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Mixed Messages Coming From Iran Nuclear Talks In Vienna
Diplomats engaged in Iran nuclear talks in Vienna sent conflicting messages on Sunday regarding possible progress to reach an agreement over reviving the 2015 deal.
SoftBank reports record $23B quarterly loss as tech downturn hits
Japanese technology investor SoftBank Group Corp. on Monday reported a record quarterly loss of more than $23 billion after its Vision Fund investments suffered from the global selloff in technology shares.
‘The pain gets worse’: Lebanese mark second anniversary of Beirut port explosion
Further collapse of city’s grain silos, almost to the minute of blast, seen as symbol of failure to bring anyone to justice
AMTD Digital: How a small Hong Kong firm's shares soared
A little-known Hong Kong company has seen its stock market value soar in recent days, for no apparent reason.
First grain ship leaves Ukraine under Russia deal
The first ship carrying grain has left a Ukrainian port under a landmark deal with Russia.
UN welcomes new center to put Ukraine grain exports deal into motion
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the official start of the operation based in the Turkish city of Istanbul, that will help implement the UN-brokered deal to resume exports of Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea, amid the ...
Log4j software flaw 'endemic,' new cyber safety panel says
A computer vulnerability discovered last year in a ubiquitous piece of software is an “endemic” problem that will pose security risks for potentially a decade or more, according to a new cybersecurity panel created by President Joe Biden.
India to surpass China as most populous country in 2023, U.N. report says
India is set to surpass China as the world's most populous country in 2023, with each counting more than 1.4 billion residents this year, a United Nations report said on Monday, warning that high fertility would challenge economic growth.
Hacker claims to have obtained data on 1 billion Chinese citizens
Personal information allegedly taken from Shanghai police database would be one of biggest data breaches in history.
US Supreme Court ruling on environmental protection ‘a setback in our fight against climate change’
The ruling by the United States Supreme Court against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday, is “a setback in our fight against climate change”, said the UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.
Eliminate nuclear weapons before they eliminate us: UN chief
Nuclear weapons are “a deadly reminder of countries’ inability to solve problems through dialogue and collaboration”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday, urging the international community to abandon them once and for ...
Syria: Guterres underlines ‘moral imperative’ to continue cross-border aid operation from Turkey
With humanitarian needs in Syria at their highest levels since the start of the civil war more than 11 years ago, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed on Monday for the Security Council to renew a resolution on delivering lifes...
The e-CNY is not just another cryptocurrency. Here’s why
Central banks are unlikely to use blockchain for minting digital currencies, as other database technologies are often just as secure and custom solutions may be more secure.
Climate crisis placing half of humanity in the danger zone
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, appears at the Austrian World Summit on Tuesday to deliver an important message about climate change.
India - The 3rd Startup Nation
Since the beginning of the current decade, India’s technology startups have demonstrated impressive growth that has already brought the country to third place in the world only behind the acknowledged industry leaders: the US and Israel.
US bill would bar Google, Apple from hosting apps that accept China's digital yuan
Senators Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio and Mike Braun have concerns that the payment system could allow Beijing to spy on Americans
Global economic growth downgraded due to spillover from Ukraine war
The global economy is expected to grow by only 3.1 percent this year, down from the 4.0 percent projected in January, largely derailed by the war in Ukraine, according to the UN’s latest World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) repo...
‘Lifeline’ of renewable energy can steer world out of climate crisis: Guterres
Greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rises, ocean heat levels and acidification, all set new records during 2021, while some glaciers reached the point of no return, according to the latest flagship report from the World Meteorologic...
Biden Eyes New Ways To Bar China From Scooping Up US Data
The draft order reflects an effort by the administration to respond more aggressively to national security threats allegedly posed by Chinese companies that acquire reams of U.S. personal data.
Self-driving robotaxis are taking off in China
The world has been inching toward fully autonomous cars for years. In China, one company just got even closer to making it a reality.
Greta Thunberg doesn’t want you to talk about her anymore
The Swedish activist has a new message: Don’t just listen to the science, listen to the most vulnerable.
‘Volunteers demonstrate compassion of Ramadan in Indonesia’
Millions of volunteers in Indonesia have given their time and expertise to help build a fairer and more inclusive society according to Valerie Julliand, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country.
Guterres urges youth: Keep pushing, mobilizing, ‘bringing your ideas to the table’
Despite war, COVID-19 and the climate crisis, all of which compound the other challenges facing young people today, the UN chief lauded youth for raising their voices and mobilizing for a better future.
China faces 'difficult set of choices' as it seeks to prevent its companies being delisted in the US
The US wants full and unfettered access to the audits of US-listed Chinese companies, but China doesn't want US regulators unearthing state secrets as they poke around in the companies' financial affairs.
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