World shares see moderate gains … Nissan chairman arrested … May on collision course with party rebels over Brexit
TOKYO (AP) – World shares saw moderate gains today after a buying spree on Wall Street sustained investor optimism into the new week, despite continuing worries over trade tensions. In early trading, France’s CAC 40 added 0.4 percent, while Germany’s DAX was up 0.4 percent. Britain’s FTSE100 added 0.4 percent. Japan’s Nikkei closed up 0.7 percent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.7 percent. The Shanghai Composite index added 0.9 percent. Dow futures are up less than 0.1 percent and S&P futures are up 0.1 percent.
TOKYO (AP) – Nissan Motor Co.’s high-flying chairman Carlos Ghosn (gohn) will be fired after the company says an internal investigation found he under-reported his income by millions of dollars and engaged in other “significant misconduct.” The Japanese broadcaster NHK says Ghosn was arrested today after he voluntarily submitted to questioning by Tokyo prosecutors.
LONDON (AP) – British Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to seal business support for her Brexit deal with the European Union today, but remains on a collision course with a group of lawmakers trying to unseat her. The draft agreement has triggered an avalanche of criticism in Britain and has left May fighting to keep her job. May’s Downing St. office says she’ll confirm today that the government’s plan to end the automatic right of EU citizens to live and work in the U.K., saying Britain’s future immigration policy will be based on skills, rather than nationality.
PARIS (AP) – French drivers are blocking oil depots as they try to keep up pressure on the government to abandon fuel tax hikes. Scattered road blockades have continued since mass protests Saturday that left one protester dead and hundreds injured. A security official said today that about 30 people were arrested overnight as police tried to clear out protesters.
BANGKOK (AP) – Microsoft, Google and other major technology companies have promised to help provide training in digital skills for around 20 million people in Southeast Asia by 2020 to make sure the region’s burgeoning working-age population is a fit for the future job market. The World Economic Forum has announced its “ASEAN Digital Skills Vision 2020” initiative to improve the technological capacity of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations with training, funds for scholarships, internships and shaping the curricula of technology and computing courses, among other measures.