PARIS – After failing to impress in their first outing together, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe clearly have a long way to go before the most lethal attacking trio in the world, on paper, can produce the goods on the pitch for Paris St Germain. None of them found the net in a disappointing 1-1 draw at Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday with only Mbappe producing a decent performance, before the…"Soccer – Still a long way to go before Messi and co shine for PSG"
– The British government will on Friday consider easing England’s COVID-19 rules for international travel, a late-season boost for airlines, holiday and tourism companies which say they will not survive another winter of onerous rules and red tape. DEATHS AND INFECTIONS * Eikon users, see COVID-19: MacroVitals for a case tracker and summary of news EUROPE * Spain will give a third vaccine dose to nursing home residents and other vulnerable groups, while data showed…"Factbox – Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus"
PARIS – BNP Paribas Fortis said on Friday it sold a 2% stake in pan-European financial markets operator Euronext for 220 million euros ($259.09 million). The Belgian bank sold 2.2 million Euronext shares at 101 euros each in an accelerated book-build offering to institutional investors, the statement said. The sale price represents a discount of around 4% to Thursday’s closing price of 105.30 euros. By 0900 GMT, Euronext shares were down by around 2.8%, underperforming…"BNP Paribas Fortis sells 2% stake in Euronext"
– The United States is developing a “new system for international travel” that will include contact tracing for when it eventually lifts travel restrictions that bar much of the world’s population from entering the country, a senior White House official said on Wednesday. DEATHS AND INFECTIONSEUROPE * Spain will give a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to nursing home residents and other vulnerable groups, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, and released data that showed…"Factbox-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus"
PARIS – A French appeal court on Thursday lowered to three million euros a fine France’s markets watchdog AMF had imposed on U.S. news agency Bloomberg for publishing a hoax press release, French media report. In December 2019, AMF fined Bloomberg News five million euros ($5.88 million) for publishing a hoax press release relating to construction group Vinci in November 2016. AMF said at the time Bloomberg should have known the information in the press…"French court lowers AMF watchdog’s fine on Bloomberg over Vinci hoax-media"
BRUSSELS – The European Union set out a formal strategy on Thursday to increase its presence in the Indo-Pacific and counter China’s rising power, although Australia’s decision to cancel an arms contract with France may complicate cooperation. [L1N2QI0R7] Here are the main focus areas of the EU’s strategy: – TRADE: The EU will work to finalise trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand, seek a deal with India and strengthen stronger ties with countries where…"Factbox-EU priorities in Indo-Pacific shift to counter China"
– Euro 2020 finalists England pushed world champions France out of the top three in world soccer body FIFA’s latest men’s soccer rankings published on Thursday. Belgium remained the top ranked side, followed by Brazil. European champions Italy, on a record unbeaten international run of 37 matches, are fifth with Argentina sixth. Third place equals England’s highest ranking in 2012. Gareth Southgate’s side lost on penalties to Italy in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley…"Soccer-England push France out of top three in FIFA men’s rankings"
– The pace of climate change has not been slowed by the global pandemic and the world remains behind in its battle to cut carbon emissions, the United Nations said. DEATHS AND INFECTIONS * Eikon users, see COVID-19: MacroVitals for a case tracker and summary of news EUROPE * The cost of insuring against European corporate debt defaults fell to the lowest since late February 2020, before the pandemic rattled financial markets. * About 3,000…"Factbox – Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus"
WASHINGTON/CANBERRA -The United States, Britain and Australia announced a new security partnership for the Indo-Pacific in a move hailed by regional allies but denounced by China as intensifying an arms race in the region. Under the partnership, announced by President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the United States and Britain will provide Australia with the technology and capability to deploy nuclear-powered submarines. The United States and its…"China fumes over Australia’s nuclear sub pact with U.S., Britain"
PARIS – French utility Engie has selected five out of seven bidders for its Equans services unit and hopes to elicit binding offers in the coming weeks, two sources familiar with the matter said. The gas and power group is simplifying its sprawling structure, which includes a Belgian nuclear arm that is due to be phased out, and is raising funds by selling off non-core assets to expand into renewable energy. The services businesses, which…"Engie narrows Equans suitors list to five – sources"