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CAIRO - A Sudanese man facing the death penalty in connection to the killing of an American diplomat in 2008 has been released, his brother told on Monday. Abdelraouf Abuzeid, who was found guilty for the killing of U.S. diplomat John Granville, was released by the country's high court two years after a settlement was reached between the Sudanese government and Granville's family, his brother said. The U.S. state department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz, writing by Nafisa Eltahir; Editing by Alex Richardson)...
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- Russian carmaker Avtotor on Monday said it has begun production of Chinese Kaiyi cars at its plant in Kaliningrad, Russia's exclave on the Baltic coast. The company said in a statement that it's preparing to start sales of the Kaiyi model E5 early this year and launch production of another three models by the end of the year. Chinese brands have become major players in Russia's car market, reflecting China's growing importance to the Russian economy following the exodus of Western companies over Moscow's decision to send troops into Ukraine last February. Avtotor, which previously assembled German BMW and South Korean Hyundai and Kia brands, also has agreements with two other Chinese automakers. It plans to produce around 50,000 cars in 2023, Anton Alikhanov, the Kaliningrad regional governor, said in December. China's influence is being felt elsewhere in the car market. JAC Motors' design, engineering and platform ar...
LONDON - British firefighters have voted to carry out a nationwide strike in a dispute over pay, their trade union said on Monday. About 88% of members of the Fire Brigades Union had voted in favour of strike action, on a 73% turnout, the union said. Its members had rejected a 5% pay offer in November. (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and Muvija M; Editing by Sachin Ravikumar)...
By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen COPENHAGEN - China's consumption of pork remains subdued and normalization could take up to six months, said Danish Crown's CEO, who also told on Monday the company would lay off 550 staff in Denmark and Germany and cut capacity at its Essen plant by 40%. Chinese pork demand is weak despite relaxation of the country's COVID policies as many people continue to avoid restaurants, said Jais Valeur, the head of Europe's biggest pork producer. "Right now I don't see any signs that Chinese imports are on the rise," Valeur told in an interview, adding that the Chinese market would probably normalize within six months. The North Asian country's imports of pork - the most popular type of meat in the country - have halved over the last 18 months due to higher domestic production, low prices, and tepid demand. Danish Crown also said it would lay off around 550 staff in Denmark and Germany, wit...
(Please note strong language in paragraphs 7 and 9) By Michael Holden LONDON - Hollywood actress Eva Green, who is suing financiers for her fee for a failed film in which she was to star, told a London court on Monday she would not make a "B movie", saying it could kill her career while making quality productions was her "religion". The French actress, whose film credits include the James Bond movie "Casino Royale", is suing White Lantern Films and SMC Speciality Finance for the $1 million fee she says is owed over the collapse of the planned independent movie "A Patriot", in which she was to play the main role. The production company has launched a counter claim against Green for breach of contract, blaming her for the science fiction film's failure before it went into production in late 2019, saying she never intended for the film to go ahead. Giving evidence at the High Court in London, Green, 42, said the...
SYDNEY - Australia run machine Steve Smith clinched his fourth Allan Border Medal on Monday, becoming only the third player, after Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke, to achieve the feat. Smith polled 171 votes, while nearest rival Travis Head managed 144, to claim Australian cricket's greatest individual honour which he had previously won in 2015, 2018 and 2021. Former captain Smith racked up 1,524 runs, which included four hundreds, during the voting period and was crucial to Australia's rise to number one in the test rankings. Such was his domination in the two other formats that it did not matter in the end that Smith did not poll a single vote in the T20 Internationals. Smith will be one of Australia's key figures as they embark on a four-test tour in India where they hope to secure their place in the final of the World Test Championship. The 33-year-old has been in strong form in 50-overs cricket too and fa...
