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Google to Integrate Bank Accounts in Payment App

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On Wednesday, Google said that beginning next year, it would be partnering with commercial banks and credit unions to allow users to manage mobile-based accounts through the Google Pay platform.

The vice president of Google Payments, Caesar Sengupta stated, “People do almost everything on their phones today, but for many, the way they save, pay and engage with their bank has remained unchanged,”.

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“That’s why we’re working with trusted financial institutions to create Plex, a new mobile-first bank account integrated into Google Pay.”

According to Google, the Plex Accounts for US consumers will be offered with no monthly fees, overdraft charges, or minimum balance requirements. It also mentioned that 11 banks and credit unions were participating.

To help users better organize payments to people and businesses, Google stated it was updating its Google Pay app.
Sengupta said, “Instead of showing a stack of cards or a long list of transactions, the new Google Pay app focuses on the friends and businesses you transact with most frequently,”.

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China agrees to reschedule Congo Republic’s $2.4bn debt

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China agrees to reschedule Congo Republic's $2.4bn debt

Chinese President Xi Jinping has agreed in principle to reschedule Congo Republic’s debt, Congolese finance minister Rigobert Roger Andely announced, adding that the move would help unlock stalled international monetary fund lending.

The IMF approved a $449 million, three-year lending programme in 2019 on the condition that the central African oil producer ensured the long-term sustainability of its debt.

Only $45 million has been disbursed to date, however, as the government has struggled to secure a restructuring of its debt to oil traders.

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Congo previously reached a deal with China in 2019 to restructure a portion of its debt. that arrangement required Congo to repay a third of its debt within three years, with the remainder benefiting from a 15-year extension of the repayment schedule.

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Sudan PM Warns of Fractures within Military, Urges ‘Unity’

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Sudan PM Warns of Fractures within Military, Urges ‘Unity’

Sudan’s premier  warned Tuesday of “deeply worrying” fractures within the country’s security forces and called for reconciliation between civilian and military-political factions.

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok made the comments as he announced an initiative to unify the factions guiding Sudan through a fragile transition following the April 2019 ouster of dictator Omar al-Bashir.

Sudan has been led by a civilian-military ruling administration since the sides reached a power-sharing deal the following August.

Nearly two years later, the transition continues to face pressing challenges including pressure from rebels and civilians to reform the military.

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He pointed to splits among pro-democracy activists who led the December 2018 protests against Bashir, adding that fragmentation within the military was also “a deeply worrying issue”.

Hamdok said his initiative aimed to push for reforms to the military and ensure that armed groups, including the powerful paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), be integrated into the armed forces.

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Russian Hurdler, Sergey Shubenkov Cleared of Any Wrongdoing by AIU

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Russian Hurdler, Sergey Shubenkov Cleared of Any Wrongdoing by AIU

Russian hurdler Sergey Shubenkov has been cleared in what the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Tuesday was a “genuinely exceptional” doping case involving a diuretic prescribed to a family member.

The AIU, which oversees integrity issues in global athletics, said that a low concentration of acetazolamide had been found in Shubenkov’s out-of-competition sample collected in December 2020.

The substance is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) list of prohibited diuretics and masking agents and is banned both in and out-of-competition.

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Shubenkov, the 2015 world champion and silver medalist at the 2019 worlds 110 metres hurdles, told the unit that the finding was linked to the residue of a medication taken by a family member.

The AIU added that its charge against Shubenkov had been referred to its disciplinary tribunal, which found that Shubenkov’s case was “genuinely exceptional”.

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