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Japan to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo during the Olympics - 07/09/2021

Japan will impose a state of emergency in connection with the coronavirus in Tokyo from 12 July. In the coming days, the organisers of the Olympics will have to agree on whether at least part of the spectators will be able to watch the competition live. Japan is getting ready to declare a state of emergency because of the coronavirus in Tokyo from July 12 to August 22, said Japanese Economy...

IEA: Growing demand for gas will result in inevitable global catastrophe - 07/07/2021

Growing demand for natural gas could prevent the world from reaching zero emissions by 2050 and avoiding global catastrophe. According to Reuters, a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) says the world will exceed pre-coronavirus consumption levels by 2024. Gas demand is expected to grow by 3.6 per cent in 2021 as the world economy recovers from the effects of coronavirus restrictions....

Shortage of adult workers in the US results in record teenage hiring - 07/06/2021

The proportion of teenagers among those hired in the US in June was several times higher than in the same period in previous years. The shortage of adult workers has given teenagers a rare opportunity to take on higher-paying jobs. The shortage of adult workers in the US has created a more lucrative local job market for teenagers, reports the Financial Times. Among those hired in June, 36% of...

EU to introduce jet fuel tax - 07/05/2021

The European Commission intends to introduce a pan-European fuel tax on airlines, Reuters reported, citing a draft document that was made available to the agency. Currently, the EU does not impose a fuel tax on airlines. However, as noted in the document, such a policy is "not consistent with the current climate problems" and the desire of European authorities to reduce harmful emissions. ...

CNBC: China is facing new economic threat - 06/30/2021

China's debt has risen sharply over the past decade and has become one of the biggest challenges for the Chinese government, CNBC reported. Beijing sees the country's rising level of liabilities as a potential threat to economic stability. In recent years, the authorities have tried to reduce dependence on them, but the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting crisis have halted efforts in this...

WTO: G20 countries lifted half of restrictive measures - 06/29/2021

G20 countries continue to roll back measures taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic. By May this year, 49% of the restrictions had been lifted, according to the World Trade Organization (WTO) report. The organisation estimated the value of trade-restrictive measures at $135.7 billion. It also reported that the coverage of trade facilitation measures implemented since the beginning of the...

Spanish government pardons nine Catalan separatist leaders - 06/23/2021

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has pardoned nine Catalan separatist leaders convicted of a failed attempt to declare regional independence in 2017. Mr Sanchez announced the pardon in a televised address. The ban on those pardoned from holding public office remains in place, Reuters reported. Catalan separatist leaders were sentenced in 2019 to between nine and 13 years for offences of...

EU, UK, Canada, US impose sanctions against Belarus - 06/22/2021

The EU Council extended sanctions against Belarus over the emergency landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk. The list includes 78 people and eight organisations. The US also imposed sanctions against the republic: six legal entities and 16 individuals were blacklisted. The UK, Canada and Ukraine also joined the sanctions. "Today the Council decided to impose restrictive measures against 78...

WHO reveals new dominant strain of coronavirus - 06/21/2021

An Indian strain of coronavirus is highly likely to become dominant in the world, says WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan, quoted by The Straits Times. A new delta variant of COVID-19 is beginning to dominate the world because of its higher prevalence, the WHO spokesperson said. On May 26, it was reported that the WHO allowed the possibility that the Indian strain of the coronavirus to...

Italy plunges into record poverty - 06/17/2021

The number of Italians living in absolute poverty (below a monthly income of between 569.56 euros and 839.78 euros per person, depending on the region) was last year the highest since 2005, when such statistics began to be kept. In 2020, more than 5.6 million people and more than two million families in Italy were living in absolute poverty. More than 2.6 million families were in relative poverty...
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