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Evening Update 21 Aug 2017

Marseilles - Police have ruled out terrorism as the reason behind this morning’s attack in Marseilles, where a van crashed into passengers waiting at bus stops, killing a 42 year-old woman and seriously injuring another. A 35 year-old man arrested near the scene, is known to police, and believed to have psychological problems.

This afternoon, police in Barcelona are reporting they have shot a man 40km west of the city, but have yet to confirm if he was the driver of the van, that mowed down pedestrians last week. It’s now known that 26 French people were injured in the attack. Eighteen, including four children, are in a serious condition in hospital.

Parasol - A woman in her 80’s has died in Draguignan, after a parasol covering the terrace of the restaurant she was eating at, collapsed on top of her.  Authorities are investigating if the one hundred kilogram parasol, followed public safety standards.

Nightclub - A nightclub in St-Laurent-du-Var is causing controversy by offering women free drinks if they are  wearing short skirts. The club promoter said ‘the shorter the skirt, the more you get’. A video posted on the clubs Facebook page has received condemnation, with many comments from club patrons denouncing the offer.

Solar Eclipse - The solar eclipse, due to cross the USA later today, will unfortunately not be visible from the Cote d’Azur. However, we will have a total lunar eclipse, where the earths shadow will cross the moon, and can be seen from the Riviera at the end of July next year. Though that may seem far away, it’s much sooner than the next solar eclipse in France, which will happen in May 2059.

BUSINESS

Billionaire Elon Musk has joined 116 of the worlds top technology leaders, in warning the United Nations  that killer robots could be third revolution of warfare. Robotics companies from across 26 countries have signed an open letter, urging the UN to ban the development and use of such killer robots, and add them to a list of morally wrong weapons. They say, if developed, warfare robots allow armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend.

China's Great Wall Motor Company has stated a desire to buy some, or all, of Fiat Chrysler, the worlds seventh largest car maker. However, Fiat Chrysler said it was yet to receive an approach from Great Wall, China's biggest SUV maker.

SPORT

Football - The European Football League Cup ‘third-round draw’ will take place in Beijing on Thursday. Previous draws for the competition have been beset by problems - including teams being drawn out twice and confusion around home and away ties. The 16 fixtures will be played in the week commencing 18 September.

Paris St Germain’s Neymar, has criticised the directors of his former club Barcelona. Speaking after scoring twice on his home debut for PSG in a
6-2 win over Toulouse, he said Barcelona deserved a better board. Since Neymar’s departure, Barca have lost 5-1 on aggregate to rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

Tennis - Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov won his first Masters 1000 title by beating Australia's Nick Kyrgios in straight sets 6-4 7-5 in the Cincinnati Open Final. In the women's final, Wimbledon champion Garbine Mugu.ruza thrashed Romania's Simona Halep 6-1 6-0.

Womens Rugby - Englands Lydia Thompson will start on the wing for their Rugby World Cup semi-final with France, in Belfast tomorrow, after recovering from a knee injury that caused her to miss the pool-stage victory over the USA. England's most-capped player, prop Rochelle Clark, will start from the bench.

Meanwhile Ireland have made three changes to the team defeated by France for their match on Tuesday against Australia. Louise Galvin replaces Eimear Considine at the wing, with Cliodhna Moloney and Ciara Cooney taking over from Leah Lyons and Sophie Spence in the pack. Ireland have previously beaten Australia 19-17 in the opening pool match in Dublin.

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