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Russia vowed to halt gas supplies to Europe until sanctions are removed. The Nord Stream 1 pipeline stopped delivering fuel on Friday, pushing the euro to a new low. Meanwhile, French president Emmanuel Macron called on his citizens to reduce energy consumption by 10%.
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake shook China’s Sichuan. At least 46 people have died since the quake triggered landslides, blocked roads, and disrupted power supplies already hit by a prolonged drought.
Amazon plans to enter the Japanese healthcare space. The e-commerce giant is considering partnering with small and medium pharmacies for prescription drug deliveries, reports Nikkei.
The Kenyan Supreme Court confirmed William Ruto’s presidential victory. The court rejected opponent Raila Odinga’s allegations of voting fraud.
A private plane carrying a German businessman and his family crashed in the Baltic Sea. Latvian authorities reported no sign of survivors and the causes of the crash have yet to be established.
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Estimates of the luxury brand’s valuation are as high as $84 billion (€85 billion), and it could raise $9.9 billion (€10 billion) from listing, or even greater, though economic turmoil in Europe has some worried the debut would be untimely.
There is also concern that Porsche will lack independence from its parent company as it plans to free float just 12.5% of its total shares, and the Porsche-Piech family will claim a 25% minority stake in the carmaker.
Investor jitters aside, Porsche has emphasized that the cash raised from the IPO would be key to achieving the brand’s long-term goals (pdf). Among them: increasing the company’s global sales of fully electric vehicles to 80% by 2030.
Why are road accidents so common in India?
In 2021, India witnessed an average of 18 deaths per hour due to road accidents, according to the National Crime Records Bureau. The data further highlights that public transport is safer than private modes of conveyance.
Speeding and negligent driving are the most common reasons for fatal car rides in India, and there’s low awareness around seatbelts. Just this past February, the Indian government made three-point seat belts mandatory for all cars with front-facing passenger seats. But much more is needed for a country that has just 1% of the world’s vehicles, yet about 10% of all crash-related deaths.
Lada, the little car that couldn’t
The Lada, a Russian-made car that looks like a boxier version of the already-boxy Fiat models, was once emblematic of Soviet independence. But as the world cut off business with Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, the car has become a symbol of the country’s economic difficulties.
In our latest Weekend Brief, we looked at the history of the Lada—a car that for Russia has been an easy one to love but not an easy one to trust—and how the Lada still has influence as far as Cuba.
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Growing up on a farm seems to offer protection from allergies. Scientists are looking to distill barnyard dust into a pill that could treat allergies in children.
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Barack Obama is half an EGOT. The Emmy win for his narration of the Netflix documentary Our Great National Parks adds to the former US president’s two Grammy victories for his audio books.
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