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Ebola preparedness much better now than for 2014 outbreak: WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - The spread of Ebola to a major city in Democratic Republic of Congo is worrying but the outlook is much more optimistic than when a major outbreak was reported in West Africa in 2014, the head of the World Health Organization said on Monday.

Malaysia in suspense ahead of Najib's visit to anti-graft agency

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Amid mounting suspense in Malaysia, former leader Najib Razak is expected to give a statement to an anti-graft agency on Tuesday explaining what he knew about $10.6 million transferred into his bank account from a unit of a state fund he founded.

Russian billionaire Abramovich runs into UK visa issues

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA

Many wondered why Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich wasn't in the stands to see his Chelsea soccer club win England's FA Cup this weekend, and an associate confirmed Monday that his British visa hasn't been renewed.

Madrid blocks Catalan councillors as stand-off drags on

MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government on Monday recognized the powers of newly-elected Catalan leader Quim Torra but objected to his choice of councillors - some of whom are being held in custody - and refused to ratify his chosen team, official documents showed.

Russian billionaire Abramovich runs into UK visa issues

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA

Many wondered why Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich wasn't in the stands to see his Chelsea soccer club win England's FA Cup this weekend, and an associate confirmed Monday that his British visa hasn't been renewed.

Major League Baseball: Ohtani, Angels end Rays' winning streak

Shohei Ohtani struck out nine over 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, as the host Los Angeles Angels snapped the Tampa Bay Rays' six-game winning streak and avoided a four-game sweep with a 5-2 win Sunday.

Philippines takes 'appropriate action' over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines expressed "serious concerns" over the presence of China's strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken "appropriate diplomatic action", the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday.

Father of Pakistani girl killed in Texas hopes her death can spur reform

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The father of a Pakistani girl killed in a Texas school shooting said on Monday he hoped that the death of his daughter, who wanted to serve her country as a civil servant or diplomat, would help spur gun control in the United States.

China's powerful new vice president to visit Russia, Belarus

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's powerful new vice president, Wang Qishan, will visit Russia and Belarus starting this week, China's foreign ministry said on Monday, his first overseas trip since being appointed in March.

Energy may give further impetus to U.S. small-cap stocks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. small-cap stocks look poised to extend a breakout rally, especially if oil prices advance deeper into levels last seen in 2014 to drive further gains in the small energy companies that have provided leadership in recent week, analysts and investors said.

Spain's PM says Catalonia needs a government that obeys the law

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday said he still hoped Catalonia would soon form a viable government, capable of serious dialogue, that obeys the law in order to return to institutional, economic and social normality.

Curry leads Warriors' onslaught over Rockets for 2-1 lead

Stephen Curry hit seven straight shots, including a pair of 3-pointers, in a third-quarter flurry Sunday night that broke open a competitive game and sent the Golden State Warriors to a 126-85 blowout win over the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif.

Spacecom signs African communications deal

By Julian Clover

Spacecom has agreed a major capacity deal for communications services on its new Amos-17 satellite.
Amos-17 is slated for launch in the second quarter of 2019.

The operator said the deal with an unnamed African client is worth approximately $55 million and would begin on July 1, 2019 or when operations commenced from the new satellite.

Amos-17, a replacement for Amos-5, has been designed to cover the African continent and is scheduled to launch in early 2019. It will operate from 17 degrees East and offer coverage of Ka-band, Ku-band and C-Band HTS services.

Boeing Satellite Systems International is building the satellite and SpaceX will send it into orbit on a Falcon-9 launch vehicle.

Paramount to rebrand in Spain

By Chris Dziadul

Viacom’s Paramount Channel in Spain will officially become Paramount Network on June 10.

Spain was the first country to launch Paramount Channel in 2012 and will now become the first to rebrand following the launch of Paramount Network in the US earlier this year.

Commenting on the development, Raffaele Annecchino, president and MD of Viacom International Media Networks Southern and Western Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Paramount Network has great positioning and fits perfectly with our strategy in Spain, where we have a strong offer to satisfy increasing audience demand for high quality general entertainment content in the competitive FTA space.

“Paramount Channel has achieved great results in Spain, but it’s time to evolve the brand even further, making the channel increasingly contemporary and relevant for the Spanish market.”

Jill Offman, EVP of the Paramount Channel / Paramount Network International and Comedy Central International, added: “Our channels have seen great success in markets around the world, and in Spain in particular.

“As one of Viacom’s flagship six, we will continue to invest in premium entertainment as we further Paramount’s profile as a global TV brand.”

Paramount to rebrand in Spain

By Chris Dziadul

Viacom’s Paramount Channel in Spain will officially become Paramount Network on June 10.

Spain was the first country to launch Paramount Channel in 2012 and will now become the first to rebrand following the launch of Paramount Network in the US earlier this year.

Commenting on the development, Raffaele Annecchino, president and MD of Viacom International Media Networks Southern and Western Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Paramount Network has great positioning and fits perfectly with our strategy in Spain, where we have a strong offer to satisfy increasing audience demand for high quality general entertainment content in the competitive FTA space.

“Paramount Channel has achieved great results in Spain, but it’s time to evolve the brand even further, making the channel increasingly contemporary and relevant for the Spanish market.”

Jill Offman, EVP of the Paramount Channel / Paramount Network International and Comedy Central International, added: “Our channels have seen great success in markets around the world, and in Spain in particular.

“As one of Viacom’s flagship six, we will continue to invest in premium entertainment as we further Paramount’s profile as a global TV brand.”

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