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Evening Update 18 Sept

Trial - The murder trial of Monaco billionaire Helene Pastor has heard testimony from the police commissioner, who said it was unusual to arrive at a crime scene by taxi and then commit an execution using hunting cartridges. He said the amateur nature of the killing allowed police to precisely reconstruct the path of the killer on May 6th 2014 the day of the murder. It’s alleged the killer was paid €140,000, to murder the 77 year-old businesswoman, by her Monaco based son-in-law.

Health - President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled plans to make France’s health care system, more efficient and sustainable for the next 50 years. He’s announced organizational changes at hospitals, in the recruitment of doctors, and a better use of digital technologies to provide health care to patients regardless of where they live. In a World Health Organization report comparing 191 countries in 2000, France was at the top of the list at No.1. However, the health care system is struggling with increasing costs and lack of doctors in some rural regions and poorer neighbourhoods.

Resignation - Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has announced he will stand down next year in order to run again for his old job as Mayor of Lyon. The regisnation of Collomb, who is a political heavyweight and one of France's most loyal ministers, is seen another blow for the President following the resignation of Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot last month.

BUSINESS

BMW have announced their factory at Oxford which manafactures Mini-Coopers will shut down for a month next April to minimise disruption in case of a no-deal Brexit. The German firm said its summer maintenance shutdown had been brought forward to 1 April to reduce any possible short-term parts-supply disruption, and while they believe this is a worst case scenario, they have to plan for it.

China has said it will introduce new tariffs worth $60 billion on American goods from next week. Its in response to Donald Trump’s announcement yesterday ath 10% tariffs on Chinese goods will rise to 25% in January. The world's two largest economies have already applied tariffs to $50 billion of each other's goods.

SPORT

Football - Champions League comes to Stade Louis II tonight as AS Monaco face Atletico Madrid. The Spaniards are hoping to chase away last year’s ghosts after they were knocked out at group stage, while Monaco are struggling after selling the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Tomas Lemar, who is now playing for Madrid. Tonight’s other big games include Tottenham against Inter Milan and Liverpool facing Paris St Germain. Kick-off for all games is 9pm.

Golf - A man has been charged with murder, hours after prominent Spanish golfer Celia Barquín Arozamena was found dead on an Iowa golf course in the USA. The 22 year-old won the European Ladies' Amateur championship in July and was a leading student athlete at Iowa State University.

Cricket - Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been charged with bringing the game into disrepute by the England & Wales Cricket Board following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub. Although Stokes was found not guilty in a criminal trial last August, the pair will now face an independent Cricket Discipline Commission hearing in December.

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