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About 30,000 troops are part of Russia’s extended military drills in Belarus.

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Russia extended military drills in Belarus. NATO said there are 30,000 Russian troops involved in the exercises, and both Russia and Belarus blame growing violence in eastern Ukraine.

Amazon’s feud with Reliance is playing out on a new field. Each is now vying for telecast rights to the Indian Premier League, India’s lucrative and hugely popular cricket competition.

A Credit Suisse leak disclosed questionable clients. The second-largest Swiss bank said most of the accounts related to the 18,000 client records shared by a whistleblower were already closed.

Hong Kong’s leadership election is postponed. new chief executive won’t be in place until May, two months later than originally scheduled, as the city experiences a record covid-19 outbreak.

A deadly windstorm hit Europe. At least 16 people have died after gusts of nearly 200 km/h (120 mph) felled trees and whipped up debris.

Australia opened to vaccinated international tourists. The country shut its borders nearly two years ago, even restricting the numbers of its own citizens that could return.

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Queen Elizabeth attends a ceremony in London's Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior, in Britain November 4, 2020. Picture taken November 4, 2020.
Image copyright: Aaron Chown/Pool via REUTERS

The health of the world’s longest-serving and most famous monarch is increasingly cause for concern in the UK, and now Queen Elizabeth has tested positive for covid-19.

Officials at Buckingham Palace are playing it down, and say she has “mild, cold-like symptoms.” But she is 95, and has had a number of health issues recently.

Queen Elizabeth is also the figurehead for Brand UK, with the royal family—scandals and all—worth billions to the UK economy. How she responds to this latest setback will determine, to a surprisingly large extent, the perception of Britain’s diplomatic and economic power.

Streaming takes gold

As the 2022 Winter Olympics drew to a close, athletes counted their medals while TV networks and advertisers counted their viewers. Fears over smaller TV audiences are proving to be unfounded, with streaming a clear winner.

While NBC viewership for the Beijing Games was down around 40% from the last Winter Olympics in South Korea, nearly 60% more minutes were spent watching the Olympics through streaming services.

In terms of actual medals, here’s how five of the countries with the most gold medals stacked up:

A bar graph showing medal counts for Norway, Germany, China, the US and Sweden at the Olympics.

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