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Evening Update 14 Aug 2017

Fire - Fire services report the blaze, which broke out yesterday afternoon near Lucéram, 25k north of Nice, is still not fully under control. 300 firefighters, supported by aerial water bombers, are still at the scene of the fire, which has destroyed 150 hectares of land.

Car - A 15 year-old boy has died, after a car accident on the RD 4202 at Plan de Puget. The accident happened when the driver lost control of the car and hit a tree. Two other men, aged 22 and 19, were seriously injured.

Fireworks - Many traditional August 15th fireworks are set to go ahead tomorrow in Cannes, Theoule-sur-Mer, Menton, Sospel and Roquebrune. However, there are also some notable exceptions in St-Paul de Vence and Mouans-Sartoux, where fireworks have been cancelled due to the fire risk, and also in Nice where authorities felt it inappropriate to stage a display this year.

BUSINESS

Japan's economy grew at its fastest pace for more than two years in the second quarter, as consumer spending and capital expenditure ramped up. Gross domestic product expanded at an annualised rate of 4% in the April-to-June period, beating expectations of a 2.5% rise. The overall economy grew 1% compared to the previous quarter.

The head of Telit Communications, a key supplier to Tesla cars, has resigned, after an internal company investigation found he had concealed a US indictment against him. The company launched an inquiry when it was alleged Mr Oozi Cat, one of the company founders, was wanted for fraud in the US. The internet company, which is listed on London's Aim market, said Mr Cats non-disclosure was a "source of considerable anger".

Donald Trump is set to launch an investigation into China's trade practices, a move which could lead to the US imposing sanctions. US officials have accused China of stealing intellectual property from American companies in a move the China Daily newspaper said could poison China-US relations.

SPORT

Football - Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for five games, after he was sent off in Real Madrid's 3-1 win against Barcelona, in the Spanish Super Cup yesterday. Ronaldo was given a one-match ban for being shown two yellow cards, and a further four for pushing the referee in the back, after he was sent off. The yellow cards were given for taking off his shirt to celebrate scoring a goal, and for a dive.

Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Brazil and ex-Tottenham midfielder Paulinho from his current  Chinese club for 40m euros. It’s Barcelona's first signing since they sold striker Neymar to Paris St-Germain. Paulinho will have a medical in Spain on Thursday, with a view to completing the move the same day.

Tennis - Germany's Alexander Zverev became just the third man to beat Roger Federer this year, as the 20-year-old won his fifth title in Montreal. Zverev won 6-3 6-4 at the Rogers Cup, to claim his second Masters 1000 title. For Federer, it’s just the third match he’s lost out of 38 played this year.

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