ECB and Bank of England raise interest rates again against inflation

ECB and Bank of England raise interest rates again against inflation

London CNN — Europe’s two largest central banks raised interest rates sharply on Thursday, opting for bigger increases than the US Federal Reserve as inflation in the region remains near historically high levels. The European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England raised interest rates by another half a percentage point. Benchmark rates for … Read more

Shell reports profits of nearly $40 billion and announces $4 billion in buybacks

Shell reports profits of nearly  billion and announces  billion in buybacks

Hong Kong/London CNN — Shell made a record profits of nearly $40 billion by 2022, more than double what it brought in last year after oil and gas prices soared following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Europe’s largest oil company by revenue reported an adjusted annual profit of $39.9 billion on Thursday – more than … Read more

How do you lose a radioactive capsule? Australian researchers are wondering the same thing

How do you lose a radioactive capsule?  Australian researchers are wondering the same thing

Brisbane, Australia CNN — The discovery of a small lost radioactive capsule next to a remote highway in Western Australia raises many questions – not least how it escaped layers of radiation-resistant packaging loaded onto a moving truck. It’s one of many puzzling aspects of a case that researchers will investigate in the coming weeks … Read more

Couple leaves baby at Israeli airport check-in

Couple leaves baby at Israeli airport check-in

CNN — A couple left their baby at an airport check-in counter in Tel Aviv, Israel after arriving without a ticket for the child. The pair, whose identities are not known, were checking in with the child for a Ryanair flight from Ben Gurion International Airport to Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday. As it turns out, … Read more

Israel targets Gaza with airstrikes after intercepting rocket attack

Israel targets Gaza with airstrikes after intercepting rocket attack

CNN — Israel carried out airstrikes in Gaza early Thursday after intercepting a rocket attack from the coastal enclave, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said. In a Twitter post, the IDF said Israeli fighter jets captured a chemical production site and a weapons factory owned by Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that controls Gaza. “The … Read more

Australia’s new $5 note will not feature King Charles

Australia’s new  note will not feature King Charles

Brisbane CNN — Australia’s new $5 banknote will not feature Britain’s King Charles III, but rather a new design that honors “the culture and history of First Australians”, the central bank announced on Thursday. The design will replace Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) said in a statement, adding … Read more

Biden Proposes Junk Fee Bill To Cut Hidden Fees For Credit Cards And Concert Tickets

Biden Proposes Junk Fee Bill To Cut Hidden Fees For Credit Cards And Concert Tickets

CNN — President Joe Biden announced new advancements on his administration’s “competitive agenda” on Wednesday, specifically targeting unwanted fees while calling on Congress to pass legislation targeting hidden fees across multiple industries. These costs could “pull hundreds of dollars a year out of the pockets of hard-working American families, especially people who are already struggling … Read more

Russia is preparing for ‘maximum escalation’ in the war, Ukraine says

Russia is preparing for ‘maximum escalation’ in the war, Ukraine says

CNN — Russia is gearing up for a “maximum escalation” of the war in Ukraine, possibly as early as the next few weeks, according to a top Ukrainian national security official. “These will be defining months in the war,” Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, told Sky News in an interview … Read more

ChatGPT maker rolls out ‘imperfect’ AI detection tool to help educators spot potential cheating

ChatGPT maker rolls out ‘imperfect’ AI detection tool to help educators spot potential cheating

CNN — Two months after OpenAI unnerved some educators with the public release of ChatGPT, an AI chatbot that can help students and professionals generate shockingly compelling essays, the company is unveiling a new tool to help educators adapt. OpenAI announced this on Tuesday a new feature called an “AI Text Classification” that allows users … Read more

Hong Kong is criminalizing CBD as a ‘dangerous drug’ alongside heroin

Hong Kong is criminalizing CBD as a ‘dangerous drug’ alongside heroin

Hong-Kong CNN — Two years ago, cannabidiol was booming in Hong Kong. The compound, known as CBD, popped up in cafes, restaurants and shops, with companies eager to enter an exciting new market that was already well established in countries around the world. That came to an end on Wednesday, when CBD was criminalized in … Read more