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Air India ordered 470 planes from Boeing and Airbus. Totaling an estimated $85 billion, it’s the biggest deal in commercial aviation history.
The EU approved a ban on selling new fossil fuel cars by 2035. The bloc aims to speed up the adoption of EVs and contribute to its goal of becoming a net-zero economy by 2050.
New Zealand declared a national emergency following Cyclone Gabrielle. Prime minister Chris Hipkins called it the most severe storm to hit the country this century.
UK pay rose faster than expected… Average wage growth was up 6.7% in the last three months of 2022 compared to a year earlier, indicating the Bank of England may further increase interest rates. Meanwhile, US inflation cooled slightly (see more below).
JD.com is calling it quits in Thailand and Indonesia.
Starting today (Feb. 15), the Chinese e-commerce giant won’t be processing any more orders in those markets. This is the first step in an exit strategy unfolding in stages to give customers time to use up their balance and pay off any loans.
The online retailer made a key mistake in its approach to the southeast Asian markets. JD tried to build something from the ground up, in joint ventures with Provident Capital in Indonesia in 2015 and Central Group in Thailand in 2018, while its Chinese competitors Alibaba and Tencent took the safer route of backing existing firms.
JD’s focus is now returning to China, where it remains a large fish in a big pond, and where a renewed consumer appetite for shopping puts the company in a prime position to claw some more market share.
Nikki Haley announced Tuesday (Feb. 14) that she will run for US president in 2024. The former South Carolina governor and US ambassador to the UN has become the first challenger to pit themselves against Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primary.
The 51-year-old is scheduled to deliver remarks today (Feb. 15) in Charleston at a campaign launch event. The early start to her bid could be an advantage over other rumored GOP contenders-to-be, including South Carolina senator Tim Scott and Florida governor Ron DeSantis.
Haley, whose full name is Nimrata “Nikki” Randhawa Haley, described herself as the “proud daughter of Indian immigrants” in her campaign announcement, no doubt seeking to tap into the Indian-American vote. At 2.7 million strong, Indians are the second largest US immigrant group, and could be a boon to Haley’s presidential bid.
Inflation in the US is much like a batch of cookies fresh from the oven: cooling, but still too hot to enjoy.
The US Federal Reserve said consumer prices rose 0.5% from December to January, faster than the agency is comfortable with. But if you hear whispers that wages are to blame for persistent inflation, think again.
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The most wanted car plate in Hong Kong features a single “R.” The lucky letter sold at auction for just over $3 million.
Hardboiled detectives scrambled a heist... Someone in Shropshire, England tried to eggscape with 200,000 Cadbury Creme Eggs.
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