Macron and Sahel leaders meet to strengthen campaign against jihad

Macron and Sahel leaders meet to strengthen campaign against jihad

French President Emmanuel Macron will on Monday (13 January) host counterparts from five Sahel countries seeking more backing in the fight against a murderous jihadist uprising even as France’s military role is being questioned. Recent tensions between France and Sahel governments could make for a tricky exchange at the six-way talks in the southwestern city of Pau, to be attended also by the heads of the UN, African Union, and EU Council. Macron insists his counterparts from Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad must use the occasion to express…

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Investors will receive £ 260 million per year with proposed changes in interest rates

Investors will receive £ 260 million per year with proposed changes in interest rates

Banks will be banned from quietly cutting interest rates on cash savings accounts as part of proposals meant to help consumers pocket an extra £260m a year. The Financial Conduct Authority’s changes would still allow banks to offer a range of introductory interest rates to attract new customers. However, lenders would then have to offer a single rate for all easy-access cash savings accounts after 12 months. That rate would be openly published twice a year. The rules, which will now go out for consultation, are meant to increase transparency…

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