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Evening Update 04 Sept

Police Killer - On the second day of the trial of a former policeman, accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, the medical examiner has testified the 47 year-old woman, who was found with a screwdriver planted in her neck, died by strangulation. The policeman, who faces life imprisonment, denies pre-meditated murder.

Car Crime - A man from Cannes, who ripped off the parking barrier of a local car park, before running over the parking attendant, has appeared at court in Grasse. When he was arrested, the 65 year-old claimed he was a secret agent, but later admitted he was drunk on rum. The court gave him a 2 year sentence, plus a requirement to compensate his victim and seek psychiatric care.

Macron - President Macron’s honeymoon period is over, as he lost another 10% in the latest popularity polls. Today just 31% of people say they are happy with Macon’s performance. It’s the lowest level since he took office last year.

Hotel - The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on Cap d’Antibes has retained its title as Best Hotel in Europe. The accolade was judged by readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine in Europe and the United States. The hotel is a favourite with film stars attending the Cannes Film Festival and this year John Travolta put on a special 40th anniversary showing of Grease at the hotel. The hotel was also famous for not accepting credit cards, only dropping its ‘cash only’ policy in the last few years.

BUSINESS

Dutch bank ING has agreed to pay €775m after admitting errors in its policies to stop financial crime. ING said it regretted that its mistakes had let some customers use their accounts for money laundering, but CEO Ralph Hamers said the bank will take full responsibility.

South Africa has entered recession for the first time since 2009. The latest data shows the economy contracted by 0.7% for a second quarter, led by declines in the agricultural, transport and retail sectors.

The governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney has told MP’s on the UK Treasury Committee that he is willing to stay, if it will help the government smooth the Brexit transition. Carney is credited with deftly handling the UK economy during upheaval in 2008, but recently pro-Brexit campaigners have criticised his prediction that Brexit could trigger a recession. Last month, he was labelled the "high priest of Project Fear" by the leading Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg.

SPORT

Tennis - After his shock defeat last night at the US Open Roger Federer said he was ‘happy when the match was over’ as the playing conditions were highly uncomfortable. The match finished just before 1am local time but temperatures during the game still hit 30C with high humidity. Federer lost to Australian John Millman, who is ranked number 55 in the world, making it the first time the 20 time Grand Slam Champion has lost to a player outside of the top 50.

Football - Italian midfielder Claudio Mar.chis.io has joined Zenit St Petersburg after being released by Juventus last month.  The Turin-born player, who suffered a serious knee injury two years ago, made 20 appearances last season for Juventus. Over his career, he has played 389 times for the club and won 55 caps for Italy.

Jose Mourinho has joked it would cost Manchester United too much money to sack him, as he dismissed concerns that his job is in danger. After a turbulent start to the season, which included defeats by Tottenham and Brighton, United secured a 2-Nil win at Burnley on Sunday.

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