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Germany sacks military counter-intelligence chief overseeing investigation into soldiers’ suspected ties to neo-Nazi groups - rt

Germany sacks military counter-intelligence chief overseeing investigation into soldiers’ suspected ties to neo-Nazi groups

The head of Germany’s military counter-intelligence service has been dismissed amid a sweeping probe into hundreds of soldiers for suspected links to far-right extremism, the military’s latest effort to overhaul the agency.
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The peak wasn’t the peak? UK & France record HIGHEST-EVER daily rises in Covid-19 cases - rt

The peak wasn’t the peak? UK & France record HIGHEST-EVER daily rises in Covid-19 cases

The UK and France have both reported their highest-ever daily total of coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic, confirming that the ‘second wave’ of the deadly virus is well and truly in full swing.
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Acclaimed newspaper editor, Sir Harold Evans, dies aged 92

He started on local newspapers as a 16-year-old and rose to become the editor of the Sunday Times.
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Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds: the unlikely hero of Wrexham FC?

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Boris Johnson sought advice from Sweden over Covid strategy

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After months of delays, the new NHS Covid-19 app has been launched in England and Wales. 
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Donald Trump refuses to commit to peaceful transition of power - channel 4

Donald Trump refuses to commit to peaceful transition of power

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Students in Scotland banned from visiting parents - channel 4

Students in Scotland banned from visiting parents

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‘We’re freedom-loving too, but also serious’: Italian president responds to BoJo’s claim about why Italy has lower Covid-19 rate

Italian President Sergio Mattarella has replied to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s unexpected explanation as to why Rome seems to be doing better in containing the spread of the coronavirus.
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A major explosion has occurred outside Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos, after a gas tanker caught fire. Footage from the scene shows heavily damaged buildings and vehicles, and reports say multiple people have been injured.
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An Ex-Black Panther Convicted of Killing 2 Cops Is Getting Paroled After Almost 50 Years

Jalil Muntaqim was hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this year, but the state blocked his bid for even temporary release.
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US wildfire heroes on climate front line

America’s West Coast is ablaze. These are the stories of people fleeing, and those staying to fight the fires.
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European Union officials have urged member states to do everything possible to slow the fresh wave of Covid-19 infections as the region's annual flu season begins, in order to avoid new lockdowns.
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Disabled girl, 13, died ‘after mother turned her vital signs alarm off to get some peace’ - metro

Disabled girl, 13, died ‘after mother turned her vital signs alarm off to get some peace’

Kylie Larson died after her mom Elise Nelson allegedly silenced the vital signs monitor alarm, with Nelson now charged with murder
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FactCheck: government won’t show evidence for number of people tested daily

No official body publishes figures on the number of people who are tested each day.
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Mary Trump Is Suing Uncle Donald for Allegedly Defrauding Her of Millions

The lawsuit represents a fresh battle in the ongoing Trump family feud, which erupted after Mary went public with her bombshell best-seller.
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A Chinese super app is facing claims of predatory consumer lending in Nigeria, Kenya and India

A Chinese super app is facing claims of predatory consumer lending in Nigeria, Kenya and India

quartz - 8 months ago

OKash and OPesa, the Africa-focused consumer lending apps of Opera, the Chinese-owned internet browsing giant, appear to be flouting Google’s Play Store policies. In a report this week, equity research house Hindenburg Research suggested that Opera’s Android-based lending apps in Nigeria, Kenya and India typically require loan repayments within a 30 day periodless than Google’s stipulation of 60 days with steep interest rate payments.

Hindenburg Research also highlighted discrepancies in information contained in the apps’ description online and their actual practices. While they require payments in a shorter time-span, the apps list repayment periods that fall within Google’s stipulation online, seemingly to feign compliance. The report also claims the apps charge interest rates much higher than advertised.

The report appears to have already had one effect as OPesa, one of Opera’s lending apps, is no longer listed on Google’s app store. A similar delisting of its other apps will likely hobble distribution for Opera as Google’s Android operating system dominates market share across several African countries.

As several digital lending apps operate on the continent by offering collateral-free loans, they have quickly gained traction among middle-class and lower income users who typically face access to credit barriers. Unlike traditional banks which require a paperwork-intensive process and collateral, digital lending apps dispense quick loans, often within minutes, and determine creditworthiness by scouring smartphone data including SMS, call logs, bank balance messages and bill payment receipts.

Amid growing evidence that access to quick, digital loans is leading to a spike in personal debt among African users, there have been increased attempts to regulate how digital lending apps operate to curb predatory short-term lending practices. In a key move last August, Google announced that lending apps that require loan repayment in two months or less will be barred from its apps storethe major distribution point for most apps.

For its part, Opera claimed Hindenburg Research’s report contains “numerous errors, unsubstantiated statements, and misleading conclusions and interpretations.” However, its brief statement does not share any information to clarify the conflict between how its apps operate and how they are advertised to users. Opera had not responded to Quartz’s follow-up email queries ahead of publication.

Opera has made a deep play for African markets over the past year amid ambitions to build a super-app after originally starting out a simple mobile phone internet browser on Android phones. In Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and most populous country, Opera’s OPay app first launched on the basis of providing payments and financial services to users but has since kicked off operations across various verticals including motorcycle and car hailing as well as food delivery. It also has the Opera news service.

The African market watchers have been paying rapt attention to Opera since last year when it raised an unprecedented $170 million over two funding rounds from a raft of Chinese investors to boost its plans to expand in various verticals and out to other African countries.

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