Markets/Sports France supports Lebanese pla to end cabinet logjam PARIS France backed on Wednesday a proposal made by Lebanon's leading Sunni Muslim politician to end a deadlock preventing the formation of a cabinet to lead the nation out of its worst crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. Paris has been pressing Lebanese politicians to form a government quickly but the process hit a logjam over a demand by Lebanon's two main Shi'ite parties that they name several ministers, including the finance minister. Former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri proposed in a statement on Tuesday that Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib, a Sunni under Lebanon's sectarian system of power sharing, name an "independent" Shi'ite candidate to the finance portfolio. It was not immediately clear whether the two main Shi'ite groups, Iran-backed Hezbollah and its ally the Amal Movement, would back the idea. ProHezbollah newspaper AlAkhbar was critical of the proposal. German app Upload your coronavirus test results BERLIN Germany's health minister on Wednesday urged users of a smartphone app to help trace coronavirus infections to upload positive test results into the system, so that others at risk get a timely warning. The Corona Warn App, launched 100 days ago, has been downloaded more than 18 million times - more than all other similar apps across Europe combined that use Bluetooth technology to assess an individual's risk of catching COVID-19. Yet only 5,000 app users who have tested positive - or half the total - have actually taken the steps needed to trigger exposure notifications to their contacts, Health Minister Jens Spahn told a news conference. Most are calling a hotline, while few are directly uploading their results via their phone reflecting lingering fears that people's identity will be revealed despite the app's privacy protections. -REUTERS SPORTS Djokovic back on track with 5th Rome title ROME Novak Djokovic picked up where he left off before his US Open default two weeks ago, winning a fifth Italian Open title, days before the start of Roland Garros. The world number one lifted a record 36th Masters crown, one more than great rival Rafael Nadal, after beating Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 in the final at the Foro Italico in Rome. "Turning to Paris, I couldn't ask for a better tournament here in Rome. Another big title and I'm super pleased," said Djokovic. "I don't think I played my best tennis throughout the entire week, but I think I found my best tennis when I needed it in the decisive moments." Djokovic extended his record to 31 wins from 32 matches this year, with his only loss the US Open disqualification for accidently hitting a line judge with a ball. Schwartzman had shocked nine-time tournament winner Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals. But he ran out of steam in a final played under light drizzle, having also spent more than three hours on the court in Sunday's semi-finals. Despite a great start, with two breaks to lead 3-0, Schwartzman could not keep the momentum going against the 17-time Grand Slam winner, who notched up his fifth win over the Argentinian. For Djokovic it was a fifth victory in 10 finals in Rome, but the first since 2015, having finished runner-up three times since including last year to Nadal. "It's been a good week, even if I haven't played my best tennis. I'm satisfied," said Djokovic. Top women's seed Simona Halep lifted her first trophy in Rome, a confidence booster ahead of the French Open, after defending champion Karolina Pliskova retired injured while trailing 6-0, 2-1 in the final. World number two Halep was competing in her third Rome WTA final, having finished runner-up in 2017 and 2018. -REUTERS -AFP
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