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Racing legend Niki Lauda dies

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70.

The legendary Austrian, one of the best-known figures in motor racing, took the title for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and McLaren in 1984.

For many, he will be remembered for his remarkable recovery and return to racing after being badly burned in a crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix.

Lauda, who underwent a lung transplant in August, “passed away peacefully”, his family said.

After his career as a racing driver he became an airline entrepreneur and most recently, a non-executive chairman for the Formula 1 Mercedes team, instrumental in bringing in British driver Lewis Hamilton, who has won five world championships.

“His unique achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur are and will remain unforgettable, his tireless zest for action, his straightforwardness and his courage remain a role model and a benchmark for all of us,” his family’s statement said.

– CNN

Huawei digs in over Android restrictions

The US government has now granted Huawei a 90-day temporary licence which will allow it to purchase American-made goods in order to maintain existing networks, and provide software updates to existing Huawei smartphones.

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The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei said it would continue to provide security updates and other services for all of its current customers, despite being barred from using some Google software in its products.

But the company admitted it was developing its own alternative software for use on its mobile phones and tablets.

Google says it has suspended co-operation with the Chinese firm, after US President Donald Trump added Huawei to a list of companies requiring a licence to trade with American companies.

– BBC

Joko Widodo secures Indonesian presidency

Joko Widodo has been re-elected as Indonesia’s president after last month’s vote, beating former general Prabowo Subianto.

The result was released a day ahead of schedule, amid fears of violent unrest.

Mr Prabowo, who is 67, has not yet confirmed if he will challenge the result in court.

Ahead of the final tally he had alleged “widespread cheating” and warned of potential street protests.

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In 2014, Mr Prabowo lost a court challenge following an election defeat by Mr Widodo.

– BBC

Trump’s accountants must turn over accounts to Congress – court

A judge has ruled in favour of a US House of Representatives committee which is seeking the President Donald Trump’s financial records from his accounting firm.

The ruling represents an early setback to the Trump administration in its legal battle with Congress.

Mr Trump is refusing to cooperate with a series of investigations on issues ranging from his tax returns to his children’s White House security clearances.

He says he disagrees with the ruling.

The judge has given the accounting firm seven days to comply with the subpoena to provide documents.

– REUTERS

French Court reverses life support decision

An appeals court in France has dramatically reversed a decision by a lower court, and has ordered doctors to resume life support for a quadriplegic man who’s been in a coma for more than 11 years.

Doctors had begun switching off life support for 42-year old Vincent Lambert before the Appeal Court order came through.

He has been in a vegetative state since a motorbike accident in 2008.

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His case has divided the country and his family.

His wife and brothers have called for his feeding tubes to be withdrawn, while his Roman Catholic parents have fought for him to be kept alive.

– BBC

Austrian far-right party resigns en masse

All ministers from Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) are resigning, throwing the government into chaos.

The Freedom Party’s leader Heinz-Christian Strache, who was also vice-chancellor, was forced to resign at the weekend after a video sting.

Mr Strache was filmed proposing to offer government contracts to a supposed Russian oligarch’s niece.

The FPÖ threatened a mass resignation earlier on Monday if Interior Minister Herbert Kickl was also forced out.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had called over the weekend for Mr Kickl to be sacked, saying that as general secretary of the party he should take responsibility for the scandal.

The scandal broke on Friday when footage from 2017 was published in German media, showing Mr Strache and another FPÖ official proposing to offer government contracts to a supposed Russian oligarch’s niece.

– BBC