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France is creating a G7 task force to study how central banks ensure cryptocurrencies like Facebook’s Libra are governed by regulations ranging from money-laundering laws to consumer-protection rules, France’s central bank governor said on Friday.

EU antitrust regulators have Facebook’s Libra currency in sights

Regulators are reportedly concerned that the Libra currency could shut out rivals and create “competition restrictions” related to the use of information and consumer data. The EU is also examining the integration of Libra wallets into Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger services, according to Bloomberg.
President of EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker gestures ahead of a College Commissioners meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on July 18, 2018. - AFP PHOTO - JOHN THYS

Jean-Claude Juncker cuts short holiday for emergency gallbladder surgery

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has cut short his holiday to have urgent surgery to remove his gallbladder.
On Thursday Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta, a M5S party member, who must sign off on Salvini’s decree, announced that she has decided not to do so.

Italy’s defence minister blocks decree against migrant ship

Italy’s defence minister on Thursday blocked a new decree by far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini to ban the rescue ship Open Arms with 147 migrants on board from Italian territorial waters, in a move seen as part of the political crisis in Rome.
Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been charged by German prosecutors over his alleged role in the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, along with three other defendants who were not named.

Germany charges ex-Audi chief for alleged role in Dieselgate scandal

Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been charged by German prosecutors over his alleged role in the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal, along with three other defendants who were not named. Stadler is accused of helping the automaker cheat emissions tests to make Audi’s cars appear cleaner than they really were as well as covering up that fraud.
Boris Johnson was making his first Commons appearance as PM. Reuters

Boris Johnson: Britain will not nominate new EU commissioner

Britain will not nominate a candidate for the new European Commission despite being required to do as an EU member state, new Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
The EU has fined Qualcomm €242 million (around $272 million) for selling 3G modem chips at predatory prices in an attempt to drive a competing supplier, Icera, out of the market.

Qualcomm fined $272 million in latest EU antitrust fine

The EU has fined Qualcomm €242 million (around $272 million) for selling 3G modem chips at predatory prices in an attempt to drive a competing supplier, Icera, out of the market.
Russia-linked sources are using social media in an attempt to influence elections in the European Union, according to a new report on disinformation released today by the European Commission, just one month after parliamentary elections in the union.

EU car market to shrink 1 percent in 2019, industry predicts

Annual sales of new cars in the European Union (EU) will fall in 2019 for the first time in six years, a trade group said on Thursday.
Russia-linked sources are using social media in an attempt to influence elections in the European Union, according to a new report on disinformation released today by the European Commission, just one month after parliamentary elections in the union.

Report: Russia used social media to keep EU voters at home

Russia-linked sources are using social media in an attempt to influence elections in the European Union, according to a new report on disinformation released today by the European Commission, just one month after parliamentary elections in the union.
Tirana, Albania - A parliamentary resolution approved by 100 votes to seven has censured Albania's President Ilir Meta for cancelling nationwide local elections, scheduled for June 30.

Albanian parliament censures president for cancelling local polls

A parliamentary resolution approved by 100 votes to seven has censured Albania's President Ilir Meta for cancelling nationwide local elections, scheduled for June 30.
Muhammad Ali Pate

Ex-minister Ali Pate gets World Bank, Harvard appointments

Nigeria’s former Minister of State for Health, Muhammad Ali Pate, has received two appointments from the World Bank Group and the public health graduate school of Harvard University: Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez applauds at the end of a campaign rally in Barcelona on May 23, 2019 ahead of EU elections. (Photo by LLUIS GENE - AFP)

Spain prime minister faces ‘second round’ in European polls

Spain votes in local, regional and European Parliament elections on Sunday which will influence acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s talks to form a new government.
Apple Store

Apple faces inevitable antitrust headache as EU launches App Store investigation

Apple is facing an antitrust investigation that was predictable the moment it announced it was getting into the music streaming business four years ago. The company can most likely expect a similar investigation down the road after it launches its video streaming service later this year.
A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May reacting as Scottish National Party (SNP) MP and Westminster leader Ian Blackford speaks in the House of Commons in London on April 11, 2019, after she updated MPs on Brexit, following her attendance at the EU Summit. – European leaders agreed with Britain on Thursday to delay Brexit by up to six months, saving the continent from what could have been a chaotic no-deal departure at the end of the week. The deal struck during late night talks in Brussels means that, if London remains in the EU after May 22, British voters will have to take part in European elections — or crash out on June 1. (Photo by HO / various sources / AFP) /

British MPs back Brexit delay by one vote

British parliamentarians have narrowly approved a bill seeking to delay Brexit, as they attempt to avoid a no-deal exit from the European Union.
This photo taken on August 23, 2018 shows the Google logo on display at the Smart China Expo at Chongqing International Expo Center in southwest China's Chongqing. - AFP PHOTO - STR - China OUT

Google offers Android users choices to satisfy EU

Google on Thursday said users of its hugely popular Android devices would be offered a choice of five browsers and search engines as part of the company’s effort to meet EU competition concerns.
The European Parliament has voted on changes to the Copyright Directive, a piece of legislation intended to update copyright for the internet age.

EU lawmakers approve bill to remove online terrorism contents

Internet hosting services that fail to promptly remove online terrorist content could face hefty fines under a bill approved by EU lawmakers on Wednesday.
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EU warns US against exposing European businesses to lawsuits over Cuba

U.S. media reported earlier that the Trump administration might later on Wednesday reverse waivers which had previously been in place to protect foreign companies from lawsuits in the U.S. for their dealings with Cuba.
The European Parliament has voted on changes to the Copyright Directive, a piece of legislation intended to update copyright for the internet age.

EU countries back copyright reform targeting Google, Facebook

The European Union’s bid to overhaul its two-decade-old copyright rules cleared its final hurdle on Monday as EU governments backed the move forcing Google to pay publishers for news snippets and Facebook to filter out protected content.
Theresa May

Britain gets flexible Brexit till October

European leaders agreed with Britain on Thursday to delay Brexit by up to six months, saving the continent from what could have been a chaotic no-deal departure at the end of the week.

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Tragedy struck on Friday when a truck loaded with granite crushed a soldier identified as R. A Nata’ala, while one other was injured in the accident that occurred along Iyana Mortuary area of Abeokuta in Ogun state.

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