Aon and Willis Towers Watson, the world's second- and third-largest insurance brokers, agreed to combine in a $30bn deal.Separately, Tesco, one of the world's biggest supermarket chains, said it would sell its operations in South-East Asia to Charoen Pokphand, a Thai conglomerate, for $10.6bn. It is the biggest-ever takeover in Thailand.
Twitter reached a truce with activist investors led by Elliott, a hedge fund, seeking changes at the company. Three new directors were added to the board. Jack Dorsey keeps his job as chief executive; he has been criticised by the investors for having too many outside interests. As part of the deal a committee has been tasked with evaluating a "succession plan" for Mr Dorsey.
In Britain, dozens of Conservative MPs backed an amendment to a bill that would end the involvement of Huawei, a Chinese maker of telecoms equipment, in the country's 5G networks, on the grounds of national security. The amendment was defeated, but it was the first Tory rebellion against Boris Johnson's government.
The UN and World Meteorological Organisation released a report on the rise of carbondioxide emissions. "Greenhouse-gas concentrations are at the highest levels in three million years, when the Earth's temperature was as much as three degrees hotter and sea levels some 15 metres higher," said António Guterres, the UN's secretary-general.
The list of events cancelled or postponed because of covid-19 mushroomed. Casualties include the rest of the NBA season in America and the Coachella festival in southern California. The Council on Foreign Relations scrapped a roundtable on "doing business under coronavirus".
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