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Mali protests in 2nd day despite president’s call for talks

Mali protests in 2nd day despite president’s call for talks

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Police have fired tear gas in Mali’s capital as scattered groups came out for a second straight day of anti-government protests, defying the president’s latest call for dialogueBy BABA AHMED Associated PressJuly 11, 2020, 8:54 PM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBAMAKO, Mali -- Police fired tear gas Saturday in Mali’s capital as scattered groups came out for a second straight day of anti-government protests, defying the president's latest call for dialogue. The turnout was far smaller than the thousands who surged through the streets Friday, briefly occupying the state television station and setting fires. At least three people had been killed and more than 70 wounded in the two days of demonstrations, according to a report from the Gabriel Toure Hospital in Bam
Top envoy says U.S. ready to resume talks with North Korea

Top envoy says U.S. ready to resume talks with North Korea

World
SEOUL, July 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said Wednesday that Washington is ready for further dialogue with Pyongyang but denied reports that he was seeking a meeting with North Korean officials during a visit to Seoul. Biegun, who acts as Washington's point man for North Korea, said that the United States remains focused on the issues raised during summits between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, including creating an enduring peace and eliminating nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. Advertisement "When Chairman Kim appoints a counterpart to me, who is prepared and empowered to negotiate on these issues, they will find us ready at that very moment," Biegun said in a statement Wednesday after a meeting with South Korea's top ...
Metro Bank in talks to buy peer-to-peer lender Ratesetter

Metro Bank in talks to buy peer-to-peer lender Ratesetter

Business
Metro Bank, the high street lender which has been beset by problems during a troubled 12-month period, is in advanced talks to buy Ratesetter, one of Britain's biggest peer-to-peer lenders.Sky News has learnt that Metro Bank and Ratesetter are in exclusive discussions about a deal, although people close to the negotiations said on Sunday night that there was no guarantee that they would lead to a transaction. The disclosure of the talks will surprise City analysts and shareholders, who have been expecting Metro Bank to focus on improving the execution of its core strategy under Dan Frumkin, its newly appointed chief executive.The price that Metro Bank would pay for Ratesetter was unclear, although one insider said the high street lender would be taking it over at "a knockdown valuation".If...
Timo Werner: Chelsea in talks to sign RB Leipzig striker

Timo Werner: Chelsea in talks to sign RB Leipzig striker

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Media playback is not supported on this device Chelsea are in talks to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.The 24-year-old Germany international has been linked with Liverpool and said he was "proud" of that association. But BBC Sport understands Liverpool are not interested in signing Werner, who has scored 25 league goals this season Reports suggest his release clause is about £54m.Last month, French striker Olivier Giroud extended his contract by a year. Werner, who has netted 11 times in 29 games for Germany, would be Chelsea's second signing for next season after
NBA in talks with Disney about resuming 2019-20 season

NBA in talks with Disney about resuming 2019-20 season

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May 24 (UPI) -- The NBA has entered into discussions with The Walt Disney Company about potentially resuming its season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., at the end of July. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement that the talks were still "exploratory," but it is the clearest sign yet that the league believes the 2019-20 season can resume amid the coronavirus pandemic. "The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing," Bass said Saturday. "Our priority continues to be the health and sa...