By Angelica Medina MEXICO CITY - Mexico's leading tennis players have decided not to play in next week's Davis Cup World Group playoff tie against Taiwan due to differences with the Mexican Tennis Federation (FMT). Led by Santiago Gonzalez, Alejandro Hernandez and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela, the players said they will not take part in the Feb. 4-5 Group I playoff tie in Metepec, State of Mexico. "After a difficult deliberation, we have not reached a positive conclusion, so we have decided not to participate in the upcoming series against the Chinese Taipei team," said the players' statement, published on social media on Monday. "The lack of communication, lack of planning and lack of interest show that the situation has not been handled in the right way and that personal interests have taken precedence over sporting ones. "It is sad that the FMT does not have the minimum standards in dealing and planning with th...
BRUSSELS - Producers of clean technologies like renewable hydrogen and batteries could receive faster permits under European Union plans to support industries facing U.S. and Chinese competition, a draft document showed on Monday. The European Commission is set to publish ideas on Wednesday to retain and boost Europe's green industry against a backdrop of large subsidies by the United States and China that some governments fear could tempt European industries to relocate. A draft of the Commission's plan, seen by , said it would produce a simpler regulatory framework for manufacturers of technologies deemed key to meeting the EU's climate change goals, including faster permitting procedures. Specific projects considered important to developing clean technology supply chains could also receive speedier permits, said the draft, which could still change before it is published. Potential options include batteries, carbon capture...
By Rachna Uppal ABU DHABI - France and the United Arab Emirates are working to strengthen their economic relationship with "concrete outcomes" expected in the near future, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said on Monday during a visit to the Gulf Arab state. He was speaking on the sidelines of the first meeting of the Franco-Emirati business council, set up last year, and included chief executives from Total, Airbus, BNP Paribas and Engie, among others. "The level of the CEOs is a clear signal of our determination to give a new impetus to the economic relationship between the UAE and France," said Le Maire. "We will see in the near future, the concrete outcome of this Council," he told reporters in Abu Dhabi. Last year during a state visit by President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan to Paris, the UAE and France signed a strategic agreement to cooperate in the energy sector, including in hydrogen, re...
- LIV Golf's 2023 schedule will have 14 events set to be played in seven countries with $405 million in prize purses, the breakaway tour announced on Monday, doubling the number of events from its inaugural season last year. The season begins with a Feb. 24-26 event in Mexico's Riviera Maya and ends with the team championship in the first week of November in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Other events will take place in the United States, Australia, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom. The 2022 season had events held in London, Portland, Bedminster, Boston, Chicago, Bangkok and Jeddah. "Last year helped lay the foundation for the future of golf at extraordinary courses that have hosted some of the world's top competitions," LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman said in a statement. "LIV Golf's schedule features fantastic venues and championship sites for our official league launch that will carry the sport into a new era."...
FRANKFURT - German industry is set to pay about 40% more for energy in 2023 than in 2021, before the energy crisis triggered by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a study by Allianz Trade said on Monday, citing contract expiries and delayed wholesale pricing effects. "The large energy-price shock still lies ahead for European corporates," said Allianz Trade, the credit insurer that changed its name from Euler Hermes last year. In 2022, higher corporate utility bills were contained as long pass-through times from wholesale markets and government interventions mitigated the immediate hit from surging prices as Russia curbed fuel exports to the West. The price increases will hit corporate profits across Europe by 1-1.5% and lead to lower investment, which in Germany's case would amount to 25 billion euros ($27 billion), Allianz Trade estimated. German companies' finances are robust, however, and a state-imposed gas price cap would h...
- British spies unlawfully retained people's intercepted data over almost five years, a tribunal said on Monday in a ruling that blamed “widespread corporate failure” at the domestic intelligence agency MI5 and the interior ministry. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which did not mention specific cases or intelligence targets in its written judgment, said there had been “serious failings in compliance” by MI5 from late 2014 to April 2019. Judge Andrew Edis also said the Home Office had failed to make "adequate enquiries" while approving the bulk surveillance warrants from 2016 until April 2019. Human rights groups Liberty and Privacy International, which brought the legal action, said the ruling showed there had been years of rule-breaking by MI5, which was “overlooked” by the Home Office. The case related to data obtained in "bulk" under the Investigatory Powers Act and previous legislation, which govern the interception...
