MANCHESTER UNITED HAVE APPOINTED JOSE MOURINHO AS MANAGER
The 53-year-old Portuguese replaces Dutchman Louis van Gaal whose two-year reign at Old Trafford ended on Monday when he was sacked two days after United won the FA Cup. "Jose is quite simply the best manager in the game today. He has won trophies and inspired players in countries across Europe and, of course, he knows the Premier League very well, having won three titles here," United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said in a statement.
MICROSOFT TO END SMARTPHONE MANUFACTURING
"Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced plans to streamline the company’s smartphone hardware business, which will impact up to 1,850 jobs," it said in a statement, adding 1,350 of those jobs would be eliminated in Finland where its smartphones have been designed. The other 500 jobs will be cut "globally”. Microsoft's chief shop steward in Finland, Kalle Kiili, told AFP the decision means Microsoft will no longer design or manufacture phones.
PILOT SAVCHENKO ARRIVES IN UKRAINE AFTER NEARLY TWO YEARS IN RUSSIAN JAIL
Russia on Wednesday released Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen jailed in Ukraine, an official in the Ukrainian presidential administration said. Savchenko was being flown to Kiev aboard Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s plane, according to the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.
FRANCE TURNS TO OIL RESERVES AS UNIONS BLOCKADE FUEL DEPOTS
France has been relying on its strategic fuel reserves for the past two days in the face of widespread blockades of oil depots by union activists, the head of the oil industry federation said Wednesday. "For the past two days, since there have been operational problems at the refineries and blockades of depots, we have been using reserve supplies”, Francis Duseux told French radio. The move marked the first time since 2010 that France has had to dip into its strategic oil reserves.
FACEBOOK APOLOGISES FOR BANNING 'UNDESIRABLE' PLUS-SIZED MODEL
Facebook has been forced to backtrack after it banned an Australian ad featuring a bikini-clad plus-sized model promoting positive body image, initially saying the photo's depiction was "undesirable”. The social networking giant blocked the ad for Melbourne's "Cherchez La Femme: Feminism and Fat" gathering, saying the image violated its advertising guidelines.