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Watch: A lack of succession planning has left $30 billion French telecoms giant Orange looking like a lemon, says @edwardcropley 

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Review: House of Gucci’s broken family capitalism - @LJucca  -

New Covid-19 variant raises risk of recovery limbo - @aimeedonnellan  -

Even by fashion’s dysfunctional standards, the Gucci saga of family and corporate tragedy is unrivalled. @ReutersLJucca  reviews Ridley Scott’s star-studded “House of Gucci”

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Britain and others have revived travel bans on South Africa amid a new Covid-19 mutation. If the virus evades vaccines, new lockdowns may be necessary at a time when governments and central banks have depleted firepower, writes @aimeedonnellan 

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New Covid-19 variant raises risk of recovery limbo

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China is ramming through laws to suppress sedition and foreign meddling. Sloppy U.S. retaliation against trade and investment flowing through Hong Kong would hurt. The city is in danger of getting crushed between two battling giants, says @petesweeneypro : .

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Joshua Wong was imprisoned last year for organising protests in 2014. In his new book "Unfree Speech", he makes a convincing case that China's tightening grip on the financial hub is part of a broader threat to global democracy. @_sharonlam 

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Several U.S. lawmakers sold shares after briefings on Covid-19. Banning stock ownership should be on Congress’s to-do list, writes @GinaChon .

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Jamie Dimon’s latest letter to shareholders is one of his most useful, as he lays out what customers, investors, employees and voters have a right to expect, writes @AntonyMCurrie .

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The Ritz, one of London’s best-known hotels, has been sold to an undisclosed Qatari investor for 800 mln pounds. Covid-19 may have upended the world, but some assets are virus-proof, says @KarenKKwok  :

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Weeks before probes into U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler were dropped, her husband donated to Republican campaign groups. The timing brings uncomfortable questions that could have been easily avoided, writes @GinaChon .

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Military detentions of Aung San Suu Kyi and other ruling party figures in Myanmar represent a dark turn for a once-bright opportunity. An economy that lured tourists and foreign companies such as Kirin may be headed back to isolation, writes @JennHughes13 

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