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MTN Ghana Takes Fight Over Market Dominance to Supreme Court

Pope Francis Says Gossip Is a ‘Plague Worse Than Covid’

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Vatican City (AP) — Pope Francis said Sunday that gossiping is a “plague worse than COVID” that is seeking to divide the Catholic Church.

Francis strayed from his prepared text to double down on his frequent complaint about gossiping within church communities and even within the Vatican bureaucracy. Francis didn’t give specifics during his weekly blessing, but went on at some length to say the devil is the “biggest gossiper” who is seeking to divide the church with his lies.

“Please brothers and sisters, let’s try to not gossip,” he said. “Gossip is a plague worse than COVID. Worse. Let’s make a big effort: No gossiping!”

Francis’ comments came as he elaborated on a Gospel passage about the need to correct others privately when they do something wrong. The Catholic hierarchy has long relied on this “fraternal correction” among priests and bishops to correct them when they err without airing problems in public.

Survivors of sexual abuse have said this form of private reprimand has allowed abuse to fester in the church and let both predator priests and superiors who covered up for them escape punishment.

Germany Uses Novichok as Leverage With Kremlin Over Gas Pipeline

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s top diplomat warned Russia that Germany’s support for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was at risk if the Kremlin doesn’t assist in clarifying the poisoning of dissident Alexey Navalny.

It was the first time a cabinet minister in Merkel’s government explicitly linked the fate of the Baltic Sea pipeline to Russia’s cooperation in an inquiry.

“More than 100 companies from 12 European countries are part of Nord Stream 2, about half of those from Germany,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “I certainly hope that the Russians don’t force us to change our stance.”

The German military’s finding this week that Navalny was attacked with a novichok nerve agent has put pressure on Merkel’s controversial backing of Nord Stream 2, which will ship Russian gas directly to Europe’s largest economy. Maas said Germany and its partners would need to coordinate a response unless Russia clarifies the circumstances of Navalny’s poisoning in the “next few days.”

— With assistance by Patrick Donahue

South Africa’s Struggling Eskom Eases Electricity Rationing

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South Africa’s debt-laden power utility on Sunday scaled back power outages in a sign that electricity supply may be improving.

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., said it would cut 1,000 megawatts from the grid from 12 pm to 10 pm, half of what was initially scheduled. The utility last week implemented rolling blackouts, known locally as load shedding, after some electricity generation units broke down and demand rose due to a cold front.

Power rationing is blighting efforts to reboot Africa’s most industrialized economy that has been roiled by the coronavirus pandemic and by years of mismanagement and corruption. The troubled state utility, which provides about 95% of the nation’s electricity, is saddled with 488 billion rand ($29.4 billion) of debt.

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Mnuchin: GOP, Pelosi to agree on continuing resolution to avoid shutdown, as stimulus talks stall

Secretary Mnuchin on jobs recovery, status of COVID relief package

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin joins Fox News chief political anchor Bret Baier with insight on ‘Fox News Sunday.’

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is refusing to negotiate a new coronavirus stimulus package unless Republicans are willing to spend at least $2.5 trillion, she has agreed to a continuing resolution that will keep the government from shutting down.

"We are going to do a clean CR," Mnuchin told "Fox News Sunday," saying that while it is uncertain how long it will keep the government going, he believes it would go "through the beginning of December.”

This is developing. Please check back for updates.

MTN Ghana Takes Fight Over Market Dominance to Supreme Court

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The Ghanaian unit of African telecommunication giant MTN Group Ltd. is petitioning the highest court to review a declaration that it is a significant market power. Failure could result in stricter regulation.

It wants a reversal of the National Communications Authority’s decision, which was upheld by a lower court, the continent’s biggest operator said in a statement. The designation would limit its growth and performance, the company said.

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