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World Bank chief says poorest countries owe $62B on bilateral debt

By   /  December 2, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

WASHINGTON — The world’s poorest countries now owe $62 billion in annual debt service to official bilateral creditors, an increase of 35% over the past year, World Bank President David Malpass said on Thursday, warning that the increased burden is increasing the risk of defaults. Mr. Malpass told the Reuters NEXT conference in New York […]

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As economy stutters, China’s youth seek safety of civil service

By   /  December 2, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

BEIJING — As a physics student at the elite Peking University in Beijing, Lynn Lau was expecting big Chinese private sector companies to scour the campus this summer for upcoming talent. But with the world’s second-largest economy growing at its slowest rate in decades, many recruiters stayed away this year. The wishes of Ms. Lau’s […]

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When the chips go up: Big banks bet on S. Korea, Taiwan stocks for 2023

By   /  December 2, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

Global banks are turning bullish on South Korean and Taiwanese shares, expecting a revival in semiconductors to drive a rally next year, while they see Japan’s market as resilient thanks in part to its weak currency. The calls come as US rates are still rising, with most markets around the world eyeing their worst annual […]

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FTX collapse crushes crypto dreams in Africa and beyond

By   /  December 2, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

LAGOS/BANGKOK — Days before his FTX cryptocurrency exchange collapsed, co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried tweeted “Hello, West Africa!” — his latest nod to a region where a growing number of kitchen table investors had put their faith, and savings, in FTX. In South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana, FTX held a series of swish events in the months […]

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New York, Singapore are the world’s most expensive cities

By   /  December 1, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

NEW YORK and Singapore have emerged as the joint-most expensive cities to live in, according to a new worldwide survey. The cost of living in 172 of the world’s major cities rocketed an average 8.1% over the past year, driven by factors including the war in Ukraine and supply-chain snarls, according to the Economist Intelligence […]

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UN seeks record $51.5-billion aid ‘lifeline’ next year

By   /  December 1, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

GENEVA — The United Nations (UN) and partners on Thursday launched an appeal for a record $51.5 billion in aid money for 2023, with tens of millions of additional people expected to need humanitarian assistance. The UN Global Humanitarian Overview estimates that an extra 65 million people will need help next year, bringing the total […]

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China softens tone on COVID severity after several protests

By   /  December 1, 2022  /  World News  /  No Comments

BEIJING — China is softening its tone on the severity of COVID-19 and easing some coronavirus restrictions even as its daily case toll hovers near record highs, after anger over the world’s toughest curbs fueled protests across the country. Several cities in the world’s second-largest economy, while still reporting new infections, are breaking with practice […]

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French baguette gains place on World Cultural Heritage list to bakers’ delight

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PARIS — The humble baguette, France’s staple bread, made it onto the United Nation’s cultural heritage list on Wednesday, drawing delighted responses from French bakers and non-bakers alike. Paris-based UN heritage body UNESCO on Wednesday voted to include the “artisanal know-how and culture of baguette bread” on its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which already […]

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Royal aide steps down after racist comments — Buckingham Palace

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LONDON — A member of the British royal family’s household has left her role after making “unacceptable and deeply regrettable” comments about race and nationality to a woman at a grand reception at Buckingham Palace, a spokesperson said on Wednesday. Ngozi Fulani, who was born in Britain and works for a domestic abuse support group, […]

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Elon Musk expects Neuralink’s brain chip to begin human trials in 6 months

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ELON MUSK said on Wednesday he expects a wireless brain chip developed by his company Neuralink to begin human clinical trials in six months, after the company missed earlier timelines set by him. The company is developing brain chip interfaces that it says could enable disabled patients to move and communicate again, with Mr. Musk […]

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