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George Clooney's tequila firm Casamigos sells for $1bn

Image copyright Casamigos Image caption Clooney (right) and friends say Casamigos was born from tequila-filled nights It's celebration time for George Clooney, after the tequila company he co-founded was sold to drinks giant Diageo in a deal worth $1bn (£790m).The deal comes at a busy time for the Hollywood actor, as his wife Amal gave birth to twins earlier this month.The star founded Casamigos in 2013 with friends Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman.They have said that Casamigos - meaning house of friends - was born from tequila-filled nights, and was at first just for private events.The first-time dad may find that newborns Ella and Alexander impinge on his ability to enjoy tequila-filled nights with friends.But he told CNBC that he and his co-founders would "still be very much a part of Casamigos. Starting with a shot tonight. Maybe two."While the Oceans Eleven star is unlikely to be short of cash,...Rande Gerber and George Clooney in field of agave in promotional shot for Casamigos

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Top Macron ally Bayrou quits French government

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Francois Bayrou (right) has resigned from French President Emmanuel Macron's cabinet France's Justice Minister, François Bayrou, resigned on Wednesday hours before President Emmanuel Macron announced his new government line-up.It meant that Mr Bayrou's centrist party, MoDem, surrendered all three of its cabinet posts within 24 hours.President Macron came to power with a promise to fight political sleaze.MoDem, allied to Mr Macron's La République en Marche (LREM) party, is facing an inquiry into claims that it used EU funds to pay party workers. Defence Minister and ex-MEP Sylvie Goulard was the first MoDem minister to hand in her resignation on Tuesday.After Mr Bayrou said he was standing down early on Wednesday, it became clear that Marielle de Sarnez, European affairs minister, was also leaving the government to take over as head of MoDem in the National Assembly. Image copyright AFP Image caption Marielle de Sarnez (centre)...Emmanuel Macron (L), head of the political movement En Marche! (Onwards!) and candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and Francois Bayrou, French centrist politician and the leader of the Democratic Movement (MoDem)

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Wimbledon champion Boris Becker declared bankrupt

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In 1985 Becker became the first unseeded player to win the Wimbledon men's singles Three-time Wimbledon tennis champion Boris Becker has been declared bankrupt by a London bankruptcy court.The 49-year-old owed a firm of private bankers a large sum and the court registrar said there was not enough credible evidence that he could pay.Mr Becker's lawyers asked for a final chance to pay with the funds from remortgaging a property in Majorca.Mr Becker, now a coach and TV pundit for the BBC and other media, was not at the hearing in London. Registrar Miss Christine Derrett said it was "with regret" that she came to the conclusion that he could not pay. "I remember watching him play on Centre Court, which probably shows my age," she added.The bankruptcy application was made by Arbuthnot Latham in connection with a debt owed to them for nearly...Boris Becker playing at Wimbledon in 1985

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US inmates who saved guard's life to have sentences cut

Image copyright Polk County Sheriff's Office Image caption The prisoners' heroic actions have earned them each a shortened prison sentence Six US prisoners are being rewarded for saving a prison officer who had suffered a suspected heart attack.Polk County Sheriff Johnny Moats said the Georgia prisoners, who all have committed minor crimes, would each have their sentences shortened by 25%.The work crew had been cutting grass at a public cemetery when the corrections officer who was guarding them collapsed in the heat.The six men used the guard's phone to call police and began performing CPR."When that happened, in my opinion, it wasn't about who is in jail and who wasn't," inmate Greg Williams told 11alive.com. "It was about a man going down and we had to help him," he continued.The work crew ran to the lone officer after he fell to the ground and removed his bullet-proof vest to perform...the prisoners

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US official: Russia 'hacked' 21 US states in election

Image copyright Getty Images Russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 US states during last year's campaign, said a US official.Jeanette Manfra of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refused to identify the states during her testimony before a Senate panel, citing confidentiality agreements.But she added there was no evidence to suggest actual vote ballots were altered in the election hack. US intelligence agencies believe Moscow interfered to help Donald Trump win.Ms Manfra, the department's acting deputy undersecretary of cyber security, testified on Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election. "As of right now, we have evidence that election-related systems in 21 states were targeted," she told the panel. She said DHS still had confidence in the US voting system because they are "fundamentally resilient". The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any involvement in election cyber hacks while Mr Trump has dismissed...Voters cast their ballots in the US presidential election at a fire station in Alhambra, California.

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