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Clickbait and podcasts: France frowns on English words News

Image caption France has a long history of protecting its language. France has announced a new list of alternatives for English language terms such as clickbait, podcast and deepfake. The Commission for the Enrichment of the French Language (CELF) published the new list in an official government newsletter. It has released a number of recommendations over the years in a bid to stop English terms taking hold. Among the phrases discouraged in a ... Full story

Armed with whistleblower tips, U.S. SEC cracks down on coronavirus misconduct

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The novel coronavirus outbreak and economic fallout is proving to be a bonanza for whistleblower lawyers as the U.S. securities regulator cracks down on a range of related misconduct from companies touting sham cures to misuse of federal aid. FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission logo adorns an office door at the SEC headquarters in Washington, June 24, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo. The ... Full story

Merck leaps into COVID-19 development fray with vaccine, drug deals

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc ( MRK.N ), which has largely kept to the sidelines of the race for COVID-19 treatments, said it was buying Austrian vaccine maker Themis Bioscience and would collaborate with research nonprofit IAVI to develop two separate vaccines. FILE PHOTO: The Merck logo is seen at a gate to the Merck & Co campus in Linden, New Jersey, U.S., July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid. It also announced a partnership with ... Full story

Coronavirus: UK authorises anti-viral drug remdesivir News

Image caption Experts warn remdesivir shouldn't be seen as a "magic bullet". A drug treatment that appears to shorten recovery time for people with coronavirus is being made available on the NHS. Remdesivir is an anti-viral medicine that was originally developed to fight Ebola. UK regulators say there is enough evidence to approve its use in selected hospital patients. For the time being and due to limited supplies, it will go to those most ... Full story

Police detained me for eight days because my husband criticised Lai Mohammed – Wife

In this interview with ENIOLA AKINKUOTU, Mrs Dorcas Jolayemi, the wife of a journalist detained for criticising Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, recounts her eight-day ordeal in the custody of the Kwara State Police Command. A human rights organisation claimed you spent eight days in police detention because of your husband’s poem, which was critical of the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed. Can you narrate the ... Full story

Coronavirus: Egypt doctors accuse government over medics' deaths

Image caption Egypt has reported 17,900 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 783 associated deaths. Doctors have accused Egypt's health ministry of negligence in its handling of Covid-19 and said it bears "full responsibility" for medics' deaths. A union said on Monday that 19 doctors had so far died from the disease and more than 350 others had been infected. It blamed a lack of personal protective equipment and beds for sickened staff, and warned ... Full story

JK Rowling unveils first non-Harry Potter children's book

JK Rowling has surprised fans with the announcement of a brand new children's book, which she is publishing on her website in daily instalments. The Ickabog is a fairytale, and is Rowling's first children's story not to be connected to Harry Potter. She wrote it more than a decade ago for her own children, and has decided to dust it off during the pandemic. It's for "children on lockdown, or even those back at school during these strange, ... Full story

'How about next June?' Small meat processors backlogged as virus idles big plants

CHICAGO/WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Inside the small-scale Iowa abattoir Stanhope Locker and Market, owner Shaunna Zanker yawns with exhaustion as she listens to yet another farmer asking her to slaughter his pigs. Workers prepare chicken at Buckeye Poultry in Greenwich, Ohio, U.S., May 13, 2020 as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues. REUTERS/Dane Rhys. “I’m so sorry, but we’re booked through March of next year,” Zanker ... Full story

Consumer hardware device shipments are on track for a 14% decline in 2020, courtesy of COVID-19 – TechCrunch

New numbers from Gartner show a sizable — if not unexpected — decline in device shipments for 2020. According to the analyst firm, the category (including phones, tablets and PCs) is currently on track to decline 13.6% for the year. An already struggling smartphone market takes a big hit from COVID-19. COVID-19 is, naturally, largely to blame here. The virus has permeated virtually every sector of society, and hardware is certainly not immune. ... Full story

Ryanair vows to appeal against Lufthansa aid package

FILE PHOTO: Ryanair planes are seen at Dublin Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Dublin, Ireland, May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff/File Photo. DUBLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - Ryanair ( RYA.I ) will contest a 9 billion-euro ($9.9 billion) German aid package for Lufthansa, the budget airline’s Chief Executive Michael O’Leary said in a statement on Tuesday. The government-backed aid will allow Lufthansa ( LHAG.DE ) ... Full story

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