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Evening Update 26 Jan

Prison - In the prison dispute, two unions representing prison guards, have turned down a governments offer to settle two weeks of industrial action. The Justice Minister has pledged to create 1,100 new jobs, to ease the pressure on guards at overcrowded prisons, and at least 30 million euros, to go toward salary increases. However, the unions say it’s not enough.

Carrefour - Monaco’s Commercial Trade Union, has blasted the announcement of voluntary redundancies, at Carrefour outlets nationwide. Carrefour has said thousands of jobs will go across France, as the company strives to cut operating costs. No specific cuts have been announced for the Fontvieille store, which is the most profitable per square metre of the entire Carrefour (France) group.

Accidents - A man is recovering in hospital, after a serious fall near the border crossing. The man, reported to be a migrant, fell 8 metres onto the esplanade near Menton. Also, in Menton, a 46 year-old man fell from the balcony of his first floor apartment, during wet conditions last night. He’s reported to have suffered brain injuries. Both men are recovering at Pasteur Hospital in Nice.

BUSINESS

At Davos, US President Donald Trump has launched a fierce attack on what he calls ‘predatory trade practices’, warning trading partners that the US will not tolerate them. Mr Trump said that, although he puts America First, that does not mean America alone, and said the country is ‘open for business’. However, many attending the economic leaders conference, feel Trumps ‘America First’ policy, is in contradiction to the conference's aim, of promoting co-operation.

Meanwhile, US economic growth has slowed unexpectedly, to an annualised rate of 2.6% in the last quarter of 2017. The US Commerce Department blamed a surge in imports for the slowdown, which was four percentage points under expectations.

SPORT

Tennis - Roger Federer is through to the final of the  Australian Open, after a dramatic end to his semi against Hyeon Chung. The South Korean was suffering from a serious blister on his left foot, and halfway through the second set, was forced to retire.

Federer said he was delighted to be in the final, but not this way. He said Chung was a worthy opponent who had a wonderful tournament. Federer will now face Marin Cilic in the finals at Melbourne on Sunday.

In the Womens Final tomorrow, Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki, are both playing to win their first ever Grand Slam title. Also at stake is the number one ranking, where Denmark's Wozniacki, could overtake Halep, if she wins. The two top seeds make their Melbourne final debuts, at 09:30am tomorrow morning French time.

Football - Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insists he is "happy" at the club, despite speculation that his relationship with the clubs owner, has become strained. Conte, has guided the Blues to last seasons Premier League title, and they currently sit third this term, 15 points behind leaders Manchester City.

Winter Olympics - A total of 169 Russian athletes have been approved to take part in the games under a neutral flag, which the IOC are calling ‘Olympic Athletes from Russia’, or OAR for short. Last month, Russia was banned from the event, following allegations of state-sponsored doping.

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