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18:08 01/12/2021

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10:00 World
US cancels $130m military aid for Egypt over rights concerns

The Biden administration has announced that it is cancelling $130m in military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns, just days after the United States approved a massive $2.5bn arms sale to the country. The State Department said on Friday that Egypt had not met the conditions to receive the $130m in foreign military financing that has been on hold since September.

Source: aljazeera.com

17:58 World
Italy fails to elect new president at fifth ballot -Reuters count

A fifth round of voting for Italy's new president failed to produce a winner on Friday, according to a Reuters calculation of the ongoing count. Centre-right parties had tried to push through Senate speaker Elisabetta Casellati, from Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, for the high-standing role. Reuters calculation of the ongoing count showed that she had not gathered enough support to reach the necessary 505-vote threshold needed to secure victory.

Source: reuters.com

16:35 World
Minnie Mouse is trading her iconic red dress for a new look

For the first time in her nearly century-long life, Minnie Mouse will add a pantsuit to her wardrobe. And it won't be just any old pair of tailored slacks, but an iconic silhouette from British fashion designer Stella McCartney. Though a sneak peek of Minnie's new sartorial statement hit the internet early, her full makeover will be unveiled in March to commemorate two different dates: International Women's Day and the 30th anniversary of Disneyland Paris.

Source: cnn.com

15:11 World
Several Pakistani soldiers killed in southwest checkpost attack

Pakistan’s military has confirmed that at least 10 soldiers were killed in an attack on a security checkpost in the southwest province of Balochistan earlier this week, according to a statement. The attack took place on Tuesday night in the Kech area, located near the country’s western border with Iran and roughly 600km south of provincial capital Quetta.

Source: aljazeera.com

14:15 World
Hidden letters delivered 50 years after they were posted

A letter written to a 12-year-old girl in Lithuania was delivered in December, almost 51 years after it was sent by a pen pal in Poland. "I thought that someone was pranking me," said Genovefa Klonovska after being handed the letter, which included a handmade colored rose and two paper dolls. The letter, together with 17 others, fell out of a ventilation hole this summer, dirty and crumbled, as a wall was demolished in a former post office on the outskirts of Vilnius. The letters, from the late 1960s and early 1970s, were likely hidden by an unscrupulous postal worker after he searched them for cash or valuables, Vilutis said.

Source: cnn.com

13:33 World
McDonald’s new ‘menu hack’ includes a ‘Land, Air & Sea’ burger

For a limited period starting from 31 January, McDonalds will sell four hacks that have been unofficially popularized in recent years by fans, including Land, Air & Sea – a chicken sandwich, Big Mac and Filet-O-Fish together – and the Crunchy Double, a double cheeseburger filled with six chicken nuggets. However, the components will be sold as separate sandwiches and customers will have to unwrap them and build them themselves.

Source: theguardian.com

12:26 World
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan agree ceasefire after clashes kill two

Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan said Friday they had agreed a ceasefire after shootouts at their contested border left two Tajik citizens dead. The violence that broke out Thursday evening and continued into the night was the bloodiest escalation between the countries since deadly clashes last year.

Source: france24.com

11:51 World
Rare Botticelli sells for $45 mn at New York auction

A rare Botticelli painting depicting Jesus Christ sold at auction for more than $45 million Thursday at Sotheby's in New York, a year after a record $92 million was paid for a work by the Italian Renaissance master. After a seven-minute bidding battle among three buyers via phone, the painting "The Man of Sorrows" sold for $39.3 million, plus fees and commissions, for a total of $45.41 million.

Source: france24.com

11:22 World
Kobe Bryant statue placed at site of helicopter crash

Sculptor Dan Medina took a statue of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna to the site of their helicopter crash on the two-year anniversary of the tragedy. The 73kg bronze statue is temporary but Medina hopes a permanent version is sited in a prominent Los Angeles spot. He took the statue to the California site, where nine people died, from dawn to dusk on Wednesday.

