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5 things you need to know this morning: March 1, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Former French president jailed for corruption

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to three years in jail. Two of those years will be suspended, however. The politician – in charge of his country between 2007 and 2012 – was found guilty of trying to bribe a magistrate for information about a criminal case against himself. Sarkozy's predecessor, Jacques Chirac, was also found guilty of corruption in 2011.

2. Trump hints at 2024 bid to regain presidency

Donald Trump has hinted that he might give the presidency another go in 2024. In his first speech since leaving office in January, Trump also said he had no intention of starting his own party, quashing a rumour propagated by the American media. He also said President Joe Biden had taken the US from "America first to America last."

3. Prince Philip transferred to heart hospital after 13 days in care

The Queen's husband, Prince Philip, has been transferred to a specialist heart facility after spending 13 nights in hospital. The 99-year-old aristocrat has been receiving treatment for an infection. He will now be tested for a pre-existing heart condition.

4. Writers fear 'lynch mobs' who destroy their lives: Ishiguro

Nobel Prize-winning author Sir Kazuo Ishiguro has warned of a "climate of fear" stopping people writing what they want. He said authors may be worried about being "trolled" or "cancelled" for what they write. He added he "very much" fears for the younger generation, who have to watch out because an "anonymous lynch mob will turn up online and make their lives a misery" if they write something deemed offensive in certain circles.

5. Fiancée of murdered journalist calls for justice

Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has called for Saudi Arabia's crown prince to be punished "without delay." She said his punishment could prevent similar acts in the future. Khashoggi, a severe critic of the Saudi kingdom, was brutally murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. The US and others have produced evidence showing the murder was commissioned by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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