5 Things You Need To Know, Today, on Wednesday 17th February 2021

Justin Waite
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5 Things You Need To Know, Today, on Wednesday 17th February 2021


5. A former professional baseball player who was once the largest black McDonald's operator in the US has sued the company for racial discrimination.

Herb Washington said the firm had denied black owners the opportunities it gave to whites, including by steering them to stores to "distressed, predominantly black" areas.

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4. China is now the EU's biggest trading partner, overtaking the US in 2020.

Trade between China and the EU was worth $709bn (€586bn, £511bn) last year, compared with $671bn worth of imports and exports from the US.

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3. Activists alarmed by fallen fund manager Neil Woodford's plans to set up a new investment firm have called for an independent inquiry into the collapse of his previous venture.

Mr Woodford's flagship fund was wound up in 2019 leaving small investors with big losses.

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2. The Issa brothers, two entrepreneurs from Blackburn who made billion-pound fortunes running petrol stations, have completed the deal to buy Britain's third-largest supermarket chain.

Asda was valued at £6.8bn, but the brothers and the investment firm TDR Capital paid just £780m, with the rest being borrowed.

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1. Bitcoin has risen to a new record high of more than $50,000 (£36,000).

The cryptocurrency, which was created by an unknown inventor, has risen about 72% this year.

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