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  1. French President Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump of the US have agreed to a truce in their dispute over digital taxes that will mean neither side imposes punitive tariffs this year, a French diplomat said.“Great discussion with @realDonaldTrump on digital tax,” Macron said in a tweet. “We will work together on a good agreement to avoid tariff escalation.”The two countries will continue negotiations along with their European partners until the end of 2020 to agree on a global framework that…
  2. The World Health Organisation said on Monday that a key emergency committee would meet this week to discuss a new Sars-like virus spreading across China after it reached three other Asian countries.The WHO panel will meet in Geneva on Wednesday to determine whether to declare the outbreak an international public health emergency – a rare move only used for the gravest epidemics.The decision came as a Chinese government expert said Monday that the virus, which has so far killed three people, was…
  3. Norway’s populist Progress Party said Monday it was leaving the right-wing coalition government over the repatriation of a suspected Islamic State member and her two children last week.“We don’t compromise with people who have voluntarily joined terror organisations. That was the last straw,” party leader Siv Jensen told reporters in Oslo.Without the Progress Party, the coalition, headed by Prime Minister Erna Solberg, loses its majority in parliament, but she will remain in charge.As she…
  4. Embattled BBC boss Tony Hall will step down in six months’ time, he told staff on Monday, as the British broadcaster grapples with a damaging equal-pay ruling and scrutiny over its funding.“I will give my all to this organisation for the next six months … but in the summer I’ll step down as your director general,” he told staff in a group email.“If I followed my heart I would genuinely never want to leave. However, I believe that an important part of leadership is putting the interests of the…
  5. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson touted the UK as an ideal business partner for Africa on Monday as the UK prepares for post-Brexit dealings with the world.But Britain faces tough challenges as it seeks to assert itself on a continent with several of the world’s fastest-growing economies and whose youthful 1.2 billion population is set to double by 2050.Far fewer of Africa’s 54 heads of state or government are attending the first UK-Africa Investment Summit than the dozens who attended the…
  6. A three-year-old Malaysian boy living in Britain is the youngest member of Mensa, the international organisation for people with high IQs.Haryz Nadzim Mohd Hilmy Naim, who is living in Britain with his parents, was accepted into Mensa UK after scoring 142 on the Stanford Binet test, a cognitive ability assessment used to measure IQ, or intelligence quotient.His score puts him in the top 0.3 per cent of the population, according to a report by Metro UK.His parents Anira Asyikin and Mohd Hilmy…
  7. European industrial policy chief Thierry Breton dismissed claims that relying on European companies to build a 5G network would delay its roll-out, weighing in on an increasingly tense debate in Germany over the risk posed by China’s Huawei.In a speech at the Digital Life Design (DLD) conference in Munich on Sunday, Breton, a former French finance minister, warned policymakers in Germany and elsewhere that the new 5G technology will require more stringent security rules than previous…
  8. Britain’s Prince Harry spoke on Sunday of his sadness at being forced to give up his royal duties in a deal with Queen Elizabeth and senior Windsors that will see him and his wife Meghan exit official roles to seek an independent future.Buckingham Palace and the queen announced on Saturday that Harry and Meghan would no longer be working members of Britain’s monarchy, no longer use their “Royal Highness” titles and would now pay their own way in life, freeing them to forge new careers.The new…
  9. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday used his first official meeting with Vladimir Putin to warn the Russian leader not to repeat the 2018 chemical attack that almost killed former spy Sergei Skripal.Downing Street said Johnson told the Kremlin chief on the sidelines of a summit on the Libya crisis in Berlin that ties between Moscow and London would not return to normal until Russia ended its “destabilising” activities.Johnson “was clear there had been no change in the UK’s position…
  10. The European Union plans to revive its Operation Sophia naval mission to focus on upholding Libya's arms embargo, the bloc's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced on Monday, as part of efforts to bring peace to the conflict-torn country.EU foreign ministers were meeting in the wake of a Libya conference in Berlin the previous day, at which international leaders vowed to uphold a UN arms embargo and end military support for the northern African country's warring factions.Libya's embattled…