Starbucks pulls out of Russia after 15 years

Starbucks is leaving Russia after 15 years, the latest Western corporation to quit the country after the war in Ukraine. The coffee chain will now retreat entirely from the Russian market, after suspending trading there in March. Starbucks entered Russia in 2007 and had grown to include 130 coffee shops, owned and operated by a […]

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Russian diplomat’s resignation embarrassing for Kremlin

Diplomat Boris Bondarev didn’t hold back in his criticism of President Putin, Foreign Minister Lavrov and the Russian offensive in Ukraine. “The aggressive war… the most serious crime… warmongering, lies and hatred…” It’s rare to hear such words from a Russian official. In the three months since Vladimir Putin launched what he’s still calling his […]

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North Korea: Fighting Covid with traditional medicine

North Korea is grappling with the spread of Covid in an unvaccinated population, and without access to effective anti-viral drugs people are being advised to try alternative remedies such as drinking herbal tea and gargling salt water. In early 2020, the country sealed its borders to try to insulate itself from the pandemic. Its leadership […]

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Monkeypox: Israel, Switzerland and Austria confirm cases

Israel, Switzerland and Austria are the latest countries to confirm cases of monkeypox, bringing the total number of nations reporting outbreaks to 15. Israel and Switzerland both said they identified one infected person who had recently travelled abroad. Israel is investigating other suspected cases. Monkeypox does not tend to spread easily between people and the […]

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Dollar loses ground after U.S. inflation data

The dollar lost some ground on Friday after U.S. consumer prices increased roughly in line with expectations in November as investors, who had been bracing for much higher inflation, bet that the actual number would not change the pace of interest rate hikes. Labor Department data showed an increasing consumer price index (CPI) as cost […]

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Omicron COVID cases could double in NYC

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.2 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 795,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Just 60.6% of the population in the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data […]

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Biden eulogizes former Sen. Bob Dole at Washington National Cathedral funeral

Former Sen. Bob Dole — decorated World War II veteran, longtime lawmaker and former presidential candidate — was honored Friday at Washington National Cathedral before being brought back to his home state of Kansas and eventually laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. President Joe Biden delivered a eulogy at the funeral, which aired on […]

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Taylor Swift to face trial in Shake It Off copyright case

Taylor Swift must face a jury trial over accusations that she copied lyrics for Shake It Off from another song. A US judge has refused Swift’s request to dismiss the case, saying a jury may find that her 2014 hit copied girl group 3LW’s 2001 tune Playas Gon’ Play. Both tracks feature variations of the […]

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Michael Nesmith: The Monkees star dies at 78

Michael Nesmith, singer, guitarist and songwriter with 1960s pop group The Monkees, has died at the age of 78. The quartet enjoyed hits like Daydream Believer and I’m A Believer, and starred in their own popular TV sitcom. Nesmith wrote tunes like Listen To The Band, Sunny Girlfriend and Tapioca Tundra. In a statement, his […]

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Europe region faces 700,000 more deaths by March – WHO

A further 700,000 people could die of Covid by March in Europe and parts of Asia, the World Health Organization has warned. The death toll already exceeds 1.5 million in the 53 countries of what the WHO terms as its Europe region. The WHO warned of “high or extreme stress” in intensive care units in […]

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