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“We can’t tell (French, Polish, Hungarian and European) citizens that (we) can have financial solidarity in Europe and not care how the basic rules of democracy, free media and equal rights are respected,’’ Clement Beaune said in an interview.

France to push for rights sanctions in EU recovery plan – minister

France will push for financial sanctions under the EU’s 750 billion euro ($880 billion) coronavirus recovery fund against states that undermine fundamental human rights, its junior European Affairs Minister told the Financial Times newspaper.
“Stay at home,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a televised address to the nation, as he unveiled unprecedented peacetime measures after the country’s death toll climbed to 335.

Britain to announce jobs, housing boost for coronavirus-hit economy

Britain is set to announce measures to promote youth employment and stimulate the housing market on Wednesday, as it braces for the severe economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Roma directors are stunned by owner James Pallotta’s decision to reject an offer from the Friedkin Group, it has been claimed.

Roma directors frustrated as owner rejects €575 million takeover offer

Roma directors are stunned by owner James Pallotta’s decision to reject an offer from the Friedkin Group, it has been claimed.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn has supported the U.S President Donald Trump’s criticism of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

German minister backs Donald Trump on WHO criticism

German Health Minister Jens Spahn has supported the U.S President Donald Trump’s criticism of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Russia on Thursday launched a probe into the Financial Times and the New York Times after the newspapers said local authorities could be vastly under-reporting deaths from the coronavirus in the country.

Russia probes FT, NYT after coronavirus death toll reports

Russia on Thursday launched a probe into the Financial Times and the New York Times after the newspapers said local authorities could be vastly under-reporting deaths from the coronavirus in the country.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has ruled that artificial intelligence systems cannot be credited as an inventor in a patent, the agency announced earlier this week.

US patent office rules that artificial intelligence cannot be a legal inventor

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has ruled that artificial intelligence systems cannot be credited as an inventor in a patent, the agency announced earlier this week. The decision came in response to two patents — one for a food container and the other for a flashing light — that were created by an AI system called DABUS.
(FILES) This file photo taken on April 8, 2020 shows one vial of the drug Remdesivir during a press conference about the start of a study with the Ebola drug Remdesivir in particularly severely ill patients at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany, amidst the new coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.PHOTO: AFP

Coronavirus: Experimental drug remdesivir failed in human trial – reports

The experimental antiviral drug remdesivir has failed in its first randomized clinical trial to treat the COVID-19 illness, reports said Thursday, quoting draft documents that were accidentally published by the World Health Organization.
This video grab from footage taken and released on November 14, 2018 by French television channel TF1 shows French President Emmanuel Macron speaking during a televised interview with the channel aboard the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, off the coast of Toulon, southern France. (Photo by Handout / TF1 / AFP) /

France says things ‘happened we don’t know about’ in China coronavirus handling

France’s President Emmanuel Macron said there were grey areas in China’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and that things “happened that we don’t know about”, speaking in an interview with the Financial Times published Thursday.

French ruling pushes Amazon to close warehouses over coronavirus health concerns

Amazon has decided to shut down all of its fulfillment centers in France after a French court ruled the company could be fined €1 million per item for shipping anything not directly related to medical supplies, hygiene products, and food items
Uber Eats is launching a series of partnerships with supermarkets, convenience stores, and other businesses to offer home deliveries of essential items, Reuters reports.

Uber Eats turns to grocery deliveries to fill pandemic-shaped hole in its business

Uber Eats is launching a series of partnerships with supermarkets, convenience stores, and other businesses to offer home deliveries of essential items, Reuters reports. In France, the company is partnering with supermarket chain Carrefour to offer deliveries from 15 of its Paris stores. The Financial Times reports that it’s also working with Galp in Spain to deliver items from 25 petrol station convenience stores, and in Brazil it’s offering deliveries from local pharmacies, pet shops, and convenience stores.
Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as the continent’s largest economy, a report by Bloomberg has shown.

Nigeria overtakes South Africa as Africa’s largest economy

Nigeria’s re-emergence as Africa’s biggest economy followed South Africa’s slump into its second recession in two years, as severe rolling power blackouts frustrate President Cyril Ramaphosa’s attempt to revive growth.

Apple reunites with iPhone graphics chip partner to license technology

Apple will once again license technology from Imagination Technologies, the chip designer that used to provide graphics processors for the iPhone and iPad, the UK-based company announced today. In a short statement posted on its website, Imagination said that it had entered into a multiyear license agreement with Apple, under which the Cupertino, California-based firm will have access to “a wider range of Imagination’s intellectual property in exchange for license fees.”
Lee Sang-hoon, the chairman of Samsung Electronics, has been found guilty of violating South Korea’s labor union laws and sentenced to 18 months in prison, the Financial Times reports.

Samsung Electronics chairman found guilty of union sabotage

Lee Sang-hoon, the chairman of Samsung Electronics, has been found guilty of violating South Korea’s labor union laws and sentenced to 18 months in prison, the Financial Times reports.
US business tycoon Todd Boehly – worth £4.72billion – has reportedly failed in a bid to take over at Chelsea.

US business tycoon tables offer for Chelsea takeover to Roman Abramovich

US business tycoon Todd Boehly – worth £4.72billion – has reportedly failed in a bid to take over at Chelsea.

Real Madrid leading talks for radical new European Super League

Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez is leading the charge for Europe’s biggest clubs to break away from their domestic competitions and form a radical new Super League.
FILE PHOTO- Mulugeta Desalegn, an owner of a convenience store, or “spaza shop”, picks an item for a customer as he holds a candle, in Senaone, Soweto, South Africa March 18, 2019. REUTERS-Siphiwe Sibeko-File Photo

South Africa hit by rolling blackouts as state utility struggles

South Africa was hit by rolling blackouts on Wednesday in a blow for the continent’s most developed economy as it shows signs of rebounding.

HSBC set to axe 10,000 jobs

The planned downsizing comes just weeks after announcing the resignation of its chief executive and the cutting of 4,000 posts citing a weak global outlook.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has assured the international community that President Muhammadu Buhari’s new administration will be more determined in the fight against corruption.

P&ID scandal: Federal government to appeal $200 million conditional award for stay of execution

The Federal Government will appeal the order of a UK commercial court awarding $200 million conditional payment for granting stay of execution in a judgment debt against Nigeria over a botched gas contract.

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Uche Secondus: Nigeria sitting on keg of gunpowder

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Nigerian government approves gradual reopening of international flights

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has approved gradual reopening of international flights and train services across the country.
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NCPC partners CAN, JNI to end Southern Kaduna killings

The Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) says it is collaborating with the Northern Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Jama’atu Nasrul Islam (JNI) and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to end the killings in Southern Kaduna.