China seeks influence in European business deals

PRAGUE — When Xi Jinping became the first top Chinese leader to visit the Czech Republic, he was accompanied by a mysterious Chinese tycoon with big political ambitions, money to burn and strong ties to the Czech president. Ye Jianming was the sole businessman among the group of Chinese and Czech government officials who gathered two years ago outside the presidential summer residence where Mr. Xi and Milos Zeman, his Czech counterpart, planted ginkgo trees. For Mr. Ye, it was recognition of his role as a major power broker in…

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Europe faced most hottest weather for first time

Scorching temperatures in Portugal and southern Spain aided by a wave of heat from North Africa are expected to rise even further this weekend. Portugal’s heatwave is expected to bring temperatures close to Europe’s record of 48C (118F). The temperature hit 44C (112,F) in the tourist attraction town of Evora in Portugal, where Sky’s Katie Spencer has been reportng from. She said the central square was a “ghost town” with people staying out of the sweltering sun. Eight places across the centre, south and east of the country have already…

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