Evening Update 03 July

Environment - The city of Nice has disputed a Greenpeace survey, which says the city not doing enough to combat air pollution. The survey of 12 major French cities, put Nice last in terms of public transport options, public bike schemes and restrictions on cars in city centres. The city disputes this saying they have major announcements to make in September.

Expenses - Marine le Pen and the National Front have been ordered to repay €500,000 in unjustified expenses, which included champagne and dinners. The order follows an investigation, vetting the accounts of different political groups, in the European Parliament.

Boat - The world’s most luxurious liner, the Europa 2, is making a call to the Cote d’Azur today, when it arrived at Nice from Portofino. The ship offers super-yacht five-star luxury to a maximum 500 passengers, and since its launch at St Nazaire six years ago, has been known as the ritziest ship in the industry.


Shares in the mining giant Glencore have sunk 12% after it was ordered to hand over documents relating to a money laundering probe. The subpoena from the US Department of Justice is in relation to business dealings in Nigeria, the Congo and Venezuela.

China is putting pressure on the European Union to issue a strong joint statement against Donald Trump's trade policies at a summit later this month. However, the EU, the world's largest trading bloc, has rejected the idea.

UK companies are running out of patience, over the lack of progress in the Brexit talks, according to a warning by the British Chambers of Commerce to Theresa May. The last 10 days have seen a number of high-profile businesses, including Airbus and BMW, warn that further investment in the UK was already under review.


World Cup - Sweden are through to the last eight, after a 1-0 win over Switzerland this afternoon, which will put them against England or Colombia, who play tonight.  England coach Gareth Southgate is urging his side to make their own history. If they make it through, it will be England’s first quarter-final since 2006, with a young team going beyond where more experienced teams have before them. Kick-off is at 8pm.

Wimbledon - British number ones Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund have both reached the second round without a dropping a set in their opening matches today. Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro also made it safely into the second round with a straight-sets win, as did Germanys Alexander Zverev. Raphael Nadal also had a successful day on centre court easily winning over Israels David Sela in straight sets.

Basketball - A wild fist fight led to a World Cup qualifying match between the Philippines and Australia being abandoned. Australia were comfortably leading 79-48 in the third quarter, when Philippines guard Roger Ray Pogoy lashed out at Australia's Chris Goulding with an elbow, resulting in a mass brawl with 13 players and officials from both sides being ejected.

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