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Private satellites spotted a new Chinese blimp. Finding out what China’s military is up to with the airship requires digging into other features at its holding facility in Xinjiang.
Japan’s prime minister went to Africa thinking of China. Fumio Kishida is meeting with the leaders of four countries that have recently, coincidentally or not, forged close ties with China.
India blocked 14 mobile messenger apps on security fears. They were likely being used by terrorist groups in Jammu and Kashmir to communicate with people in Pakistan.
France’s new retirement age fueled May Day protests. Nearly 800,000 people demonstrated nationwide against president Emmanuel Macron’s overhaul of the country’s pension system.
Does Jamie Dimon have a savior complex?
You can ask why JPMorgan Chase agreed to buy the failed First Republic Bank out of regulatory receivership. But a better question might be, why not? CEO Jamie Dimon has been heralded as Wall Street’s white knight, saving Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual in 2008 (not without remorse), and now is sweeping in to catch First Republic.
It begs the question: Does Dimon have a savior complex, or did he just see a chance for a big bank to get bigger? His affinity for a certain TV show could offer some clues.
India’s heat waves will leave one group pretty happy
216 gigawatts: A record high electricity demand in India, set on April 18.
This summer is likely to see more records, and let’s just say Indian power companies are not not excited about what higher temperatures mean for their business.
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