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A mobile network on the Moon: Nokia to build lunar 4G network as NASA targets permanent base NASA is going back to the Moon and this time wants to stay there by building a lunar base. And to help future Moon residents communicate, plans are underway to build the first ever mobile network on the lunar surface. Posted:...
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US government files landmark anti-trust lawsuit against Google The US Justice Department is suing Google, accusing the tech giant of running a monopoly on internet search markets, harming both consumers and competitors. As a remedy, the government is seeking “structural relief”: anything from fines to a potential break-up of Google. Also, the World Economic Forum has bold new projections about automation...
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Amid crisis, French state hopes pay hikes will help recruit hospital staff Despite a recent pay hike, public hospitals in France are still struggling to recruit staff who are often drawn to the more lucrative private sector. Some 100,000 positions in public hospitals remain vacant, a third of them nurses. The labour shortage comes at a highly inopportune...
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French residency application system open for UK nationals LIFESTYLE Good news for UK nationals living in France! Today, 19 October, the French Government opened the online system for British nationals and their family members to apply for a permanent residency permit. Keeping in line with the provisions of the current Withdrawal Agreement, British nationals and...
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French retail giant Auchan quits China, sells subsidiary to Alibaba French retail group Auchan has announced the sale of its Chinese subsidiary SunArt to Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba for three billion euros. The announcement signals the end of Auchan’s activities in China. Posted: October 19, 2020 2:48 pm by RFI
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China's economy bounces back with 4.9% growth in Q3 China reported 4.9 percent GDP growth between July and September, making it the only major world economy that’s starting to recover from its coronavirus slump. Our Beijing correspondent tells us more. Meanwhile in the US, Republicans and Democrats are still struggling to agree on a stimulus bill...
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'Moral outrage' as the gap between rich and poor grows fatter in the wake of Covid-19 This year’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty comes as the coronavirus pandemic wrenches open the ever-widening gap between rich and poor, with studies around the world showing billionaires are profiting from the crisis while millions are forced...
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Reeling from a downturn, South Africa unveils new economic relief plan South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a new relief plan that includes an extension of unemployment aid as well as more than €5 million in infrastructure spending. Also, ride-hailing giant Uber’s battle against a new employment law in California heats up. Posted: October 16, 2020...
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Australian sheep left unshorn as Covid-19 sparks shearer shortage Australian sheep and the huge woollen industry that depends on them are among the less-likely collateral victims of the Covid crisis. Posted: October 16, 2020 6:18 am by RFI
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Austrian artist Golif exhibits in Nice ART & CULTURE This Friday, 16 October, don’t miss the opportunity to meet the visiting street artist, Golif at Galerie Le Container in Nice. Famous in Vienna, Golif doesn’t usually work on the small scale – rather, his ‘canvas’ tends to be the sides of several storey buildings! But for...
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