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Cake-throwing protesters called for an audit of Volkswagen’s Xinjiang plant. Activists supporting the Uyghur minority group interrupted the German carmaker’s shareholder meeting yesterday, and VW’s chairman narrowly evaded the baked goods.
Annual inflation in the US fell for the 10th month in a row. April’s consumer price index rose to 4.9%, slightly below what economists were expecting, and maybe enough to pause interest rate hikes. Regardless, US inflation is about used car prices again.
The US claimed a cyber victory against a Russian malware network. “Operation Medusa” disrupted a global peer-to-peer network of computers compromised by sophisticated malware.
The Biden administration is preparing for the end of Title 42. The Trump-era immigration policy expires today, and the current US president conceded that “It’s going to be chaotic for a while,” at least as new rules are implemented.
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Guyana’s regulators are defending Exxon
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The South American country’s regulators have appealed a court ruling that found Exxon failed to provide sufficient insurance coverage for an offshore oil project—and accused the EPA of helping it do so. Read more about the litigation and Guyana’s explosive, oil-fueled growth.
Chinese investments in Europe are charged up in at least one area
With Chinese investment in the EU’s 27 member states at a decade low, it’s easy to feel like China has taken its eyes off Europe and started looking elsewhere.
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A liver drug pushed Italy’s exports to China to a record €3 billion ($3.3 billion) in February. Chinese people are stocking up on ursodeoxycholic acid after one study says it could protect against covid.
Forever chemicals make up many contact lenses in the US. It’s hard to say how eye exposure to the compounds might affect health, though.
One Chinese company wants 100,000 Sri Lankan macaques. The monkeys are a pest for farmers, but animal rights activists are concerned what their fate will be.
For the first time in the UK, a baby was born using DNA from three people. Scientists hope it’ll curb instances of mitochondrial diseases.
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