Source: bbc.com

10:48 World
Denmark pulls troops from Mali as military gov’t swipes at France

Denmark has said it will start pulling its troops out of Mali after the West African country’s transitional government this week insisted on an immediate withdrawal, a blow to France as its security operations in the Sahel region begin to unravel. The decision comes amid tensions between Mali and its international partners, including regional bodies and the European Union, that have sanctioned Mali after the military government failed to organise elections following two coups.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:00 World
Manchester United winger Diallo joins Rangers on loan

Manchester United teenager Amad Diallo has joined Scottish champions Rangers on loan for the rest of the season. The highly rated 19-year-old winger joined United a year ago for a fee that could reach 41 million euros with add-ons.

Source: france24.com

19:27 World
Storm Ana kills dozens in Malawi, Madagascar and Mozambique

Southern Africa has been hit by flooding that has left dozens dead across the region in the wake of Tropical Storm Ana. Madagascar has seen at least 41 deaths and 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes to makeshift shelters. In Malawi, at least 19 people have died. The country has suffered a nationwide power cut and some areas have been declared disaster zones. Mozambique, meanwhile, reports more than a dozen deaths.

Source: bbc.com

18:13 World
Apple is back on top in smartphone sales worldwide after a record win in China

Apple has once again become the top-selling smartphone brand in top market China, along with the rest of the world. That's according to findings from two separate research reports, which come just before the tech giant is set to release its earnings for the most recent quarter on Thursday. Apple's market share in China reached 23% in the last quarter of 2021, compared with 16% the same period the previous year. This surge came as total smartphone sales in China fell 9% year-on-year, according to Counterpoint.

Source: cnn.com

16:22 World
Spotify to remove Neil Young music amid Joe Rogan COVID protest

Spotify will remove singer-songwriter Neil Young‘s songs from the platform after he objected to being featured on the same platform as podcaster Joe Rogan, who has spread dubious claims about the coronavirus. In a statement on Wednesday, Spotify said it regretted Young’s decision to request the removal of his music “but hope to welcome him back soon”.

Source: aljazeera.com

15:47 World
Meet 190-year-old Jonathan, the world's oldest-ever tortoise

When Jonathan the giant tortoise was born, Queen Victoria was just a teenager. While the British monarch died more than 120 years ago aged 81, Jonathan is still shuffling around planet Earth. Perhaps the most famous resident of St. Helena, one of the world's remotest islands, Jonathan is this year celebrating his 190th birthday -- making him the oldest tortoise ever to live. According to Guinness World Records, Jonathan is the oldest-ever chelonian -- a category that encompasses all turtles, terrapins and tortoises.

Source: cnn.com

14:14 World
Jordanian military kills 27 in shoot-out with Syrian smugglers

The Jordanian troops have killed 27 suspected smugglers attempting to enter the country from neighbouring Syria, they said, adding that some others also carrying drugs fled back into Syria. A report on the Jordanian army’s website on Thursday said it thwarted several suspected attempts to smuggle drugs from Syria, and that large quantities of narcotics were seized in separate interventions where several people were wounded.

Source: aljazeera.com

13:41 Region
Erdogan says Israeli president to visit Turkey next month

Israel’s president, Isaac Herzog, is expected to visit Turkey next month, the Turkish president has said, as the two countries move to heal rifts. In an interview with private NTV broadcaster late Wednesday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his Israeli counterpart would visit in the first half of February. “With this visit, a new era can begin in the Israeli and Turkish relationship,” Erdogan said.

Source: apnews.com

12:45 World
'The Doodle Boy,' a 12-year-old illustrator, lands deal with Nike

A 12-year-old illustrator has signed a deal with Nike, his agency confirmed to CNN on Wednesday. Joe Whale, who goes by the name "The Doodle Boy" on social media, will be collaborating with the global sports brand "on some special projects."


12:04 World
Soldier opens fire, kills five guards at Ukraine military plant

A Ukrainian National Guard soldier opened fire on security guards at a military factory in central Ukraine for reasons unknown, killing five people and wounding five others before fleeing. The incident took place in the early hours of Thursday in Dnipro.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:43 World
North Korea fires two missiles as U.S. condemns flurry of tests

Nuclear-armed North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday, drawing condemnation from the United States for what would be the sixth round of missile tests this month. The series of tests is among the most missiles ever launched by North Korea in a month, analysts said, as it begins 2022 with a dizzying display of new and operational weapons.

