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World in brief September 19 2020

FRANCE: Prime Minister Jean Castex is being sued by Covid-19 survivors and patients’ families over government failings in dealing with the virus.
The France Coronavirus Victims’ Group complains about the lack of available tests and slams contradictory government advice over issues like wearing masks. It says Mr Castex’s drive to reopen the economy is costing lives.

ROMANIA: “Irreplaceable” books valued at more than £2.5 million, including first editions of works by Galileo and Isaac Newton, have been recovered by police.
The books were swiped by burglars from London in 2017 who cut holes in a warehouse roof and abseiled in to lift their literary prize. 
An international effort by British, Italian and Romanian police found the stash under a house in Neamt.

CHINA: Beijing has expressed “serious concern” to the UN human-rights council over abuses of immigrants by private security companies in Britain, Australia and the United States.
It said that defending refugees’ human rights was made harder by “privatisation of immigration and refugee detention centres and outsourcing to private security companies.” It condemned the US in particular for the mass detention of children and for separating children from their families.

UNITED STATES: Access to dance-app TikTok and messaging app WeChat will end tomorrow [Sun] as the government cracks down on Chinese-owned firms.
It will become illegal to maintain the apps on app stores, meaning that they cannot be downloaded. Devices which already have the apps will be unable to update them.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the ban “proves once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party.”

Football news:

Lucescu says that it was he who first put Pirlo on the field in 1998. This is not quite true
Bruno on the penalty miss: I'm human, it happens. Next goal for sure
Neymar wants to extend his contract with PSG, but the club has not yet started negotiations. The player's entourage is upset about this
Referee Oliver is appointed for the Bayern - Atletico match in the Champions League. He worked on the game Everton - Liverpool
Ex-judge Halsey: I'm surprised Pickford didn't get a red card. He put van Dijk's health at risk
Ander Herrera: I didn't feel love from Manchester United. The management and I had different views
Pique is ready to take a pay cut at Barca