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Poland and NATO stated the missile strike was not a Russian attack. Tensions have diffused after both parties said the blast on Polish territory that killed two was likely due to stray fire from Ukrainian air defense.
The G20 adopted a declaration condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine. The document mentioned “most members” agreed with the statement as the two-day summit came to a close.
The UK is expected to announce a multi-billion pound energy efficiency push. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s budget, set to be announced today (Nov. 17), will include a plan to lower the UK’s energy demand by 13% this decade, Bloomberg reports.
The US House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on FTX next month. The collapse of the crypto platform last week has triggered widespread chaos in the industry. A Committee member stated: “we need legislative action” (more on the debacle below).
Shanghai Disney Resort is reopening some attractions. The tourist destination, which was shut down twice this year due to zero-covid restrictions, is still leaving its main park closed.
Tencent is cutting its stake in food delivery giant Meituan. The Chinese tech conglomerate will distribute $20 billion of its shares as a dividend amid a drop in third quarter results and Beijing’s crackdown on Big Tech.
Microsoft is working on a new supercomputer with Nvidia. The multiyear agreement comes two years after Microsoft partnered with OpenAI to make the same type of technology.
UK prime minister Rishi Sunak’s new government is about to unveil its autumn budget today, a much-anticipated plan that has been rescheduled twice since a so-called mini-budget delivered by the previous government on Sept. 23 wreaked havoc on the country’s finances, reputation, and housing market.
The UK chancellor of the exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, has to delicately balance reassuring investors the country is committed to fiscal discipline and supporting Britons who are experiencing an inflation rate of 11.1%, the highest in 41 years, as per new data released yesterday (Nov. 16).
Hunt claims he wants to shield the most vulnerable from the consequences of rising prices, but he also needs to lay out plans to reduce debt in line with the government’s fiscal plans. A cocktail of spending reductions and higher taxes is expected, and their mix and consistency will determine how easy it’ll be to swallow.
The lending arm of Genesis, a trading desk for professional investors, announced that it was halting withdrawals and new loan originations, saying in a tweet that market turbulence following FTX’s collapse had triggered a run on its lending arm, which lacked the liquidity to meet “abnormal withdrawal requests.”
Genesis has $2.8 billion in outstanding loans, primarily offered to institutions, but also gives loans to customers with crypto as collateral. What’s not clear is whether that collateral was kept locked or lent out. According to the interim CEO, the trading and crypto custody arm of Genesis remains unaffected.
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The practical implications of a monopoly made themselves known this week when US ticketing giant Ticketmaster began melting down under the sheer weight of Swiftie enthusiasm. Despite plenty of notice and a rather opaque vetting process, a presale for Taylor Swift’s 2023 tour broke that particular corner of the internet.
Ticketmaster has been doing its thing for decades, and its purchase by LiveNation in 2010 theoretically brought together two thoroughly tested logistics processes. So how did it go so wrong? The answer—say legions of fans and some notable politicians—lies in the fact that they shouldn’t have been allowed to merge in the first place.
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Ash Ketchum became the very best. It only took the show’s protagonist 25 years, but he finally was crowned a Pokémon world champion. Now what?
Babies born the old-fashioned way have higher amounts of beneficial bacteria. That leads to double the antibodies when they’re vaccinated, though doctors are playing around with ways to help Cesarean babies catch up.
Silkworms are the second-most farmed animal in the world. The domesticated ones look more like cute sky puppies than their wild, unremarkable counterparts.
Never mistake a regular black hole with a wormhole again! Just analyze the light that’s spinning around the object’s opening.
AI-generated selfies made it to Tinder. Catfishing, but make it DALL-E.
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