Source: reuters.com

10:52 World
Italian MPs fail in third bid to elect president

Italian lawmakers failed Wednesday to elect a new president in a third round of voting, as bickering party leaders blamed each other for pushing the country towards a political crisis. Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who was the frontrunner for the post ahead of the election, pocketed just five votes as parties panicked at the idea of pulling him from his job.

Source: france24.com

10:00 World
Apple boss Tim Cook granted restraining order against Virginia woman

after she sent him hundreds of 'threatening' messages The woman began harassing Tim Cook in October 2020 when she allegedly tweeted that they were married and he was the father of her twin children, a petition for the restraining order states. The temporary order, that demands the 45-year-old woman stop harassing, stalking, and contacting the tech firm's chief executive, was issued by a court on Friday.

Source: news.sky.com

21:14 World
Kurdish-led forces say they have retaken Syrian prison seized by IS

A Kurdish-led militia alliance says it has regained full control of a prison in north-eastern Syria seized by the Islamic State (IS) group six days ago. A spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) tweeted that "all Daesh terrorists" inside Hasaka's Ghwayran prison had surrendered. Several hundred child detainees were also trapped in the facility with them. At least 181 people have reportedly been killed in clashes since IS tried to stage a mass breakout on Thursday.

Source: bbc.com

18:00 World
Coronavirus pandemic: France posts record with over 500,000 new cases in one day

France posted more thant 500,000 new cases of coronavirus for the past 24 hours on Tuesday, a new daily record and the first time the headline number has surpassed half a million. The country is currently recording the highest daily infection rates of any major European nation, with an average of more than 360,000 over the past week.

Source: france24.com

17:09 World
More than 220 new animal and plant species discovered in Greater Mekong, WWF says

A total of 155 plants, 16 fish species, 17 amphibians, 35 reptiles, and one mammal have been found in the Greater Mekong region of southeast Asia, conservation charity WWF has said. The discoveries showed the area, which spans Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, is rich in wildlife diversity but also highlighted the need to protect species and habitats from being lost, the organisation added.

Source: news.sky.com

16:35 World
Rihanna’s foundation donates $15 million to climate justice

Rihanna is backing her belief that climate change is a social-justice issue by pledging $15 million to the movement through her Clara Lionel Foundation. The “We Found Love” singer on Tuesday announced the donation to 18 climate justice organizations doing work in seven Caribbean nations and the United States. They include the Climate Justice Alliance, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and the Movement for Black Lives.

Source: apnews.com

15:28 World
Winter Olympics threatened by climate change

Climate change is threatening the future of the Winter Olympics, reducing the number of suitable venues for the event around the globe, a report warned ahead of the Beijing Games. The Olympics in China, which start on February 4, will be the first Winter Games to rely almost 100 percent on artificial snow, according to the study.

Source: france24.com

14:31 World
Ozzie, the world's oldest male gorilla, has died at Zoo Atlanta

Ozzie, the world's oldest male gorilla and the third-oldest gorilla in the world, died Tuesday at Zoo Atlanta, the facility announced. He was 61. The 350-pound western lowland gorilla's cause of death is not yet known.

Source: cnn.com

12:39 World
93 potential graves found at Canada school site

The Williams Lake First Nation (WLFN) Indigenous community said on Tuesday that a geophysical survey revealed "93 reflections" with characteristics "indicative of potential human burials" at the former St. Joseph's Mission residential school in British Columbia.

Source: france24.com

11:56 World
Meet Methuselah, the oldest living aquarium fish

Meet Methuselah, the fish that likes to eat fresh figs, get belly rubs and is believed to be the oldest living aquarium fish in the world. In the Bible, Methuselah was Noah’s grandfather and was said to have lived to be 969 years old. Methuselah the fish is not quite that ancient, but biologists at the California Academy of Sciences believe it is about 90 years old, with no known living peers. Methuselah is a 4-foot-long (1.2-meter), 40-pound (18.1-kilogram) Australian lungfish that was brought to the San Francisco museum in 1938 from Australia.

