wearing of burqa

New restrictions come into force in Austria on Sunday banning the wearing of the full Islamic veil and other items concealing the face in public places and buildings.

Fresh mudslide in Swiss Alps as eight remain missing

Hopes of finding eight people missing after a massive landslide in the Swiss Alps alive are fading, police said Friday, as a fresh barrage of sludge forced more evacuations.

Outrage as hotel orders Jewish guests to shower before swimming

A Swiss hotel that posted signs telling Jewish clients to shower before using the pool and restricting their access to the facility’s freezer has unleashed outrage and official complaints from Israel.

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