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Tencent chief 'richer than Google founders'

The value of China’s biggest social network company – Tencent Holdings – has overtaken that of Facebook. The company owns WeChat, an enormously popular messaging app in China, and hit gaming franchises such as League of Legends and Honour of Kings. It is the first Asian firm to surpass a market value of $ 500bn (£377bn). Its chief executive, Ma Huateng, is now worth more than the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, according to Forbes. The magazine valued him at $ 48.3bn on Tuesday, making him the…

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe to meet with army chief on his future

Media playback is unsupported on your device Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is to meet the army chief amid intense pressure for him to step down. Mediation will be led by a Catholic priest, state TV said. Mr Mugabe has largely been confined to his house since the army took over on Wednesday. The governing Zanu-PF party is also meeting to discuss whether to dismiss their founder and long-term leader. The army intervened after Mr Mugabe, 93, fired his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mr Mnangagwa’s dismissal made Mr Mugabe’s wife Grace front…

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Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Ellen Bettridge, chief executive, Uniworld Cruises

Having joined The Travel Corporation-owned Uniworld last year, Ellen Bettridge has moved quickly to make her mark on the company. In just 12 short months she has launched a new youth-orientated brand and welcomed the SS Joie de Vivre to the main fleet. Speaking to Breaking Travel News in London, Bettridge explains her decisions have sought to widen the target demographic for river cruising, while also ensuring established guests receive the service they have come to expect from Uniworld. She explains: “I would position Uniworld as the luxury river cruise;…

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Focus: Breaking Travel News interview: Vinay Dube, chief executive, Jet Airways

Following a successful decade at Delta Air Lines, Vinay Dube was appointed chief executive at Jet Airways in August this year. As the head of the management team at the airline, he will be responsible for driving its growth by strengthening business and positioning it in both domestic and international markets. But speaking to Breaking Travel News as the carrier launches its third daily departure on the London-Mumbai route, he is coy on how much change he expects under his leadership. “It is hard for me to characterise whether my…

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UK cyber-defence chief accuses Russia of hack attacks

One of the UK’s cyber-defence chiefs has accused Russia of having attacked Britain’s media, telecommunications and energy sectors over the past year. Ciaran Martin, chief executive of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), added that Russia was “seeking to undermine the international system”. His comments were made at an event organised by the Times newspaper. Ahead of the speech, the paper reported that one of the attacks had targeted the UK’s power supply on election day. The BBC has sought comment from the Russian Embassy in London. The NCSC was…

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Lionel Messi has signed a new Barcelona contract, LaLiga chief reveals

Lionel Messi looks set to finish his career at Barcelona Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Lionel Messi has signed a new deal with Barcelona, LaLiga president Javier Tebas has disclosed. There has been mounting speculation over the future of the Argentine superstar with his contract at the Nou Camp due to expire in 2018. Reports have even suggested former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola could mount a world-record bid to lure Messi to Manchester City. According to Tebas, however, the five-time world player of the year has committed his long-term future to Barca. The…

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Exclusive – Dwight Yorke tells talkSPORT he wants Sunderland job and has contacted chief executive

Dwight Yorke poses alongside his former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Dwight Yorke has told talkSPORT he has applied for the Sunderland job – but he is yet to hear anything back. The former Black Cats star is desperate for a crack at management having completed his coaching badges and believes he could be the ideal man to replace Simon Grayson at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland are in real danger of suffering a second successive relegation as they sit bottom of the Championship after…

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