By Andy Bruce LONDON - Three years after its departure from the European Union, Britain is yet to benefit from the Brexit dividend that was promised for its economy as it lags its peers on multiple fronts, including trade and investment. Britain exited the EU on Jan. 31, 2020, though remained in the bloc's single market and customs union for 11 more months. On that day, then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country could finally fulfil its potential and that he hoped it would grow in confidence with each passing month. So far, the opposite has happened, with a range of indicators showing under-performance compared with other economies. Opinion polls show Britons who regret leaving the EU increasingly outnumber those who do not. A survey published on Monday by news website UnHerd showed this was now the case in all but three of 632 parliamentary constituencies surveyed. The government, led by...
By Joice Alves LONDON - Sterling edged lower against the U.S. dollar on Monday ahead of a number of central bank meetings this week including the Bank of England's, which is expected to hike rates for the 10th consecutive time. The BoE looks on course for its first rate rise this year, with markets pricing in a half percentage point increase to 4% on Thursday. Sterling edged 0.14% lower against the U.S. dollar at $1.2380, trading not far from a seven-month high of $1.2381 touched last week. Simon Harvey, head of FX Analysis at Monex, said sterling performance has been largely uneventful but that it is not any indication on how the currency will be trading this week. "Not only do GBP traders have to face up to fresh interest rate decisions from major central banks including the BoE, but it will also have to trade amid a volatile cross-asset risk environment as markets are set to receive the first official g...
BRUSSELS - Europe and its partners must do more to combat the effect of Chinese subsidies for the manufacture of clean technology products, the European Commission is set to say on Wednesday in its "Green Deal Industrial Plan". The plan is designed to outline how Europe can keep its place as a manufacturing hub for green products such as electrical vehicles and respond to multi-billion dollar subsidy programs of China and the United States. The EU draft document seen by will insist that trade and competition on net-zero industry be fair and say that some partners' initiatives can have undesired effects. Chinese subsidies, it says, have long been twice as high as those in the EU, relative to gross domestic product, with a pipeline of $280 billion of investments, distorting the market and ensuring China's lead in a number of technologies. "Europe and its partners must do more to combat the effect of these unfair subsidies and...
- Real Madrid will face bitter rivals Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-finals after the draw was made at the Spanish FA's headquarters on Monday. Osasuna will clash against Athletic Bilbao in the other semi-final. The matches take place on four different dates in February, March and April with the Spanish FA having a schedule headache as Real Madrid play in the FIFA Club World Cup early in February and then two legs of the Champions League last 16. Real and Barca meet in the first leg at Camp Nou on March 1 and will play the second leg at Santiago Bernabeu on April 4 or 5. Osasuna will play Athletic on Feb. 8 and March 1. The semi-final represents a chance for LaLiga and European champions Real to get revenge for their 3-1 loss two weeks ago in the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona. Barca are currently the league leaders after they moved on to 47 points with their 1-0 win at Girona on Saturday. Real are se...
LONDON - British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he would do whatever was necessary to "restore integrity" when asked about the sacking of Conservative Party chair Nadhim Zahawi over his personal tax affairs - the latest scandal to involve one of his ministers. "I will take whatever steps are necessary to restore the integrity back into politics," Sunak told reporters on Monday, the day after he sacked Zahawi. Sunak had initially stood by Zahawi before ordering an independent adviser to investigate questions over his tax affairs after it emerged Zahawi had settled a probe by Britain's tax authorities last year. It is a setback to Sunak's attempt at a government reset after a chaotic 2022 that saw three different British prime ministers. An investigation into alleged bullying by Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab is ongoing and could cause further headaches. Answering reporters' questions during a visit to the north of Engl...