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FT: UK and Germany argue about disconnecting Russia from SWIFT - 02/25/2022

UK Prime Minister insisted on disconnecting Russia from SWIFT, but the German Chancellor opposed it, the FT learned. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz argued over the issue of disconnecting Russia from the international banking system SWIFT, the Financial Times learned. During the talks, Johnson firmly insisted on disconnecting Russia from SWIFT, but Scholz...

Ukrainian President declares defense emergency in Ukraine - 02/24/2022

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has declared defense emergency throughout the country. He stated this in an address to Ukrainians. He also decided to urgently convene the National Security and Defense Council. The president said that Russia had carried out a strike on Ukraine's military infrastructure. In an address to Ukrainians, he said that the entire security and defense sector of...

75% of people are for a total ban on single-use plastic - 02/23/2022

According to a survey by IPSOS, 75% of people around the world want single-use plastics to be banned completely. And 85% of respondents want manufacturers and retailers to be responsible for reducing, reusing and recycling plastic packaging. 75% of people around the world want single-use plastics banned as soon as possible, according to a survey by IPSOS research firm. The survey was conducted as...

German Chancellor suggests that most COVID restrictions be lifted by spring - 02/17/2022

Germany may lift most COVID-19 restrictions by early spring, according to a plan prepared by Chancellor Scholz's office. Germany could cancel most of the country's COVID-19 restrictions, Bloomberg reported, citing a plan prepared by Chancellor Olaf Scholz's office. The initiative is expected to be approved at a meeting between Scholz and regional leaders on Wednesday, the agency noted....

Thailand to rename its capital - 02/17/2022

The capital of Thailand, Bangkok, has been renamed Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. This is a short form of the city's full name in Thai, which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest name for a capital city. The Royal Thai Academic Council announced the change of the official foreign name of the capital from Bangkok to Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. A statement to this effect is published on...

UN: 87,000 tons of personal protective equipment turn into waste - 02/16/2022

WHO conducted a study on medical waste during the pandemic. Nearly 87,000 tons of personal protective equipment (PPE) that the UN turned over to various agencies became unrecycled trash. According to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 87,000 tons of personal protective equipment that the UN handed over to various medical facilities during the pandemic was not recycled...

Texas Attorney General sues Meta over facial recognition technology - 02/15/2022

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit in Marshall County Circuit Court against Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook). He accused the company of violating the state's personal biometric data protection law when using facial recognition technology. The suit involves hundreds of billions of dollars in fines, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a knowledgeable interlocutor.  ...

TikTok tightens community rules to create inclusive environment - 02/14/2022

TikTok has updated the community's rules after publishing a quarterly report on misconduct. Users will now be able to complain about misogyny, transpersonal discrimination and conversion therapy content, and videos promoting eating disorders will be removed. The social network TikTok has updated its community rules to create a "safe, holistic, accessible and trustworthy environment," Cormac...

WHO: COVID-19 impedes basic health services in over 90% of countries - 02/08/2022

Over 90% of states reported failures of services in key areas of medicine, including treatment for cancer, mental illness, HIV and hepatitis. This is evidenced by results of a study conducted by WHO. "The results of this latest study, conducted in late 2021, show that health systems in all regions and countries of all income levels continue to be severely impacted, with little to no improvement...

ECB head assesses impact of new COVID-19 wave on eurozone - 02/04/2022

The impact of the current wave of the coronavirus on the eurozone economy is milder than previous waves, despite the high number of infections, said the head of the European Central Bank (ECB) Christine Lagarde. The region's economy suffers "less and less" from each wave of the pandemic, she said. "Although infection rates are very high, the impact of the pandemic on economic life now seems...
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