Source: apnews.com

11:11 World
US Coast Guard says 39 missing after boat capsizes off Florida

Rescuers from the United States Coast Guard are searching the waters off Florida’s Atlantic coast for 39 people reported missing for several days after a boat believed to be used for human smuggling capsized. Search mission launched after survivor said he was one of a group of migrants who left Bahamas on Saturday.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:34 World
Israel president to make first-ever state visit to UAE

Israel’s President Isaac Herzog will make a historic visit to the UAE at the end of the month, his office has said, in the latest high-profile diplomatic trip since the countries normalised ties. Isaac Herzog will travel with the first lady and will meet Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during the January 30-31 trip.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:00 World
Blue Boy: Gainsborough painting back on display in London after 100 years

The Blue Boy, Thomas Gainsborough's famous oil painting, has gone on display at the National Gallery, 100 years after it was bought and shipped to the US by an American businessman. The London gallery's 1922 farewell show for the work attracted 90,000 visitors. The 1770 masterpiece has now been loaned back for an exhibition which opened on Tuesday, 100 years to the day that it left Britain.

Source: bbc.com

21:09 World
Anthony Martial: Man Utd and Sevilla agree loan deal for forward

Manchester United have agreed a deal which will see Anthony Martial join Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season, subject to a medical. There is no option to buy and no loan fee but the Spanish club will cover the striker's wages. France forward Martial, 26, has been targeted by the Spanish club for a number of months.

Source: bbc.com

20:47 Region
Iran sentences Frenchman Benjamin Brière to eight years on spying charges

An Iranian court sentenced Benjamin Brière, a Frenchman, to eight years in prison on spying charges on Tuesday. His Paris-based lawyer has denounced the trial as a "masquerade". Brière, who was arrested in May 2020 while travelling in Iran and is currently on hunger strike, was also given an additional eight-month sentence for propaganda against Iran's Islamic system, his lawyer Philippe Valent said in a statement.

Source: france24.com

20:04 World
Christian Eriksen starts training with Ajax's second team

Christian Eriksen is training with Ajax's second team as he looks to step up his return to fitness ahead of a potential move to Premier League side Brentford. It now appears Eriksen could soon join Thomas Frank's Brentford side on a six-month deal until the end of the season but until then, is sharpening up at one of his old clubs.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

18:54 World
Burkina Faso crowd celebrates West Africa's latest coup

More than 1,000 people gathered in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on Tuesday in support of a coup that a day earlier ousted President Roch Kabore, dissolved government, suspended the constitution and closed borders.

Source: france24.com

17:08 World
Thailand first in Asia to move to decriminalize marijuana

Thailand on Tuesday became the first country in Asia to approve the de facto decriminalization of marijuana, though authorities have left a grey area around its recreational use. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced that the Narcotics Control Board had approved the dropping cannabis from the ministry’s list of controlled drugs.

Source: apnews.com

16:45 World
Bob Dylan sells recorded-music catalog to Sony Music

Sony Music Entertainment announced it has fully acquired Bob Dylan’s entire back catalog of recorded music, as well as the rights to multiple future new releases, in a major expansion of SME’s six-decade relationship with the artist. Sources tell Variety that the deal was worth between $150 million and $200 million, although the number was not confirmed; reps for Sony and Dylan declined comment.


15:24 World
Bollywood star cleared of obscenity charges over 2007 Richard Gere kiss

Indian actress Shilpa Shetty has been formally cleared of obscenity charges dating from when Hollywood star Richard Gere publicly kissed her at an AIDS awareness event 15 years ago. The incident triggered a local firestorm at the time, with radical Hindu groups burning effigies of both celebrities to protest the perceived insult to Indian values. The case against Shetty languished in India's glacial legal system for more than a decade until it was finally discharged in Mumbai last week.

