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French police raid homes of gov’t officials as part of COVID-19 inquiry

French police raid homes of gov’t officials as part of COVID-19 inquiry

World
Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Authorities on Thursday raided the homes of the former French prime minister and current and former health ministers over Paris' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The raids were carried out in connection with an investigation by Paris prosecutors after they received a number of complaints from coronavirus patients, doctors, police and other officials. Advertisement Police conducted morning raids at the home of former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, health hinister Olivier Veran and former health minister Agnes Buzyn. Officials also searched Veran's office. Authorities also searched the home of Sibeth Ndiaye, former spokeswoman for President Emmanuel Macron, officials said. The investigation of public officials is targeted in scope to examine specific aspects of the gove...
Shadowy group claims embassy raid

Shadowy group claims embassy raid

World
A shadowy group committed to ousting North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has claimed it was behind a raid last month at the North Korean embassy in Spain.Cheollima Civil Defense, a self-styled human rights group, reportedly fled with computers, a phone and hard discs.The break-in occurred just days before a key summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam.The group denied using force, saying it was "not an attack".Cheollima Civil Defense: What is known about the shadowy group?However, a Spanish high court judge said the 10 assailants shackled, beat and interrogated embassy staff in the incident on 22 February. It remains unclear why the raid took place. Cheollima wrote online that i...
Mitie plots £100m raid on giant Interserve arm

Mitie plots £100m raid on giant Interserve arm

Business
By Mark Kleinman, City editor The outsourcing group Mitie is this weekend plotting an audacious ‎takeover bid for the biggest division of rival Interserve just hours after it endured a brief skirmish with administration.Sky News can reveal that Mitie is drawing up plans to offer Interserve's new owners - a consortium of banks and hedge funds‎ - roughly £100m for its support services unit. The support services business carries out facilities management work for the government and numerous private sector clients in the UK and the Middle East.If completed, a deal would create a company employing close to 100,000 people in the UK, making it one of the country's biggest private sector employers.Around 40,000 of Interserve's 45,000‎-strong ...
Co-op in £15m takeover raid on Costcutter

Co-op in £15m takeover raid on Costcutter

Business
The Co-op‎ Group has made an audacious knockdown bid to take over Costcutter, one of Britain's biggest independent grocery retailers, amid an accelerating shake-up of the food industry. Sky News has learnt that the Co-op, which has been revived after nearly collapsing five years ago, approached Costcutter's owner, Bibby Line‎ Group, with a £15m offer several weeks ago.The bid was rejected, but Bibby Line is understood to have left the door open to further talks."The talks are not live, but could be again very soon," one source said on Saturday.Disclosure of the approach from the Co-op could pave the way for offers from other suitors, according to retail analysts. Image: Costcutter is one of Britain's biggest i...