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Evening Update 18 May

Mosque - The Public Prosecutor has announced that the controversial investigation, into the financing of the En-Nour mosque in Nice, has been dismissed. The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi, who consistently campaigned against the mosque, said he still finds it unacceptable that a place of worship could be held by a foreign power that does not respect the values ​​of France.  Opened in July 2016, the En Nour mosque located west of Nice, welcomes up to 800 faithful, and is the largest place of worship in the city.

Film - The Cannes Film Festival wraps up this weekend. With the latest from the Martinez Hotel in Cannes, here’s Riviera Radio’s Mark Dezzani.

Strike - There has been more delays and cancellations for train users today as rail workers go on their latest two day stoppage today and tomorrow. Just 2 out of 5 regional trains are running, with 1 out of 3 TGV’s in operation, and the majority of services finishing by 8pm.

Cannes - The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has approved a request from the mayor of Cannes David Lisnard, to preserve the public use of the Ile de Sainte Marguerite. The decision was announced following last months unanimous vote by the city council of Cannes, prohibiting the possible sale of the site to the private sector.

BUSINESS

The company at the centre of the Facebook data row, Cambridge Analytica, has filed for bankruptcy. Court papers filed in New York say the company has assets of up to $500,000 and debts up to $10m. They blame a siege of media coverage for driving away customers and forcing its closure.

Two smart-luggage companies have been forced to close due to new airline policies. The suitcases which feature weight sensors, a built-in phone charger and location awareness, all require battery power, and a requirement by airlines that lithium batteries be removable, has put both manufacturer’s out of business.

Denmark has become the latest country to force AirBnB to automatically report homeowners who rent our rooms and properties, to tax authorities. The Danish tax Minister said the country wants a sharing economy to flourish, but on condition taxes are paid.

SPORT

Football - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says their season will not be judged on the outcome of tomorrow's FA Cup Final. United finished second in the Premier League, their best since 2013, but will be without silverware this season if they fail to defeat Chelsea tomorrow. Mourinho said he is not going change his analysis of the season because of one match.

Tennis - Rafael Nadal has reached his first Italian Open semi-final since 2014, after a hard-fought victory against home player Fabio Fognini in Rome. The Spanish world number two won 4-6 6-1 6-2 to set up a last-four clash with either Novak Djokovic or Kei Nishikori who play later today.

Cricket - England captain Joe Root says he is ready to take on a bit more responsibility by batting at number three in the Test series against Pakistan. Root had been number four, in all but one of his side's matches since August 2017, but is set to move up a spot in the first Test starting on Thursday.

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