Source: france24.com

14:06 World
Tonga eruption was 'hundreds of times' more powerful than Hiroshima atomic bomb: NASA

Jim Garvin, chief scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano on January 15 released "hundreds of times the equivalent mechanical energy of the Hiroshima nuclear explosion," referring to one of two atomic bombs dropped by the United States on Japan during World War II.

Source: cnn.com

13:16 World
Joe Biden appears to insult Fox News reporter over inflation question

Joe Biden was caught on a hot mic appearing to insult the Fox News journalist Peter Doocy, seemingly calling him a “stupid son of a bitch” after Doocy posed a question about US inflation. “Do you think inflation is a political liability in the midterms?” the reporter asked the president as journalists were leaving the room at the end of an event at the White House on Monday. Biden responded: “No, it’s a great asset – more inflation. What a stupid son of a bitch.”

Source: theguardian.com

12:11 World
Birthday celebration for UK PM sparks new party row

Boris Johnson is under renewed pressure after Downing Street admitted staff gathered inside No 10 during the first Covid lockdown to mark his birthday. ITV News reported that up to 30 people attended the June 2020 event, sang Happy Birthday and were served cake. No 10 said staff had "gathered briefly" to "wish the prime minister a happy birthday", adding that he had been there "for less than 10 minutes". Rules at the time - 19 June 2020 - banned most indoor gatherings involving more than two people.

Source: bbc.com

11:33 World
At least 19 killed in fire after karaoke bar brawl in Indonesia

At least 19 people have died after a karaoke bar in Indonesia's West Papua was set ablaze following a brawl between rival gangs of youths in the area, police in the provincial capital of Sorong said on Tuesday. One person was fatally stabbed in the fight early on Tuesday before the venue was set on fire with 18 people trapped inside, a police official said.

Source: cnn.com

10:50 World
North Korea appears to have fired cruise missiles

North Korea fired what appeared to be two cruise missiles into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, days after a flurry of ballistic missile tests. South Korea's military is assessing the launches to determine the nature of the projectiles, it said. Such a launch would be its fifth missile test of the year.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
Africa Cup of Nations: Deadly crush reported at Cameroon stadium

At least eight people are reported to have been killed and dozens hurt in a crush outside an Africa Cup of Nations match in Cameroon. Video footage showed football fans struggling to get access to the Paul Biya stadium in a neighbourhood of the capital Yaounde. One child is among the dead, according to a health ministry report obtained by the AFP news agency.

Source: bbc.com

18:00 World
'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Swings to Sixth-Highest Grossing Movie in History With $1.69 Billion Globally

Over the weekend, Sony's comic book adventure became the sixth-highest grossing movie in history with $1.69 billion at the global box office (not adjusted for inflation). It passed "Jurassic World" ($1.67 billion) and "The Lion King" ($1.66 billion) to secure that spot. Now in its sixth weekend of release, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" returned to the No. 1 slot in North America, adding $14.1 million between Friday and Sunday, along with $27.7 million overseas.

Source: reuters.com

17:13 World
Stowaway found in South Africa plane wheel at Amsterdam airport

Dutch police say they have found a stowaway alive in the wheel section of a plane that landed at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport from South Africa. Flights from Johannesburg to Amsterdam take about 11 hours, with the cargo plane believed to have made one stop, in Nairobi, Kenya. It is very unusual for stowaways on long flights to survive, due to the cold and low oxygen at high altitudes.

Source: bbc.com

16:31 World
Australian prime minister loses control of WeChat account

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has lost control of his account on the Chinese-owned social media platform WeChat and a lawmaker on Monday accused China’s leaders of political interference. Morrison’s 76,000 WeChat followers were notified his page had been renamed “Australian Chinese new life” earlier this month and his photograph had been removed, Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported. The changes were made without the government’s knowledge, the report said.

Source: apnews.com

15:52 World
Pope Benedict XVI admits being at meeting about abuser priest when he ran Munich archdiocese

Pope Benedict XVI admitted Monday that he was at a meeting in 1980 at which an abusive priest was discussed, blaming his earlier denial at having been there on "an error in the editing of his statement." An independent investigation into abuse by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Munich, where Benedict was archbishop from 1977 to 1982, last week showed minutes of the meeting saying he was present and rejected his denial as "barely credible."

