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Renault/Nissan merger, North Korea passports fraud, China/eastern Europe relations, Carlos Queiroz contract extension, conflict in eastern Ghouta
Mar 16, 2018
Nissan in talks to buy France’s Renault stake in merger prelude
Reuters exclusively reported that French carmaker Renault and alliance partner Nissan are discussing plans for a closer tie-up in which the Japanese carmaker would acquire the bulk of the French state’s 15 percent Renault holding. Renault’s shares jumped to their highest level since 2007 on the news. The deal is politically sensitive and must balance French and Japanese interests, avoiding the appearance of a takeover.
North Korean leaders used Brazilian passports to apply for Western visas
Reuters reported exclusively that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his late father Kim Jong Il used fraudulently obtained Brazilian passports to apply for visas to visit Western countries in the 1990s. While North Korea’s ruling family is known to have used travel documents obtained under false pretences, there are few specific examples. The photocopies of the Brazilian passports seen by Reuters have not been published before.
China may pare back ‘divisive’ eastern Europe summits
Reuters exclusively revealed that China is considering paring back annual summits with eastern European countries that have fuelled concerns in western capitals that Beijing is seeking to divide the continent. Reuters sources said there were indications China could delay the next “16+1” summit, scheduled for the Bulgarian capital Sofia later this year, and hold future meetings every two years instead of on an annual basis. The possible shift comes amid unease in Beijing over criticism of the summits in Brussels, Berlin and other capitals, at a time when the EU is discussing steps to more strictly control corporate takeovers of European firms by Chinese rivals.
Queiroz offered Iran contract extension
Reuters revealed Carlos Queiroz has been offered a contract extension to remain as head coach of Iran beyond the World Cup finals in Russia until the end of the Asian Cup finals in early 2019. The former Real Madrid and Portugal head coach took the helm of the Iran team in April 2011 but was widely expected to step down following the World Cup. Iran last won the Asian Cup in 1976, the third of three consecutive titles, and Queiroz has been credited by many with restoring the country’s football fortunes.
Shelling and shooting in Syria’s Ghouta district
Reuters captured shelling and shooting near the Wafideen crossing point with the besieged eastern Ghouta district in Syria on March 9. The Reuters footage include dramatic scenes as mortars were reportedly fired from the rebel side in eastern Ghouta.