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Aliko Dangote emerges 64th richest man in the world

Billionaire businessman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has significantly moved up in the world billionaires’ list, as he emerged 64th richest person in the world.

New Zealand to target online giants with digital tax

New Zealand said on Monday that it plans to update its laws so it can tax revenue earned by multinational digital firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, extending a global effort to bring global tech giants into the tax net.
Amazon.com said on Friday it would lead a $700 million investment in U.S. electric pickup truck startup Rivian Automotive, in the e-commerce giant’s biggest bet on technologies with potential to reshape the automotive sector.

Amazon leads $700 million investment into electric pickup truck startup Rivian

Amazon.com said on Friday it would lead a $700 million investment in U.S. electric pickup truck startup Rivian Automotive, in the e-commerce giant’s biggest bet on technologies with potential to reshape the automotive sector.

Jeff Bezos accuses Enquirer of ‘blackmail’ over intimate photos

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday accused the publisher of the National Enquirer of blackmail after it threatened to publish intimate photographs sent by the billionaire to his mistress if he did not cease his investigation into how the newspaper got the pictures.
Pope Francis arrives for the weekly general audience in Paul VI hall on December 12, 2018 at the Vatican. (Photo by Tiziana FABI - AFP)

Pope Francis: Clergy celibacy rule could be changed, but only in remote areas

The Catholic Church’s long-standing rule on priestly Celibacy might be amended, but only in exceptional cases concerning remote Communities, Pope Francis said on Monday.

Amazon spends company record on US lobbying in 2018

Amazon spent $14.19 million on lobbying the U.S. government in 2018, according to a regulatory filing, beating its year-ago record, as large U.S. technology companies pushed back on issues such as privacy, immigration and new tariffs.
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Google and Facebook spend more than ever on US lobbying efforts

Alphabet’s Google disclosed in a quarterly filing on Tuesday that it spent a company-record $21.2 million on lobbying the U.S. government in 2018, topping its previous high of $18.22 million in 2012, as the search engine operator fights wide-ranging scrutiny into its practices.
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

President Jair Bolsonaro sells ‘new Brazil’ to Davos elite

Skirting the first political scandal of his new presidency, far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro will tout a “new Brazil” when he addresses the world’s business elite in Davos on Tuesday.

Amazon France under fire for destroying unsold goods

US online retailer Amazon faced new French government pressure Monday after a TV report over the weekend showed it destroying thousands of new diapers, toys and other unsold or returned items in perfect condition.
US President Donald Trump (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin wait ahead a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. The US and Russian leaders opened an historic summit in Helsinki, with Donald Trump promising an "extraordinary relationship" and Vladimir Putin saying it was high time to thrash out disputes around the world./ AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

Donald Trump rejects report that he hid details of Vladimir Putin meetings

President Donald Trump has rejected a Washington Post report that he has refused to share details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin with top US government officials.
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Amazon becomes most valuable listed company

Amazon has eclipsed Microsoft as the world's most valuable listed company as volatile markets reshuffle Wall Street's pecking order.

Golden Globes 2019: Black Panther, A Star Is Born, others make nomination list

Here are the nominees in key categories for the 76th Golden Globe Awards, which will be handed out today in Beverly Hills.
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Man confesses after writing threat letters to Donald Trump, FBI

Kao Xiong, a California man, has pleaded guilty to sending more than 150 threatening or hoax letters in 2017 to President Donald Trump and to former presidents, FBI offices and other individuals and businesses.

Lady Gaga’s ‘A Star Is Born’ leads pack for Golden Globes

Hollywood’s A-listers will hit the red carpet Sunday for the Golden Globes, the glitzy start to the entertainment industry’s awards season, with popular music romance “A Star Is Born” the overwhelming favorite for top honours.

India bans ecommerce companies from selling their own products

India will ban ecommerce companies such as Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart from selling products from companies in which they have an equity interest.
People walk past an Apple store in Beijing on December 11, 2018. – Apple stores in China continued with business as usual on December 11, despite a Chinese court-ordered ban on iPhone sales that could hurt the US tech firm in one of its most crucial markets. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Apple to build $1 billion campus in Texas

Apple announced Thursday it will build a $1 billion campus in Texas as part of a nationwide expansion.
Police in Jersey City have been placing fake Amazon packages outside people’s homes to catch thieves

Police use cameras and fake Amazon boxes with GPS to catch thieves

Police in Jersey City have been placing fake Amazon packages outside people’s homes to catch thieves, reports the Associated Press. Using GPS trackers and doorbells cameras provided by Amazon, police are able to track and apprehend would-be thieves.
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UN: Measles cases soar in Brazil, Venezuela

The Pan-American Health Organization on Friday reported a big jump in measles cases in the Americas this year, with Brazil surpassing crisis-hit Venezuela as the nation with the most confirmed cases.

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Supreme Court dismisses suit challenging Borno governor’s nomination

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a suit filed by Idris Mamman-Gatumbwa challenging the nomination of Governor Babagana Zulum by the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its governorship candidate for the 2019 general elections.

Federal government raises alarm over new cassava brown streak disease

The Federal Government has raised an alarm over a recent virile disease, Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD), ravaging East and Central Africa now making its way to West Africa.

Cleric seeks end to 40 years marriage over sex denial after eight children

An Islamic cleric Ganiyu Salami, on Thursday approached an Igando Customary Court, Lagos, to end his 40 years marriage to Halimatu, for allegedly denying him sex and threatening his life.
Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna State High Court, on Thursday, adjourned hearing in the application for permission to travel to India for medical attention filed by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zinat, to July 29.

IMN kicks as court adjourns Ibraheem El-Zakzaky’s bail hearing

Justice Darius Khobo of Kaduna State High Court, on Thursday, adjourned hearing in the application for permission to travel to India for medical attention filed by Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zinat, to July 29.

CSOs give Governor Ayade 60 days to conduct council polls

A coalition of Civil Societies Organisations (CSOs) in Cross River, have given Governor Ben Ayade 60 days to conduct local government election in the state.