Source: cnn.com

14:58 World
NATO sends ships and jets to eastern Europe in Ukraine crisis

NATO said on Monday it was putting forces on standby and reinforcing eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets in response to Russia's military build-up at Ukraine's borders.

Source: reuters.com

14:20 World
Fashion designer Thierry Mugler dies aged 73

French designer Thierry Mugler, who reigned over fashion in the 1980s and died on Sunday, was as famous for his fantastical couture as for his blockbuster fashion shows. He was 73. Mugler's daring collections came to define the decade's power dressing, with his clothes noted for their structured and sophisticated silhouettes, showcased by his extravagant shows. His agent Jean-Baptiste Rougeot, who said the designer had died of "natural causes", added he had been due to announce new collaborations early this week.

Source: france24.com

13:33 World
Burkina Faso’s President Kabore is held by mutinous soldiers

Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore is being held by mutinous soldiers, two of the soldiers told The Associated Press by phone early Monday. They did not say where Kabore is being held, but said he is in a safe place. Gunshots were heard late Sunday night near the president’s residence and in the early hours of Monday a battle took place at the presidential palace while a helicopter flew overhead.

Source: apnews.com

12:51 World
US orders families of Ukraine embassy staff to leave on war fears

The United States has ordered the families of all American staff at the US Embassy in Ukraine to leave the country amid heightened concern that Russia, which has massed troops on the border, is about to invade. In a statement on Sunday, the State Department also said that non-essential embassy staff could leave Ukraine at government expense and that all Americans should consider departing immediately.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:20 World
Clashes erupt in Brussels as tens of thousands protest Covid rules

Police fired water cannon and tear gas Sunday at stone-throwing protesters after tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Brussels against Covid-19 rules. Authorities estimated that around 50,000 people paraded through the Belgian capital -- the largest in a spate of protests in the city over the past months. 

Source: france24.com

11:34 World
Taliban begin talks with western officials in Oslo

Members of the Taliban are meeting with western officials in Norway for the first talks in Europe since the group took control of Afghanistan. The talks, set to last three days, will cover human rights and the humanitarian crisis in the country. The UN says 95% of Afghans do not have enough to eat.

Source: bbc.com

11:01 World
Thai PM to visit Saudi Arabia for first time since gem theft soured ties

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-cha will this week make the first visit by a Thai leader to Saudi Arabia in more than 30 years following decades of diplomatic tension sparked by a jewel theft from a Saudi palace. Thai-born janitor Kriangkrai Techamong stole $20 million worth of precious gems in 1989 from the home of a Saudi prince, triggering a feud between the countries dubbed the "Blue Diamond Affair" that has yet to be resolved.

Source: france24.com

10:33 World
Italy's Berlusconi in hospital for routine tests, his doctor says

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is in a Milan hospital for routine checks, his personal doctor said on Sunday, a day after the 85-year-old decided not to run for president. Berlusconi, a four-times prime minister of Italy, had major heart surgery in 2016 and has also had prostate cancer. He has been repeatedly admitted to hospital over the past year after contracting COVID-19 in 2020.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
Jacinda Ardern cancels wedding amid new Covid restrictions in New Zealand

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled her wedding ceremony with fiancé Clarke Gayford due to new Covid-19 restrictions in the country. The prime minister announced on Sunday that the country will face new restrictions after nine cases of the Omicron variant were detected in a single family that flew to Auckland for a wedding earlier this month.

Source: independent.co.uk

16:54 World
Jack Ma’s Ant Group implicated in corruption scandal by Chinese state media

China’s state broadcaster has implicated Jack Ma’s Ant Group in a corruption scandal, ratcheting up pressure on the billionaire following a crackdown that has wiped billions of dollars from his internet empire. A documentary on state-run China Central Television alleged that private companies made “unreasonably high payments” to the brother of the former Chinese Communist party head of Hangzhou, an eastern city that is home to Ant Group’s headquarters, in return for government policy incentives and support with buying real estate.

Source: ft.com

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