#European Union

EU agrees on single phone charger law

The plan would force all companies to make phones, tablets, e-readers and digital cameras to use the USB-C charger

GDPR data

Four tips on robust compliance for UAE businesses in the age of GDPR

A new approach to data management is required – one that makes compliance easier and delivers advanced security while removing data silos

OPEC

OPEC+ sticks to small supply hike as EU eyes Russia oil ban

OPEC and its allies rubber-stamped the standard 432,000 barrel-a-day increase for June

Emmanuel Macron

Macron beats Le Pen to win second term as French president

The 44-year-old Macron becomes the first incumbent to win a second term since Jacques Chirac two decades ago

Green bonds still have a long way to go to dent climate crisis

Global sales of green bonds hit a record $513bn last year

UK starts trade deal process with Saudi Arabia, Gulf

British trade with the GCC was worth about $61bn in 2019

The benchmarks countries must hit to reach net-zero emissions

More than 100 countries have pledged to get to net-zero emissions in the next 30 years

LEBANON-BLAST

Global powers pledge $298m to Lebanon after blast

Outrage over the August 4 explosion is running high in Lebanon, with protesters taking to the streets to demand regime change

Aramco joins Exxon, BP, Shell in starting to curb own emissions

Members of the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative pledged to reduce the carbon intensity of their operations to between 20 and 21 kilograms of carbon dioxide per barrel of crude equivalent by 2025

Google Apple

Google paying billions to Apple to remain default search engine in Safari

Google reportedly pays approximately $1.5bn every year to Apple to remain as its default search engine in mobile Safari in the UK alone